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God's Gifts of Grace (6 of 6)
The Diversity of Gifts
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 12.28; Romans 12.3-8
We're unwrapping gifts these days. And of course I'm talking about God's Gifts of Grace or Spiritual gifts!
Take your Bible and join me in the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians. And once you find 1 Corinthians .. turn to chapter 12.
Did you know that every child of God has been given a spiritual gift? Not because I so say but because God says so! If you have found 1 Corinthians 12 .. look down to verse 11, "But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills."
So what is the Definition of God's Gifts of Grace? Well .. these gifts are special abilities given to the child of God by the Holy Spirit when saved .. for the purpose of building up the kingdom of God." Their not natural gifts, their supernatural gifts. And God gives these gifts to minister supernaturally to others! And when you don't use your gift .. not only do you miss the joy found in using it .. but the work of God is hindered! When you don't properly use your gift you hinder the work of God. When you do properly use your gift you help the work of God.
That's why Paul says in 2 Timothy 1.6, "Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift (???????) of God which is in you." And "to stir up" (??????????) means to fan the flame! It's the picture of a flame that's almost gone out and is burning slowly through neglect!
So .. how do you prevent a slow burning flame from going out? By fanning it! And Paul is saying that what is true of a slow burning fire is equally true of spiritual gifts! So .. for the sake of the church .. for the sake of the Kingdom of God .. for the sake of those around you: "stir up the spiritual gift of God which is in you."
So how do you do it? How do you "stir up the spiritual gift of God which is in us?" Well .. by first defining a spiritual gift. You cannot stir what ...
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