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THE GREAT ADVENTURE - LIVING THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
Dr. Stan Coffey
Did you know that you are a gifted person? If you're saved, you're a member of the body of Christ, you've been born again, that you're also then given a spiritual gift or spiritual gifts. Did you know that God has given spiritual gifts to this church? We cannot operate, we cannot fulfill God's will, we cannot glorify God apart from operating in the spiritual gifts that God has given to us. I'm so thankful for this passage; it is a great passage about the victory we have in Christ and about the fact that the gifts that we have came from the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ himself.
(Read Ephesians 4:7-13)
C. H. Spurgeon was a great preacher in London during the nineteenth century; he saw many people come to Christ. In fact, his crowds were so great that he had to tell the people who were members of the church to stay home on Sunday night so that the lost might have a seat and might be able to hear the gospel. In the course of his ministry there, he was visiting with an elderly lady. She didn't have money to be in a nice retirement home; she was a ward of the state she was so poor. But she was a member of the church. He noticed on her wall a very attractive piece of paper. It was framed very attractively, and it obviously was very special to her. He asked her what it was, and she said, "I don't know what it is, but whatever it is, it was given to me by an elderly man that I once helped during the last years of his life. I tended to all of his needs, and he seemed to have a great appreciation for me. He gave me this piece of paper. But I'm not sure what it is." So the preacher said, "May I take this from the wall and look at it?" She said, "Sure, go ahead." So he looked at it, and he said, "May I take this and show it to one of my bankers?" She said, "I guess it would be alright, but be sure you bring it back."
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