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Spiritual Gifts?

Spiritual Gifts.  Where do you stand?

Do you believe all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit continue in the church today?  Or, do you believe that some have ceased?

Here is the much BIGGER question: WHY do you believe what you believe?  Where in the BIBLE (reading the Bible IN CONTEXT) does it support your belief (and the practice of your belief)?

The topic and practice of spiritual gifts is big, often-times-confusing, and leads to many strong personal feelings and disagreements.

Yet, the topic and practice of spiritual gifts is real and it affects the daily life of Christian and the church, so we should grow in our understanding and practice of them.

To help, Tim Challies writes a very helpful blog post to address our hearts, give us a bigger perspective, and to direct our hearts to Scripture.

I commend the blog post to you.

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

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Population: 31,000

Language: Bunu, Bu-Nao

Religion: Ethnic Religions

Evangelical: 0.30%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

September 24 – 2 Kings 1-4

It has been way too long since I have had time to journal.

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on 2 Kings 1-4
  • There are so many miraculous things that happen in these chapters
  • Fire comes down from heaven to destroy enemies at the word of Elijah
  • Elijah is taken to heaven supernaturally on chariots of fire
  • Elisha receives same Spirit of power as Elijah had, doing similar miraculous works
  • Elisha provides water for a thirsty army in a barren land
  • Elisha provides oil leading to money to pay off debt for a widow
  • Elisha provides a son for a woman and raises the son from death to life when he dies from an illness
  • And in the midst of all this, chapter 3, verse 18 jumps out
  • Elisha says this regarding providing water in a barren land (which is a truth that is true for all the other miracles in these chapters)
  • “This (these miracles) is a light thing in the sight of the Lord”
  • (That which is impossible for us as humans is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord)
  • (We serve a POWERFUL, amazing, miraculous God)

How Points to Christ

  • The greatest miracle and impossible thing is our salvation
  • We need new life (being dead in sin) – light thing to God in Christ who is our life
  • We need new hearts (having hearts of stone) – light thing to God in Christ who removes our heart of stone to give us a new heart of flesh
  • We need forgiveness, salvation, redemption – all light things to God in Christ whose death and resurrection brought about all these things

Apply

  • Our God today is the same God as that of Elijah and Elisha
  • I am freshly convicted that many times I don’t functionally believe in such a powerful God
  • I many times doubt whether God can do miracles today
  • God can and God does!
  • AND, we must remember that the most amazing of miracles is the salvation of souls for eternity
  • Saving people is impossible as a human task – BUT it is a light thing in the sight of the Lord!!!
  • Please pray that I would grow in faith in God’s power and simply pray fervently and preach boldly and frequently so that God would miraculously save sinners for His glory

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
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Population: 76,000

Language: Chhattisgarhi

Religion: Hinduism

Evangelical: 0.00%

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
Please pray for the …

Population: 356,000

Language: Panjabi, Western

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.00%

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
Please pray for the …

Population: 424,000

Language: Kuy

Religion: Buddhism

Evangelical: 0.41%

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