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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, April 23, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Everything done in worship services must be beneficial to the worshipers. This principle touches every aspect—singing, preaching, and the exercise of spiritual gifts. Those contributing to the service (singers, speakers, readers) must have love as their chief motivation, speaking useful words or participating in a way that will strengthen the faith of other believers.
In worship, everything must be done with propriety and in an orderly fashion, especially when the gifts of the Holy Spirit are being exercised. When there is chaos and disorder in the church, God cannot work, for he is not a God of confusion but of peace. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 14:26-33 – Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize what I am saying. When you meet, one will sin, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in an unknown language, while another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must be useful to all and build them up in the Lord. No more than two or three should speak in an unknown language. They must speak one at a time, and someone must be ready to interpret what they are saying. But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately.
Let two or three prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said. But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop. In this way, all who prophesy will have a turn to speak, one after the other, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged. Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can wait their turn. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the other churches.
You can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. – 1 Corinthians 14:31 (NIV)
James C. Hendrix (Indiana) titled his story “TEACHING AND ENCOURAGING ALL;” here is a portion of James’ story:
“One morning, I visited a kindergarten class during the children’s daily calendar lesson. . . . As each student responded to the teacher’s questions, others applauded their classmates for answering correctly. Even when a student answered incorrectly, the teacher and the other students encouraged the child until he or she gave the right answer.
“The children’s responses to their classmates reminded me of how Christians should seek to strengthen and encourage both believers and unbelievers. Whether we read scripture, pray, sing, or offer other spiritual gifts, Christ asks us to strengthen the faith of our brothers and sisters. When we allow God’s Holy Spirit to work in our lives, we can encourage and show others how to grow in their relationship with Christ.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God gives us gifts so that we can share them with others.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to share our gifts with all your children. Amen.
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