ECWA FOOD FOR THE DAY - Thursday 7th July, 2022

TOPIC: SPIRITUAL GIFTS FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT

TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 12 : 1 - 11


The Corinthian church grew from a pagan background with its members converted through the preaching of the Gospel. Paul addressed them as "The church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified," after they were saved by the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 1:2). Many of the members were idol worshippers with allegiances to diverse gods who possessed them with demonic spirits to perform false miracles.


It was necessary to guide the young church through the Holy Spirit. Read vs. 1-3 again and note this: "Now concerning spiritual gifts, I wouldn't want you to be ignorant." Two things are acknowledged here. One, that there are 'diversities of gifts'. Two, they are all by (from) the same Spirit of God who works in all (vs. 4, vs. 6). This truth is of great importance in our relationship with fellow Christians in our life's journey.


The operations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are diverse and given at His will. The central purpose of the gifts is to be a blessing to the Church and not to self (edification) profit alone. "But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as he wills" (vs. 11).


QUESTION

How do you see spiritual gifts from your Christian experiences with others within or outside your local church?


PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to appreciate Your gifts in my life and to use them only as they please You, Amen.


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