Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:1-15:58
Heavenly Father, I hope You don’t feel my title is disrespectful. The special abilities Your Spirit give are nothing less than mind-blowing. When I consider the life-changing impact these spiritual gifts can have on a person, group, church, city, state, country, or world; I definitely consider them superpowers.
Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy. —1 Corinthians 14:1
Lord, in addition to prophesy, what are Your special abilities?
Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. —1 Corinthians 12:1-11
This sentence jumped out at me: A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
Lord, I want Your spiritual gifts. I want the Your special abilities. I want to prophesy, because Paul said I should desire it. I want all You have for me!
Give me Your superpowers to help others!
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 16:1-24, Acts 19:21-20:6, Romans 1:1-32