WEDNESDAY May 23, 2018
For the Profit of All
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit…
1 Corinthians 12:7-8
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, mentioned nine different gifts given to Christians individually. Underline the key phrase, for the profit of all. Understand, when we minister to the body of Christ, our spiritual gifts benefit other believers in the Church. That is why people have different spiritual gifts according to what the needs might be.
In verse 8, he referenced the word of wisdom, which is having divine insight into solving difficult problems. Paul also spoke about the word of knowledge, which is information divinely revealed to a person.
If you think about a human body, we each have ten fingers and ten toes. But not everybody wants to be a toe; they would rather be a part of the body, in the light––where everyone sees them. What happens if God calls you to be a toe? The toes are very important to the body. Without the big toe, a person would lose their balance; they could not walk correctly.
In the Old Testament, during times of war, Israel would cripple their enemies by cutting off their thumbs. Why? They could no longer shoot a bow and fight against them––it would cripple them.
Many Christians have become spiritually crippled in the Church because they are not submitted to what God’s order is concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In Costa Mesa, the afterglow services were amazing! People would stay at church until twelve at night to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit while worshiping the Lord. When was the last time you worshiped the Lord privately and asked to be baptized by the Holy Spirit?
The purpose is not that you might get more of the Holy Spirit, but that the Holy Spirit might get more of you.
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