This post has been requested by God’s Warrior. He requested I do a post on this last year and a post on temptation. I am pleased to say I am finally ready to do this post on gifts.
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First of all, it needs to be understood that not everyone will have the same gifts. This includes the gift of tongues. Though there are many gifts, all of these gifts come from the same Holy Spirit.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 12:04, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.”
And not only gifts, but the Holy Spirit also imparts to us to different services or ministeries, and the Holy Spirit also gives us different work as well. This is why it is so important to ask God to help us see what our calling is, and not to doubt your calling even if it isn’t stereotypical.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 12:05-06, “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”
For example, my calling is for believers and God has used my writing to help others. Not only has He provided me to help in ministry but also in mission work as this blog has reached over 75 different countries.
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The Holy Spirit works within us and what He works within us may be different than others. But the overall goal is to help each other.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 12:07, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
Gifts Of The Holy Spirit
(Found In 1 Corinthians 12:08-12, 28 & Romans 12:07-08)
Message of Wisdom- This gift is supernatural wisdom. Wisdom to be able to see through darkness and understand when the enemy is lying to you. Wisdom to have the Word of God revealed to you.
Message of Knowledge- This gift is the gift to have facts given to you supernaturally.
I’ve had a pastor given me a word before, and I now know having someone give you a word is when they speak to you something God has told them to tell you. Having the message of knowledge can apply to the individual and sometimes, as in my experience, the message is meant for someone else.
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Faith – Some are blessed with the gift of faith, a strong trust in God. This gift works wonderfully for prayer warriors because when we ask in prayer we need to believe.
Gift Of Teaching- Not all teachers are called to teach. You’ll notice some teachers just know how to convey the message to others. That is where this gift comes in. The Holy Spirit helps those called to teach. This does not mean those who teach and do not have the gift, shouldn’t teach. If we teach, we should always pray for clarity and guidance.
Gift Of Healing- Supernatural healing, anyone? Yes, the gift of healing manifests in some believers.
Gift Of Tongues- This is a special communication between God and the individual. Not everyone will have this gift, but there is nothing wrong in praying for the gift, or any of these gifts if you desire it. When someone speaks in tongues, sometimes there will be a message for the congregation, which leads us to the next gift. Speaking in tongues is a way for the Holy Spirit to intervene and convey to God what is in your spirit.
Gift Of Interpreting Tongues- This gift allows a person to understand someone speaking in tongues. I’ve never experienced the gift of tongues or someone interpreting tongues until I met my friends from the Toxic Church Experience and joined their church. That is when I first heard the wonderful gift of tongues, and when I went to a conference with them at their home church in Texas, I heard the amazing gift of interpretation. There is praise for God, there is both encouragement and warning for believers. It’s powerful.
Gift Of Prophecy- A lot of people experience the gift of prophecy through dreams. But just because we may have a significant dream, does not mean we have this gift. Make sure there is a lot of prayer for clarification and connection to scripture for dreams you feel may be tied to something.
Gift Of Discerning Spirits – To be able to discern means the person is able to tell the difference. The gift of discerning spirits is the supernatural gift of having almost an instinct feeling on people or situations. I’ve been told, and I believe, I have this gift. I’ve always had certain feelings about people whether or not to trust them when I’ve first met them or to be wary of them. There is no reason for the feelings to occur with nothing to base them off of, but when this is a gift the Holy Spirit makes it known.
Gift Of Administration – Process of running an organization, project, etc. Someone who takes control. Someone who gives others direction in how to handle things. A lot of times these will be people behind the scenes. But God equips them and helps them do what needs to be done.
Gift Of Helping Others- Some people have the love for others and helping others. That love and desire to help others are special. These people work well in mission work. Exhortation, giving advice could come from this gift.
Gift Of Serving- Somewhat similar to helping others is the desire to serve others. I know at my home church there is a group of women who always help when it comes to serving and making food.
Gift Of Encouragement- I believe I also have this gift. This is another desire and love implanted in the hearts of some. To encourage others. To uplift them.
Gift Of Giving – Giving does not just have to be with money. It can also be food, clothing, and time. For those who love giving, it comes in all forms for them.
Gift Of Leading- Some are born leaders, but that doesn’t mean they have this gift, and some aren’t born leaders but have been called for this gift. The gift of leading will be given by the Holy Spirit, and it will be made apparent. Evangelism could come from this, guiding others to the truth, as well as pastoring.
Gift Of Showing Mercy- Mercy does not come easily to everyone, especially depending on the circumstances and the reason for giving mercy.
The gifts we have been given we must be used to the best of our ability.
(NLT) Romans 12:06, “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.”
It isn’t surprising to see how some gifts work well together. Whatever our calling is, God will use our gifts and desires in our heart to work together.
Pray For Gifts
It is important to know we need to diligently pray for gifts we have already, and gifts we feel we need help in. He may not give us the gift we think we are good at.
It is important to look at what we are doing now, what we are good at. Is there anything God has used you already for His glory? To help or encourage others? If you have the gift of music/singing, writing, teaching, cooking, etc can these be used for Christ? You may be surprised. Lift up everything to Jesus in prayer, and meditate on scripture. Be daily and consistent. This is how we hear Him.
Remember, the disciples were uneducated fishermen. But God’s Holy Spirit gave them wisdom and knowledge. Check out 1st and 2nd Peter to hear Peter’s wisdom.
As We Get Closer To Him We May Gain Other Gifts
It is important to understand, as we get closer to Christ, as we become more Christlike, we will see His Holy Spirit more active in our lives. So it is possible as we work on prayer, and asking God where He wants to lead us, other gifts and desires in our heart will become more apparent.
Am I Or Is My Gift Small?
Don’t ever feel like your gift or your calling is small. If you are young, don’t be afraid.
(NLT) 1 Corinthians 12:22, “In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.”
How are the leaders going to get through if they aren’t taught? How are the teachers going to get through if they aren’t encouraged? And maybe you were the one wondering why being an encourager was important 🙂 God uses what appears to be weak and least important to be strong and of significance.
Don’t ever feel like God cannot use you. He uses all of us. He needs all of us to work as the church together. The body of Christ cannot all be the same. We all function together as one, but not as the same members.
What are your gifts?
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Source: Nine Gifts Of The Spirit