Spiritual Gifts

A few months ago I took a spiritual test to see what my spiritual gifts are, even though I already had a good idea of what they might be.  Last night I got the results from Cyberspace Ministry.  I have three gifts:  writing, exhortation and faith.   

The gift of writing is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to formulate thoughts and ideas into interesting and meaningful written forms so that the reader will find courage, guidance, knowledge, or edification through the words shared with them.  People with this gift:

  • can easily formulate their thoughts and ideas into effective written forms;
  • have skill with words;
  • can compose articles for newspapers, newsletters, etc., in an efficient and meaningful way;
  • feel secure in the fact that the words they write is of benefit to those who read them;
  • have been told that others have been helped and encouraged by their writing.

The gift of exhortation is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to minister words of consolation, encouragement, comfort, and counsel to other members of the body in such a way that they feel helped and healed.  People with this gift:

  • come to the side of those who are discouraged to strengthen and reassure them;
  • confront, challenge, exhort and encourage those who have gotten off track in their faith or life;
  • help others change their behavior by applying biblical truth;
  • often have people around them because they cheer them up by their simple attitude and demeanor and down-to-earth advice;
  • emphasize God’s promises and to have confidence in the Lord’s will.

 The gift of faith is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to discern with extraordinary confidence the will and purposes of God for His work, and to act on God’s promises with confidence and unwavering belief in His ability to fulfill His purposes.  People with this gift:

  • believe the promises of God and inspire others to do the same;
  • act in complete confidence of God’s ability to overcome obstacles;
  • have an attitude, in various crises that arise, not only that God can do something, but that He will do it;
  • advance the cause of Christ because they go forward when others will not;
  • ask God for what is needed and trust the Lord for provisions.

When I was a member of my church, I wrote for the newsletter; I became a member of the Communications team and one year I was the leader.   I am no longer with the church but I am still writing articles, stories and posts.  I sometimes answer questions on Yahoo Answers because it gives me the opportunity to share my faith and to encourage those who are seeking answers.  I have stepped out in faith and out of my comfort zone because I trust God.  He has blessed me with these gifts and will provide me with the opportunities to use them.

What are your spiritual gifts?  How can you use them to help others?  Here’s an opportunity to find out.  Check out what your spiritual gifts are by taking the test at http://www.cyberspaceministry.org/Services/Gifts/eng/eng-sga.html.

You can read Cyberspace Ministry’s lesson “Spiritual Gifts and You”, which explains the role of spiritual gifts in the life of each believer at :
http://www.cyberspaceministry.org/Services/Gifts/eng/eng-gifts.html

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).  There is a gift for everyone.  In some cases, there are more than one.  Find out what yours are and use them for God’s glory and the benefit of others.

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