Category Archive for "AW Daily Devotions"

Down and Dirty

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them . . . —Romans 12:6 (NKJV)
Moving from the manifestational gifts of the Spirit, we now move on to the motivational gifts of the Spirit. As we studied earlier in the month, the motivational gifts are labeled as such because they tend to motivate a person or define their overall role in the Church.

The Law of Serving

. . . He took the five loaves and the two fish . . . and the disciples gave to the multitudes. —Matthew 14:19 (NKJV)
Few stories from Scripture are as familiar to us as Christ’s miraculous feeding of the multitudes. When we read this story, we tend to focus on Jesus, or perhaps even the food. But we rarely look at the disciples, and there’s an important lesson about serving embedded in their actions.

The Gift Governor

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. —Galatians 5:22–23 (NKJV)
I don’t get into spiritual gifts.
You don’t? Why not?
I don’t know. It’s just so . . . unpredictable, uncontrollable . . . strange.

Rhetorical Questions

. . . Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? . . . Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? —1 Corinthians 12:29–30 (NKJV)
Rhetorical question: A question posed without expectation of an answer but merely as a way of making a point.

Who Gets What?

But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. —1 Corinthians 12:11 (NKJV)
“No fair! Why can’t I have what they got? Why don’t I ever get a chance to . . . ?” Sound familiar? It’s not just something you hear on a playground packed with kids. It’s an attitude that’s prone to pop up in each of us when we start looking at what others have instead of appreciating what we’ve been given.

Exponential Edification

. . . to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. —1 Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV)
These two gifts really go hand-in-hand, because in order for tongues to really impact and influence the Body of Christ, in order for it to be fully and effectively utilized, it needs to be accompanied by an interpretation.

The Truth About Tongues

. . . to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. —1 Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV)
Yesterday we took a look at the gift of tongues and the truths surrounding this important, though often misunderstood spiritual gift. Today, we’re going to focus on its accompanying gift, the gift of the interpretation of tongues.

Discerning Danger

. . . to another discerning of spirits . . . —1 Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV)
Have you ever had a feeling in your gut that something about someone was just . . . off? From the outside looking in, everything sounded fine and looked good. But inwardly, you sensed a problem buried beneath the surface.

The Profitability of Prophecy

. . . to another prophecy . . . 1 Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV)
Prophecy is one of the more misunderstood subjects in Scripture. When we hear the word “prophecy,” we tend to associate it with forecasting future events. That’s certainly one of the important aspects of prophecy, but the true biblical definition of this gift is much deeper and wider.


Miraculously Minded

. . . to another the working of miracles . . . —1 Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV)
From time to time, God will violate certain laws in order to accomplish His will. In many cases, He will exercise this divine prerogative over nature through His people. And this is the gift of “the working of miracles.”


His Heart To Heal

. . . to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit . . . —1 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
As we make our way through the various gifts of the Holy Spirit, we come to the gift of healing.


Ripple Effect

. . . to another faith by the same Spirit . . . —1 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
God has given a variety of spiritual gifts to His people so that we can serve one another through their use. Among these gifts is the one listed above for us: the gift of faith.