God's Holy Fire: 'All Glory to God!'

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
— 1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT

Key Thought

Why does God get the glory when we do what Peter commands in this passage? Because we do those things by God's powerful presence, the Holy Spirit living in us. We speak and we serve by the inspiration and power of the Spirit. The gifts that we are given come from the Holy Spirit — that's what the term "spiritual gifts" means. Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit on us when we came to him (Titus 3:3-7), and the Spirit gives each of us gifts to use in the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:4-7) and to help others (Luke 10:25-37; Galatians 6:10). The glory belongs to God — Father, Son, and Spirit — because God is the source and the strength of all of the good that we do.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God — my Abba Father and my Savior, the Son of God, and the indwelling Spirit — bring yourself glory as I seek to use the gifts you have given me to bless others. All glory be to you forever and ever. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of 1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT —  Amen.

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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