RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Saturday 26 January 2013
GIFTS MUST BE PROFITABLE
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal" 1 Corinthians 12:7
Read: 1 Corinthians 12:7-10
Bible in one year: Ephesians 4-6
Action point: One reason some people seek for more gifts of the Spirit but fail to receive, is because the ones they have been given have not yielded any profit to the Giver.
A Bible character, who shined brightly wherever he went, was Joseph. Pharaoh declared ¡n Genesis 41:38-39, that the reason for his uniqueness was the presence of the Spirit of the living God ¡n him. The Holy Spirit cannot be inside of you and you would be seen as an ordinary fellow. Are you born again and have experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit? If yes, then you are not ordinary! You have the potentials to be extraordinary. Any believer, who is still living an ordinary life when he or she has the supernatural God on the inside, is simply a potential waster and a God-hoarder. Such a fellow I ¡s completely opposite of what the world needs to see today. If you have the Holy Spirit inside of you, to what extent have you stirred up the supernatural ¡n your life?
One common classification of the gifts of the Holy Spirit outlined ¡n 1 Corinthians 1 2:7-1 0 ¡s into three groups, with each group having 3 gifts each. First are the power gifts, these are: the gift of faith, healing and the gift of the working of miracles. Second are the vocal gifts which include the gift of divers tongues, interpretation of tongues and prophecy. The third category being that of the revelational gifts is comprised of: the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom and the discerning of spirits. Through personal study, I came to the conclusion that five of the gifts are revelational gifts. Pure prophecy ¡s an offshoot of divine revelation, and it ¡s impossible to accurately interpret tongues except the Holy
Spirit has revealed its meaning to you.
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal” 1 Corinthians 12:7
From this scripture, we understand that God the Holy Spirit is profit oriented like a business man. The Holy Spirit is the One who releases His gifts to His children. He does so not just for fun but to obtain profit. He wants the Kingdom of God increased by the use of His gifts. He wants God’s Kingdom enlarged by His gifts. He wants more souls to be saved and to come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ through His gifts. Has He given you one or more gifts? How have you utilized such gifts - to your advantage or for His profit? As far as He is concerned, any gift He has given to you which does not actively contribute to the profit of the Godhead is nothing but i waste. Stop wasting His gifts! Repent and engage His gifts properly from today.