August 15, 2021

Arm yourself

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 1 Corinthians 12:7

This chapter start out with the phrase: “I do not want you to be ignorant/uneducated about spiritual gift.”  As a believer and child of God, I do not want to be ignorant and I don’t want to set aside any gifts that my Heavenly Father has given me.  The other day I talked about God giving Adam his wife as a gift.  When the new testament church was born, God gave the Holy Spirit as a gift and to bring gifts to empower His people to bring the world back to Him.  Jesus paid the price, and now God wants everything He paid for . . . all people in the world.  He knew we would need help to rescue people so He sent us the Holy Spirit to comfort and empower us.  In the same way that Adam nurtured and cherished his wife, we should be growing and cherishing our relationship with the Holy Spirit of God.

Right before Jesus ascended into heaven, after He was resurrected from the dead, He told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were fill with power from the Holy Spirit. (see Luke 24:49)  He said, only after receiving the Holy Spirit would they be equipped to win the world. God gave us the upper hand so we could reach people that were far from Him and bring them into His kingdom.  This power came on the day of Pentecost, the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given for the profit of all people as today’s verse states.  These gifts are given for unbelievers to be reached and turned to God in heaven by the signs and miracles that can only come from Heaven.  These gifts are for believers to carry and be ready to be the vessel that the Holy Spirit moves through to reach this lost and dying world.  They are not to be afraid of and they are not for personal gain.  They are for loving people who need the power of God in their lives.

As we go through each of the gifts listed in this passage in the coming days, commit to carrying the Holy Spirit where He needs to go to reach who He wants to reach through you.  Learn, meditate and begin to understand all of these gifts and open up your heart to let them flow through your life.  You don’t have to explain them and you don’t have to figure out what one is right to use at the time.  The Spirit of God actually knows what He is doing and when you yield to Him, He will lead you to what is needed to touch lives.  Purpose to obey what He puts on your heart to say or do and let His signs and wonders flow through you.

Today I want to encourage you to open up your heart to receive the Spirit of God’s revelation of empowerment for you to be successful in your mission here in this world.  We have been deployed from heaven to rescue people that are trapped in the clutches of sin and God has given us the armory and weapons that we need to carry out this assignment.  Receive His full equipping today and get ready as we walk through the gifts and examples of how they were used by the first Christians.  Don’t let the enemy steal your ammunition instead, fill up with all God has for you to arm yourself with.

Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-7

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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