Refresh – Gifts



Refresh – Gifts

Now about the spiritual gifts [the special endowments given by the Holy Spirit], brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. (1 Cor.12:1)

Gifts are unique endowments or bequests willingly distributed to a recipient for which no value or payment is exchanged. Gifts are symbolic: a token of goodwill, interest, goodness, friendliness and care affirmation on the part of the benefactor to assert his/her interest in the beneficiary to the intent that the beneficiary make gain or derive an advantage, profit or gain from the use or exercise of the gift now bestowed.
It is important to note that the gift bestows advantage, it creates an edge which had not previously existed but its (now) existence gives the recipient a prop/thrust by which an advantage is gained over contemporaries lacking such endowments. Gift also relieves stress or strain imminent in buying an article. It provides significant savings on the part of the beneficiaries as he/she draws value for which no value (cost) was exchanged.
These, among many are profound features of gifts for which we (all) must first appreciate the kind gesture and benevolence of the donor and also be urgent and prepared to extract the full advantage latent in the gift so freely bestow. Every gift carries a cost for which the donor committed to the free enjoyment and advantage of the recipient. Please value and appreciate every gift; though freely received yet costly delivered.
Now, the Bible introduced new or elevated types of gifts; “spiritual gifts” it says. About these gifts, the writer warned against our being ignorant or uninformed. The most distinctive feature of “spiritual” items is their “intangibility”. Being intangible or immaterial in nature, natural people (people without notice or interest in spiritual matters) ignore spiritual things to their wanton disadvantage losing the enormous grace and carriage loaded and latent in spiritual resources. It is important to note and recognize that these “spiritual” items are domicile and administrated by the Holy Spirit – The Spirit of God.
About people’s interest, the Bible says, “ For those who are living according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh [which gratify the body], but those who are living according to the Spirit, [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit [His will and purpose] (Romans 8:5 AMP). This reference clearly mark why many may be unaware or uninterested in spiritual gifts (Gifts of the Holy Spirit) but God rather would advise that we are aware of their existence and have appetite for them as they are for our “profiting” (1 Cor. 12:7 KJV)
Beloved, there are great and exceeding blessings, riches, honor, power, etc. latent in spiritual gifts. Remember these are gifts, no money or pledge is required rather, the Bible says “Now there are [distinctive] varieties of spiritual gifts [special abilities given by the grace and extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit operating in believers], but it is the same Spirit [who grants them and empowers believers]. (1 Cor. 12:5 AMP)
Notice, “but it is the same Spirit [who grants them and empowers believers].” ¬ – let’s become informed about, covet them, receive them and derive blessings and profit from it.

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Refresh – Value

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Gen. 2:7 KJV)

We need to gain the truth about our creation to have complete understanding of our formation (the material we are made of) and the required competency to manage our being. Man is a delicate composite creation, uniquely and utterly unlike any other. It is this “delicate composite” nature of Man that confers Man with the dominion and exquisite class of being granted him over all God’s creation.
Man was not an abstract or thoughtless creation of God, rather God was deliberate and intentional about the need and creation of Man. This is important for our cognitive and collegiate appreciation of our true self as we gain understanding of the reasoning that straddles our respective existence. You and I are uniquely important and implicitly relevant to the cause and course of events on the face of the Earth. This is important to apprehend.
About God’s contemplation of the creation of Man, the Bibles says, “God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Gen 1:26 KJV). Notice the grand thought and reminiscence that precipitated the creation and formation of Man; the image and likeness Man was designated to Mirror and assigned role to Man in the scope. It is simply intense. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Gen. 1:27 KJV). Annotate the consequential term “So” upon which God went forward to create Man. It was upon the thought and terms that defined the creation that “So” developed Man; “…God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;”
The unique element that differentiated and elevated Man was the breath of life; introduced by God and by whom Man became a “living Soul”. This is the unique and defining element, the filament of Man’s life-light. It is our good understanding therefore to retain and maintain the life kindle by this “filament” organized by the Breath of God. The Bible puts it thus, “The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.” (Job 33:4 KJV) and “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 KJV)
Beloved, in the breath of God is life…so breathe. Take a breath and live.

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Reset – Guidance

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim. 3:16-17 KJV

The scripture is the script by God for man to gain understanding of God’s Nature…that he (man) may be perfect as God. (Matt. 5:48 KJV)
The composition and preservation of the scripture is a testament to the verity of God’s breath being behind it. “All scripture…” is delivered by the moving of God’s Spirit on men to script God’s thought as “dropped” into their spirit that every man who would be of God may by learning the scripture be made complete, furnished unto God’s nature; perfect, unblemished and without reproach.

By the Breath of God upon Paul; the Apostle, a notable and prominent “writer” for God, who wrote the largest volume of that compendium of Truth called the Bible; said, “I want you to know, brothers and sisters that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (1 Gal. 1:11-12 NIV)

Take good notice of Paul’s assertion of the gospel (Truth) he learned and shared, it “…is not of human origin” he proclaimed to the attest that he was moved, driven, inspired, influenced and directed to scribble them. He “did not receive it from ANY man”, he said, neither was “taught it”. This notice and proclamation by Paul must elicit and elevate both our respect and reliance on “all scripture” (The Bible) as the Word of God motioned by His Breath and scripted. Praise the Lord.

About the Motion (Spirit) of God behind the Scripture (The Word of God), Paul further said, “For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”
It is the Spirit of God that moves upon a man’s spirit to have the man gain entrance to the content of God’s thoughts and by the same Spirit codified them (the thoughts) into man’s word and language with precision that is only Divine. What a mystery and a gesture so graciously delivered.

It is vital to note and notice that just as the Breath of God is behind the composition of the Word so is it required for comprehension. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18 KJV). Notice, “the preaching of the cross” to some people “is foolishness” because there is no Breath in them to comprehend the Words. The Bible asserts thus, “…the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” ( 1 Cor. 2:1 KJV). It is outside natural competence to understand the scriptures as it was to write them. Except by the Breath of God, no one can access or retain the things of God. This Breath is the Spirit of God.

Beloved, this is the point, the Spirit of God is the necessary Umpire in all matters relating to God and Man including His Word; and as the Bible says, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.” (1 Cor. 2:12-13 KJV).

By this new and living way, let us approach to apprehend all of God’s untold goodness and blessing gaining access by the Spirit of God. Enjoy the Word.

God is faithful…1 Cor. 1:9

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Reset – Meditate

And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. (Gen. 24:63)

Being alone is not being lonely; rather, it is an occasion to fellowship with one’s self. It is important that we gain the truth/essence of our composition to manage, care and cater for our total self. When one gains this truth, it will no longer be arduous to spend time with ones’ self.
Consider this for a moment, The Bible says, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” (1 Cor. 4:16 KJV) The Bible mentioned and motioned the state of two men in the text. The “outward man” and the “inward man”
These two men are in you and I, for whom we must make time for them to interact, deliberate and converse. In the context of that reference scripture, Paul was describing his experiences while dealing with the onerous task of handling the persecution that is against his inward conviction and he, the writer knew and understand the being and the state of the two “men” in him.
Also, emphasizing the existence and reality of our person, the Bible says, “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7 KJV) We observe clearly here how there are two points of interests about the same person by different persons. “man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart (inward”
This is the point, there are two “men” in each of us, the outward man and the inward man; we owe ourselves the necessary good to care and cater for the two “men” and to understand that these two men are always with us. That though we are sometimes ‘alone’, we are never lonely. Spending time with one’s self (regularly) is therefore a necessary and unique opportunity to mediate and build strong relationship between these two “men”. It is not unsurprising to know and note that it is possible that these ‘two men” in one man may not (even) agree.
Paul puts it thus “For I joyfully delight in the law of God in my inner self… but I see a different law and rule of action in the members of my body [in its appetites and desires], waging war against the law of my mind and subduing me and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is within my members.” (Romans 7:21:23 AMP)
The art and act of mediation (on the Word of God) aligns our two men to pursue and attain the same goals and purpose and “…to be strengthened with might by his (God’s) Spirit in the inner man;” (Eph. 3:16 KJV).
Like Isaac, we must create time to be with one’s self and… sure when we lift up our eyes, we will see the “camels coming”. Go to the field and be alone…with GOD.

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