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Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts (6 of 7)
Improving Your Image -- A Whole You for a Holy God
This is the sixth in a series of messages on improving our image. We are talking about man being made in the image of God and that image of Christ in which we were recreated when we were born again. And how important that is that our self-image is that image that the Lord placed in us. We see ourselves as the Lord Himself sees us. And when we do, it makes a great deal of difference as to how we succeed in life. And we want to build a group of believers here who know who they are.
In Romans 12:3, the subject is "Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts." We talked about spiritual gifts last week but we did not get to finish all about spiritual gifts that we need to say.
Romans 12:3-9 "For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good."
Last week we said that a spiritual gift was different from a natural ability. We are born with natural abilities but God gives us supernatural abilities when we are born again. These are our birthday gift from the Lord Jesus. And we said that every person has at least one spiritu ...
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