Spiritual Gifts by Rev. James Ray Montandon ( I COR: CH 12) I define Spiritual Gifts as In

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Spiritual Gifts by Rev. James Ray Montandon ( I COR: CH 12) I define Spiritual Gifts as Innate Initiation. Innate= That which has grown out, outgrowth. Initiation= The point we move beyond intellect to comprehension or integration. Spiritual Gifts then equal Original Comprehension from (grown from) the original source or original integration. "And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. " V5&6. "All is One" "There are many forms born from the one light." ROM "But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many are one body so also is christ. For the body is not one member but many." V11-14 What we are speaking of is the many in one and the one in many. When we speak of spiritual gifts we think of the exceptional, but I say that the exceptional is part of the normal. We are each born with our "Gifts of the spirit". We do not grow to accept it, we develop into the awareness of what we are, and our responsibility to it and we hold that in relationship to others. Lets look at some who we consider to be gifted; The Musically gifted = Those who hear (understand that flow of reality, that means of communication that is part of all of us) Mathematical Gifted = Those who understand the structure of what is, that which we are composed of. Religious Gifted, Saints = Those who accepted that course of human service unique to them, they understood the course of human need. All Genius or exceptional is merely a form of spiritual gifts. Look not to the exceptional bring the exceptional in relation to the common and truth becomes applied. Each of us has our initiation or gift but to know it is to accept its responsibility. "But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body." To accept our responsibility is to see our possession in relationship to the "ALL" or the Body of man. "And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it, or one member be honoured all the members rejoice with it." The place to learn of our reality, to practice our responsibility, is in the common fellowship of others. " And God hath set some in the church first apostles second prophets thirdly teachers after that miracles and then gifts of healings helps governments, diversities of tongues." To understand ourselves we must project without to ourselves in the service of others. Only through the mirror of service can we honestly see ourselves. We must come together as one and co-operate in one body to help others and thereby help ourselves We must apply our gifts to know them. Before we can apply our gifts we must have a field of service. For to have the gift is of no value if it is unto ourselves. Of what good is the gift of healing if we do not use it for others. What good is the gift of intelligence if it is not to communicate? Of what good is the gift of a beautiful voice if there is no one to hear it? Of what good is the gift of using words if there is no one to understand? In conclusion We must see our gifts We must use our gifts We must accept the spiritual gifts of others, to know our own innate spiritual gifts.

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