You can’t be Christ-like if you are NOT willing to receive salvation AND walk as Christ did through functioning in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and manifesting works of the Holy Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12) Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
Unity and Diversity in One Body
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.
When things are not in alignment with God’s plan we have to remember that God is always a provider and He always makes a way. Even when it comes to the things we desire to have that we can’t have.
Last night I received some news that was very disappointing and when I woke up this morning I felt so much pain in my heart. I cried most of my time in church this morning, but I know that what I thought was meant to be was not of God’s will. God has so much more in store and as long as keep trust in Him and continuosly praise Him regardless of my circumstances that I’ll be alright. There’s no need to worry. My God is in control.
Ever feel like something is off or not in alignment with your life? I do. I just feel like something is wrong either with me or in my life. My mind is distracted by things I really can’t change in my life right now. Things that could or will happen later in the future. I’m wondering if what I’m distracted by should even be a concern or if it really is a major concern and I’m just using the fact that I should only be concerned and focused on God as an excuse. Basically an excuse out of fear of actually doing something about my “distractions”? I’ve been praying, but prayers are not as coherent as they usually are. I think I’ve become so distracted that I allowed myself to worry and lose the big picture thats in front of me. I keep asking God to show me or tell me something, but I have no clue what God should be telling me and if He has told me anything at all. I kinda feel like I need a spiritual awakening. Like my spirit went into hibernation while my mind and body was focused on school and other task I had going on the past 3 months. As I type this I believe I’m coming to the realization that I’m going through a dry moment (Ezekiel 37). Its really something though. I slowly felt this way as the few months pass, but coming home for the holidays has really added to this out of alignment feeling. The “distractions” running through my head that I really have no control over, but all I can do is trust God in ever situation and follow hard after Him. Its time to make a change and get realigned with what God has in store for me. Maybe this is God trying to get my attention. Whatever this feeling I’m having, I just give it all to God and let Him reopen my heart, soul, eyes, ears, and mind unto Him and the words of my mouth be of His Holy words in Jesus name, Amen!
The only perfect thing in this world in the perfect will of God.
(Psalm 138:8) 8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.