“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”
1 Corinthians 12:1 KJV
The believer is blessed with the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. What this means is that God’s spirit is perpetually resident in the believer. This concept is called spirituals (from the Greek word ‘pneumatikos’) and essentially reflects the multidimensional and unlimited nature of the power of God.
So here’s the juice- the Spirit of God has many abilities, and those abilities automatically become the possibility of the believer.
Let’s see our anchor text in the NLT.
“Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this.” (1 Corinthians 12:1 NLT)
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul explains the enablement of the Spirit in its diverse forms, yet in all of us (1 Cor 12:6). Thus, the workings you see in others, you can do too. Charismatic ability is for everybody (including you), not a denomination or group of people. So what should you do about your ability? Make good use of it in service to God.
Imagine being lodged in a hotel room on a free breakfast package. If you are unaware or you decide to ignore the offer, and even pay for another dish at the restaurant, it is not the hotel management’s fault.
It only means you failed to make use of the resource available to you- free breakfast. This can be likened to having the Spirit of God and not utilizing His gifts.
Folks, the agency is already in us. All that is left is proper training and consistency. Thankfully, the local church is designed to equip and build us in the knowledge and appropriation of the spiritual abilities within us. (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Therefore, we must accept that we can show forth the gifts of the spirit, submit ourselves to be taught rightly, and then seize opportunities to glorify God through them.
“These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” (Mark 16:17-18 NLT)
Dear believer, you are capable of doing all these. The gifts of the Spirit come with the full package of the Spirit of God. Hence, the man who has the Spirit of God (you) has the gifts of God in full measure. He (you) only grows into the expression of these gifts.
SAY THIS: I have the ability of the Holy Spirit. He lives, moves and works through me. I pay attention to, and nurture His nudges. I exercise my charismatic ability!
Bible Reading Plan:
John 5:1-15, I Peter 1:17-25, Ecclesiastes 12, Jeremiah 39-43