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The Gift of The Spirit

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What are the gifts of the Spirit ?

The Holy Spirit  Holy Spirit

Every Christian has the guidance of the Spirit of God. Jesus said He was sending the Holy Spirit to help us. 1  The word that He used, Paraclete, has a meaning of  a  friend, Helper, Advocate, the One called alongside This word  implies that  the Holy Spirit walks  beside you.  The Holy Spirit has His arm around you to  keep you for falling.  The Holy Spirit gives you  guidance and  intercedes for you to the Father in your behalf. 

The Spirt has many  functions

The  Spirit is our comforter, helper and  witness  to our  salvation.  This is what Jesus  gave us when he said he would be leaving but would send another. The Holy Spirit is our comforter, helper and guide.  The Holy Spirit is a Gift from God.  There are gifts that come to us through the Holy Spirit  These are  special gifts, above and beyond this relationship with the Holy Spirit   These  gifts have become known  as gift(s) of the  Holy Spirit.

These are real

These are real  gifts.  They are not  developments of  human capabilities.  They are not some polish  of your personality. They have nothing at all to do with your stature or place in society. The person who is being used by God in this manner, through the gifts of the Spirit,  has no cause to brag or be proud.  No credit can be taken for achieving some accomplishment. It is a gift. period.  It is not from your own effort.  It  is  given to freely to you. You had nothing to do with it.

Every Christian has one

If you are a Christian, then you have at  least one  gift: The Spirit  walking alongside you. God has many gifts for His followers.  Some of us has discovered our gifts and some have not.  Some have discovered that they have more than one!   Some have two or three or more.  The  gifts of the Spirit  in question , are  not given for you the believer   The gifts of the Spirit  are given  for the  Body of Christ, through you. The gifts of the spirit are for one reason: To make the body of Christ complete. To help, in the truest sense of the word.  They are for the Church. The Church with a capital “C”  
 The gifts of the Spirit  are to glorify  Christ.  These gifts will always demonstrate God’s power and presence. These gifts will always ultimately aid in  bringing  the lost to Christ. You have gifts waiting for you.  Look for them. You must discover  your gifts.

A listing of the gifts

The gifts of the Spirit are:

To one is given a message of wisdom. That is wise counsel, through the Spirit.  Wise counsel  enables a person to deliver  messages  of wisdom.  To those who are needing wisdom  from God for their circumstances.

To another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit That is  clear understanding. Clear understanding.  enables a person to do successful research. In the same context it enables a person to  remember as well as find answers. This would be toward a view to share the knowledge
To another, faith by the same Spirit.  That is  simple trust.  Simple trust and faith given by the Spirit. This gift  is the  ability to believe God without doubt. It is an inner conviction placed there by the Spirit. It is for your own benefit to trust in God's words and messages.

To another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit  That is healing the sick. The  gift of healing comes to  you  by the  Spirit. This gift is one of  the supernatural manifestations.  Manifestation that  brings healing and deliverance from illness.   

To another, the performing of miracles. That is  miraculous acts. This  gift  is the ability to call on God to do supernatural acts.  These supernatural acts are focused on one point: To reveal the power of God. It is something like God showing up and showing off.  These actions by God at the requested of the gifted  are focused on increasing one’s belief  and faith in Christ.

To another, prophecy that is proclamation prophecy The gift of prophecy is not predicting the future. Sadly, many have this mistaken idea.  Rather  has the meaning of “ speaking forth” or “Speaking out” Telling  people what God’s divine will is in a particular situation and  the consequences if His will is ignored. This gift has been called a gift of proclamation.  One one has described  it this way: It is telling something like it is, that is  “forth-telling,” and it is not predicting the future or “foretelling.”

To another, distinguishing between spirits, That is good or  evil spirits

This is  the ability to knowing the difference between spirits one is confronted with and the  One True  Spirit from God.  There are four spirits in our reality that we need to be concerned with.  The first is the Spirit of God.  The second is  an spirit of an angel.  Another  is the spirit that is evil.  The last one is the  spirit of a man.

To another, different kinds of languages, That is tongues. The speaking of  different kinds of languages. The gift of tongues is speaking in a language a person does not know. This gift is often used  to minister to someone or a group of people  who does speak that language.  A very common display of this gift occurs in a meeting  where  God uses the gifted to speak to the people gathered in a language unknown to any of them.   It may be a standard earthly  language or it may be a completely spiritual language.

When God delivers a message in this manner, there is always one in attendance who will given an interpretation. Otherwise it would simply be confusion and it would not be God authored.

To another,  interpretation of languages. That is the interpretation of tongues.  When God gives a message in tongues , there will be always an interpretation of what  was said into the language of the people present.  This is a  supernatural verbalization  of the message delivered This is a  gift . The person speaking has no idea what is being said.  The person who gives the interpretation has no knowledge of the  language being spoken.   If someone speaks in tongues, you can ask God to  give the interpretation through you.

 Benifit of the Church

These gifts are intended for the benefit of  the Church.  These gifts are empowerment.  Empowerment  for the  Body of Christ.  Empowerment to do the work of Christ. These gifts  always  exalt Christ These gifts  always  witness to God’s power.  These gifts  always, build up the Body  These gifts  always  enlarge the Body of Christ by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost. These gifts are always  exalt Christ, and are  witness of God’s power.

Tool for discovery

There are several biblical tools and surveys that believers can use to discover their own gifts of the Spirit. These are helpful applications to allow the Christian to see what their gifts are and therefore how they can best help the church. No believer in Christ has any gift of the Spirit.
I list them here for reference

Assessment for Discovery
http://buildingchurch.net/g2s.htm

http://www.spirithome.com/passion.html

Notes
1.  John 14:16
2.  1 Corinthians 12-13

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