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Evangelist LaNora Means
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Gifts Of The Spirit
Eternal life is the greatest gift given to sincere believers in Christ.  The Holy Spirit resides within the hearts of the ones who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  When a person commits one's life to God, natural talents can also be used for God when given for His purposes.  In addition, there are many gifts that The Holy Spirit distributes to believers so that everyone will benefit for the cause of Christ.  The Holy Spirit wants the believer's life to reflect a pure and receptive heart before God as a vessel that He can work through in edification of the body of Christ.  These manifestations of the Holy Spirit's Presence are exhibited only by the working of the Power of God for the common good of God's people in order to bring unity to the body of Christ.  These spiritual gifts are illustrated in a comparison of the human body; in that, it has many parts or "members" (KJV) that must work together to be a whole.  These "distinctive varities" (AMP) of spiritual gifts are bestowed by the same Spirit of God so that Christ's body (believers in Christ) may work together for the necessary function of His Church.  These true gifts of The Holy Spirit are to be used in the Love of God to bring Glory to God and strength to the believer.  One must truly be in God to be real in The Spirit of God.  Some may not attain a wide variety of these gifts possibly due to a lack of knowledge of how these gifts operate (see 1 Corinthians 12:1).  The following pages will be devoted to an explanation of nine of these gifts. Read: 1 Corinthians chapters 12 and 13   Romans chapter 12   Ephesians chapter 4
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