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.

Psalm 136:1 Give Thanks To God

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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1

Children are often taught to be polite when they are given something. They are expected to say ‘thank you’ for the gift. Often they are expected to say the response even when they really don’t like the gift.

While parents teach this concept of being grateful for every gift, even the ones not liked, many do not follow their own rules. It is common to hear of adults complaining about what they are given, rather than accepting it and being thankful.

Things are accepted and thanked for when it is in line with what one wants and expects. If it is not really in line with one’s own expectations, there is seldom any gratefulness.

The writer of this psalm starts out with telling the people to give thanks to the Lord. He immediately gives two reason: He is good and His love is everlasting.

People are often upset with God for what He did or did not give them. If life is not going perfectly smooth, people feel that God does not love them and is not giving them a good life.

Over the years there have been many people who have walked away from God because He did not answer some certain prayer that they requested. It is common to hear of this with healing someone.

As they do this, they have forgotten how good God really is and how great His love is. God only gives what is best for the individual. This good is for eternal good, not just some temporary pleasure.

No matter what God gives or allows in the life of a person, it is not meant to harm or destroy a person. It is meant to build him up and draw him closer to Him. Thus a person should give thanks to God for everything.

Think of all the good things God has already given you, life, breath, food, clothing, forgiveness of sins, salvation and much more. There are a million more good things that you may be able to think of that God has given you out of His great love for you.

God is a good God and will only give you the best for you. Trust that God knows what He is doing. Trust in His great love for you.

Now take a moment to give thanks to God for what He has given and is giving you today.

I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that you will know what God has given you; that you will trust God’s love for you; and that you will see that God is good all the time.

Joshua 18:3 Take Possession

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So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you?” Joshua 18:3 

When a person is given a gift, he is expected to accept it and open it. Once it is opened, it is now in his possession. It no longer belongs to anyone else.

If the person does not accept and take the gift, it is not in his possession. He can lay no claim to the gift, even though it could be his.

God had given the land of Canaan to the Israelites. All they had to do was go in and take possession. Five of the tribes of Israel took possession immediately, while the other seven chose not take possession. Joshua asked the question of how long it would be before they would choose to take possession of the land God is giving them.

Although believers, today, do not usually receive a gift of land from God, they are given some other things to possess. God offers peace, love, provision, joy, forgiveness, patience and more.

The world believes that all they need to make it in this world is physical things. The more things that they have, the more successful they are. According to the world, the non-physical things are just secondary and not really necessary.

Although physical things, such as food, housing, transportation and clothing, are important, they are not the most important things in this life. Those things help to live in this life, but do no good in eternity. The things God provides are important to eternity.

It is common for believers to not take possession of the things of God that are most important. They are grabbing for the temporary things of this world.

God is handing you some spiritual land in your life. You have the choice to accept it or not. The joy and peace that you may be searching for have already been given to you. All you need to do is take possession of them.

Having the things of God will make this life much better and prepare you for eternity. Do not despise what God is handing you. Take time each day to grab a hold of the things of God that really matter. Don’t wait any longer.

As Joshua asked, how long will you wait to take possession of what God is giving you?

I pray today that you will know the gifts God is giving you; that you will know the value of God’s gifts; that God will reveal to you the best way; that you will possess the things of God; and that your life will like that of Jesus.