Meaning Of Spiritual Gifts

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Register to read the introduction… Spiritual gifts are “distinctive, divinely originated endowments to serve the Triune God for the common benefit of his people, the church” (Elwell, 1996). Spiritual gifts are not given to us based on our talents but based on what God’s intended purpose is in the church for the receiver of the gifts. “The spirit must be given freedom to give his gifts any way he desires” (Elwell, 1996).
Biblical Foundation Once the Holy Spirit is received you may be able to receive spiritual gifts. In Acts 2:4 “And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability” (KJV/NLT, 2005). The ability to speak in other languages is a spiritual gift known as tongues. This is one of many gifts that can be given and was the first gift given to the apostles. There are nine spiritual gifts discussed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. They are wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophesy, discernment, speaking in tongues, and interpreting tongues. All of these gifts are available to every believer. According to 1 Corinthians 12:11 “It is the one and only spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have” (KJV/NLT, 2005). This reiterates the purpose of the
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It is these gifts that are used to help unify a church and build a relationship with the father. I personally have experienced spiritual gifts. I have been given a prayer language which is my best spiritual weapon against other spiritual forces. I have been able to use the gifts of tongues to pray to God and build that relationship with him. I have also witnessed a healing during a revival service. This was probably the most miraculous thing I had ever seen. There was a child who had mysteriously lost hearing in both ears and had been battling this for weeks. It had begun effecting his speech as well and his vision was beginning to become blurry. The doctors were stunned at this because they had never seen this before. On this particular night of revival he walked to the front of the church and began to weep praying for a healing. The elders of the church prayed over him for what seemed like hours until all of a sudden he began shouting clear as day “I hear you and I see you” he shouted this over and over until the elders looked up to realize he was speaking to them. Witnessing spiritual gifts is a wonderful thing but, being able to obtain them and use them for Gods glory is the most satisfying experience

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