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1 Corinthians Chapter 12:7-8

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June 2, 2024 1:00 am

1 Corinthians Chapter 12:7-8

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James chapter 1 verse 5 says, If you need wisdom, ask your generous God and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. Now, if you're sitting there, you go, God, give me the supernatural wisdom so I can show it off to all my friends.

That's the wrong reason. You say, God, give me this gift of wisdom so that I might be a witness. Well, then God will bless you. Welcome to Cross the Bridge with David McGee. David is the senior pastor of the bridge in Kernersville, North Carolina. If we ask and allow him to, God will supernaturally provide us with wisdom and knowledge that is beyond our experience or intelligence. Find out more about this important truth as Pastor David continues in the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 12. But before we join Pastor David, do you ever feel like God is cutting away parts of you like a gardener pruning a tree? Well, I hope you said yes to this question because it means God is shaping you so that you can bear even more fruit in your life. We want to help you embrace God's pruning in your life by sending you Pastor David McGee's three-part audio series, Abiding in Christ, Keys to a Fruitful Life. It's our way of saying thank you for your gift to help share the truth of scripture with more people around the world through Cross the Bridge. So get your copy of Abiding in Christ when you give today at crossthebridge.com and discover how you can bear more fruit for God's kingdom. Now here's David McGee with part two of his teaching, Naturally Supernatural. 1st Corinthians 12.7.

Pick up from there again. It says, But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the prophet of all. And notice that phrase, given to each one. Every person in here has at least one supernatural spiritual gift. Verse 8 says, For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit. Holy Spirit, the end filling, the empowerment is tied again to evangelism. And don't be afraid to ask the Holy Spirit to fill you.

Please. The enemy wants to rip you off. He doesn't want you to be empowered as a witness.

And if he can scare you by something you saw on television, he will. Again, the Holy Spirit is God. We've mentioned this, but Acts chapter 5 verse 1 says, But a certain man named Ananias with Sapphira, his wife, sold a possession and he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? Why remain? Was it not your own?

After it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God. I could take you through a lot of scriptures that point out that the Holy Spirit is God, but that's one of the better ones. What is the word of wisdom? What is the word of knowledge? That is when you know something supernaturally that you don't know naturally. Well, that's uncomfortable.

Yeah, a little bit, isn't it? I have in my ministry life known things about people that I did not know in the natural. And I did not become aware of these things so I could post them on Facebook. So I could pray for somebody. Sometimes more often than not just to pray for them.

Occasionally to go to them and go, hey, I feel like you're struggling with this and is this an issue and can I help you? Let's understand, you know, we're getting into the gifts and I believe and I teach and I believe the Bible teaches in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit and of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If you don't believe that, you're welcome to fellowship here.

But understand that, well, you're being ripped off. There's an empowerment and there's these giftings that will help you. And understand that leadership that is, you know, pastors, elders, deacons believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit. What is the Holy Spirit all about? Well, one place, Galatians chapter 5 verse 22 says, but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control against such there is no law. Now in that list is self-control.

In other words, if somebody ever says, well, you know, I fell over and I was paralyzed. I wonder, I wonder if part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control, meaning that we can control ourselves, how can somebody say they were not in control themselves? I don't get that. I'm not comfortable going to the nth degree and saying that absolutely was not God, but there's a question mark there, gang. Because again, it's an empowerment to be a witness, not how strange can we get. Sometimes we think, well, the stranger you are, the more spiritual you are. I don't know about that.

And again, we talk, you know, Donald Gee has an interesting teaching. He talks about the Holy Spirit being like a steam for the train. And if you watch your train go by, a steam engine, and you watch the whistle blow and the steam billow out, you can think, oh, the steam is for the whistle.

No, it's not. The steam is what's driving the train. The whistle is just a byproduct. What's the same with the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is to give us power to live for God, power to be witnesses.

It's not for the whistle. It's not for the gifts. The gifts, if you will, are a blessing and a byproduct of it. It says wisdom is the first gift. Now, let's talk about wisdom a little bit in the sense of the natural wisdom, if you will, because wisdom is held up in the Bible as a very desirable gift. James 1 verse 5 says, if you need wisdom, ask your generous God and He will give it to you.

He will not rebuke you for asking. So ask God. If you're interested in this gift of wisdom, God, will you give me supernatural wisdom? Now, if you're sitting there, you go, well, God, give me the supernatural wisdom so I can show it off to all my friends.

That's the wrong reason. You say, God, give me this gift of wisdom so that I might be a witness. Well, then God will bless you.

It continues on in James 1, 5 and Adam verse 6. It says, if you need wisdom, ask your generous God and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown, tossed by the wind. So that loyalty is such an admirable trait and especially in leadership. Proverbs 4, 7 says, wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom and in all you're getting, get understanding. Or in the New Living Translation, it says, getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do and whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great.

Embrace her and she will honor you. So we're talking about the natural accumulation of wisdom through studying God's Word, reading the proverb a day is a great way to get wisdom and also the supernatural gift of wisdom. And I'm not really sure you can divide the two. I think when you open your heart to be teachable, God will spend a lifetime imparting wisdom to you. Michelangelo, a genius, I've studied his art, his architecture, his sculptures, paintings, all these things at 87 said, I am still learning.

Sometimes we think, well, if I can just get out of high school, then I don't have to read anything anymore. And we should spend a lifetime acquiring wisdom because the Bible points out if you're teachable as you acquire wisdom, guess what? You make better decisions and you'll be blessed because of those decisions. Desire wisdom. What have you made bad decisions?

Well, welcome to the human race. Ask God to forgive you and ask God for wisdom. How do you get wisdom? James says, ask, ask. Matthew 7 says, ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be open to you. Ask, seek, knock. And gang, not to bore you with the Greek, but this is not just ask once and then quit.

Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. It's amazing what God will impart to us if we ask. Let's understand when we talk about this with, I'm not talking about the wisdom of the world.

That's a separate matter. As a matter of fact, James gives us the difference. James chapter 3 verse 15 says, this wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. For envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

Let's understand for every gift God wants to give us, Satan has a counterfeit gift. And this is true in wisdom. There's true biblical wisdoms, both natural and supernatural. Then there's worldly wisdom that you need to be careful of because it's both earthly, which is the world, it's sensual, which is the flesh or selfishness, and demonic, which is from the devil. You don't want wisdom from those sources.

How can you label those sources? We're told in this passage in James, if there's evil, there's self-seeking, there's confusion, there's envy. When you see these things in a person, what they're sharing with you is not godly wisdom. One dangerous, dangerous thing is envy in ministry. Don't ever look at somebody else and think, I'd like to do that. I'd like to have that gift.

I'd like to be doing that. Don't do... You know what? God's already given you gifts. Discover what they are and use those because I've seen a lot of people derail because they become envious of somebody else's gift or possession. So there's the bad wisdom. Here's the good wisdom in James 3.17, but the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now, the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. If somebody's walking in the wisdom of God, they're going to have this manifestation of all these attributes.

All these attributes. So let's understand, the true wisdom, godly wisdom, biblical wisdom comes from God. And how do we get it?

We ask for it. And God will give it to us. Life lesson here is, if we ask and allow Him to, God will supernaturally provide us with wisdom and knowledge that is beyond our experience or intelligence.

If we ask and allow Him to, God will supernaturally provide us with wisdom and knowledge that is beyond our experience or intelligence. You're listening to Pastor David McGee on Cross the Bridge. He'll be back with more powerful insight from God's Word in just a moment. But first, what does it mean when God prunes away at parts of your life? Is He angry at you? Have you done something wrong?

Far from it. Jesus teaches in John 15 that God lovingly removes things from your life so that you can grow into the person He created you to be and bear more fruit for Christ. We want to help you do that by sending you Abiding in Christ, Keys to a Fruitful Life, a three-part audio series from Pastor David McGee on what it means to be pruned by God and how you can embrace the process. This encouraging resource is our way of thanking you for your gift to help reach more people with the powerful truth of the gospel through Cross the Bridge. So go to crossthebridge.com today and request your copy of this series. This is Pastor David McGee with Cross the Bridge.

You know, I want to thank you for listening to Cross the Bridge. I also want to tell you about an exciting website. The website is lostlovedones.org and it works very simply like this. You go to the website and you put the first names of up to 10 people that we begin praying that they get saved. Now it takes two things to get saved, presentation and prayer. And what we're offering is prayer and also there's different tools there to help you present the gospel to them. So we're there with you, helping you with the presentation, helping you with the prayer. There's over 920 people that belong to the prayer team on Lost Loved Ones and you can join the prayer team as well and help us to pray for others who don't yet know Jesus.

And together we can see a huge revival starting with your lost loved ones. Now back to today's message. Let's go through this this verse in James. It talks about wisdom because this is if you need as you need as you ask God for wisdom, the enemy wants to impart a self-seeking envious wisdom to you.

Be aware of that. God wants to give you this other wisdom. Well how do you know the difference? How can you tell if God's really nudging you to share something with somebody or if it's your flesh or the devil or the world?

Let's look at these identifiers. It's pure, it's peaceable, willing to yield, full of mercy, full of good fruits, without partiality, without hypocrisy, the fruit of righteousness. Those are all from that passage in James. And let's understand, when we start talking about the Holy Spirit, it's interesting the Bible talks about keeping the unity of the Spirit and yet the Holy Spirit and the gifts and the present-day ministry are probably one of the most divisive things that we talk about in evangelical Christianity.

It's probably the big thing. Well do you believe or do you not believe? Once you've established somebody's evangelical Christian, what do you believe about?

The gifts. I believe what the Bible teaches. And maybe you've had a bad experience, maybe you've seen something on television that somebody said it was the Holy Spirit, but it looked very weird. You know, friend, not every person that says something is the Holy Spirit. It's not always the Holy Spirit. I've seen a lot of things in a lot of churches that people said were the Holy Spirit that I don't believe had anything to do with God. And in some churches you say, well, I'm just not sure.

I really don't see that in Scripture. Like, you better be careful, you're going to blaspheme the Holy Ghost. And what they mean by that is that by asking questions about discernment and judgment, asking what's going on and how that compares back to Scripture, they say, were you going to blaspheme the Holy Spirit? Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the one sin that can't be forgiven.

And so they say, well, if you ask what's going on, you know, then you're going to, boy, you're going to cross that line and you can't be forgiven of that. Gang, if you've ever wondered what the blaspheming of the Holy Spirit is, the unpardonable, unforgivable sin, let me help you. Remember when I was talking about the ministry of the Holy Spirit to the unbeliever, what's his primary ministry? To convince or convict somebody of their need for Jesus and their need to be forgiven.

Right. If you deny or work against or blaspheme that work of the Holy Spirit, you will never be forgiven. In other words, the unforgivable sin is the one you don't ask forgiveness for. People will spend an eternity separated from God, not really for what they've done.

I mean, think about it. There will be murderers in hell. There will be murderers in heaven. There'll be adulterers in hell, adulterers in heaven. Blasphemers in hell, blasphemers in heaven.

What's the difference? A short, simple prayer. See, people will spend in a lifetime an eternity separated from God because of what they didn't do. They didn't ask God to forgive them of their sins. The blaspheming of the Holy Spirit is denying that work of the Holy Spirit, that convicting power of the Holy Spirit. When you look at the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, he's not somebody to be afraid of. Some of you have fear.

Some of you have got to get over that. Galatians 5 22 again, but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control against such there is no law. What in that list do you not desire? Love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control? That looks like an incredible list. If you don't think you need those things, ask your spouse.

Ask your friend. Ephesians chapter 5 verse 8 and 9 says, for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.

So let's understand this list from James and what we're talking about here as far as wisdom and when the Holy Spirit speaks to you about wisdom, maybe nudges you about something. First it's pure, what is that goodness? It's peaceful, it's peace, it's gentle, willing to yield, self-control, full of mercy, kindness, full of good fruits, all the fruits of the Spirit we just covered without partiality.

What does that mean? With love, without racism, prejudiced or looking down on any person or any group, without hypocrisy, being real with love, the fruit of righteousness, peace, and goodness. That's what God offers us. And that's a way that we can discern if the wisdom is supernatural or natural from God, if you will, or if it's from somewhere else. But it really comes down with, you know, do you want more of him in your life?

Do you recognize you need more of him? John the Baptist said, I must decrease, he must increase. Colossians 3, 2 says, set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth. Desire this heavenly wisdom, ask God for it, and he'll give it to you. And let's understand, while we've been talking about, you ask God to forgive you of your sins, and either at that time or a later date, you ask God to fill you full of the Holy Spirit. That, as much as I recognize there's a subsequent experience of the Holy Spirit after salvation, it's not something you just pray once. You keep asking God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Why? You leak.

So you can ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit and maybe in a moment of worship, you're in here like, oh, man, I just can feel the presence of God, hallelujah. And all of a sudden you go from that to Mr. Grumpy on Monday morning. What happened? Holy Spirit just. So what do you do? God fill me again with your Holy Spirit.

Fill me afresh. We should live a lifetime of asking God to fill us. And as we have that presence of the Holy Spirit, we have that love of God. And I would encourage your friend, ask God to forgive you of your sins. Ask God to fill you with his Holy Spirit.

It's the next life lesson. We should ask God to fill us with the Holy Spirit. Now, maybe you came up from a church setting or a denominational setting where you weren't taught that. As a matter of fact, you might even have been told you don't ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit because a demon will come in. There's some people that teach that. We'll deal with more of that as we get deeper into this chapter and the next and the next.

Don't be afraid. God somehow knew. It's an amazing thing that he deals with the theological challenges of today when he wrote the book 2,000 years ago. He knew somehow we were going to be afraid when it came to asking him for the Holy Spirit. That's why in Luke chapter 11, he speaks to this issue and he says, look, I'm your heavenly father. Luke chapter 11 verse 9. He says, so I say to you, ask and it will be given to you.

Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds. And to him who knocks, it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he give him a scorpion?

If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him? Have you ever asked him? Again, maybe you were brought up in a church that said you didn't ask him. Well, with all respect to whatever religious upbringing you had, the Bible says we're supposed to ask him. So if you need to choose between your denominational upbringing and what the Bible says, may I in love suggest you choose what the Bible says. As we look at what we believe, may we continue to look only to God's word. Maybe you've had bad experiences with the Holy Spirit or people claiming the Holy Spirit.

You know what? I've had bad experiences with people who said they were Christians. Praise God I didn't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Friend, again, when we're talking about asking to be filled with the Holy Spirit, you need to understand something, that all of us have fallen short of the standard of perfection. All of us have sinned and need forgiveness. And this is something that you have to do before you can ask God to fill you.

Why? Because it's the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit cannot abide where sin is. So you have to ask God to forgive you. Now, does God forgive you because of the merit, because you've earned the right to be forgiven?

That's not it at all. He wants to forgive you. He died for you. Let's understand something.

The reason he came, he came to die for our sins, because apart from God, we're selfish, we're lost, we're struggling, and we need his forgiveness. Maybe you've never asked God to forgive you. This is your opportunity right now. Maybe for the first time, or maybe you've asked him before and you've wandered off.

It's time to come home. Maybe you've never asked God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. We're going to be talking about this as we're in this chapter. Ask him to fill you. Not just so you can have some gifts to show your friends, but because there's people out there that are lost looking for Jesus, and these gifts can empower you to help them find him. Friend, do you know for sure that your sins have been forgiven?

You can know right now. I want to lead you in a short, simple prayer, simply telling God you're sorry and asking him to help you to live for him. Please pray this prayer with me out loud right now. Dear Jesus, I believe you died for me, that I could be forgiven. And I believe you were raised from the dead, that I could have a new life. And I've done wrong things. I have sinned.

And I'm sorry. Please forgive me of all those things. Please give me the power to live for you all of my days. In Jesus' name.

Amen. And friend, if you prayed that prayer, according to the Bible, you've been forgiven. You've been born again. So congratulations, friend.

You just made the greatest decision that you will ever make. God bless you. If you prayed that prayer with David for the first time, we'd love to hear from you. You can call us toll free at 877-458-5508 to receive our First Steps package with helpful resources to help you begin your walk with Christ. Do you feel like you're bearing fruit for Christ yet God keeps pruning away at your life and you're not sure why? If so, we'd love to send you Pastor David McGee's series, Abiding in Christ, Keys to a Fruitful Life.

This encouraging resource shares from Jesus' own words as found in John 15, where he teaches that God's pruning is a sign that he is pleased with you and wants to prepare you to bear even more fruit for his kingdom. This series is our way of thanking you for your gift today to help share the gospel with thousands around the world who need to hear God's word in clear, straightforward language. So visit crossthebridge.com today to request your copy of Abiding in Christ when you give.

You know each day comes with its share of stresses. So what better way to wake up than with an encouraging word from the Lord? Visit crossthebridge.com and sign up now for David McGee's email devotionals. Each devotion includes scripture and a message from the heart of David McGee. It's easy and it's free. Sign up today at crossthebridge.com. And be sure to join us next time on Cross the Bridge with David McGee to hear more from the book of First Corinthians. We'll see you then.
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