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Gifts for Everyone!

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10 Peter says that each one has received a gift. The word in the original Greek language for “gift” is charisma, meaning, “a gift of grace.” A gift is something that someone gives to us; we didn’t give it to ourselves. The gift God has given is...
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What If Everyone?

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I Peter 4:10 This verse starts off, “As each one…” so we know that the author, Peter, is addressing every person that would read this letter. Peter shows us that each Christian has a part in ministry in their local church. When I refer to the local church, I’m...
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Super Self-Control

“… hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled.” Titus 1:8 One of the fruits of the spirit Paul lists in Galatians 5 is self-control, a characteristic that is possible because of the help we receive when we are yielded to the Holy Spirit. Self-control describes the character and behavior of someone who is able to control his or her sensual desires. The sensual desires come from...
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Super Gentleness

“…be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” Titus 3:2 One of the fruits of the spirit Paul lists in Galatians 5 is gentleness. As with any fruit of the spirit, we understand that gentleness is a character quality developed in us as a result of being yielded to the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for gentleness is praotes, meaning meekness or mildness. To be gentle with another person...
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Super Faithfulness

“… it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” I Corinthians 4:2 Faithfulness means “the character of one who can be relied on.” It also means to be steady in allegiance or affection, loyal, constant, and trustworthy. The quality of faithfulness has greater value than any talent, skill, education, influence, or appearance because if you don’t have one’s commitment, you could lose more than you could ever gain....
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Super Goodness

“…you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.” Romans 15:14 According to the Spirit Filled Life Bible, the Greek word for goodness is agathosume, meaning “an intrinsic goodness producing a generosity and a Godlike state or being. It is a rare word that combines being good with doing good.” Goodness is a result of being surrendered to God and submerged in the...
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Super Kindness

““…put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing with one another, and forgiving one another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” Colossians 3:12-13 As a fruit of the Spirit, kindness is a characteristic of a person who is living surrendered to the Holy Spirit, enabling him or her with a supernatural ability to be kind or benevolent with others. The Greek word for kindness is...
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Super Endurance

“strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power for all patience and longsuffering with joy.” Colossians 1:11 Longsuffering is a fruit of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. It is a characteristic of God, and it is a quality the Holy Spirit will empower us to walk in. The word for longsuffering in the Greek is makrothymia, which means, “endurance, patience, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance, and forbearance.” The fruit...
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Super Peace

“for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17 One of the fruits of the spirit Paul mentions is peace. Peace is not just an absence of anxiety or fear. Peace is a word used to describe being complete, fulfilled, or satisfied. Because you are complete, there is no reason to be anxious or to strive. Whatever...
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Super Joy

“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:52 Joy is not just a mood or emotion; it is a state of being. Being joyful is a position of being lifted up, being light-hearted, being filled with gladness. Joy is the result of a heart that is full and satisfied to the point of overflowing. Joy is the heart of a victorious one, a winner....
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Super Love

“…the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5 If you are familiar with the fictional story of Superman, compare Lois Lane with the Man of Steel. Whatever kind of strength Lois Lane has, she has human limitations, but Superman has super powers that help him to be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a...
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Producing God-Like Characteristics

“(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control…” Galatians 5:22-23 The Apostle Paul gives us some God-like characteristics that the Holy Spirit will work in us when we yield ourselves to God’s grace. He refers to them as the fruit of the Spirit. These are not characteristics that we produce only from our own self-discipline, training, abilities, or gifting. The...
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The Proclamation Three

“For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” II Peter 1:21 The nine manifestations, or gifts, of the Holy Spirit are for us today. They are given to reveal God’s love, demonstrate God’s ability, and proclaim God’s message. To help learn them, we separate them into three categories – Revelation, Power, and Proclamation. The proclamation gifts are...
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The Power Three

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 The nine manifestations, or gifts, of the Holy Spirit listed in I Corinthians 12 are supernatural and are distributed as the Holy Spirit wills. If you are willing, He could choose to use you in any of the nine depending...
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The Revelation Three

“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit…” I Corinthians 2:10 The nine manifestations (gifts) of the Spirit are supernatural, meaning with the Holy Spirit’s help. They happen when the Holy Spirit graces or empowers us to do something we can’t do on our own. For the purpose of learning, the nine manifestations can be divided into three categories: revelation, power and proclamation. In this study, we will...
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