Gifts of the Spirit
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Activating the gifts of the Holy Spirit is ultimately up to us. Believe it or not, these gifts are available to all of us. Spiritual gifts are not weird or freaky we are encouraged to eagerly desire the gifts. According to a recent study 97% of Christians do not know anything about spiritual gifts. Church, let us not be a part of that statistic.
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit especially prophecy.1 Corinthians 14:1
Spiritual gifts are there to enable us to live a supernatural life in a natural world. The working definition of spiritual gifts is that spiritual gifts are special abilities given by God, to all God’s people to empower them to make an impact, to accomplish God’s purpose and plans.
Spiritual gifts are NOT:
- Natural talents
- Earned (They are received)
- A sign of spiritual maturity
- Given to the “elite” few
- Fruits of the spirit (Gifts are given, fruit are grown)
- To be feared
Spiritual gifts categories:
Motivational gifts: Each Christian receives one at the time of salvation, and it is the tool through which God works in him or her to see needs and to do something to meet them. These gifts equip believers to take a vital role in the Church.
Romans 12:6-8 | 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Manifestation gifts: These gifts are another category of spiritual gifts that are given to the Church to benefit both believers and unbelievers. These gifts represent the work God does through the life of a believer in a given situation to demonstrate His supernatural power.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.1 Corinthians 12:4-10
How to grow in your manifestation gifts
- Earnestly desire the gifts
- Study what the Word says
- Ask God to reveal them to you
- Examine what makes you tick
- Destiny Hub
- Where is the Holy Spirit leading you
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.1 Peter 4:10-11