By Loren Due PhD, DMin
January 1, 2020
Every believer has at least one gift and some have more. The question to start this article off with is why do believers not use their gifts for the glory of God. Why do some believers feel they cannot use their gift? Why do some believers fear using their gift at the church they attend? Why are some leaders afraid to allow members to exercise their gift in the church? Are the gifts for the body of Christ and the World? Will we see an outbreak of the gifts utilized for the glory of God in 2020?
It is so unholy for people with gifts committing suicide because they do not know what or how to use their gift! What are even more distasteful are those who believe they are doing God’s will by attacking those with gifts. The onslaught of ignorance and common disbelieve that God will use an individual to perform signs and wonders! It makes no difference whether you believe of disbelieve if God will use a jackass he will use willing human beings for his glory.
It is time I believe for those with gifts from the Lord to stand up and demonstrate their gift from the Lord. Romans 11:29 (KJV) 29 for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. The Lord had the Apostle Paul to enter this one scripture in the word I believe to give us an alert to the marvelous world of gifts and callings.
I will not take this scripture apart or break it down other than to say I believe it supports the idea and understanding that any human may have different gifts and callings.
The challenge is that many do not understand the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the Devil. The Kingdom of the Devil imitates and copies the Kingdom of God. A counterfeit is not as powerful as the real thing – KINGDOM OF GOD. Those who trust God explicitly must know that all things are possible with and through God. When a person exercises the option to use a gift (s) they began the process of bringing glory to the Kingdom of God by using that gift(s) help someone else or themselves.
Here are seven gifts that every believer is entitled to utilize:
Rest – Matthew 11:28 (KJV) 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Keys Of The Kingdom – Matthew 16:19 (KJV)19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Power over Evil Spirits – Luke 10:19 (KJV)19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Living Water – John 4:14 (KJV) 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Bread Of Heaven – John 6:51 (KJV) 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Eternal Life – John 10:28 (KJV) 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Peace – John 14:27 (KJV)27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – Revelation 2:26 (KJV) 26And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: – Revelation 2:28 (KJV) 28 And I will give him the morning star. – Revelation 21:6 (KJV)6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
The gifts mentioned in this article is not exhaustive. If you have a desire to know, more about the various gifts mentioned in the Bible consider doing an individual study. The intent of this article is to stir up the gifted to be about our fathers business. There are many hurting people in the world and the body of Christ. Perchance if those special gifts were encouraged, they would step out on faith and learn how to minister to others
Active gifts for the church today not cancel by God:
Mark 16:17-18 (KJV) 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Acts 8:17 (KJV) 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:6 (KJV) 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied
Ministry gifts left by Jesus:
Ephesians 4:11-12 (KJV) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: I find no scripture after these verses that say they were only for the early church. I believe when Jesus comes to get his bride He is expecting to receive Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers in the rapture along with all the saints.
The final listing of gifts for this article:
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (KJV) 1 Now
concerning spiritual gifts,….
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
I pray that those who possess any gift listed above are encouraged to operate in their local church. Be sure that when you use your gift in the local church or congregation that you let the spiritual leaders of the congregation know you are. The reason you must let the leaders of the church or congregation know who you are is to acknowledge spiritual authority. This is an important scripture for you to honor in 1 Corinthians 14:32 (KJV) 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. You want those leaders to know you are there to assist as Holy Spirit guides, not to take over. If you are in a spiritual environment, the leaders will know who you are before you tell them. Unfortunately, in todays’ church and congregation environment, many of them are not spiritual and you may need to do some serious praying and seeking God to confirm you are in the right place.
I believe 2020 to be a banner year for gifted and called individuals to assist in bringing deliverance, healing and salvation to many. If churches and congregations use the model established in the word by Jesus the great revival expected is close at hand.
You be the first of the many gifted and called people in 2020 to reach out to your church and congregation leaders to begin to use your gift publicly. As you step forward in 2020 know that God is with you and that there are those who are available to mentor you.
Are you going to step out in your calling in 2020?