WEDNESDAY June 6, 2018
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings…
1 Corinthians 12:27-28
Notice what Paul said to believers in Corinth. He reminded them that God uses each person individually. He then gave examples of individuals who were appointed in the Church. First, the apostles; second prophets––those who spoke for God; third, teachers––those who explain the Word of God in simplicity, so people can grow spiritually.
After that, miracles––those who can cast out of demons or raise people from the dead––the miraculous. Then Paul mentioned gifts of healings, given in the plural tense. It is important to understand that not only one person should pray for the people. It is good to have others praying too. At church, I am not the only one praying for people; there are a lot of people praying. Why? Otherwise, people will begin to look to man, instead of looking to God. As a spiritual person, you need to be careful and not use God’s gifts to bring attention to yourself––seriously.
Some healing evangelists are well-known, because when they get on stage, they do ridiculous things to bring attention to themselves. When a person wants to be in front of people and demonstrate themselves to others––with all their gifts and talents––understand that is pride. They have forgotten that God is the One who lifts them up, and He is the one who knocks them down.
Honestly, it is better to go and pray in a room where nobody knows about it and allow God do whatever He wants to do.
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
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