The Holy Spirit

The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…..”

Once we accepted this love and Gift of God (Jesus Christ) — the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us (John 7:37-38) and takes His place. Thus, the Bible says, our bodies are the temple of the Lord (1 Cor 6:19-20) and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit helps to manifest in the various gifts that God gave to us (1 Cor 12:1-7).

light, sunAbout the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed:

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service but the same Lord, There are different kinds of working but in all of them and in everyone is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Holt spirit is given for the common good — to one is given a message of wisdom — to another a message of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy — distinguishing to another Spirit — speaking in tongues — interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each, just as He determines.

To experience these gifts, we must present our bodies daily, as a living sacrifice, Holy and acceptable to Him.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given for the common good of others, i.e. to serve others, therefore, for anyone to have a continuous manifestation of the Holy Spirit he must be available to serve, beginning from the household of faith.

Are you for noble or ignoble purposes?

Daily or weekly church attendance does not make one a Christian — Christians who want to go to heaven must attend church regularly but must also do within their strength (spiritual, physical, mental and financial effort) to the advancement of the Kingdom of God. Remember you receive the Holy Spirit when you get converted into Christianity, so to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4) which culminates with the various gifts in th 1 Corinthians 12 you must :

1) Have faith that God is willing and able to give His Holy Spirit to you.
2) Earnestly desire these gifts or a specific gift.
3) Pray fervently (James 5:16)

Finally having received the Holy Spirit and HIS gifts, read  1Cor: 13 thoroughly and this will help to appropriate the gifts of the Holy Spirit in you.

Prayer; Lord help me to daily activate Your Holy Spirit to be strengthened in my inner man so that it will activate the gifting of the Holy Spirit you have given for the enhancement of the Kingdom of God within me. Holy Spirit thank you for teaching me your ways in Jesus name.

CFT

Your Service in God

“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work” – (2 Tim 2:20-21)

Every creation of God (living or non-living) has a purpose tofulfil. Take the Sun for example; it is created by God to aid life on earth, though it is a great distance from earth. In fact, life on earth would be impossible without the sun fulfilling it’s purpose. Likewise, even though crude oil is some kilometres beneath sea level, the world today most certainly come to a standstill without the resources generated from it.

If these things which are mentioned above, which are miles away from mankind’s abode have positive impact on our everyday life, how much more you. Created in God’s very own image! Be aware and understand that everyone born again has a mandate and a function, and therefore a gift. Your gift is according to your function, according to your mandate. God saved you for a purpose, He ordained you to be groomed and nurtured in a particular church; therein is a function and a gift for you.

Have you discovered what your gift is? Are you using it to fulfil your God given purpose secularly and spiritually? Nicholas Herman (picture above) discovered the presence of God whilst serving in the kitchen (washing dishes) doing seemingly a mundane task. The wisdom he acquired whilst serving as a kitchen help, attracted many from across the globe to seek spiritual counsel from him. God has record of every service rendered to Him from the heart; no matter how insignificant it may appear in the earthly realm.

Have you done anything lately to progress God’s mission on earth? If so with what heart of service did you do it? Remember, man may look at the outward, but God our Rewarder, looks at the heart.

Prayer: Lord You have created me for a purpose, take me from where I am into what you have created me to be. Help me to be alert in You and Your will and plan for my life. Help me to fulfil the destiny You have prepared fore me in Jesus name.