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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Loss of Powers

Last night I watched some "Heroes" episodes including "The Eclipse, Part 1".  In this episode all the characters with powers lose them.  Hiro can no longer teleport or pause time.  Matt can no longer hear thoughts.  Sylar loses his hunger and can no longer push items with his mind or use any of his abilities.  All the powers are gone.

In the Body of Christ we have what we call "Spiritual Gifts".  But let's be honest about this, shall we?  They are indeed super powers.  1 Corinthians 12 tells us that they come from the Holy Spirit and are assigned according to His purposes and pleasure.  They include powers to work miracles, heal, powers of knowledge, wisdom, distinguishing between spirits.  Paul lists many things but does not say that his list is exhaustive.

This begs a question, though.  If you were to lose your spiritual gift.  If God took away the Spirit-powered abilities that help you with your mission for Him, how would you feel?  Would you be ok with that?  Is JESUS HIMSELF enough for you?

While Matt struggles with his goal, Hiro says that this is part of the heroes journey.  That a hero must learn to live without powers and to complete his mission with whatever he has aside from them.  IF God chose to test you this way, would you be ok with it?  Would you press on or give up?  Do you even know what your powers are?  If not, pray about it and ask people who know you well what they think your gifts/powers are.

Jesus once said that we should not celebrate that we have powers, but that we should celebrate that our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. We should celebrate Jesus, not our abilities. 

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