Spiritual Gifts

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says, “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Holy Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

(1 Corinthians 12: 1-11)

Paul, when he writes to the church in Corinth, refers to the different kinds of spiritual gifts that are given for the common good.

These gifts are given by the Holy Spirit, just as He determines and according to His will. We must each wisely use the gifts that we have been given, so that together we may all help to build up the church of God.

Paul also refers to the importance of love when considering spiritual gifts. He mentions that prophecies will cease, tongues will be stilled and knowledge will pass away, but that love will never fail.

He also warns that our use of spiritual gifts will be adversely affected by a lack of love.

“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains but have not love, I am nothing”.

(1 Corinthians 13: 2)

Therefore, may we use the gifts that we have been given, with a loving attitude, in order to give and receive the blessings in accordance to what God desires.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

(1 Corinthians 6: 19-20)

The Holy Spirit is able to produce miracles within our lives and in the world around us. He can act in both a powerful way and with gentleness. He is able to guide, instruct and lead us in all that we do and seeks for us to really know him and to develop our personal relationship with him.

When we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, our bodies become His temple and we should honour Him with acts and thoughts that are rigorous and holy.

If we are receptive and allow Him to work freely within our lives, we will begin to demonstrate fruits of the Spirit, which others will then notice, such as our peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control.

Let our lives bear witness to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, as we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, so that others may also experience His love.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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Intimacy With God

I am an activist by nature and enjoy busyness. I’m too often driven by an internal audit intent on measuring my usefulness against my use of time.

In my early Christian life, I was all about Christian service. I found both my spiritual realisation and purpose in service. Now, nothing wrong with serving, it is at the heart of Jesus’ teaching, but not at the expense of intimacy with God. The two fit neatly together like a hand in a glove.

The hand can carry out many tasks, yet for its protection and warmth it at times needs to secure the protection of the glove. So with God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, yet we need also to hide within God for our own provision and protection.

Jesus recognises that he too must steal away to find intimacy with his Father if he is to sustain his powerful ministry. We learn little of the substance of such moments, yet recognise that if we’re to follow in Jesus’ footsteps there is an important lesson for us here.

I know for many years I found my joy and strength basking in the glow of God’s intervention through my ministry. It was almost as if my identity, my meaning was determined by my ministry, the more powerful the better. I stopped drawing aside with God, believing ministry was testimony enough that God was with me. While God accomplished many things, I was an increasingly distant stranger to him. Nothing to do with God, but everything to do with me.

When the power drained away and I faced childlessness and then Katey’s MS, I was in deficit, for without the fruit from my ministry I had nothing to reflect upon.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Sailing With The Holy Spirit

It was a calm, windless day. Despite the weather, the members of the sailing club were hopeful they would soon be launching their boats.

Their sails were ready, but … with no wind and only calm waters, no-one was going anywhere!

Some sailors tried to manoeuvre their crafts by paddling into the open water and propelling with their hands, but they soon realised that their efforts were being wasted.

They decided to join the people in the club house and wait for the wind. It was only after several hours that a gentle breeze began to blow and soon people were in their boats.  Now, with full sails, they skimmed out towards the open sea.

This scenario is a reminder of how God and the Holy Spirit can work in our lives.

The Bible sometimes describes the Holy Spirit as a rushing wind and sometimes, like the sailors, we may have to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

There are occasions, from a spiritual standpoint, when nothing seems to be happening for weeks and months on end. During these waiting times we may wonder what purpose God has for us.

The impatient sailors are a reminder to us that we can do nothing without the Holy Spirit. Those sailors soon discovered that without the directing power of the wind, they were wasting their time and energy. It can be tempting for us to think we can go it alone, and not be guided by the Holy Spirit.

The people in the sailing club might have left their boats to do other things, but they were also watching for signs around them of the coming wind. No one was packing up and going home! They were waiting with a purpose.

In our times of stillness and waiting, we can watch for the signs of the Holy Spirit as He works in the Church, within the community and within the global world.

We pray and worship together, and enjoy social times with each other, in readiness for God and the Holy Spirit to move us into the pathway that they have planned for our future.

Our waiting times may have come on us due to various circumstances. The outlook seem to us to not be very encouraging. But God is always with us and He knows what we need now, and how He can use us in the future.

Those sailors on the shore anticipated their time when they could be afloat. Similarly, in our waiting times we anticipate to do the things that God and the Holy Spirit wish us to accomplish!

And the time will soon come when we are guided, prompted, incited and directed by the wind of God and the Holy Spirit and they will always move us in the right direction.

Let’s put up the sails to let God and the Holy Spirit blow afresh into our lives!

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey