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“For to one is given by the Spirit … the working of miracles” – 1st Corinthians 12:8a, 10a

Maybe an oxymoron, but miracles were considered a common occurrence in the early church. So much so, the apostle Paul uses it to settle a controversy; telling the Galatians

“Does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you through your own efforts or through believing what you heard?” – Galatians 3:5(GODS WORD)

A miracle from God is just what you need, just when you need it. It may not be flashy or spectacular but it is a miracle and a gift of God’s Holy Spirit none the less.

– fritz

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“For to one is given by the Spirit … the gifts of healing” – 1st Corinthians 12:8a, 9b

I am told by those with experience that the plural of the word “Gifts” is significant; that different people have more success praying for different ailments.

Why would one have more success with one ailment than another? I don’t know, but I think it has something to do with God’s desire for his people work together, depending upon each other instead of living isolated.

The Holy Spirit chooses various individuals to have consistent success in healing prayer.

How do you know if you are one of these? Start praying and see.

A wise pastor will network in the community and local church to find those who get results in this arena then encourage, cultivate, and see they get exercised.

– fritz

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For to one is given by the Spirit … faith” – 1st Corinthians 12:7a, 9a

Faith has the distinction of being both a Gift and Fruit of the Holy Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, – Galatians 5:22

The difference? Fruit is grown, starting small and increasing over a period of time. A gift doesn’t grow, it is either fully there or not.

Faith, the gift, is a deep sense that, in spite of doubts of mind and logic, a particular desire shall be accomplished and/or an impossible obstacle shall be removed. It’s described by the Apostle Paul’s in his “Love” Chapter,

“though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains …” – 1st Corinthians 13:2a

There is, usually, a sense of excitement with it, and a decision has to be made to either hold on to it until the desire is accomplished, or let go of it.

If you hold on it will be an amazing ride full of wonder at God’s greatness; and when it’s done the fruit of faith will have grown a lot!

– fritz

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For the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; – 1st Corinthians 12:7-8

Sometimes we have difficulty hearing from God; we’re just too emotionally involved to get clear direction. We need a word of wisdom untainted by our interpretation or desire.

God speaks this word not by a special holy man but by an ordinary brother or sister in Christ, dropping it into his or her heart and mind, often out of context.

In the one there will be a little heat involved – an unshakable urge to say something to a specific person either known or unknown. In the other there is usually surprise and often a puzzlement.

As part of the Body of Christ we must be willing to give these words just as a hand must be willing to move at the impulse from the brain. We must also be open to receive these words from others, recognizing their true source even though given from ordinary people.

– fritz

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