Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
1 Cor.12:4-6

The body of Christ is very diverse. Each member is important, each member has a different role to play. The common denominator in the whole mix is the supernatural nature of the body of Christ. The Lord distributes His gifts as He wills, to display His glory and to fulfill His purposes. Zodhiates’ word book brings out some of the meaning of these “activities” of the Spirit. The gifts are not only different in each of us, they are also active.

energēma; an effect: – operation, working. In the NT used only in 1 Corinthians 12:6; the results of the energy of God in the believer, but actually it is the results energized by God’s grace.

The gifts of the Spirit are the manifestation of the life of God in us and through us. These gifts were displayed in the life of Jesus after His baptism in the Jordan River. He was said to move in the power of the Spirit from that day on. That is another way of saying that the gifts of the Spirit were being activated.
In the same way the spiritual gifts can be activated in your life today. The gifts are part of the normal Christian experience and flow out of the intimate life the Lord is calling each of us to enjoy. How can these gifts be activated in our lives today? It is really quite simple. As we see in Paul’s teaching in
1Corinthians, the gifts are associated with the life that flows through the local church. Your relationship to the church is critical.
Three things are important, first, we need to be connected to a church that welcomes and embraces the spiritual gifts. Secondly, we need to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit. The gifts can be seen as the overflow of our relationship with the Lord. Only when our cup is full will the gifts begin to manifest in our lives. Finally, put yourself in a position for the gifts to be released. What do I mean by that? Reach out to hurting people, that is what Jesus did and that is the place you will find the gifts of the Spirit being activated.


  1. if we are all walking in the spirit and allowing our gifts to be used for the edifying of the body of christ doing what the lord created us to do in our lives we will enter in and it is really powerful, i will never totally in my own mind understand this, but this i do know it is very powerful the holy spirit moves in this kind ofsitting it gives the holy spirit room to move when we set ourselves apart for his purpose many times i have had victory knowing in my heart when ive gatthered with the body, and we are there only to please the lord ive learned and am learning to get out of gods way and be lead because we never know how the lord may move when we gather, sometimes he corrects us sometimes we are encoraged sometimes people come to salvation, or healing we all get closer to the lord and each other it is all very good, we eat together alot those are good times because we also minister while eating food we get to know each other good stuff and faults and all of it, i see how good it is to know my brothers and sisters after the spirit, times like this dont get much better ive been exhorted to better things in the lord by just being there we all have the body of christ will do this in all our lives, we all have been given different gifts some its alot of love and compassen others it may be disernment, profetic orforknowlege tonges or interpatation all for gods glory and so we can be edified in past times i didnt understand fully all this but had to put my own understanding away to be able to enter in, my eyes got opened up when i did i had a southern babtist type background and praise god for my baptist brothers and sisters but, we were taught differnt to this, i never beleived once saved always saved i always knew i had to walk every day but i coulnt ever measure up to what i was saved for, when i came to the lord before gods army i held to this doctorine over the years i was slowly taken out of this now i beleive only in pleaseing the lord daily the word is a two edged sowrd it cuts bouth ways and will lead us in all truth to beleive in the whole word of god

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