Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!
Posted by lamarzulli on January 6, 2013
L. A. Marzulli
1 Corinthians 12: 5 – 8 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit [of all]: For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
Before I launch into what may be another controversial BLOG let me give a brief conference update. I spoke three different times yesterday. The mood is good, the spirits are high and the word is going forth by all of the speakers. I spent some quality time with Gary and Doris Stearman yesterday and the conversation, as always, was enlightening. We then had dinner with Bob and Krissy Ulrich who joined us with the Stearmans.
Dallas is a maze of road construction and poor signage. We got lost several times on the way to dinner, and that’s with a GPS in both cars! I will speak again at 1pm this afternoon and then it’s off to the airport and back home. Thanks to all of you who have prayed for us while on the road!
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
Paul is telling us here that there are going to be differences in how the gifts of the spirit are going to be used, but makes it very clear that these gifts are from the SAME Lord. If we go to James we see this theme repeated where James tells us: all good gifts are from the Father of Lights! Another way of looking at this is to grasp that God will administer these gifts in a variety of ways, but when they are in operation they are from him.
James 1:7 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
For those of you who have dismissed this teaching and believe the gifts are NOT relevant for today, I would admonish you to hang in there as we will look at this from scripture and put it into perspective for the church today!
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
Paul is informing us that there are a variety of operations when the gifts, which come from the father of lights, are being used. He again informs us a second time that is the SAME Lord/God that is working in all of the gifts. In other words these gifts are not from man. They are not something that is done in the flesh, or something that we can somehow dredge up from the depths of our souls. They come from the Father of lights and thus are heavenly gifts which should be used for the building up of the body of Messiah! They are not the stuff we see on TV, where some huckster closes his eyes and then tells us if we send him $1000 dollar seed-faith offering that God will bless us. I believe the gifts from the Father are still in operation today, and they should be viewed with awe and reverence. They should not be taken lightly and they are used to advance the kingdom as they are signs and wonders of a living, holy, loving God.
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit [of all]:
Here we see the spirit of the living God manifesting. Paul makes it very clear that the Spirit is given to each one, but it is not used for self edification, or to exalt a man or woman, but for the profit of all! Now lets look at the first of these gifts that are mentioned.
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
How many of us lack wisdom? How many of us long for understanding? When praying with people who are burdened and under the pressure of Satan, the accuser of our souls, how can we begin to understand the depth of their problems? This is a good time to ask for the Spirit of wisdom, which is given by our Father so we can lift the burden. We act in His behalf to set the captives free! We see this same statement given to us by James. He admonishes us to ask for wisdom if we lack it.
James 1: 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But then he adds this: But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
James is pointing out that it is by faith we ask. In other words, we come to the given situation with nothing, as we have nothing but our faith. When we ask the Father for wisdom in a situation we are admitting that we don’t know the answer to the problem. We are admitting that we need “heavenly” wisdom that is not from our minds and flesh, to come into the situation.
Now what is wrong with this gift? How can we take offense in this? How can we say that this is not for us today? Who amongst us doesn’t need wisdom? Why would we turn our back on this or say we don’t need this? What can possibly be wrong with asking the Father for wisdom? Hello?
In closing todays Bun: When we ask for wisdom, we then must wait for the answer, for the wisdom to come into the situation. Sometimes it will come immediately other times it may take a few days or even weeks to get the wisdom that we need to apply to a given situation. This is where we must learn to be patient and also to know the voice of the Father. Jesus tells us; my sheep know my voice?
This is where our faith comes into operation and we keep on asking for the gift of wisdom. We ask not for ourselves so we can make a wise choice on the stock market or the horse races, but we ask for wisdom to advance the kingdom, His kingdom. All of us need to begin to exercise this first gift. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fear is not cowering in a corner but coming to an understanding that He is God! It is a reverence for Him!
One last thing. After Paul goes through the list of gifts, he then tells us that the best gift is the gift of love. Before some of you jump all over this and send me nasty emails, think about this, are we acting in love for each other on this blog? Jesus tells us; they will know you by the love you have for each other! We should think about this admonishment before we use our words. Words are like feathers in the wind, once they are said they cannot be gathered back up again. The gift of wisdom is for today, let’s begin to ask for it when needed and walk in this gift! How wonderful is our God!
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