Day 45 - the Spirit at work in the Church
In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).
1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NLT)
7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 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. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
Hebrews 2:4 (NLT)
4 And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.
Romans 12:6-8 (NLT)
6 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. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 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.
1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT)
10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
Again we see that spiritual gifts are given for the purpose of serving others and bringing glory to God. Also, God is the one who chooses what gifts are given to a person and for what purpose. The writer of Hebrews says that God’s salvation was revealed throughout history and affirmed through miracles and gifts of the Spirit at specific times as God determined.
We see that from speaking truth and helping others to healing and having great faith, God will work through each one of us in different ways by His Spirit as He desires. He alone decides which gift a person should have, and we should be thankful for any way God wants to use us for His glory.
These are the main passages that list spiritual gifts in the New Testament. As you read these verses are there specific gifts you see that you believe God has also given to you? How have you seen God work through you by His Spirit to use the gifts you have been given?
If you don’t know of any spiritual gifts in your life, go to another believer, someone who is discipling you, a small group leader, or a ministry leader that you are connected with and ask them to help you discover how the Lord might be working through you by His Spirit.
Thank God for His unique purpose to use you for His glory today right where He has placed you. Invite Him to empower you by His Holy Spirit for His purposes. Praise Him for how He has used you in the past and how He will use you in the future.