Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. But he gives more grace. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.
Then he went away. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
follow He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
While God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place.
He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.
And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.
For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. The one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord , the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him.
Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.
And I will raise him up on the last day. So we fixed it up, and I preached there on Sundays. I started pastoring at 18 and pastored at different churches for nearly 12 years. That last church offered the best parsonage. My family was more comfortable and better cared for than we had ever been before. The church was doing fine. People were getting saved, filled with the Spirit, and healed. I had every reason in the world to be content there. And yet I felt dissatisfied.
It felt sort of like washing your feet with your socks on! So in the winter of —48, I began to spend some extra time in prayer. I asked God what was wrong with me. But I permitted you to do so. No, God will take us through a learning process. And we may have to learn some things before we move from one office to another. And for every church except one, the Lord told me to take it.
A spiritual gift or charism is an endowment or extraordinary power given by the Holy Spirit. . When teaching is provided for the Church by God, two gifts are actually given—to the Church is given a teacher and along with the teacher comes a. The gifts of the Spirit are simply God enabling believers to do what He has called us to do. 2 Peter says, "His divine power has given us everything we need.
No matter what God has called you to do, He is going to prove you out before He promotes you. God may temporarily lead you to do something. Each member has a role to play in the Body. What is your role?
We encourage you to take the test, and then talk to other Christians in your church or community to assist you in discovering your gifts. Well, Joe went on to tell me that at the age of 45 he developed lung cancer. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. God wants to reconcile with us through His son Jesus, and not only with us, but all of His chosen people! In the story, a talent equaled about 75 pounds of coinage and would be the equivalent of 15 years of normal wages for one person.