The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Posted on October 13, 2017 · Posted in Encouragement, Faith

Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed1 Corinthians 12:1

This verse is a great introduction to the importance God places on spiritual gifts.  When you trusted Jesus as your Savior, you received the Holy Spirit who gave you at least one spiritual gift.  Therefore, every believer has a responsibility to discover and use his/her spiritual gift(s) to minister by faith in the body of Christ.

God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be.  1 Corinthians 12:18

Jesus is the head of the church and the church is His visible body.  God appointed your place in a local church for the good of that body so if you neglect to use your spiritual gift, the church will not function as God desires.  Jesus never intended the ministry of His church to be carried on by professionals with spectators who only watch.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same lord.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in each person.  1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Your spiritual gift is a divine calling with a divine responsibility because what God has called you to do, He has gifted you to do.  There is nothing that will help you grow and mature in Christ more than to use your spiritual gift(s) to serve God in a local church.  Pray and ask God to speak to you clearly about what gift(s) He has given to you and then listen for His answer as you read further.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Your spiritual gift is the primary channel by which the Holy Spirit ministers through you to others in the church.  All the gifts given by the Holy Spirit reflect who God is.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.  If your gift is prophesying, then prophecy in accordance to your faith.  If it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously.  If it is to lead, then govern diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.  Romans 12:6-8

The Gift of Prophecy is the Spirit-given desire and ability to boldly proclaim the truth from God’s Word in a clear and persuasive way that urges others to make spiritual changes that are biblically based.  The person with this gift carefully studies the Word of God and has a desire for the righteousness and obedience of God’s people.

The one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.  The one who prophecies edifies the church.  1 Corinthians 14:3-4

The Gift of Serving is the Spirit-given desire and ability to serve God by meeting the practical needs of fellow Christians.  The word,” deacon,” comes from the word diakonia, to do service.  Those with this gift will be the first in a group to notice the needs of others and to step forward quickly to meet those needs.

If anyone serves, they should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 4:11

The Gift of Teaching is the Spirit-given desire and ability to analyze, understand, and clearly explain the truths and doctrines of the Scriptures so others can understand and apply the Word of God to their lives.  The person with this gift relies on the authority of the Bible and delights in research and the accurate presentation of biblical truth.

Apollos was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures and he spoke with great fervor and he taught about Jesus accurately…Acts 18:24-25

The Gift of Exhortation is the Spirit-given desire and ability to come alongside fellow believers to encourage and motivate them to take practical and specific steps of action that will help them continue to walk by faith.  This person can explain how the Bible applies to everyday life in a way that others feel helped and strengthened.

For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory.  1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

The Gift of Giving is the Spirit-given desire and ability and desire to serve God by giving money and resources, beyond the tithe, to further God’s work in the church.  Those with this gift are not always affluent, but they are always generous and rejoice when the money or possessions given is an answer to someone’s prayer.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.  2 Corinthians 9:12

The Gift of Leadership is the Spirit-given desire and ability to inspire and motivate others to work together to honor God and make godly goals a reality.  The person with this gift sees the big picture, is organized, and effectively coordinates and provides direction for God’s people.

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.  Hebrews 13:7

The Gift of Mercy is the Spirit-given desire and ability to identify with and feel deeply for those in physical, spiritual, or emotional need and then act to meet that need with God’s love and compassion.  Those with this gift are drawn to the “left-outs” and are very sensitive to words and actions that may hurt others.

Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.  Hebrews 13:3

More Spiritual Gifts

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit. 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 tonguesAll these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines1 Corinthians 12:7-11

The Gift of Wisdom is the Spirit-given desire and ability to be very insightful into how biblical knowledge can be applied practically.  The person with this gift is able to sift through all the facts of a situation, see the bottom line and the unseen consequences, and understand the direction that needs to be taken.

Who is wise and understanding among you?  Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.  James 3:13

The Gift of Knowledge is the Spirit-given desire and ability to research the Scriptures for insight, understanding, and truth.  The person with this gift has a great thirst for the Word of God, especially biblical doctrine.  He/she is able to interpret and communicate biblical truth, so the listener has a better understanding of their faith.

And this is my prayer:  that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…Philippians 1:9

The Gift of Faith is the Spirit given desire and ability to exercise extraordinary confidence in God’s promises, power, and Presence when he/she recognizes what God wants done.  Believing deeply in the power of prayer, those with this gift will act when others fall back in doubt.

Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.  Acts 11:24

The Gift of Discernment is the Spirit-given desire and ability to distinguish between spirits; to recognize what is of God and what is not of God.  The person with this gift is a truth seeker who studies the Scriptures so he/she can quickly identify deceptive and erroneous teaching or behavior that is not biblical.

I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.  Revelation 2:2

The Gift of Miraculous Powers is the divine ability given by God to certain members of the Body of Christ to perform miracles.  These powerful acts alter the ordinary course of nature and testify to the power of God and the truth of the gospel.

Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.  Acts 6:8

More Gifts of the Spirit

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.  1 Corinthians 12:27-28

The Gift of Healing is the Spirit given ability given to certain Christians to restore health to the sick apart from the use of natural means.  This gift is given by God to certain members of the Body of Christ to bless the church and bring glory to God’s name in the world.

His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery.  Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.  Acts 28:8

The Gift of Helps is the Spirit given desire and ability to assist others in any area where there is a need.  The person with this gift is sensitive to meeting the tangible and practical needs of people when called upon. or when any immediate need comes to his/her attention, often preferring to work quietly behind the scenes.

Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need.  Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.  Titus 3:13-14

The Gift of Administration is the Spirit-given desire and ability to serve God by organizing, administering, promoting, and developing strategies or plans to reach identified goals.  The person with this gift sees the big picture so he/she organizes ideas, tasks, and people so that the church functions with order and efficiency.

“Brothers and sisters, choose from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.”  Acts 6:3

The Gift of Tongues is the Spirit given ability for certain members of the Body of Christ to speak to God in a language he/she has never learned.

For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God.  Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.  1 Corinthians 14:2

The Gift of Interpretation of Tongues is the Spirit given ability to interpret and translate the message of someone speaking in tongues so it can be communicated to the church.

Brothers and sisters, when you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.  Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.  If anyone speaks in a tongue, two or at the most three, should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.  1 Corinthians 14:26-27

Use Your Spiritual Gift

Do not neglect your giftJesus said, very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father1 Timothy 4:14; John 14:12

Has the Spirit of God spoken to you about the gift He has given to you?  If so, don’t ignore the Holy Spirit!  Attend church regularly and ask God where He wants to use your spiritual gift.  Believe He will answer your prayer by  watching for His answer.  Often the best way to discover your spiritual gift is to prayerfully serve in a variety of ministry situations.  When you find the area that fits your gift you will know it because God will confirm you in it!

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  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

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Week 1:  Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 5:7; 6:1-4; 7:15-29; 15:21-28; 17:14-21; 20:25-28; 25:14-30; 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 6:36; 9:1-2; 10:1, 8-9, 17, 25-37; 21:1-4; John 7:16-18; 13:12-17; 14:11-21; 15:1-17; Acts 4:31-37; 5:1-4, 12-16; 6:1-10; 8:4-8, 26-40; 9:32-42; 11:19-30; 18:24-28; 19:11-16; 28:7-10

Week 2Romans 1:11; 2:21-24; 4:18-25; 11:29; 12:1-13; 15:1-7, 13-14; 16:1-5, 17-20; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; 2:1-16; 11:1; 12:1-31; 13:1-13; 14:1-40; 15:58; 16:13-18; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; 8:1-20; 9:1-2, 6-15; Galatians 3:5-6; 5:13-18; 6:1-6, 9-10; Ephesians 1:17-23; 2:4-10; 19-22; 3:10-21; 4:1-16; 5:1-2; 6:7-8

Week 3Philippians 1:9-11; 2:1-5, 13; 4:13-20; Colossians 1:1-13, 28-29; 3:12-17, 23-24; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3; 2:10-12; 5:12-28; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; 2:16-17; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; 4:1-16; 5:1-10, 16-17; 2 Timothy 1:6-7; 2:1-2, 14-19; 3:16-17; 4:1-5; Titus 2:1-15; 3:13-14

Week 4Philemon 1-7; Hebrews 2:1-4; 4:12-16; 5:11-14; 10:23-25; 11:1, 6; 13:7-8, 17, 20-25; James 1:17; 2:12-13; 3:1, 13-18; 5:13-18; 1 Peter 4:7-12; 2 Peter 3:15-18; 1 John 2:17, 26-29; 3:17-18; 4:1-6, 13-16; 2 John 7-11; Jude 3-4, 17-25; Revelation 2:1-3; 19:10; 22:7, 12, 18-21