Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014 … The Harmony of Giftedness

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 21

Devotional Song: Go to this link  – Please take your time to see a video of an incredible acapella arrangement of the old hymn … It Is Well With My Soul, showing us that when God’s Church comes together in harmony and unity, using all the individual giftedness imparted by the Spirit, all is well with God’s Bride.

 Highlight Passage #1 – NKJV: 1st Peter 4: 10 …  
10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  
Highlight Context - NKJV: 1st Peter, Chapter 4, Verses 1-11 … GO TO THIS LINK … 

Reference Passage #1: Romans 12, Chapter 12 … Go to this link [NKJV] … [Living as the Body of Christ, using His Spirit-imparted gifts harmoniously as God desired they be used for His glory.]

Reference Passage #2: 1st Corinthians, Chapter 12 … Go to this link [NKJV] … [When we come together in our giftedness and use those gifts as one body, Christ is exhibited and God is glorified.]

Reference Passage #3: Ephesians, Chapter 4, Verses 1-16 … Go to this link [NKJV] … [Our power as Christians is expressed when we’re fully and effectively using our Spirit tagged gifts for God’s glory. ]

Reference Passage #4: Acts 1: 8… [NKJV] … [And that power is seen in our witness and use of His giftedness.] …  
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Reference Passage #5: Matthew 5: 16… [NKJV] … [When our gifts are used and expressed for God’s glory, His light shines brightly in a dark world.]
"16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. “ 

My Journal for Today: Okay, have you taken in the attached photo, the lilting song linked for your mediation, and all [and I mean ALL!!] of the copied/linked Scripture passages to which I’ve referred you above. And I sure hope and pray that you’ve come here today to let God’s Spirit give you a big hug in this quiet place as we worship our Lord… TOGETHER.

And “together” is the operant word here today; because as illustrated by the hauntingly powerful song to which I’ve linked you, it is the HARMONY of members of Christ’s Body, coming together and using their Holy Spirit imparted gifts, which produces the power of God’s witness of love to the world, shining His light for all to see and follow.

So, … without having to write a lot more here, the attached photo really asks the question exhorted by my Our Daily Bread devotional this morning. Read the question aloud with me here, … “Your YOUnique gifts and talents – Do you know them? Are you using them?”  

I don’t know about you as I sit here and write this, knowing that my Spiritual Gifts are teaching and encouragement, imagining that some (maybe you) are reading this, I know that my gifts are being used as Christ Himself directed in Acts 1: 8 and Matthew 5: 16; and I feel at harmony with God here today. How about you? Will you be using your gifts for God’s glory as you walk out to encounter the world today?

My Prayer for Today … Lord, I pray that any/all who read here today will move out to be Your light in a very dark world today. … Amen

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