Friday, January 17, 2020

Operating Spiritual Gifts 2

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Philippians 4:6 (NET)  Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.

While Ranjit was a little boy living with his wealthy parents, he never heard his parents argue or worry about money. But when he was ten, his parents let him go live with his cousins in Germany. They didn't want him to become spoilt like all the other rich 'trust-fund babies' they saw around. When Ranjit started living with his cousins, for the first time in his life, he saw people talking, worrying and planning about money. Before this time, he didn't know money was something to ever worry about or talk about because his parents were very rich.

When people know that there is an abundance of something,  you rarely hear them talking about it.
As important as the oxygen we breathe is to our physical existence,  because here on earth we have an abundance of it,  you don't hear people talking about air or worrying if there would be enough air for them to breathe till the end of the year.

In the kingdom of God, there is a superabundance of everything. So it is very out of place when believers become anxious about anything. The fact that you can't see the air does not mean it does not exist. The fact that you can't see a thing you want does not mean God has not provided it. You connect with the reality of God's abundance by expelling anxiety and walking in faith.

Anxiety is an inhibitor of grace. Whenever a believer is anxious about walking in any spiritual gift he has received,  that anxiety would only help to hinder the manifestation of that gift.
When you speak in tongues,  do you worry and think about the words you would say? Do you listen to every word you say to see whether it sounds right?
The truth is that you don't even think about tongues when you speak in tongues. Maybe that's why you walk in that gift so effortlessly. The same principle applies to other spiritual gifts.

Go into today remembering that a spiritual gift will flow when there is no pressure or anxiety in your heart concerning it,  but only faith and assurance that you would walk effortlessly in that gift because God has given it to you. Remember, if you have ever walked in a spiritual gift even once, it is because that gift has been given to you. Don't neglect it (see 1 Timothy 4:14).

Prayer: Lord, deliver me from all forms of anxiety so I can walk in the fullness of Your grace. Amen.
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