His Gifts and Powers
"It is the same and only Holy Spirit who gives all these gifts and powers, deciding which each of us should have" (1 Corinthians 12:11).
As I counsel in the area of Christian service, I find much confusion among many Christians regarding the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Believers often are so involved in trying to discover or receive additional spiritual gifts that they are not developing and using their known gifts and abilities to do God's will.
For this reason, I caution against going to great lengths to discover one's spiritual gifts. Rather than emphasize gifts, I encourage a person to surrender fully to the lordship of Jesus Christ and appropriate by faith the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
Then, by faith and hard work, while depending on the Holy Spirit, a person can set out with determination to accomplish that to which God has called him.
Paul wrote about this important principle in his letter to the Philippians:
"Dearest friends, when I was there with you, you were always so careful to follow my instructions. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to do the good things that result from being saved, obeying God with deep reverence, shrinking back from all that might displease Him....
"For I can do everything God asks me to do with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power" (Philippians 2:12; 4-13). This, of course, can be done only if a Christian totally submits himself to the lordship of Jesus Christ and the control of the Holy Spirit.
Bible Reading: I Corinthians 12:1-10
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: I'll be more concerned about being yielded to the moment-by-moment direction and control of God's Holy Spirit than about discovering my spiritual gift(s).
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