Week 13

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We were all created by God in His image, which is quite astonishing when you think of how varied we all are in our gifts and skills.  God was, is, and will continue to be all – plain and simple.  He knows what gifts He has given to you because He possesses them, and ultimately He created you in His image baring all of His characteristics, and His Spirit is at work in all of us.

 

“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice[a]; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.”

1 Corinthians 12:7-12 NLT

 

And like all gifts – sometimes we like them, sometimes we don’t, and sometimes we learn over time to appreciate them. 1 Peter 4:10 instructs us to “use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” One of our goals in life is to recognize and discern what our spiritual gifts are and to use them all to His glory.  

 

Scripture says, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So, if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”

Romans 12:6-8 NLT

 

What are your gifts bestowed upon you by the God of all creation?  If you’re over the age of 30, you probably know at least one without taking a personality test.  How do you use it in your daily life?  In your spiritual life?  In your church life?  How CAN you use it in the future to bring all glory and honor to God’s ever expanding Kingdom? Not sure what your spiritual gifts are?  We’ve included a survey for you to figure that out!  If you haven’t taken one in a number of years, it’s good to do it again – sometimes spiritual gifts change focus as we age and as God continues to work on our hearts during this life journey.

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