Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:4–9
“That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Corinthians 1:5–7.
Father God, thank you for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Lord, there are many who have gifts but they have not unwrapped them. In your mercy, awaken the spiritual man within us so that the gifts you have given us will become manifest.
It is always precious to see young children eagerly anticipating opening their presents during Christmas-time. Sometimes, the sight of their gifts under the Christmas tree is so tempting that they cannot sleep on Christmas Eve. Their only desire is to unwrap their gifts to see what they have received. Beloved, what good is it to receive gifts but never to unwrap them?
Receivers and onlookers would never know what gifts were given. The same is true for the gifts of the Spirit with which God has endowed us.
The Word of God says that we should lack no gift. God has given every believer at least one gift. I pray that God will give you the grace to determine which of these gifts you have; and by the power of the Holy Spirit, they will become manifest for the profit of all in your life.
“Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,” 1 Corinthians 1: 8–9.
God in His wisdom has put in you that gift and is calling you to shine forth.
Certain gifts of the Spirit may seem foolish to some, but the gifting is the work of the cross. By Jesus’ atonement, you became qualified to receive the Holy Spirit and to manifest the gifts of the Spirit. God gave us gifts because He loves us. He is expecting a demonstration of the Spirit and His power to manifest in our lives so that our faith will not stem from the wisdom of men but from the power of God.
How can you determine your gifts? “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God,” 1 Corinthians 2:9–10.
I pray that the Spirit of God will come upon you and search for the deep things that God has deposited in you and that you will unwrap His gifts. Draw close to God so that the Spirit of God can work intimately within you. May the fruit of the Holy Spirit mature within you.
The fruit of the Spirit has nine manifestations that should characterize every believer. These manifestations are: joy, given to you perpetually in spite of your circumstances; peace, deliverance from anxiety about tomorrow; long-suffering; gentleness; goodness; faith; meekness; and temperance.
When the fruit is mature, you will manifest the gifts and profit withal continually.
Experiencing God’s gifts is impossible except you become born again and receive the power of the Holy Spirit of the living God through the atonement that Jesus made. Receive Jesus today by praying, “Dear Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to you. I confess and forsake my sins. Cleanse me from my sins with your blood. Write my name in the book of life and make the power of the Holy Spirit real to me in my generation.”
Heavenly Father, bless us indeed. Let your Holy Spirit come upon your people, O Lord. Let the fruit of the Spirit mature in us and let our spiritual gifts become manifest, whether they be word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, prophecy, healing, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues, or the working of miracles. Let them begin to manifest in our lives, O living God, in the name of Jesus we pray.