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Today I will be using my powers of prediction to guess what my friends in this crazy blogging challenge are talking about today…

Shawn will mention Superman at least 3 times, and that’s only if he doesn’t make the entire post about Superman.

Brian will talk about how much he loves superheroes, because, well that love is real, folks.

Heather will write that she thinks everyone else is going to talk about superheroes, all while she tries to deny how much she really loves them, too.

Linds will say that Gavin has a Batman fetish, but it can switch around to other fantastic heroes, too.

And well, me? There are 4 out of the 5 of us that love superhero movies so much we’ve been known to go at midnight when they premiere. I can neither confirm or deny that I may or may not be a part of that posse.

Also, I may have just bombed ALL predictions, because there is also a solid chance we all try to surprise each other and no one writes about superheroes powers.

All teasing aside, because I really DO adore my friends, what is really sitting on me is this:

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” [Hebrews 5:14]

Spiritual gifts. Our powers given to us as gifts of the Holy Spirt. It can come in so many forms, but this particular verse is talking about discernment. There are certain gifts that lean more into gifts of the Holy Spirit that others, but truly all pour from the Holy Spirit.

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” [1 Corinthians 12:4-11]

There are also verses that refer to us all being of one body, and each part has its function. No spiritual gift is greater than another. Please hear that clearly…there is NO spiritual gift greater than another. Each of the powers of the Holy Spirit is used to further God’s Kingdom on earth and ALL are needed.

Each gift you have goes through different seasons of growth. Especially with the spiritual gift of discernment, there will be times you question if you are really discerning correctly and quite honestly, that is hard stuff.

When you have the gift of prophecy, it is going to get you into trouble at some point, because prophets are ALWAYS in trouble because they are calling out behaviors that are not Kingdom building and go against the heart of God. The words prophets use are equally hard for them to speak, because they know it goes against worldly social practices.

If this conversation is new to you, then I hope you seek God and see where you fit into the body of Christ. We all fit somewhere, and I guarantee God is looking forward to you using the powers he has ready for you through the Holy Spirit.

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