1 Corinthians 12:4-11 CSB Well it’s the new year! So, what are you all going to do with the gifts you received? Leave your gifts in their… Read more “Unwrapped – Gifts of the Spirit”
Are you ready to start a fire in our communities? It has to start here! The fire must spread form the local Church. We must fan into flame, or rekindle, the gifts God has blessed us with! Take your next step…. Do not stifle the Spirit, instead, “stifle yourself” – Deny the flesh, put to death what belongs to the flesh… God has called us, His Church, to go into their communities, to prophecy, spread the Gospel, and be a witnesses of God’s love.
But a congregation or individual that is Spirit-led welcomes and invites any and all. They are passionate in, and for, the mission. They come along side others in their walk, they live out their freedom in God’s Love and power in obedience, they are putting the one anothers of God’s Truth into action, and helping others to overcome the world, sin, and the temptations the enemy throws at them. They are Spirit led, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in their lives…
Any congregation, any church, that tries to function apart from the Spirit is powerless, a Zombie-a dead body-that looks alive but is dead on the inside. All it cares about is itself and all of its efforts are for itself. It does not produce at all but only takes. Every fundraiser is for themselves: a new roof, refrigerator, or just to keep the lights on. If all it is concerned with is within, then how is it fulfilling its purpose to be salt and light to those around it? It isn’t! It is dead, a drag on the community and on God’s true church.
We need to understand that our faith works through God’s love for us – not our love for Him. When we understand the depth, width, and length of His love for us, how much He loves us, then He will be able to do more than we can ask for or think according to the power (Love) that works in us!