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Spiritual Gifts: Extraordinary June 28, 2012

Filed under: Let's Get Biblical!,Within the Church — christical @ 11:22 am
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Every believer has a spiritual gift. Some of them a little more rare than others. But all gifts are the same in importance.

The gifts I’m writing about today are considered extraordinary. These are normally the stories that make the news. However, one must understand that the power these gifts give people comes from God alone. And these gifts are: prophecy, healing, miracles, tongues, interpretation of tongues, martyrdom, missionary, and voluntary poverty.

Prophecy: The speaking of God’s message to his people.
  1. Bible Verse:  We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. (Romans 12:6)
  2. Example: “Dave” is brave enough to see what is wrong with the spiritual life of someone/something and speak out about it. People listen to Dave, and he has led so many people to change their lives in God for the better.
  3. Remember: Prophecy isn’t always some miraculous thing. But these people are the natural leaders, the visionaries, the reformers.
Healing: To be the means through which God makes people whole in all aspects.
  1. Bible Verse: And in the church God has appointed 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 12:28)
  2. Example: “Lou” is a really good doctor. “Amy” asks God to heal people through her when she prays with them. “Lisa” is an amazing Christian therapist. All of these people have gifts of healing. Some of them are miraculous, others just look like a talent.
  3. Remember: Faith healers don’t heal anyone. God heals people through faith healers.
Miracles: To perform mighty deeds with the power of the Holy Spirit, which are deemed by witnesses to be of supernatural origin.
  1. Bible Verse: God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. (Hebrews 2:4)
  2. Example: In the middle of a fire, your younger sibling is stuck in the middle of a ring of flames. Nobody can reach them. “Darcy” runs into the house. A minute later, Darcy and the child come straight out of the flames, running through fire . . . unscathed.
  3. Remember: Be careful. God can make big things happen, but so can Satan. God, however, is more powerful.
Speaking in Tongues: To speak in a language not previously learned so as to witness to people in their own language.
  1. Bible Verse: They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. (Acts 2)
  2. Example: “Joseph” spoke in Spanish on the mission trip. The twist? He normally knows little more beyond “Si.”
  3. Remember: What use is speaking in tongues if there’s no one to interpret the tongues?
Interpretation of Tongues: To translate the messages of someone who is speaking in tongues.
  1. Bible Verse: If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. (1 Corinthians 14:27-28)
  2. Example: When  someone in the congregation started speaking classical Greek, “William” was able to interpret the speaker’s message as he had studied classical Greek for years.
  3. Remember: Interpretation of tongues may also be a one-time, miraculous thing.
Martyrdom: To die or to suffer for Christ.
  1. Bible Verse: While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:55)
  2. Example: People die all the time in developing countries because they profess their faith.
  3. Remember: Don’t be afraid. God is with you. Remember from Matthew: “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
Missionary: To minister to people of another culture.
  1. Bible Verse: Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:20a)
  2. Example: “Alice” has the opportunity to go to Africa as a part of Doctors Without Borders. She decides to go and take some Bibles along with her.
  3. Remember: While being a missionary is tough work, it’s very rewarding to see the happiness on people’s faces when they receive help.
Voluntary Poverty: To give up your own comfort so as to aid others.
  1. Bible Verse: If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:3)
  2. Example: Being a missionary is part of this. You’re going to be uncomfortable, but it’s all to bring people closer to comfort and closer to Christ.
  3. Remember: God will guide you.
That’s all for today. I pray all is going well for you this week.
In His Love,
The Jesus Freak Girl
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