Benefits of Developing Your Spirit Gifts Part 3May 29, 2019 2023-04-05 19:12
Benefits of Developing Your Spirit Gifts Part 3
More people can be encouraged and drawn to Jesus through our gift.
If we are faithful with our little gifts, God will bless us with more. As we exhibit an attitude of excellence in developing and growing our gift and character, then God can entrust more prophetic insights and revelation to us—as well as more ministry to His people. As a result, we can have more opportunities to encourage others through our gift and the church would be built up. Through the increasing gift of prophecy, we can edify the church more (1 Cor. 14:4b).
There are practical skills that can help us in the use of prophecy.
The gift of prophecy we have been entrusted with can become more powerful if we are willing to develop it, especially in the following areas:
Studying the Word of God
o We can weigh up revelation against the Bible.
o We can understand the basics of Biblical symbolism when moving in prophetic pictures, visions, and dreams.
• Honing practical skills that relate to the use of our gift
o E.g. Ministering at an altar in prophecy
o E.g. prophetic song, writing and painting require different styles of communicating and skills
• Improving Communication
o The art of communicating allows us to share what is in God’s heart with clarity and in a manner that reflects Him.
o It takes practice to build rapport with others.
o It takes training to be confident to speak with strangers.
When we invest time in our gift, it will grow.
A spiritual gift does not appear in its maximum capacity overnight. It takes time to grow and to develop. Mostly, the reason behind this is because God knows us very well. He needs to develop our character first before He gives the full portion of the gift. It can be dangerous to receive something so powerful when we are still young in the faith. There is always a process in which God trains and prepares us to grow in the use of that gift.
It is our duty to cooperate with this sharpening process, and be good stewards of the gifts, talents, and abilities He gives us. This includes the gift of prophecy. In the “parable of the talents,” Jesus told a story about a master who gave money to each of three servants— he commended those who invested their money for a greater return, and admonished the one who buried his money out of fear (Mt. 25:14-30). At the end of the day, multiplication and growth of ministry and gift must be pursued because we want to honor God, not for self-glorification.
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