Life Verse #9: “Eagerly desire spiritual gifts” [1 Corinthians 14:1].
When I first began a walk in the Spirit, I did not understand much about spiritual gifts, and I had seen a lot of weird. But I knew that God did not limit Himself on what He could do at any time, so I technically believed in all the spiritual gifts.
Then the Lord arrested me, “Read that verse again” (speaking of 1 Corinthians 14:1). So I began to desire (more or less) spiritual gifts.
A while later, the Lord seemed to be saying to me again, “Go back to that verse, Read it carefully: Eagerly desire! I did not tell you to tolerate them, nor to accept them casually, but to desire my gifts eagerly.
I am still working on this! And recommend it for you as well!
“Excel in this grace of giving!”
2 Corinthians 8:7
“Whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” “A generous man will himself be blessed.” “A generous person will prosper.” “Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” Your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.”
“Command those who are rich… to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. … see that you excel in this grace of giving.”
Come under the fullness of God’s blessings! Give something away today! Let generosity become a part of your every day! Think outside yourself!
1) 2 Corinthians 9:6
2) Proverbs 22:9
3) Proverbs 11:25
4) Psalm 112:5
5) 2 Corinthians 9:11
6) Psalm 37:26
7) 1 Timothy 6:17-19
8) 2 Corinthians 8:2-7