What are Spirit Gifts? Do I have a particular gift? How do I know what My Gifts are? Many people have a lot of questions about the gifts of the spirit. God is not hiding this information. He wants you to know what they are and how to walk in them. Have you ever been in church and during the worship, you began to feel God had a vision, scripture, or word of encouragement for the body? Have you had a dream that later came true? You just may have a Holy Spirit gift from the Lord!
The Apostle Paul taught extensively about this. These abilities are given by the Holy Ghost, to those who desire to receive them. They are supernatural in nature and are called grace gifts because they are the expression of the grace of God. These gifts cannot be earned, but are given by God, for the asking! Do you want to be used by God? Well, if you are a believer, God wants us to grow beyond being a church member, to become ministers of the gospel. We are all called to the ministry, whether it is in your hometown or abroad. He also wants to give you all the tools you need, to fulfill your ministry with excellence and completeness.
Spiritual Gifts for Everyday Use
If you are a believer, then you have at least one gift of the spirit, probably more. Paul reminds us that in reference to spiritual gifts God does not want us to be ignorant. They are your birthright, given as tools of ministry and everyday life. This is so cool! The gifts of the spirit are not confined to church but can be used at the supermarket, on your job, and anywhere you go. If you are open to the spirit of God, he will use you everywhere.
My Testimony: I remember one day I was walking down the street and I saw an older woman limping. I politely asked her if she minded if I prayed for her. She said yes. I laid hands on her and prayed and then asked her to walk a few steps to see how her leg was. To her surprise, the pain was gone. Then I shared the gospel with her. This is a case where God’s gift opened the door to share the Gospel.
How the Holy Spirit Gifts are Used
Ministry is not restricted to be used only in church, or ministry meeting, but are portable in the sense they can be used wherever there is a need, for healing, deliverance, and restoration. When you open your heart to minister to other with compassion, God will flow through you. The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…Isaiah 61:1 NIV. Wherever there is a need, God can use us to help others.
Holy Spirit Gifts are to Bless Others
In 1 Corinthians 12, we learn that spiritual gifts are given to the believer by God, “that all may profit.” Verse 11 says they are given according to God’s divine will. Ephesians 4:12 says these gifts are given to for the preparation of service and to strengthen or build up the body of Christ. The term “holy spirit gifts” or “spiritual gifts” comes from the Greek, charismata and pneumatika. The plural form of the word charisma means, the expression of grace. This is God’s grace undeserved or earned. Pumatikon is the expression of Spirit. In short amazing endowments is the expression of God’s love, given and by grace.
Scriptures on the Gifts of the Spirit
- Romans 12:6-8,
- 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28-31
- Ephesians 4:7-13,
- 1 Peter 4:10
Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit – And the Greatest of These is Love
I Corinthians 13 tells us about the importance of having love, which is a spiritual fruit. Love is the very nature of God, and it has been shed abroad in the heart of every believer. When we are used by the Holy Ghost, and we minister in the love of God, Miracles will take place, and God is glorified. The fruit of love brings balance with the spiritual gifts. If we prophesy and treat other terrible, we are nothing. If we speak in tongues and have no self-control, we are bankrupt.
If you lay hands on the sick and the recovery and brag about how great you are, you bring mockery to God. Seek the gives of the Spirit, but also take time to develop the fruit of the Spirit will make you a complete example of Jesus Christ. “1Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”
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