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Midwest Church of Christ

Seeking the gifts, seeking the giver 1 Corinthians 14

God wants us to seek him and experience him. In fact spiritual disciplines are not about getting him to love us, but about us enjoying him and being empowered by him. We are to seek his gifts, so that we can serve him and minister to others. Above all we are to seek him, to know him and partake of the feast that we have at the table of the Lord, Sometimes he hides himself so that we hunger for him. But its never so hard that we cannot find him. He says "if you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you" (Jeremiah 29:11) and "I did not say, seek me in vain" (Isaiah 45:19). Jesus said if our earthly dad's knew how to give us good gifts, how much more will the Father "give the Holy Spirit to those who ask" (Luke 11). Our relationship with the Lord is dynamic, but if we compare our lives and church life in Australia to that of the book of Acts we can see that there is so much more that the Lord can do in our midst. In the book of Acts the Spirit fell without manipulation or the psycho suggestion we see in many gatherings today as peoples emotions are drummed up. He came spontaneously and they people spoke in tongues just like that. Above all their lives were transformed. Not perfectly as we see with the Corinthians, they still needed much work to grow and mature. This is the same in many cases of revival. The Spirit came and people groaned under sin, and then rejoiced under grace. They broke out in prayer and worship and no one could stop them. After that came growth and maturity. Paul was bringing correction to the Corinthian church from a place of revival, so that the fire would be sustained. We have little of that vitality, so our need is to seek the gifts and above all seek the giver. Our country is in desperate need of a visitation by God.
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