by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 12:6-8 (19 of 25)
Harley Howard

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace
that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy
according to the proportion of faith;

We do not all have the same gift, nor the same
ability, or operation or way that God uses the gift in
us. We will see that in I Corinthians 12.

Spiritual Gifts. Romans 12:3-8, I Corinthians 12:4-11,
1st Peter 4:8-11.

These are the three prominent passages that deal
directly with spiritual gifts. We will look primarily
at the gifts listed in Romans. The first and foremost
question that we need to answer is, "WHAT IS A
SPIRITUAL GIFT?" It wouldn't do us any good to
proceed with the topic unless we knew what a spiritual
gift is.

>> Let's look at what spiritual gifts are by looking
at what they are NOT, then proceed to what they are.

1) They are not natural talents or abilities. For
example, there is no gift of cooking. There is no
gift of singing anywhere in scripture. There is a
great danger of confusing natural talents and
abilities for spiritual gifts. There is a danger of
ignoring the gift list that are in the scriptures and
try to create "gifts" that have nothing to do with
what God has given us and in doing so, will not help
the body to grow at all.

2) They are not the evidence of spiritual maturity or
growth. 1st Corinthians 1:4-8. The words come behind,
means to come late, referring to a lack or a need of
something. Right after Paul makes this great
declaration about the giftedness of the church, then
he says this, 1st Corinthians 1:10-13, 3:1-4. Every
believer has at least one gift at the moment they are
saved, but that gift(s) is no guarantee of any
spiritual maturity or growth.

3) They are not given to you because you pray or ask
for them. ALL gifts are given to you sovereignly by
God and they are given for HIS purposes, NOT YOURS.
1st Cori ...

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