To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7, ESV) The last two devotionals have focused on spiritual fruit and gifts. Let me conclude this mini-devotional series by discussing a fascinating truth about the relationship between spiritual fruit and gifts. Spiritual fruit has to do with our character,
Gifts of the Spirit
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:1, KJV) Glory & Grace Daily for the day before was focused on the fruit of the Spirit. Today, we will look at the other side of our Christian life, which has to do with spiritual gifts for Christian service.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal (1 Corinthians 13:1, KJV) There are two important dimensions of our Christian life: daily Christian living and service. The fruit of the Spirit has to do with our day-to-day living,
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10, KJV) Discerning of spirits is one of the nine gifts of the Spirits mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12. It is a critical gift of the Spirit to enable us to function in the spirit with accuracy. What is
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit (1 Cor. 12:8 KJV) The word of knowledge is the wonderful gift of the Spirit that enables us to know issues related to the earthly lives of people. This is different from the
Despise not prophesyings (1 Thess. 5:20 KJV) The Lord gives us a clear commandment in the verse above not to despise prophesying. What does this mean? Why does the Lord say this? The word “despise” in this context means to make something of no account or to treat something with contempt as it is entirely
God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will (Heb. 2:4 KJV) The gifts of the spirit are special spiritual abilities given to us by the Holy Spirit to assist the believers in Christ serve God in the work