“For God’s gifts and His call can never be withdrawn.” Romans 11:29
I know a Christian lady who moved to New Orleans after her marriage fell apart. For years, she had lived a holy, set apart lifestyle. However, upon her move, she decided to embrace the ways of the sinful world. She stopped attending worship services and life groups and started frequenting bars and night clubs. Late one evening, while in a bar on Bourbon Street, she was approached by a man who offered to buy her a drink. In the midst of their conversation, the man smiled and asked, “What are you doing here, Honey? There’s something good shining out from you and you’re trying to cover it up.”
Once the Holy Spirit enters us, He is there working in and through our lives even when we’re purposefully trying to sin. In a similar fashion, the spiritual gifts we receive from the Lord are alive, working through us from the time of our salvation to bring about the purposes of the Lord. They are within us, working to accomplish the Lord’s will even if we are not purposefully activating them. In other words, the spiritual gifts we receive from the Lord are permanent. They cannot and will not be withdrawn, rejected, stolen, spoiled, re-gifted or returned.
Write out a prayer to the Lord, thanking Him for His constant presence in your life and for the permanence of the spiritual gifts He has given you.
Lord, it is comforting to know the permanence of the spiritual gifts You give to us. Help me to always use them to serve others and to glorify Your name.
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