Desire And Soul Hunters

​1 Peter 2:11 KJV “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”

Something unseen wars against our souls: fleshly lusts. Lust is something we feel, something we crave and long for. Different things can trigger lust. For example:

Proverbs 6:25 KJV “Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.”

A woman’s beauty can cause one to lust. God warns against this. She can even take you away (capture you) with her eyelids? What’s up with that? It’s true. Ever notice women today that wear false eyelashes? Doesn’t it do something different to their appearance like make them look more seductive? God said to watch out for those blinking eyelids and coy looks. They have power to seize you. I’m talking from experience. I’ve been seized more times than I care to admit. I’m fortunate to be alive.

Proverbs 31:30 NET “Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.”

Charm is very deceptive. And so is flattery. There’s a saying: “You catch more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.” How sweet are the words of the soul hunter. How nice they can make us feel. We can be led to the slaughter without even knowing it, partly because WE ARE DESIRING THE WRONG THING.

James 1:14-15 KJV “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. [15] Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

Proverbs 5:3-4 NIV “For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; [4] but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.”

Proverbs 29:5-6 NIV “Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet. [6] Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.”

Flattery and charm works best on those who covet what is evil. And those who are looking for evil always find it. What you are about to read next applies to both males and females:

PLIGHT OF THE SIMPLE

Proverbs 7:7-27 NIV “I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense. [8] He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house [9] at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in. [10] Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. [11] (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home; [12] now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.) [13] She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: [14] “Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home. [15] So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! [16] I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. [17] I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. [18] Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love! [19] My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. [20] He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.” [21] With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. [22] All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose [23] till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life. [24] Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. [25] Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. [26] Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. [27] Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.”

Did you notice this women told the young man that she had food left over from her fellowship (or peace) offering? And she said, “Today I fulfilled my vows?” She had went to the temple earlier that day and offered a sacrifice to God. She just came out of church so to speak, and is now seducing the young man. According to The Law the food sacrificed in a fellowship offering had to be eaten the same day the sacrifice was made. But if the person made a vow (as she did) the flesh from the sacrifice could be eaten by the next day. On the third day it had to be burned up. (Leviticus 7:11-18 19:5-8) So, this woman is telling the young man that she is willing to share her food with him, and that she piously keeps The Law when it comes to making vows and sacrifices. Yet she is willing to break The Law by breaking her marriage vow? DO YOU SEE HOW HYPOCRITICALLY SICK THIS CHICK IS?

There are many like her. They are very religious outwardly, but in matters of fleshly lusts they have no restraint. They abuse God’s kindness, and use it as an excuse for loose conduct. (Ephesians 5:5-6 Revelation 21:8) These have only an outward form of godliness but deny it’s true power. And from them we are told to turn away. (2 Timothy 3:5 1 Corinthians 5:9-13) Like the woman in Proverbs 6 they too go to church, then come right out of church and engage in sexual sin (some even while at church). That’s how soul hunters operate. They have no shame. They will play the, “I’m a Christian too,” role. Don’t fall for it. God says the young man in Proverbs 6 had no sense; he was simple, and was a slave to his desires. That’s why he fell for her hook line and sinker, not knowing it would cost him his life.

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Ensamples

Ensamples

1 Corinthians 10:1‭-‬12 KJV “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

I was researching the word, “Ensamples,” and found that it’s meaning included everything from a teaching that instructs and warns, to a mark made by a stroke or a blow. And it also means an image made, an impression to be studied and learned from. That’s what God says the things that happened to the children of Israel are for us.

God used Moses to rescue Israel from a life of cruel slavery. They were slaves to the Egyptians for 400 years! But how sad that most of them later died in the wilderness and never made it to the promised land. Why? Imagine being a slave all of your life. Your parents were slaves, and their parents, and so on. And only by God’s miraculous power one day you’re set free! God split the Red Sea wide open for you, then you and your people walked across it on dry ground! Your enemies also tried to cross the sea in pursuit of you. Then God closed the sea in on them. You watched the bodies of your enemies wash up on the sea shore. Never again will you have to worry about those Egyptians making your life miserable. Would you be grateful for that?

Israel was not grateful. They constantly grumbled and complained against God. On more than one occasion they even talked about killing Moses, God’s appointed leader of His people.

Jude 1:5 NIV “Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.”

LUST

When we hear the word, “Lust,” we normally think about sex. But we can set our hearts on many evil things besides sexual pleasures God forbids. Evil lust for what is forbidden has overtaken us when we say to ourselves, “I want it no matter what the cost!” “I don’t care about the consequences, I want it!” Israel often got into trouble for this attitude. I recently was studying the Bible with a guy who has serious issues with lust. On his job he gained a reputation for touching women inappropriately. He started a second job and on his 2nd day the manager had to pull him aside and talk to him about focussing on his work instead of females. He then got a new smartphone and a new girlfriend. After that he was through. You couldn’t tell him anything. He lost interest in studying the Bible. Why? Because his true desires were now fulfilled. He could now watch all the entertainment he wanted on his new smartphone (including pornography), and he had a new girlfriend to fulfill his evil lusts through. At first he said he wanted God. But his actions proved otherwise. Which brings us to:

IDOLATRY

Idolatry is the worship of false gods. This caused many of the Israelites to fall and be destroyed. Anything can be an idol. The other day I saw a sign that read, “Anything You Love More Than God Is Your God.” That’s a good way to put it. Things we covet; set our hearts on, are really our gods. No wonder God says concerning some:

Philippians 3:19 KJV “Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.”

What do we set our hearts on? What do we desire the most? Is it a new home? A new car? That cool new smartphone? A new job? Maybe it’s that new tablet? What about a mate? Is money our god? Maybe entertainment, having a good time is what we desire most. It doesn’t matter what it is, if we love it more than we love God we’ve been duped into idolatry. Our idol worship will come back to bite us. Speaking of things that bite us hard that brings us to:

FORNICATION

Fornication means to give oneself over to unlawful sexual practices. It also includes prostituting one’s body to the lust of another. Those who practice fornication are also engaging in idolatry, because they are coveting something evil:

Colossians 3:5 NIV “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, WHICH IS IDOLATRY.”

Our bodies are temples of God. They were not meant for fornication, which is idolatry:

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 NIV “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. [13] You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. [14] By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. [15] Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! [16] Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” [17] But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. [18] Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. [19] Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; [20] you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

The sin of fornication is serious. Every other sin is committed outside the body. But he/she that sins sexually sins against his/her own body. That means when we commit fornication something is going on inside the body.🤔Hmmmm. On one occasion God destroyed twenty three thousand Israelites for engaging in fornication and worshiping the false god Baal. The Israelites were invited to a party by a neighboring nation. Some of them went, ate, drank, and had sex with women, which was the practice in worshiping Baal. One moment of pleasure costed twenty three thousand people their lives! Beware of the parties you get invited to.

May we learn from the children of Israel not to be complainers, not to be lustful, nor idolaters, or fornicators. If we have sinned in these ways we should confess our sins to God and repent. He will forgive us and welcome us with open arms if we are sincere:

Proverbs 28:13 KJV “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

James 5:16 NIV “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Hebrews 10:22 NIV “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

Hebrews 9:14 NIV “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”

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What’s Happening?

What’s Happening?

Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 NIV “Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? [14] When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.”

We are in some very interesting times. Perhaps the most interesting in human history. And according to the verse above God is still in full control. Most wonder what’s really going on in the world today. Every day we see something weird in the news. People are divided more ways than ever. We pay more attention to technology than to one another. As a guy said the other day, “When I got on the train I looked around at people. All heads were bowed down to the iPhone. Nobody was talking to each other, all heads were bowed down! And whenever someone stopped doing something on their phone they anxiously picked it up again like it was a drug and started fooling with it again. I watched this go on. All heads were bowed down!” Hmmmm. It’s a fact many of us LIVE in the virtual world. That’s the real world to some. We don’t interact with one another like we use to. Even families aren’t close anymore. What have we become as a society? And where is it all going?

Speaking of our time period Jesus said:

Matthew 24:12-13 “And because wrongdoing will be increased, the love of most people will become cold. [13] But he who goes through to the end will get salvation.”

Part of the sign Jesus gave signaling the end of human history is people becoming more cold and unloving. Is that happening today? You betchah! He also said only those who go through or endure to the end will be saved. Saved from what?

According to Jesus if our love grows cold; if we become mean, hateful, and unfeeling, we won’t receive salvation. Instead we’re doomed. What if Jesus is exactly who He says He is? And what if He knew about a future cataclysmic event that was coming to mankind? What if something as sweet and simple as Love is the true way to not get swept away and destroyed? If this is so can you see how much trouble we’re in? Are people becoming more and more loving or are they becoming more mean and hateful?

WHAT IS LOVE?

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud [5] or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. [6] It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. [7] Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

Who today really practices Love? Only a few. You and I have been taught that love is living certain lifestyles that God forbids. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) And that those who show true love; the love the Bible talks about, are weak. Can spending hours upon hours playing video games teach us how to love one another? Can spending many hours in front of a computer screen teach us love? Can hours on our smartphones, watching TV, etcetera teach us love? There’s one problem with all of these; the more we do them the less interaction we have with each other. Yes, we may have more contact with others in the virtual world, but is that world really benefiting us?

LET’S TALK REAL

Revelation 12:9 NIV “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”

Aliens have already come to earth! They are Satan the Devil, known by some as Lucifer, and his fallen angels (demons). They are unseen to the human eye because they’re spirits. Satan and his angels were kicked out of heaven and are now misleading the whole earth. They are the main ones leading mankind to their doom. Everything you see today, all of our wonderful technological advancements have been sold to us as benefits. And it’s all a part of the Devil’s con game to destroy us. He hates human beings.

Some are already figuring out that many of our so-called great inventions are killing us. They just aren’t aware of who’s really behind it. Some say it’s the illuminati, others the government, the pope, etcetera. All of these and others are puppets the Devil uses. After they do his bidding he will dispose of them too.

The Devil and his demons are real spirit beings. In fact the word demon means, “Knowledge.” Demon spirits are highly intelligent. They have way more knowledge than human beings. They too were influenced by Satan to defect from God. He also got Adam and Eve the first humans to do the same. Tricking people is something he’s very skilled at. As long as people pay more attention to themselves and their technology toys than to God they don’t stand a chance against Satan. There is one human being the Devil never had success tricking. His name is Jesus, the son of the living God. No wonder Satan has misled the world into hating Jesus so much.

The Devil is the ruler of this world (temporarily). He knows that whoever comes in contact with and accepts Jesus Christ becomes victorious over him also. Jesus’ full victory over the Devil is credited to them too.😁 So he will use every form of propaganda to discredit Jesus Christ and true Christians. But in spite of all of this Jesus true followers (those who live a life of love) will still receive eternal life. (John 3:16 1 John 4:8)

Did you know when Jesus was on earth He said in the future our world would become so bad if our days were not shortened no one would survive?

Matthew 24:22 KJV “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”

Yes, Jesus knew that in the future mankind would be in danger of extinction. Do the kingdoms of the world today have enough nuclear weapons to destroy all life on earth many times over? Yes. Did you know that legal prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans? Did you also know that cancer deaths are on the rise? And that our awesome smartphones, tablets, and computer technology emits high levels of cancerous radiation? It’s been proven. But you don’t hear too much about that in the media, do you? And what are they building right now as we speak? Even more radiation. Astronomical levels of it. The world is is going from 4G to 5G. What does this mean? Do your research. The amounts of radiation this new technology is said to emit is insane! Smart cities (as their called), smart homes, smart cars, the coming Internet Of Things, is all sold to us as human advancement and achievement. But is it?

If something that is supposed to help you slowly or quickly kills you, is that an achievement? It depends on your point of view. To the Devil it is. I haven’t scratched the surface. We haven’t even talked about the fluoride put in our drinking water, and the effects that has on us. We haven’t discussed chemtrails, genetically modified food, smart dust, human gene splicing, nano technology, etcetera. Please do your research on these things. Some of us see the hand of Satan in all of this and much more. He is the one who is misleading the entire world to their doom. The only way to escape is Jesus. 

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Together We Fight

James 5:16 KJV “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Does life seem to go easier when we shut everyone else out and just stay to ourselves? I know, we don’t seem to get hurt as much that way, right? I would like to share with you two passages that show why it’s so cool not to live like a hermit.

Proverbs 27:9 KJV “Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: [10] If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. [11] Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? [12] Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

God says that just as ointment and perfume makes the heart rejoice so the hearty counsel of a friend has the same sweet effect. Yes, when someone is giving you good advice who truly cares for you (a friend) it’s like spraying yourself with fine perfume. It uplifts our soul. If the counsel is received the right way it can even make us feel good. But how can one experience this spiritual joy if he/she never shares their struggles with others?

Our enemy Satan hopes that you and I keep everything to ourselves. He knows the power of including others in your plans and getting good advice:

Proverbs 15:22 NLT “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.”

God says that two can fight together better than one alone. Two can defend themselves. One may be overpowered. And pity the person who falls down and has no one to help them up. The evil one also knows this. That’s why he will whisper in your ear, “Don’t say anything. Don’t tell others how you really feel. They don’t care anyway.” “What do you need their advice for? You’re grown. You can make your own decisions.” “Don’t confess that sin to them. Who are they? They sin too. Just tell it to God, he understands.” But is it not God who says in James 5:16 to confess your sins to one another and to pray for one another so that you may be healed? Sounds to me like someone doesn’t want us to be healed.

We need every member of Christ’s body to fight and defeat the Devil. That includes other Christians we don’t even know. What do I mean by that? In describing the last part of our spiritual armor to fight against evil demonic forces God says:

Ephesians 6:18 NLT “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

Notice God tells us to pray (make supplication), “FOR ALL BELIEVERS EVERYWHERE, and that this is part of our spiritual armor?” Yes, we’re to pray for Christians we don’t even know, those we haven’t met yet. Would God tell us to pray for our brothers and sisters everywhere if these prayers were meaningless and ineffective? Remember, God says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person HAS GREAT POWER and PRODUCES WONDERFUL RESULTS.” (James 5:16 NLT) Nothing God tells us to do is fruitless.

Here is the reason why we should always be praying for one another?

1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. [9] Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Yep, the Devil is lurking like a hungry lion, seeking which of us he can devour. Our brothers throughout the whole world are going through the exact same sufferings we are. This is why God tells us to pray for our brothers and sisters all over the world. Are we obeying God and praying for all the Saints?

THOSE WE KNOW

Now let’s talk about the brothers and sisters we know. What a privilege it is to know only one true brother or sister in this wicked world!😁 Jesus wasn’t lying when he prophesied concerning the time of the end:

Matthew 24:10-13 KJV “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. [11] And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. [12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. [13] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

This is exactly how it is today. If you have true believers in the faith you can talk to and share with what a blessing that is! Even if they live many miles away today we can still communicate and edify one another through our technology. I have Bible studies with Christians via cell phone often, and in person. I’ve used skype too in the past to share the good news and be encouraged by others.

Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: [25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

God tells us to assemble together. And not to forsake this gathering. He says to do this more and more as we see His day approaching. The purpose of assembling He says is to provoke one another to love and good works, to encourage one another. Why do you think He would tell us to do that? Because He is our Lord. And as Lord He knows what it takes to stay strong and win the fight. Coming together more and more as we see the day approaching is God’s instruction for His Saints. Are we obeying our Father?

Remember, Ecclesiastes says that one alone may be overpowered. But two can defend themselves. He didn’t say two hundred, or two thousand, He simply said 2. Jesus also says:

Matthew 18:19-20 KJV “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. [20] For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

There’s great power when just two believers meet together in Jesus name: “I AM IN THE MIDST OF THEM,” He says. It doesn’t get any more powerful than that! We fight well and defend ourselves better when we come together. There’s even more power in our fervent prayers when we come together too.

James 5:16 KJV “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Notice there are at least two believers here in James 5:16? And notice the powerful effect of following God’s instruction? Healing! Some of us know many Christians. How cool that is! How much more of a blessing that is for us. But for those of us who may not know that many remember, JESUS SAID it only takes at least two.

To be a part of God’s church on earth is a true blessing. Make good use of God’s blessings and gifts He has placed inside each one of us. We all have different spiritual gifts the Bible says. And God has given us different ways of serving each other. As I was writing this article I thought about what people call having super-powers. I also thought about the super heroes in the old school comic books and movies today. When we became Christians all of us were given super-powers from God. The passages below in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 will explain this. Like in the movies where the good guys with their super-powers unite to fight evil and defeat the bad guys with their super-powers, God has given us real spiritual powers to fight in His name. I wonder if Hollywood and the comic books stole that too from the Bible? Hmmmmm. 🤔

We are much more effective when we fight together. Don’t try to do it alone. We’re a team. God has put us on His winning team and He uses every one of us. Every one of us gets in the game. No one sits on the bench. Even our prayers for Christians we don’t know yet helps the team win. And because each of us has different special gifts (super-powers) from God for the up-building of the church, it only makes sense to come together more and more so that we can be used by Him and take advantage of each others gifts that God has given us for His glory.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NLT “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. [5] There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. [6] God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. [7] A SPIRITUAL GIFT IS GIVEN TO EACH OF US SO WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER. [8] To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. [9] The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. [10] He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. [11] It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.”

Romans 12:4-8 NLT “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, [5] so it is with Christ’s body. WE ARE MANY PARTS OF ONE BODY, and WE ALL BELONG TO EACH OTHER. [6] In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. [7] If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. [8] If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”

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