Day 40 – Activate and release the gifts of the Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (ESV)

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

There are some pretty cool gifts going on here, gifts given to every (emphasis on every, v6 & 11) born again believer. Friends, you must believe it. These gifts are not given to a select few, to those specially anointed ones amongst us, they are given to all. Believe it. Look for them to be manifest in your life and expect for the Spirit of God to teach you what they are all about and how you can minister through them. Maybe, just maybe, the reason why the church has not been effective in releasing these gifts is because we haven’t taken the time to understand them. The Joy of the Spirit-Filled Life occurs when these gifts of the Spirit are activated and released in the believers life. Ask God to help you not only understand them but how you can activate them in your daily life.