1 Corinthians 12:4 – Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.

The Holy Spirit chooses many ways to manifest His presence. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul discusses nine spiritual gifts that are manifestations of the Spirit. In verse 4, he lays the foundation for discussing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He begins by helping us know that it is the same Spirit regardless of the individual gift operating in the believer. The Holy Spirit chooses through whom He will manifest a particular gift. He chooses when and what gift to release. He is doing this everywhere in the earth through many different believers. He indeed is the Omnipresent God.

The Holy Spirit is manifesting His gifts through the various ministries our Lord Jesus has operating in the earth. The Spirit anoints individuals as Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. He operates through the Deacons and all those who have Help ministries in the body of Christ. He expresses His gifts through the Administrators in the body of Christ. In fact, every believer can be used of the Spirit to express Christ’s love to His body the Church and through His body to the world. If you are a believer, you then are a candidate to be used of the Spirit of God in any variety of ways.

Our part in the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is to allow Him to impart the gifts He chooses at any particular time. The rationalization of our mind is our biggest problem. God does not call us to give up our mind, but rather to yield our thinking to His Word. God’s promise is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit who produces God’s divine nature in the believer. This is what Paul meant when he said, “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). His divine nature which was manifested in Jesus Christ is now revealed in His children by the presence of His indwelling Holy Spirit.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you turn your mind over to Him. Ask Him to help you let the gifts of God operate when He so chooses. Ask Him to cause you to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and to be filled with the faith of the Son of God in every situation. Father, thank You for Your reservoir of gifts made available in the Holy Spirit. I am Your servant to be used as You choose.