For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another the gifts of healing through the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophesy, to another discerning of Spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 NKJV
The early church understood their battle was not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this (that) age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
The people governments and religious authorities that persecuted and opposed God’s people were used by Satan to hinder them from serving Jesus. The evil one wanted to prevent them from sharing the gospel.
The same forces are at work today. The evil one has many different tools to keep people from living for Jesus. He has ways of hindering people from sharing the gospel.
Jesus said; “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” That is not a suggestion. It is a command. By demonstrating their love for each other the disciples demonstrated their love for Jesus!
The first Christians produced eternal fruit for the Lord. The loved each other. They cared for each other. They met each other’s needs. They did not talk about being the Body of Christ. They were the Body of Christ.
The disciples needed each other. God gave them Spiritual gifts and placed them in His Body to meet specific needs. There were people who needed healing from disease and demonic oppression. They needed to be born again to everlasting hope in Jesus Christ.
A lot has changed since then. God has not. The Lord’s desires for His people are the same. His commands are the same. Jesus said the world would know we belong to Him by the love we have for each other today.
If you are a Christian God gave you Spiritual gifts to be used for His glory and honor and to serve His people. He placed you in the Body of Christ to meet specific needs today!
The spiritual gifts distributed among us by the Holy Spirit do not belong to us. We did not earn them. We cannot deposit them into our spiritual bank account for our own personal use. They are gifts given to us for the good of the Body of Christ!
We need each other!
Step out in faith. Use the gifts God gave you to serve Jesus. People will be set free from bondage to sin and unbelief. God will be glorified. The Body of Christ will be built up and you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams!
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