The Permanence of Spiritual Gifts

Permanent

“For God’s gifts and His call can never be withdrawn.” Romans 11:29

Devotional Thoughts

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 They cannot and will not be withdrawn, rejected, stolen, spoiled, re-gifted or returned.

Follow-Up Activity

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.

Prayer Focus
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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The Holy Spirit Decides Which Gift(s) I Receive

Holy Spirit

“It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” 1 Corinthians 12:11

“But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where He wants it.”

1 Corinthians 12:18

Devotional Thoughts

When I was a new Christian, I took a spiritual gifts assessment which was supposed to indicate my top spiritual gifts. One of my top gifts, according to this assessment, was Voluntary Poverty. I was so surprised, I cried out, “I don’t want that gift! I’d rather have the spiritual gift of Prophecy. That one sounds pretty good to me.”

Fortunately, I don’t get to decide which Spiritual Gifts I receive. Neither do you. The Holy Spirit decides on spiritual gift assignments and distributes them accordingly. The Lord has the big picture of His own purposes for our lives, our church and our world. Through His perfect management and distribution, He keeps the church in perfect order and balance.

Follow-Up Activity

Find a friend, family member, or life group member who is participating in this devotional reading. Ask them to share their spiritual gift with you as you do the same with them. Discuss how these unique giftings can benefit each other, the local church, and the worldwide body of Christ.

Prayer Focus

Lord, You know what’s best for me. Help me to use my spiritual gifts wisely. Thank You for giving me a spiritual gift which benefits Your kingdom.

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