Echo Devotional: Day 16 – The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

  (I Corinthians 12:4-6, NIV)

Anything can happen in the world of sports.  Momentum can swing in your favor or against you in a flash.  Energy can shift.  Emotions can tank.  When the game is going in your favor, you can feel the force like an overwhelming sense of power invades.  You feel stronger, faster, sharper, and even in the midst of horrible fatigue, you can get amazing bursts of endurance.

This has happened to me numerous times in various ministry situations.  There have been many times when the situation I was in called for much more than I could do on my own.  People demanded prayer, healing, strength, encouragement, power, hope, a word from God, and more but my personal ability to deliver was absolutely depleted.  Then, like a momentum shift in a sporting game, everything that is needed for ministry is provided.

The power to change your world is all rooted in the gifts of God’s spirit working through you.  Salvation is a free gift of grace from God.  Likewise, God’s Spirit gifts us for ministry to build up others.  There are many specific gifts He gives us as He determines.  Paul lists a few of them very clearly here:

for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.  (I Corinthians 12:8-11, ESV).

What Paul says in verse 11 is important to understand: “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” He’s saying that when the Holy Spirit gives you a gift, it still belongs to Him. God doesn’t permanently assign one person the gift of prophecy and another person the gift of healing. The Holy Spirit is the owner, and when we receive Him, He can give us any of the gifts to use at any time—not just one gift.

If the thought of being given one of these gifts sounds intimidating, I want to encourage you. The Holy Spirit gives them to us so we can bless people—not to make them uncomfortable or think we’re strange.  Paul says,

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”  (I Corinthians 12:7, ESV).

There’s another truth that’s unlocked in this verse. Each of us who are filled with the Spirit can receive a gift. It’s not just for the “super-spiritual” people who seem to have it all together. It’s for any believer who is willing to humble himself and be used by the Holy Spirit.

When you are willing to be used by the Holy Spirit, you’ll be amazed by the way God uses you to truly bless people. Whether it’s with an encouraging word or a prayer for healing, will you allow the Holy Spirit to work through you today?

TWO REASONS GOD FILLS US WITH HIS SPIRIT AND GIVES US GIFTS

  1. Power to Love Others Effectively

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  (I Corinthians 12:7, ESV).

The Holy Spirit gives out daily power to people to help build up the body of Christ and for the common good of others.  Spiritual gifts are not weird.  They’re not spooky. They are Spirit-given abilities to really strengthen and encourage other people in their walk of faith.

2.  Power to Speak and Love With Boldness

The greatest benefit of the Gifts of God’s Spirit is boldness in prayer, speech and all witnessing.  The absolute most loving thing a person can do is share Jesus with others in both word and deed with boldness.  Bold love is world changing.

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.  (Acts 4:31, ESV).

QUESTIONS

How have you experienced the power of God’s Spirit in your life for ministry, serving and loving people?

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Has there ever been a time when you felt a supernatural ability from God come over your life and you were empowered to do what you normally could not do on your own?  What happened?  If not, then what do you need the Spirit of God to do in you today that you can’t do?  Ask Him.

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What do you need extra boldness for right now?  Write it down and begin praying today and confessing God’s word over your life.  Receive faith and press in for the Holy Spirit of God to work in and through you until you feel the boldness of the Lord rise up.  Do whatever He tells you to do in love today.

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PRAYER

Holy Spirit you are welcome in my life.  I repent for every single way I have put you in a box.  You are the gift Jesus spoke about in John.  You are the Comforter Jesus spoke about.  You are the Advocate.  You are the one who hovered over the waters in the very beginning.  You are the one who baptized me into the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13).  Today I surrender every hinderance I’ve ever had about you.  I lay down all skepticism and reservations I have had and I open up my life fully to your will and your work in my life.  Today, I obey your Word in I Corinthians 14:1, and i eagerly desire your gifts, asking you to gift me graciously today with all I need for life and ministry.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

NEXT STEPS

  • BAPTISM – if you have never been baptized after receiving salvation, go to myanchorchurch.com/baptism and register for baptism today.
  • GROWTH TRACK – register today for Step 1, 2 or 3 in the Growth Track at www.myanchorchurch.com/growthtrack.  Then tell someone about what is happening in your journey to Know God.
  • GET IN A GROUP – explore the opportunities to connect with other people in an Anchor Group at www.myanchorchurch.com/groups.  You will grow and you will help others grow in their faith.  Day

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