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The Invisible Man - Part 6, The Invisible Man Tools
Miles McPherson - May 17, 2009

Message Recap

Miles started off this week's message with an announcement, asking everyone to pray for Miss California, Carrie Prejean. As many of you are aware, she is being attacked in a variety of ways for standing up for her beliefs.

For several weeks we have been covering the Invisible Man, or the Holy Spirit, and His purpose in the Trinity and in our lives. This week, Miles taught about how the Invisible Man empowers us for the spiritual work that He has assigned us to do. This empowerment comes in the form of supernatural tools, gifts, abilities, and talents.

What are spiritual gifts?

1. Spiritual gifts are the supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit in our lives to empower us to serve the kingdom of God.

We don't develop these gifts, we simply have them from the beginning. As Miles put it, trying to attain these gifts would be like staying in the garage for a long time so that one could become a car. It can't happen!

2. We must become aware of our gifts and know what they are. 1 Corinthians 12:1.

If your gift is one of leadership and not of speaking in tongues, you will have a hard time trying to speak in tongues. God gave us gifts to use to do magnificent things, but we won't be able to do these things until we know what our gifts are.

God gave us gifts to use to do magnificent things, but we won't be able to do these things until we know what our gifts are.

3. Gifts are bestowed upon the body of Christ for the purpose of serving the church and accomplishing God's purposes in the world.

1 Corinthians 12:7 says, But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.

Does one hide Beethoven's music? Does one bury a priceless painting? No! Just as these artists shared their talents with the world, we are supposed to share our gifts.

4. The Holy Spirit gives as He wills.

But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:11

The Spirit gives us the appropriate gifts to serve His purposes, not ours.

5. No one person has all the gifts.

We need each other and each other's gifts. By nature, Humans are the most needy creatures on the planet. There are animals that are independent from their parents at birth, but we are not. Humans raise their young - sometimes forever. By giving each person different gifts, God reminds us to be inter-dependent, needing and appreciating one another.

The Spirit gives us the appropriate gifts to serve His purposes, not ours.

6. All gifts are important.

The church is also called "the body of Christ," and for good reason. All parts are important! Some parts are used daily, while others are used infrequently. Though a pinky might not seem important, it sure comes in handy while typing. And many body parts we cannot even see, such as the lungs or the liver, yet we cannot live without their vital function. 1 Corinthians 12: 22-26 reminds us that all the parts are important, just as all the parts of the church are important. Therefore, we should respect each other's gifts.

What is the difference between spiritual gifts and natural talents?

Natural talents depend on the flesh and glorify man, while spiritual gifts depend solely on the Spirit and glorify Jesus. Both are good and given by God, but they are different. Remember the story of Joseph? He had a natural talent for organizing, which helped him in prison and then later as Pharaoh's right-hand man, but his spiritual gift was interpreting dreams.

You can find out what your gifts are by visiting the Rock's website. Once you know, you can use these gifts to enrich your life and enrich God's kingdom.

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