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Spiritual Gifts: The God-Centeredness of Spiritual Gifts (3 of 8)
ESV Psalm 115:1 ''Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!''
Introduction: What if I gave you the car of your dreams? It's a gift to you. You get to drive it around, enjoy its comfort, its speed, its beauty. BUT you have to drive me around wherever I want to go. What would you think about that? No wait, you gave it to me, and I want to go where I want to go, so people can see me drive it, so I can do whatever I want with it.
As we continue our study of Spiritual gifts I want you to see that the gifts that God has given us are not for our own glory but for His alone. I want you to see that we are God's servants, chosen by Him, yes dearly loved, yet our lives need to be centered around Him, and His gifts are to be used for His glory. Our tendency is to use them for our own glory in different ways.
We are going to look at three points that will help us stay on track and keep the God-centered focus we need to keep.
1. Spiritual Gifts are given and applied by the Holy Spirit
I know this sounds ridiculously obvious but we don't want to look past it. Andrew made this point last week; we don't earn the gifts nor do we deserve them. They are just given by the grace and mercy of God.
- Ephesians 4:7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
- Romans 12:6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
- 1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
[A spiritual gift is exactly what it says: A gift of the Holy Spirit working in the believer for the glory of God.]
Therefore God is the central focus
He is the giver of the gift, and He i ...
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