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Equipped to Serve Part XVIII

    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, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. I Corinthians 12:7-10

    The nine spiritual gifts given by the Spirit to the body empower us to possess that which makes up the divine character and attributes of the Lord Jesus Christ. These gifts of God's grace and mercy are distributed to each one in the body so as to create equality, giving honor to the least as well as to the greatest, because we are all one in Him!

    Although many have exalted themselves and their gifts by promoting "Their Ministry" the gifts and their operation are reserved for the body of Christ and not to be exhibited to the world for sale. When the Spirit moves in a local fellowship and all the gifts are manifesting through the various individual members it is a beautiful thing to behold.

    This is a time for us all to find our place in the body and begin to employ our specific spiritual gift as the Spirit leads us, because time is running out and the Bridegroom is coming at an hour when He is least expected to appear for His bride. Are you ready?

    But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. I Corinthians 12:11

Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin