by Dr. Ray Self
Impartation of Spiritual Gifts
We can be imparted with spiritual gifts.
All spiritual gifts involve hearing God.
Hearing God is critical to your life and ministry.
1 Corinthians 12:4 -7 (NASB) Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Each one of us has a responsibility to seek after and desire spiritual gifts. These gifts are not to be desired selfishly but they are for the benefit of the body of Christ.
Gifts of the spirit are amazing builders of faith. We know that God requires faith and we know without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).
The Holy Spirit who is the giver of spiritual gifts always gives glory to Jesus Christ. John 16:14 -15 - "He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. "All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.
The ultimate test of any spiritual gift is the question; “does it glorify Jesus Christ?”
The bible is abundantly clear that believers are desire, covet and use the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the good of the body of Christ. 1Corinthians 14:1 - Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. NASB
Impartation and Activation Principles
1 Timothy 4:14 - Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
“Neglect not” is the call to activate. “Which was given thee” is the impartation.
1 Peter 4:10 - As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.
We receive it (impartation), and then we employ it (activation). This scripture is a clear example of the principle of impartation and activation.
1Thessalonians 5:19 -20 - Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances.
The word quench in the Greek means to go out, extinguish, stifle or suppress. The word despise in the Greek definition means - contemptible, despise utterly, set at naught, least esteemed.
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