Friday, February 21, 2014

ENGAGING THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT FOR PROFITABLE LIVING - I Cor.12:7





 But covet earnestly the best gifts - I Cor. 12:31


Introduction:
·        Spiritual gifts are spiritual treasures in our earthen vessels -
2Cor 4:7 -  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

·        These treasures are given to us by Holy Ghost for our profiting.
1Cor 12:7 - But the manifestation (Display, Expression, Demonstration) of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

Proverbs 18:16 - A man's gift maketh room for him.

Example - Nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, among others
– 1Cor. 12:7-10.
Categorized into three:
·      Power Gifts -
(1) Faith
, (2)Gifts of Healing and  (3) Working of Miracles
·      Revelation Gifts -
(1)Word of Wisdom, (2) Word of Knowledge and (3)Discerning of Spirits
·      Vocal / Inspirational Gift -  
(1)
Prophecy,  (2)Diversity of Tongues  and (3) Interpretation of Tongues


Ø The Holy Ghost manifests Himself in the believer through these gifts resulting in breakthrough of all kinds.


Ø Every Christian is to Covet deeply and sincerely any of these gifts.
And The Bible recommends we Covet the Best.
 1Cor 12:31 - But covet earnestly the best gifts:

God is more than ready and willing to give us the best

Luke 11:13 - If ye then, being evil, ….know how to give GOOD GIFTS unto your children: how much more shall YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER give the HOLY SPIRIT to them that ask him?