“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”   James 1:17

Gifts — why are they given and how are they woven into a life surrendered to God?  The why is easy.

When I recognize and repent of my own inability to “handle the stress” of everything’s being topsy-turvy in my life, I see the measure of my own weakness, the inability to let go and allow life to take its twists and turns.  I realize it is the power of the Holy Spirit that keeps me from “losing it” and that renews my mind with peace when everything seems to be falling apart—especially me.  Taking a nap is a good solution, but the greatest need is simply to know He is God, to wait upon Him and to yield to grace that will renew my strength. Into such a scene, the gifts flow.  

There are three groups of nine; all, when woven together, create the ingredients for a life of peace and power.  Nine gifts of the Holy Spirit represent the demonstration of God’s power (Romans 12:8-10).  They belong to the Holy Spirit who distributes them when necessary for the common good. 

The nine fruits of the Spirit give the revelation of God when times are trying, when wisdom is lacking and when there’s a war between spirit and flesh.  It is in those moments when spiritual growth becomes a choice (Galatians 5:22-23).   It doesn’t take rocket science to know who is in charge.  There are fifteen fruits of the flesh listed as evidence against us, but the love of God surpasses these accusations.   

The nine attitudes of the heart reveal the motivation of God and produce the attitude of Jesus Christ. The beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11) become a way of life when the fruit of the Spirit is in abundance and the cry of the heart brings the gifts of the Holy Spirit to empower our lives for others.

What a combination — an intricate weaving, and a tapestry of gifts from the Father who would not withhold anything from those that love Him!

Further reading:  1 Corinthians 13; Romans 12:8-10; Galatians 5:22-23; Matthew 5:3-11

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