Good morning, it’s Friday! Have you ever been to a place where there were various languages being spoken? Have you seen the beauty of the cultural influences of languages around the world shaping new words or giving root to a word? Today, we will conclude our reading on spiritual gifts as we cover the final two listed in 1 CCorinthians chapter 12, verses 7-11. Join me as we cover gifts eight and nine. Have a wonderful weekend.
“7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice[b]; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.[c] 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages,[d] while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” – 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NLT
The spiritual gifts assessment describes the gift of speaking in unknown languages and the ability to interpret as, “the gift of tongues”. “The gift of tongues is the divine strength or ability to make a declaration in a language unknown to you that would encourage others spirit and to build faith with God. The gift of tongues is often accompanied by interpretation and should be used appropriately. Acts 2:1-13; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Corinthians 14:1-14.
The book of Acts is where we first read about people speaking in tongues in the New Testament. Chapter two of Acts is often referred to as the “Acts Church” because the church is being established. In Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church he refers to the gift to speak in an unlearned language, he also covers the ability to translate an unlearned, known language expressed within the church. As we read further in 1 Corinthians, we read how these gifts are to be used orderly in worship, “27 No more than two or three should speak in tongues. They must speak one at a time, and someone must interpret what they say. 28 But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately.” (1 Cor. 14:27).
Sisters and brothers, this gift from God is a gift that many may not understand, but it is a gift that should be used as God directs and guides. God understands all languages and can interpret anything that is said or prayed. If you have this gift, or desire this gift remain consistent in prayer asking the Lord for the ability to speak and interpret. So that when someone speaks in the language you will have the ability to interpret and when you speak, someone else can interpret. Allow the Lord, to speak through and use you to share the message.
While there are many more spiritual gifts such as:
- Apostle/Missionary/Church Planter
- Encouragement and exhortation
- Helps or Serving
- Mercy or Compassion
- Music or Worship
- Pastor or Shepherd
God has gifted us with one or more spiritual gifts to build up the church, the members in the congregation, our families, neighbors, friends and communities.
- Will you pray for God to reveal your gift to you?
- Will you be obedient and allow God to use you and your gift(s) to further the kingdom?
Father God, thank you for today. Thank you for your grace and mercy on our lives. Lord, thank you for the spiritual gifts that you have given us and for the ones that are yet to be revealed in us. Lord, we don’t want to hold back anything from you any longer. Lord, we are tired of living to please everyone, when our true desire should be to please you. Lord, we want to put you first so that everything else will fall into place simply because we trust you in every are of our lives and in any situation that may come our way. Lord, have your way within us. Pour out your gifts upon us, equip us with the boldness, bravery and humility to use those gifts for your glory. In Jesus name, amen.
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