There are diversities of gifts but the same spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works in all. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NKJV
As a drug and alcohol counselor in a state prison I enforced the rules of the program. Most of the men were not in the habit of obeying rules. One client in particular gave me a very difficult time.
The Lord showed me he was raised in a Christian home. His demeanor and attitude changed when I shared with him what God showed me.
The Lord sent me into that prison to encourage men in their faith. He has not forgotten them. They are much more than their current circumstances. When I offered encouragement it softened their hearts. I have the gift of encouragement.
I also have the gift of discernment. I recognize the voice of God when He speaks to me. I have the gift of prophecy. I speak forth the Word of God as it is given to me. God is using these gifts to draw people to Jesus. He is using them to save people.
How do I know I have these gifts? The Word of God tells me so. You do not have to be a Pastor Priest or Theologian to serve Jesus. He can use you for His glory and honor today. He can use you to reach lost, lonely and brokenhearted people!
God is using me. I am not a spiritual superhero. Neither are you. That does not mean God does not want us to be students of His Word. He wants us to spend time in His Word today. He wants us to spend time with Jesus everyday!
God’s Word reveals His character. It reveals who the Lord created us to be. The Word of God prepares us to serve Jesus. Study the Word of God. Know the Word of God. Obey the Word of God!
If you are a Pastor Priest or Theologian I praise God for you. Thank you for your commitment to study and show yourself approved. Thank you for serving Jesus.
If you are banker, baker, candlestick maker or unemployed go forth in the strength of the Lord. Step out in faith. Serve God. If you are a born again child of the Living God you have the credentials to serve Jesus!
You are a Royal Priest of the God Most High. You are the Lord’s Ambassador to your family, friends and neighbors!
Do not hide the light of God’s love under the fear of rejection and failure. Use the gifts of His Spirit to encourage people who have fallen to get back in the race. Follow the Holy Spirit to the people He wants to reach with the Gospel of grace!
Almighty God has appointed you to represent Jesus everywhere you go!
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