Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Spiritual Gifts

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! I took time to walk this morning, because I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful weather, so that made me a little later this morning.

Actually, I walked at the Park last night after supper, but walking in the morning is definitely better! As soon as I started,last night,  a big horse fly landed on my glasses, then as I walked along the sidewalk, three kids, one on a skateboard, one on a tiny bike and the other on a big bike came zooming along, not stopping for anything, so I had to step off to avoid a collision.  Then more people came with kids, so I just did a short walk, so I could get back home. I stopped, though, by Arrow Lake because a beautiful tri-colored heron was standing in the tall grass just looking at me, so I looked back and he finally decided to fly off to another location. I have never been that up close and personal with one before. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

1 Corinthians 12:1-
And now, dear brothers and sisters, I will write about the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives to each of us, for I must correct your misunderstandings about them. You know that when you were still pagans you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. So I want you to know how to discern what is truly from God:

No one speaking by the Spirit of God can curse Jesus, and no one is able to say "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. a spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.

To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another  he gives the gift of special knowledge. The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,