Sunday, September 16, 2018

September 16

When Jesus was carried away to die on the cross, it seemed like the war was over, and that Jesus had been defeated. The hopes of His followers were dashed. They didn’t understand that His death was just the beginning, and what He was doing would free them and deliver their sins, and ours, to the depths of hell. When He rose from the dead, He conquered hell, Satan, and all of his minions. After every battle that is won, there are spoils, bootie, treasure, that are plundered by the soldiers and brought home to their family. Jesus, being the King and the Commander, was no different. After He ascended to go back to Heaven, He gave us the Holy Spirit as comfort, like a wall around His kingdom. He had won, and we are now safe. But, that’s not all! There is treasure that has been distributed to those who are in His kingdom. Each person is given a measure of grace, distributed however seems fitting to our Savior. That unmerited favor, shows up as spiritual gifts to equip the saints for the work of ministry in the kingdom, to build up the body of Christ. You will know when it’s a gift, because it’s something you’ve had no formal training in, at least in the beginning, yet you are able. Once you know your gift, you can perfect it through training. This covers Ephesians 4:7-12.

But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” Ephesians 4:7-8

If you haven’t discovered your gift/gifts, there are many online tests that can give you guidance and help you see what they are. You might be surprised. As a precaution, I always go to the “About” section on any website that I visit to make sure their Statement of Faith matches my own. I suggest you do that for any online information you are seeking. is pretty accurate. 

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