Posted by: prosperingchristians | May 23, 2012

The Spiritual Gifts

Every Christian has been give one or more spiritual gifts with which to serve God.  The spiritual gifts can be found in I Corinthians 12:8-10.  They include:  words of wisdom, words of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues, apostles, prophets, teachers, helps, governments.  The gifts of ruling, showing mercy, ministers, exhortation, and giving are found in Romans 12:6-8.

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It is important for Christians to determine what their gifts are and in order to find out, we have to go to God in prayer and ask him to reveal them to us.  There are several verses which discuss the fact that God had ordained us to serve him and that he had a plan for us:  Jeremiah 1:5 states, “Before I formed thee in the womb I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee and ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”  So prophets are ordained before they are born.  They have an anointing to be a prophet and this anointing is never taken away from them.   God promises to be with them and deliver them in the event that the people do not accept what they say.   “Verse 7 says, “Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee, thou shalt speak.  Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.”  The prophet is assigned to speak for God and God has promised that he will be with the prophet to deliver him/her from trouble.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  God invites us to pray to him to determine the divine plan he has for us.  We must seek him with all our heart in order to know the plan.

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Psalm 139:16 says, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”  God has made a record of the plans which he gave us before we were even born.  Some Christians never come to a knowledge of their gifts because they never ask God.  Then when they find out, they lack wisdom and understanding in the training and education which they need to use the gifts.  They are unclear as to how God wants to use them.

Christians can pray these verses to have God reveal their plan to them.  It may take several months, but I is important to be diligent and keep praying the verses until you get the answer.  While we are praying, God is preparing us to use the gifts and respond appropriately when he reveals the plan.  We need a mentor to teach us to use the gift as the gifts have to be used under authority.  Then, when we are trained, we need to mentor someone.

In conclusion, if we are serious about serving God and do not know what our spiritual gifts are, we need to pray to have them revealed and then to get the proper training in using the gift.

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