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STRENGTH, ENCOURAGEMENT AND CONSOLATION

The one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement, and consolation. – 1 Cor. 14:3 Prophecy is given to do these three things (strengthening, encouragement, consolation): When God gives us a message for others it should normally accomplish one or more of these three things. […]

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MYSTERIES BY THE SPIRIT

The one speaking in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, for no one understands; he is speaking mysteries by the Spirit. – 1 Cor. 14:2 In the circles that I grew up in, the spiritual gift of tongues got a bad name. I […]

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PURSUE LOVE AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS

Pursue love and be eager for the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.- 1 Cor. 14:1 Here, Paul puts love and spiritual gifts in the same category. If you read 1 Corinthians 13, you realize that Paul says if you have to choose just one, then […]

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MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT

To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all. – 1 Corinthians 12:7 How is the Spirit of God manifesting in your life? God wants to show Himself to the world, and He does so through willing vessels in whose lives […]

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SPIRITUAL THINGS TO SPIRITUAL PEOPLE

And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. – 1 Cor. 2:13 Paul contrasts human wisdom with things taught by the Spirit of God. Spiritual truth can only […]

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REVELATION BY THE SPIRIT

God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. – 1 Cor. 2:10 Paul testified that he had received revelation by the Spirit of God. What a great source for teaching! The Spirit of God […]

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HUMAN WISDOM, OR THE POWER OF GOD?

My conversation and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 In this scripture, Paul is […]

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POWER OF THE SPIRIT

For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem even […]

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MY CONSCIENCE – MY HOLY SPIRIT CONNECTION

“I am telling the truth in Christ (I am not lying!), for my conscience assures me in the Holy Spirit” Romans 9:1 Paul is about to tell the Israelites how much He loves them and how deep his affection is for them. He wants to express the […]

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THE BEST WITNESS

The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – Romans 8:15 If you are normal, you have at times wondered, “Am I saved?” or, “Does God love […]

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