Are spiritual gifts are operating in the church today? If you are a believer, you have a spiritual gift, whether you know it or not! Do you want to find out what your gifts are and how to use them? Spiritual gifts are tools for ministry, they are an extension of God’s word.
Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The gifts of the Holy Spirit help to build up Church of Jesus Christ.
Do you Believe you have Spiritual Gifts?
Do you have a knack for always knowing the right thing to say to someone who is discouraged, or a strong desire to pray for those who are suffering? Many Christians have a spiritual gift and use them every day, but don’t know what they are called.
Don’t worry, God will lead you to the fulfillment of the gifts He has given you, so you bless others. 1 Corinthians 12:7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. You may have spiritual abilities that manifested when you were young in the Lord. Be patient, growth takes time, practice and surrender to God.
Just like a muscle, the gifts of the spirit must be exercised and develop over time. Spend time in the word, and in prayer, and look for opportunities to minister hope and encouragement to others. I Timothy 3:6 An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.
You have to stir up your spiritual gifts and talents God has given you God will not do it for you! It is like when you are baking a cake…you mix your ingredients together, and, at first, the batter is lumpy and inconsistent. You continue to beat and stir the batter until it becomes smooth and ready to be poured into pans and baked.
A Work in Progress
When I was a younger Christian, I had a burden for sick people. I am sure that compassion is the result of my life my Mother always being sick. I often asked people if I could pray for them. I also visited the hospitals as often as I could. People began to get healed, those in pain received relief and people came to the Lord! As you step out in faith, God will begin to show you, your gifts and abilities. Mark 16:17-18.
When you discover God wants to use you, the road can get a little bumpy until you get understanding and training. Do not get discouraged, if you do not get the support of your Church or friends. When God is finished with you, his spirit, his anointing will pour out of you. Take a ministry course on the Holy Spirit and the gifts. Find a reputable church, who is offering this training, and enroll in the class. You will learn a lot, about yourself and about your calling. 2 Timothy 2:15.
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Gifts of the Spirit as Tools for Ministry
I love Ephesians 4:13: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: How cool is that?
We are the body and the gifts are given to us are to help the body, prepare for the Work of His kingdom. The ultimate goal for spiritual gifts is to help bring us to maturity, as one new man! As believers as we are to grow as we take on the likeness of God. We have to prepare ourselves to be vessels, that will bring honor and glory to God!
Praying in the Spirit Fine Tunes the Spirit
Praying in the spirit is the act of praying in your prayer language of tongues. It is a very effective way to stir up your gifts. It helps you to tap into the spirit and become more sensitive to the voice of God. As you pray 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, you will find you mind and spirit become quite. Distractions will lessen, and you will sense a shift into the spirit. Be still, quietly worshiping the Lord.
God will speak a word to you, or bring someone to your heart to pray for, or give you a song of worship. Prayer is not one-dimensional, it is many faceted! Explore God and let him stretch you. You will become, keener and more alive in the spirit than ever before. God speaks to each one of us differently, so try not to compare your experience with that of others. With time and experience, you will develop a very specific relationship with the Lord.
Stir Up Spiritual Gift by Practice
It sounds funny when you say you need to practice your gifts. When I was a young Christian, our church had a ministry school each Summer. We studied scripture, learned how to witness and then we went out on the street and put into practice what we learned. Yes, you have to practice what you are learning. One class, we did during ministry school was the gifts of the spirit. After the class, we had an exercise, where we had to pick a partner, pray for them, and see if the Lord gave us a word for them. You know, every student got a word, for their partner? Hebrews 5:14
How to Practice
What do I mean by practice? I mean you have to do things to exercise your spiritual gifts. When I was in bible school, there came a time when we had to do trial sermons. We were given 10 minutes to come up with a title, beginning, body and conclusion to our sermon. We weren’t experienced, preachers. However, we were practicing, perfecting, stirring up our God given abilities.
Look for ways of exercising your gift. Do you feel you have gifts of healing? The gift of mercy? Go to the hospital and pray for the sick. When I went to the hospitals, I never had one person tell me, they did not want prayer. Practice on your Christian friends, and family members. See if someone gets healed, or if you get a Word of Knowledge or a Word of Wisdom. You will never know until your try. Psalms 34:8
Father help me to be sensitive to your holy spirit. Show me ways to bless and pray for others, as I seek to grow in your grace. Amen
Fasting Opens the Heart and the Spirit
Fasting is the abstaining from food for a period of time for a spiritual purpose. Many Christians have not been taught about fasting. In my childhood Episcopal church, the closest we came to fasting was giving up something for the Lent season. Times of fasting and prayer are beneficial to the body, spirit, and soul.
Fasting crucifies the flesh and breaks bad habits and bondage from our lives. It can produce a new a heart and closeness to God. Fasting helps to your dominion over your flesh and make you more sensitive the voice of God! The period of time you fast is up to you unless God has given you specific directions. We can also consecrate ourselves to fast in preparation for intersession, ministry and setting other free from oppression and bondage.
There are different ways and types of fast, which will be discussed in another post. You can fast all day, or for a certain period of time. If you are new to fasting, it is a good idea to go slow and fast one meal. Pray and reading the Bible, should always be a part of your time of drawing close to God. Isaiah 58:3-7
What Spiritual Gifts are Not
When the Father endows us with a part of himself, it is a very sacred thing. Gifts are not to display or draw attention to the person, but to magnify God. Gifts are not to elevate the believer are to present them as more spiritual or powerful than others. We have a choice on how we represent Jesus Christ. As bearers of His glory, remember the world is watching us. We should carry ourselves as vessels of honor, without reproach.
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32
Spiritual Gifts are:
- Not for show
- Not for financial gain
- Not to control or manipulation
- Not proof a spiritual maturity