“And these signs will follow those who believe, in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”  – Mark 16:17-18 NKJV

Welcome to the 16th Weekly Devotional Recap of the year. This week, we learned about the signs that follow believers and the importance of desiring them. We also explored the efficacy of Jesus’ name and the purpose of spiritual gifts, emphasising that all manifestations are from the same Spirit.

Monday’s devotional centred on the signs that accompany all believers in Jesus. Contrary to the belief that these gifts are exclusive to church leaders, the Bible clarifies that they are accessible to all believers(Mark 16:17-18). Salvation, not position, is the sole prerequisite for manifesting these signs, as they stem from the Holy Spirit dwelling within believers post-salvation (Romans 8: 11). Regular fellowship with God and exercising faith are essential for utilising these gifts effectively.

Tuesday’s devotional reminded us that believers possess the authority to operate in the supernatural through the name of Jesus, granted to us through salvation (Mark 16: 17). This authority is not merely speaking the name but understanding our identity as children of God. By acknowledging this authority, we can confidently perform miracles and combat spiritual opposition (Romans 8:15).

On Wednesday, we focused on the purpose of spiritual gifts, emphasising the importance of seeking God’s perspective through His word. Spiritual gifts are not for the gratification of self,  but for building up the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7) and serving as effective tools for evangelism (Acts 3).

Thursday’s lesson focused on cultivating a receptive heart for spiritual gifts. This involves activating a concept called “Zeloo,” an active and intentional desire, not passive but driving us to action (1 Corinthians 14: 1). Creating the right atmosphere to receive these gifts includes engaging with uplifting music, and messages, and surrounding ourselves with supportive company. 

Friday’s devotional tied everything together by emphasising that all the manifestations and signs believers experience stem from the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4). We should dare to explore and operate in other spiritual gifts, not just the ones we’re familiar with. Whether speaking in tongues or healing the sick, it’s all possible because of the same Spirit. 

The key is to actively use these gifts, remembering they’re meant for the unity of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7). Apostle Paul listed diverse gifts to reveal the boundless potential we have as believers (1 Corinthians 12).

Remember, God’s gifts aren’t for nothing. They’re meant to build up the body of Christ. So, keep sharing your God-given talents and spiritual gifts with the world—it’ll make a difference. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

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