Find Your Spiritual Gift

DISCOVER YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFT
At my church we are studying Spiritual Gifts (I Corinthians 12, 13, 14 and Ephesians 4:11). Each member is to take a Spiritual Gifts test, get their results and then speak with one of our associate pastors concerning  the results. (http://www.churchgrowth.org/analysis/intro.php) My pastor wants us to be as effective as we can be as Christians, as a web site has been created inviting people all over the world to pray for revival.(www.worldrevival.org) Knowing our gifts will prepare us for when God answers our prayers.

As a counselor I am aware of how many of us don’t claim all that God has given us.  Spiritual Gifts are one of those often not taught in our churches. How effective can we be if we don’t even know what our spiritual gifts are? 1 Corinthians 14:1 says, “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy:” and 1Corinthians 12;1 states, ” Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.” Now that is pretty clear concerning God’s intentions for us.

Because I test people’s natural God given aptitudes (non learned abilities) that give career and or volunteer direction to their lives, I know how much being aware of our gifts gives critical information regarding what we were created for, our ministry if you will.

Some people believe we operate out of one gift, others believe we operate out of a number of gifts. My first teachings on the gifts indicated that we each have one major gift. This gift can be funneled through one of the five fold ministries Ephesians 4:11 (apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastors, and teachers,) The results of using our gift are then distributed as the Holy Spirit directs, to the people involved in whatever you are doing. For instance, a person may have the gift of teaching that is funneled through one of the five fold ministry gifts say, the ministry pastor. This gift of teaching is received by others working with him possibly as encouragement to one, to another help and to another faith. There are numerous combinations that can be formed by the Holy Spirit.

Others believe we have several Spiritual Gifts. I am not sure which one of the two seeing I side with. Regardless, Spiritual Gifts are given to us for the purpose of ministering to others as 1Corinthians14:12 states we are to, “try to excel in the spiritual gifts that build up the church.”

They are not given because we are special. If we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us He will direct our Spiritual Gifts in helping others.

My spiritual gift test results are Exhortation, Wisdom, Teaching and Leadership. I enjoy my gifts because the Holy Spirit gave them to me, but better yet I love to see how God uses them in people’s lives. I am often amazed and humbled when people tell me how much what I said changed their lives. I ask, “What did I say”? When they tell me, I don’t remember ever saying that and if I did it was just teaching to me.

Twice I prayed with people as they exclaimed, “What did you do to me?” I am thinking, “I didn’t do anything but pray.” Both of these people reported feeling a heat rush through their bodies from head to toe. I am baffled, other than it being the Holy Spirit. I just want to praise the Lord for being used by God unbeknownst to me.

I was born again when a woman was speaking about how her expectations of life always let her down. I identified. When she came to the invitation I prayed with her because I heard, “Invite Jesus into your life. Let Him use your hands, your feet, your mouth to walk around the streets of Atlanta and be Jesus to hurting people.” I had struggled with the “I can’t live the Christian life syndrome” for so many years and beat myself up for such failure. I was instantly drawn to the Lord, hearing Jesus would live His resurrected life in and through me. I was overjoyed and prayed to receive Christ.

I bought the tape of her talk and looked forward to hearing it again especially the part that explained the how to of Christianity. I never found it. I rewound it and listened again and again. Did the Holy Spirit take her teaching gift and manifest to me the way I needed to hear it? I think so.

I received an e-mail today I would like to share with you. It is from Os Hillman who speaks indirectly about Spiritual Gifts. His interesting title Jesus Could Not Heal the Sick reminds me of what Billy Graham once said. I was taken back when he said, “I have never saved anyone.” I thought, “What does he mean? He has held hundreds of worldwide Evangelical Campaigns and hundreds of thousands of people were saved.” What of course he meant was God saves people. People do not save people. As you read it think about how God can use your spiritual gift(s).
Jesus Could Not Heal the Sick

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

“Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited
by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know” (Acts 2:22).

In his book, When Heaven Invades Earth, Pastor Bill Johnson makes an insightful observation about Jesus.
“He could not heal the sick. Neither could He deliver the tormented
from demons or raise the dead. To believe otherwise is to ignore
what he said about Himself, and more importantly, to miss the
purpose of His self-imposed restriction to live as a man.” Jesus Christ said of Himself, “The Son can do nothing by himself;
he can only do what he sees the Father doing” (John 5:19). In the
Greek language that word nothing has a unique meaning – it means
NOTHING, just like it does in English! He had NO supernatural
capabilities whatsoever! While he is 100 percent God, He chose to
live with the same limitations that man would face once He
invade the impossible in His name. He performed miracles,
wonders, and signs, as a man in right relationship to God – not as
God. If He performed miracles because He was God, then they
would be unattainable for us. But if he did them as a man, I am
responsible to pursue His lifestyle. Recapturing this simple truth
changes everything – and makes possible a full restoration of the
ministry of Jesus in His Church.

What were the distinctions of His humanity?
1. He had no sin to separate Him from the Father.
2. He was completely dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit working through Him.

What are the distinctions of our humanity?
We are sinners cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Through his sacrifice he has successfully dealt with the power and effect of sin for all who believe. Now nothing separates us from the Father. There remains only one unsettled issue – how dependent on the Holy Spirit are we willing to live?

You too might want to take the free Spiritual Gifts test I took and experience the miraculous. You can find it at http://www.churchgrowth.org/analysis/intro.php

| February 12th, 2011 | Posted in Author's Weekly Blog |

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