But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. —1 Corinthians 12:7
God has privileged us in Christ Jesus to live above the ordinary human plane of life. Those who want to be “ordinary” and live on a lower plane, can do so; but as for me, I will not!
We have the same God that Abraham and Elijah had. We need not come behind in any gift or grace. We may not possess the abiding gifts, but if we are full of the Holy Ghost and divine unction, it is possible, when there is need, for God to manifest every gift of the Spirit through us to give a manifestation of the gifts as God may choose to use us.
This ordinary man Stephen became mighty under the Holy Ghost’s anointing. He stands supreme in many ways among the apostles.
“And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people” (Acts 6:8). Stephen was just as ordinary as you and me, but he was in the place where God could so move upon him that he, in turn, could move all before him. He began in a most humble place and ended in a blaze of glory. Beloved, dare to believe in Christ!
Holy Spirit, empower me to go beyond the
ordinary to the extraordinary through
Thy power and unction. Amen.