Discovering Your Spirit Given Gifts

Before you read further...Take a quick moment to pause and tell God thank you for something specific in your life.  Okay...thanks for the quick worship service!  I wanted to provide a follow up to yesterday's message.  So, here is the list of Spirit given gifts.  These are gifts Paul lists in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12.  My hope is that you, the follower of Jesus, would discover which gifts the Holy Spirit has given to you.  

Here are 3 steps you can take that will help you discover your gifts.

  1. Which gift(s) do you naturally connect with?  
    (not which ones are you interested in…Or, which one(s) you wish you had.)
  2. Ask spiritually minded people, who are close to you, if they identify these gifts in your life.
  3. Ask God to affirm what gift(s) you think you have.

Here is the list of Spirit given gifts.  My prayer is that you take yet another step of discovering how God has gifted you.

Spirit Given Gifts Found in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
(in order of appearance)

Wisdom  - varied knowledge of things human and spiritual, acquired by understanding and experience, and communicated in maxims and proverbs
Knowledge - deeper knowledge of this religion, advanced learner
Faith - convictions about God and spiritual things that cause you to approach life in a specific way
Healing - means of healing, remedy, medicine
Miracles - strength, power, and ability to restore the spiritually broken
Prophecy - 1 Corinthians 14;3, "but the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement, and consolation."
Discernment - ability to distinguish or judge
Tongues - language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations (would also include the language of Heaven)
Interpretation of Tongues - able to communicate what has been spoken more or less obscurely by others
Helps/Administration - to administer help to accomplish a process or task

From Romans
Spirit Given Gifts Found in Romans 12:28-31 (NET)
(in order of appearance)

Service - ministering, the ability to accomplish the work of a ministry (same word used in 1 Cor 12:5)
Teaching - discourse with others in order to instruct them
Exhortation - call to one's side, to summon so that you can: encourage, warn, or strongly urge.
Contributing (Giving) - to give a share of…but not not for the praise of men
Leadership - to be over, to superintend, preside over…taken seriously to get the objective completed.
Mercy - to help one afflicted…Without false whining to receive praise.