Stir up your Spiritual Gifts. If you are a believer and filled with the Holy Spirit, the Father has given you one or more spiritual gifts. You may suspect God is using you but may not know what to call it. If your church does not teach on the gifts of the spirit or that God can use you in the gifts, it is understandable that you don’t know. If your church does not teach on the gifts of the spirit or that God can use you in the gifts, it is understandable that you don’t know. Check out our post on the Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit if you are not sure what gifts you are manifesting. I didn’t know about the gifts either until I was taught. Once you discover what your gifts are, there is something you have to do.
How to Activate your Spiritual Gifts
Prayer is the foundation of your Christian walk. When you pray, heaven meets earth as the Father draws near to lead his ear to your words. Prayer is communion with God. It is an important part of our relationship with God as a Christian. Could you imagine being married and never speaking to your spouse? Of course not. It is communication by prayer that makes us closer to God. When you pray, you are humbling your heart to admit there is someone greater than yourself. The wonderful thing about communing with the Lord is, it is a two-way conversation. God answers back.
The scripture says, “Be still and know that I am God.” As we wait in stillness after we pray, you will hear him speaking to you. He will give you a word or wisdom, direction or peace letting you know he is in control. As you develop your relationship through prayer you will begin to see a pattern of how God speaks to you. You will begin to learn His voice.
Exerciste your Gifts by 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 you 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 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. 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 Does Fasting Do?
Fasting crucifies the flesh and breaks bad habits and bondage from our lives. It can produce a new heart and closeness to God. Fasting helps to your dominion over your flesh and makes you more sensitive to 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 intercession, ministry and setting others free from oppression and bondage.
Study the Word of God
2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” If you want to grow in the spiritual gifts you have been given, it is important to know what they are, what they do and what they look like when in operation. Consider taking a course on the Gifts of the Spirit. It will open your understanding to these wonderful tools for ministry and daily living.
Prayer in the Spirit (Your Prayer Language)
Praying in tongues is one of the best ways to enter into the spiritual realm. The most powerful scripture to prove the point is Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” It is true we often don’t know how to pray. But when you pray in tongues, we pray the perfect prayer, because the Holy Spirit takes over and intercedes on our behalf. Pray in tongues every day. It will build you up spiritually and it will make you more sensitive to God’s voice.
Walk in Forgiveness
It is a fact of life that people will disappoint or even hurt us. It never feels good. There is a line we cross when we go from being hurt to anger and then to unforgiveness. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:27. God knows you will get angry, but he also warns not to allow the devil to use it to bring you into bondage. Unforgiveness can hinder your ability to hear God and shut down the flow of the Holy Spirit.
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 in 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.
Spiritual Gifts are:
- Not for show
- Not for financial gain
- Not to control or manipulation
- Not proof a spiritual maturity
Unfortunately, there are those who use the gifts for the wrong reasons, like financial gain or control or manipulation. This is the reason some are turned off by God’s gifts. It is also important for the Body of Christ to operate in discerning of spirits so that you can know when you see a false prophet or someone who uses the gifts improperly. It is important not to use a charismatic gift for any other reason than to glorify God. “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32″
About Practicing your Spiritual Gifts
It sounds funny when you say you need to stir up your spiritual gifts, but you do. For example, some people are natural athletes, but if they want to go to the Olympics one day, they will have to practice faithfully to perfect that ability! Having a gift means you have been given something special. You have to choose what you are going to do with it. Are you going to put it in the closet on a shelf, or use it for which it was intended?
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. 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. During this exercise, every student received a word from the Lord and gave a word. Hebrews 5:14