One thing that God has put on my heart is that those that love Him will also lift up Jesus. They would never put Him down in any regard. Even when they feel burdened, they know that Jesus is their healer. He is the one that can change the atmosphere and usher in peace. If you instead, often find yourselves cursing God and denying the Lord Jesus, know that this is not of God and you should repent. This path will only lead to destruction. A Spirit led person would never denounce God, even in trials. Paul said, 4“wherefore 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.” 2It is true that Peter denied Jesus three times but in that moment, the Spirit was not with him. 3Jesus even had to ask him three times if he loved Him, because of what happened. It was after Peter told the Lord sorry and showed his love for Him once again, was when the Spirit of God did come back into Peter. So it is important to find out where our life is now and if it is not pleasing to God, then we ought to repent. 1“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” This change of heart will put us on solid ground, and lead us to live in the Spirit. While on God’s path we are led to Him and heaven above. However, a life of unbelief and sin is unstable and so is their path. It is foolish to be on a destructive path when you die.
It is so important that we repent and get right with God. This way, we can be used by Him and do His will. And how can we do God’s will? Well, by the Holy Spirit of course. This is God’s gift to us. Now these gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Nobody’s gift is the same. 4“For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To 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. Some of you may say, I’ve never experienced these gifts before. What you say is true among many church goers. However, this does not have to continue. Please understand that 4“the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” Paul does not say that only some gain God’s gifts of the Spirit, everyone in the faith does. But if that is not the case for you, than I will ask you, have you given your life to Jesus and been baptized? If not, then showcase your faith and get baptized. We are baptized in the Spirit and this is where many spiritual gifts begin in people’s lives. For me, God has given me the gift of faith, knowledge, and wisdom. In this, God has given me boldness to share the truth of God with others. Praise God. All the glory to Him, who saves.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I am so grateful for Your Spiritual gifts in my life. I am so amazed that You could change a person like me to do Your will. And in the way You have done it is truly remarkable. Lord, I know it and You know that my speech has not always been the best. My stuttering has killed many conversation before they even could get started. But Lord, all this changed when I began to trust in You. You took my stuttering and gave me words to speak. Instead of mumbling, You filled my mouth with preaching and teaching. I know that I was incapable of this before but You have made it so. Thank You for doing this Lord. I know that You did not have to use a person like me but You have anyways. Wow, You are so amazing. You have taken my weaknesses and turned them around to be my strengths. It is You that fill me up with love and boldness to share the gospel. Thank You for this wisdom. Thank You for this knowledge. You are the one that strengthen my faith daily. I trust in You. It is my ultimate desire that more people come to know You, Jesus. May they come to know You and know of Your love also. You are my hope and my strength. You are my rock and my firm foundation. You are my beloved and whom I gave all praise. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Proverbs 9:6-12 (KJV)
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
2Matthew 26:64-75 (KJV)
64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?
69 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
3John 21:14-17 (KJV)
14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
41 Corinthians 12:1-14 (KJV)
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3 Wherefore 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.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To 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:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.