March 27, 2019: SOAP #3401:   Judges 1-3; 1Corinthians 12 p Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 12:1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I tell you that no-one who […]

March 27, 2019: SOAP #3401:   Judges 1-3; 1Corinthians 12 p

Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 12:1 Now about spiritualgifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2 You know that when youwere pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.3 Therefore I tell you that no-one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says,“Jesus be cursed,” and no-one can say, “Jesus is Lord,”except by the Holy Spirit.

Observation:  It was important to Paul that Christians havea good understanding about spiritual gifts. They need to be familiar with the gifts and grow in using the gifts. Theyneed to learn how they work and how the different ministry gifts in the churchuse them.  But listed FIRST in Paul'steaching about the gifts is that they exalt Jesus.  This agrees with what Jesus said about theministry of the Holy Spirit.  (John 16:7-15)   ExaltingJesus is priority one with the Spirit. He is going to ensure that Jesus receive the proper glory for Hissuffering! 

Application:  How I talk about Jesus is important to the Holy Spirit.   It should be important to me.  

Prayer:   Holy Spirit, please keep me from speaking in a demeaning or unappreciative way about Jesus.  Keep my heart and mind filled with great love and appreciation for Jesus and what He has done for me.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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