Spiritual Gifts, Part II
There are diversities (allotments or various kinds) of gifts but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. There are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all things in all. I Corinthians 12:4-6
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are not at all like gifts given to us from one another where they become our private possessions, they are given to us to be stewards of as the Spirit works them within us and through us according to His good pleasure. Like little children we sometimes become arrogant or possessive with our gifts, but as we grow and mature we begin to understand His will for us in their use.
The ministry of Jesus depended on supernatural gifts and miracles that not only validated His ministry and the fact that He was who He said He was, Lord and Savior. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit were active in His life and essential for Him to accomplish what He was called to do, just as we are called into service in His kingdom to do even greater works and miracles in His stead! In order for power, signs and wonders to exist in the body they must be exercised and used to not only display them to the world but to edify the individual believer, reinforcing his faith and call to service.
Just as the devil tried to deceive Jesus in His first trial in the wilderness, so he has deceived the body of Christ into believing that they are insignificant and of no use to the ministry they have been given. Huddled up in little sheep pens they submit under a shepherd who stands in the Headship of Christ and in most cases unaware, resurrects the old priesthood to hold them in bondage, never allowing them to be trained and equipped to serve in His kingdom and fulfill their destiny and they eventually are starved to death and die spiritually. If you are in a church who does not allow your gift to be employed in the liberty of the Spirit to the rest of the body, get out, because your spiritual growth depends upon using your gift to edify others and to receive from them too in order to maintain a healthy spiritual life.
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. I Corinthians 12:7
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin