"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophecy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, in liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness" (Romans 12:6-8, NKJ).
You've given us spiritual gifts with spiritual power. Each one is expression of Your Spirit abiding within us and ministering through us. They are a part of our identity, and they are necessary to fulfill our destiny. So "let us use them."
How are we to use them unless we know what they are? How are we to use them unless we know what they're for? How are we to use them unless we know how?
A father loves to "give good gifts" to his children; and our Heavenly Father loves to "give good gifts" to us (Matthew 7:11). You've given gifts to each of us that fit who we are and what we're called to do. Together, our individual gifts fit together as the Body of Christ, filled with the Spirit of Christ, to continue to the ministry of Christ (John 20:21). "For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another" (Romans 12:4-5).
Lord, show us our spiritual gifts. Awaken them and activate them with us. Equip us and anoint us to use them according to our calling for Your purposes in our generation. Align us and empower us as Your body to prepare Your bride to display Your glory throughout the earth (Isaiah 61:1-3). In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friends, please keep us in prayer as Sylvia and I minister in Brady, Texas at First UMC this weekend and Kerrville, Texas on Monday and Tuesday night at Impact Christian Fellowship with inner healing and prophetic ministry. Come join us if you can!