I have been meditating 1 Cor 12 & 13. There is so much in these two chapters, but lets take off and see how the Holy Spirit leads….
In Chapter 12 we begin to see that as Christians we have the gift of the Holy Spirit in us.
3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking under the power and influence of the [Holy] Spirit of God can [ever] say, Jesus be cursed! And no one can [really] say, Jesus is [my] Lord, except by and under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit.
Once you have made Jesus Christ your savior, by repenting of your sins and asking Him to be the Lord of your life, You become part of the BODY OF CHRIST and you have a specific function in the BODY OF CHRIST!!
Today we are going to look into some of those functions of the different parts of the Body of Christ and believing that God is going to quicken His Word to you and give you a better revelation of your gifts and callings, and His plan for your life.
I did a teaching last week on the BODY OF CHRIST and how we need each other and that love is the joint in the BODY OF CHRIST, that allows us to work together as different churches, but with one purpose, the Kingdom of God. If you have not heard this teaching you can look it up on our website, under Pastor Carol’s blogs, “What or Whom are you connected to?”
Lets go to 1 Cor 12:1
1 Corinthians 12
1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
God does not want you IGNORANT!!!! Some christians today are wandering around with NO CLUE of the power of God and the giftings and callings that God has placed on the inside of their life… If we don’t know who we are or what we have we will not use it!! If you had a million dollars in the bank under your name, but did not know it, it would do you NO GOOD!!!
We can not be ignorant of the spiritual gifts and callings that God has placed in each of us! We need to find out what they are and begin to WALK in the fullness of them to accomplish all God has for us to accomplish.
2Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
You WERE Gentiles…. this is a PAST statement!! Once you have ask Christ into your heart the past is GONE!!!!! Satan wants us to stay in the past and not accomplish anything for the Kingdom of God…
3Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
As a child of God you were given the Holy Spirit to live in you. We each have the SAME Holy Spirit….This Holy Spirit was given to every believer for good, for profit. It is the Holy Spirit that equips us and is the Power of God in us to allow us to walk in the giftings He has for us…..
8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
These are a few of the Spiritual Gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to the children of God… I believe thes gifts are real and still in operation today and we need to be open to walk in the gifts and the callings that God has put on our lives… We each have a place and a function in the BODY OF CHRIST and it is OUR responsibilty to be doing what we are called to do.. If your eyes stopped working, your life would change dramatically. It would have a great effect on how you function. Likewise if you as a member of the BODY OF CHRIST, are not functioning in your calling the BODY OF CHRIST , will not function 100% as it should.
27Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body and [individually] you are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function].
28So God has appointed some in the church [[f]for His own use]: first apostles (special messengers); second prophets (inspired preachers and expounders); third teachers; then wonder-workers; then those with ability to heal the sick; helpers; administrators; [speakers in] different (unknown) tongues.
29Are all apostles (special messengers)? Are all prophets (inspired interpreters of the will and purposes of God)? Are all teachers? Do all have the power of performing miracles?
30Do all possess extraordinary powers of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
31But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all–love].
I love these verses….. There are giftings, callings for each of us…. you need to seek God and find out what BODY part you are. What has the Holy Spirit equipped you to do in the BODY OF CHRIST!! Each one of us has a function and it is time for us to walk in it together and walk victorious as ONE BODY with many members…
I thank you for your word this morning! I thank you that you have giftings and callings for each of your children in the BODY OF CHRIST. I thank you that you do not want us to be ignorant, but you want us to know what they are and to walk in the fulness of these gifts and callings of our lives. We come to you this morning and we ask you for a new revelation of YOUR plan and purpose for our lives. We yield to you Holy Spirit, to work in our lives and to use us to be a vessell fit for the Master’s use. We love you Lord.
In Jesus name, Amen
God Bless you,
Pastor Carol Mora