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Having recently addressed manifestations of the Spirit and the command for us to "test the spirits" so we know whether the manifestation is of the Holy Spirit or the unholy one, when I ran across this verse just now I thought to share it with you.

  • "But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." 1 Corinthians 12:7
This is a good reminder that no matter how glorious a gift the Lord may have given you, He did so for "the common good" and not for us to allow satan to fill us with the sin of pride as if it were something we can take credit for. It reminds us that it is not proper for us to go around telling others, "I operate in the gift of..." and other such prideful and self-glorifying statements. Surely not to introduce ourselves as "Prophet so n so" or whatever. You simply don't see this in the Bible. People didn't give themselves the "title" of "prophet" or whatever, the community did as a result of God's works through them.

Any spiritual gift we have is completely by grace and we don't deserve it, and it's fully under God's control. If we "control" it, we are acting in the flesh and it is not the Spirit of God. If and when HE wants to use it, He will make it happen. In this way, those whom HE wants to be blessed by this gift will know of it and it's simply not our place to go telling people as if it's a spiritual resume for us.

That's not to say there isn't a place for discussing such things. I'm just saying that the prideful boasting is not pleasing to God and shows spiritual immaturity on our parts and it's not why He's honored you in this way. We can surely see the difference. Let's strive to carry these precious gifts as worthy vessels with hearts only to serve and glorify Almighty God to whom they, and WE belong!

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