Sunday, December 18, 2011

Spiritual Gifts-Love-Resurrection I Cor

Spiritual Gifts

As I was reading today in Chapter 12, Paul lists the gifts of the spirit.  Wisdom, Knowledge, Healing, Tongues, Interpretation of the Tongues, Miraculous powers, Prophecy, and Discernment.  Wow, who wouldn't want all of these?  In recent months, I have thought about these gifts for myself.  I believe that I do possess the gift of Discernment: distinguishing between spirits.  I have always had an act of knowing who people really are...I pray today that God will open my heart to all of the spiritual gifts available to me.  It says in verse 11, "All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines."  So, Lord, as some of these spirits are a little nervy to me due to not understanding them as well, I open myself to be given whatever you have for me.  I want to encourage and edify the body of Christ and those around me.  Planting seeds also to the unsaved. 

[As I prayed, when I read this, I asked God to give me these spiritual gifts.  When I got to the gift of healing, I told Satan to "get behind me and you are not welcome in this house or my body.  You will not take my hands, feet, shoulders, or collar bone.  You must leave in the Name of Jesus".  I looked up and my dog out of no where looked as if he was following someone to the front door (next to where I was sitting).  Christmas went to the side window of the door and stared out the door for a minute and then returned to the couch to lie down.  It was cool to think, Christmas was protecting me and seeing our unwanted guest out the door.  Making sure that he left our property. 


"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love Never Fails.  And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love." I Cor 13:4-8, 13

These are such familiar words.  I see them on bookmarks, plaques, etc.  I know that I do not show this kind of love towards the ones I am with the most.  It is so much easier to be "loving" to others that aren't with you as much, than those that are with you the most.  Lord, I ask that you would help me to share this Love with everyone, even my children, husband, and close family.  They deserve your Love.  I pray that these verses will ring into my heart each day, as I live them out. 


Praise Jesus.  My body here, right now, is not meant to be alive but dead.  My heavenly body will be alive and beautiful! No pain, no destruction, no death.  "So will it be with the resurrection of the dead.  The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised in spiritual body." I Cor 15:42-44.  Thank you Lord that I have hope that all will be well with you.  You are my healer and you will resurrect my body to your beauty and glory.  We are not promised healing here, but when we see it praise the Lord.  It is a small picture of what Heaven will be like.  Thank you for allow my diet change to help my pain dissolve.  I pray that you would give me the knowledge to apply different things to my life so that my earthly body will be the way you created it to be. 

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