Daily Bread - August 5, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 05 August 2019 16:27
1 Corinthians 1:7 - So that you are not lacking in any spiritual gifts, as
you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Part 1 ~ The Gifts Are Relational

Many sincere and hungry people in the Church are at a standstill when it
comes to operating in the gifts of the Spirit. They know they are to desire
the spiritual gifts, and especially prophecy; but they don't understand how
to begin (1 Corinthians 14:1). In many instances, we observe one of two
extremes: either people are so zealous they step out in their own desire
and make a mess of things, or people don't step out at all in fear of doing
something wrong.

What we all must come to realize is that God has made the gifts of the
Spirit purely relational. The deeper we move into relationship with the
Holy Spirit, the deeper we will be affected by the promptings of the Holy
Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit flow out of our interaction with God and
our obedience to do the things we know to do. This of course all begins
when we are baptized in the Holy Ghost according to Acts 1:8 and Acts 2:4.

There are four training grounds where we learn to more effectively function
in the gifts of the Spirit:

1. Giving ourselves to the study of the Word of God.

2. Giving ourselves to prayer that touches the realms of glory (too many
pray prayers that are like reading a message off a piece of paper, instead
of talking to the Father from the heart).

3. Allowing a deeper participation in praise and worship.

4. Doing those things you know the Word of God has commanded, such as
speaking to others about their souls.

When we are participating in these spiritual things, we discover the
inspirations of the Holy Spirit that lead us into a deeper and more
diversified manifestation of the gifts.
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