Thursday, March 22, 2012

Are you Spiritually Gifted?

I have just completed a course on Spiritual gifting and how God equips us each with our own gifts.
My questions before was:
  • Well God says He has gifted me, but how and what gifts do I have?
  • How would I possibly act out my gifts to benefit anyone?
  • Why me?
Well, first of all, here is a list of gifts that are mentioned in the Bible in different places:
From Romans 12: exhortation, giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, teaching
From Ephesians 4: apostleship, evangelism, pastorship, prophecy, teaching
From 1 Corinthians 12: administration, apostle, discernment, faith, healing, helps, knowledge, miracles, prophecy, teaching, tongues, tongues interpretation, wisdom

There are so many gifts that God promises in the Bible, do you have any of them. Think about what you enjoy doing, what brings up a real PASSION in your heart to do something, to help others, to glorify God, Is one of these gifts something that rings a bell?
For me, at the beginning, there wasn't. I felt slightly dis-orientated because if I look at any one of them in this list (and there are others as well), I cant see myself doing any of them. I would be too scared, afraid of being ridiculed, afraid of failure....
Really...
Well first of all, you need to know your personal style,:
  • are you TASK or PEOPLE centered. Do you enjoy being with people or are you more focused on getting the job done efficiently and correctly.
  • are you a structured or un-structured person. In other words, do you like a "hap hazard" events or opportunities or are you very much into routine?
Next, what is your ministry passion:
  • Based on the above, where do you see yourself. Do you prefer:
      • Equipping people
      • Ministering to people
      • Working behind the scenes
      • Up front evangelism (Direct,confrontational?)
The answers to these question certainly helped me narrow down what I have been gifted to do.
Remember, the difference between a gift and a talent is giving as the following:

A person (regardless of his belief in God or in Christ) is given a natural talent as a result of a combination of genetics (some have natural ability in music, art, or mathematics) and surroundings (growing up in a musical family will aid one in developing a talent for music), or because God desired to endow certain individuals with certain talents (for example, Bazeleel in Exodus 31:1-6). Spiritual gifts are given to all believers by the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:3; 6) at the time they place their faith in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. At that moment, the Holy Spirit gives to the new believer the spiritual gift(s) He desires the believer to have (1 Corinthians 12:11).

Spiritual Gifts are used to GLORIFY God and EDIFY others.
Pray about your gifts, where God wants you to use them, Why, when, How?
Bless you as you go forward and think about what God had giving us as  free gift to praise His name and Bless others.
So the answer is...We are all Spiritually gifted when we accept Christ, ts up to you to find your niche!
Amen.

2 comments:

  1. Bible is not the Pure message that Jesus preached. Bible is written by people who never saw Jesus.
    Jesus used to prostrate on the ground and pray to his Lord same as the Muslims.
    Jesus used to eat meat which had to be bled and prayed on same as the Muslims.
    Jesus was circumcised same as the Muslims.
    Jesus used to pray to One God same as the Muslims.

    If you want to know who Jesus really was go and read the chapter called Mary in the Quran.

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    The following is from the Gospel of John 5:30 - 31 from the Arabic Bible. In English Bible you will get the word God in the place of Allah. The millions of Arab Christian use Allah not God. The word God is used only by the English speaking Christians.

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    Gospel of John 5:30 -31

    "On my own I am powerless. I judge as I am told (told by Allah). My judgement is just because I do not act based upon my own will but rather I submit to Allah's will. The will of Allah has sent me as his messenger. If I represent Myself my representation is different from and inferior to what Allah directs me to do".

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    From the above statement Jesus Christ is clearly stating he is sent by Allah as a messenger (Prophet) to guide the mankind.

    According to the above statement in the Gospel of John, Jesus must be teaching Islam.

    Islam means: Being in peace by sincerely submitting to the will of God.

    In the above statement from the Bible Jesus clearly says he is submitting to the will of God.

    In the above statement you can say Jesus cannot be the God.

    Quran says he is the Prophet of God like Moses, Abraham, Muhammad, David.
    Peace and blessing of Allah be upon all his prophets.

    Please visit www.muslimjesus.net to find out how the Bible is found out to be not the word of God by scientists.

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  2. Dear Muslim Jesus.
    Thank you for your comments. They truly are a "fun" read.
    Whilst I enjoy comments from everyone I would just like to point out that this blog site is not a religious debate site. Many people reading this blog, and I know this as fact,have alreadydecided to call Jesus their Lord and Saviour. Attempts from other religion facts trying to persuade christians that they are worshopping the wrong God and Jesus is a prophet - should be made in the right forum, not here.

    Second, you are quite correct. Our Arab Christian brothers and sisters use the name "Allah" for the God of the Bible. Allah is simply the Arab word for god. In the Arabic Bible, the Word Elohim (Hebrew for God) or Theos (Greek for God) is always translated as Allah. Incidentally, the Arab Christians called God "Allah" LONG BEFORE THE BIRTH OF MUHAMMAD AND ISLAM.
    There is no doubt, or argument, that the Arabic word "Allah" means God! Before the advent of Islam, the Arabs referred to Pagan deities, such as Hubul (the major god of the Kaa'bah and the city of Mecca), as "allah". Hubul, however, WAS NOT the same "Allah" preached by Muhammad. Likewise, the English term "god" can refer to the God of the Bible or to other deities such as Brahma, Osiris, Shiva, or Krishna who ARE NOT the same as the God of the Bible.
    The God (or Allah) of the Bible revealed His message of salvation and love, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to humankind and, as it is often said, God knows best!
    Good luck in your quest to prove that Jesus is just a prophet, but you certainly will not get any further effort from me to prove who Jesus Christ actually is.

    I would love other opinions here as well.

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