1 Corinthians 14:12 Seek Gifts To Build The Church

So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church. 1 Corinthians 14:12

People always desire the best of everything. They want the things that everyone can see and that make them look good. Things that cannot be seen are often ignored or not desired, since it does not build the individual up himself.

Most often this desire is based on selfish pride. Very few actually desire to help someone else out more than themselves.

Paul had just listed some gifts of speaking in tongues and the interpretation of it in the church. Tongues can be good, but he wants the people to seek gifts to build the church up.

The whole part of man’s fall from God was one of selfishness and trying to build one’s self up. The whole work on Jesus dying upon the cross was one of non-selfishness. It was all about helping or building others up.

After Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to build and guide His followers in doing His work upon the earth. The Holy Spirit works in supernatural ways, giving spiritual gifts to guide His church.

Many believers want the gift of tongues, thinking that it is something amazing. While it can be amazing, it only builds self up and does nothing for others. The real help is found in the translation of the tongues.

God uses the interpretation of tongues to build His church up. God uses spoken words that the local people can understand to build them up, not just tongues that edifies or build’s up the individual.

Every believer should be seeking the greatest joy in being a witness and building others in the church up in Christ Jesus. In order to do that, he must seek the gifts God has given that others can tangibly see God’s hand working in their lives.

God is willing to use you in many different ways. He is willing to give you gifts of the Holy Spirit to help you in the work He has for you to do. Allow the Holy Spirit to use you in the gifts He has for you.

Seek those gifts that will help build the church up first and foremost. As you build the church up, God will build you up and meet all of your needs.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will use the gifts God has for you; that you seek to build others up before yourself; and that God will remove selfish pride in your life.

Acts 1:14 Together In Prayer

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. Acts 1:14

People of like mind will get together to accomplish something greater than what any one of them can do alone. The world recognizes the need to work as a group to accomplish greater things.

At the same time many know the need to work together, many will also work to do things completely on their own. These individuals want all the credit for what is accomplished.

After Jesus had left them, all the disciples and some others met together for prayer. As a group they were constantly in prayer.

The world knows that isolation can bring control over a person. With isolation one becomes weak and has no support or encouragement. The world wants to isolate and crush believers and their belief in Jesus.

It is common for believers to believe that they can do things on their own. They pray and study the bible alone. While this is good, it cannot be all that one does. Every believer needs to get together with other believers for the purpose of prayer. And this should not be a one time event, but a constant event.

Praying together holds and builds each other up and invites God to be present in the middle. Getting together builds unity of mind, spirit and work. More will be accomplished with a small group of praying believers, than thousands praying alone and separate.

God has a work for believers to do as individuals and as a body. They need to work as a team to pray and seek God’s will, direction and strength to accomplish His work. After the disciples prayed, they turned the world upside down.

As a believer, you need strength for each day. You need God’s direction in your life. And you need support. To get these things you need to be spending constant time in prayer alone and corporately.

Do not allow yourself to be isolated from other believers, thinking you can do the battle on your own. Attack the enemy in prayer with a group.

This prayer can be done as a group physically getting together, or getting together remotely at a set time, connected by internet or phone. Either way is getting together in war against the enemy by constant prayer.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be in constant prayer with God; that you will pray constantly with other believers; and that you will see God work in your life.

August 28, 2019 Promise Of God

Jeremiah 24_6-7

My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me,  that I am the LORD. They will be my people and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. Jeremiah 24:6-7