Have you ever felt you don’t have any spiritual gifts, that God has passed you by? That is not true. Once we accept Christ as our Lord and savior, we are given spiritual gifts, and we are also given a measure of faith.
When we feel the Holy Spirit prompting us to do or say something, what is our first reaction? For me, it was doubt and insecurity. I doubted the gifts the Lord placed upon me and I could not trust.
I feared failure.
The lies came in like a flood, and I believed every single one of them.
I believed the lie that said I will sound stupid, why are you going to speak, they will only ignore you. You, a sinner? How could God possibly use you? It took a long time for me to finally step out and trust God.
The change did not happen overnight; it was gradual. The gifts the Lord gave me are pure, the vessel was not. This vessel had some cleaning out to do, big time!
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Through the Holy Spirit, we have the power to testify. He is the spirit of truth. We have life and peace. He gives us gifts to edify the church, and the spirit gives us liberty.
Now we know this, how do we begin operating in our spiritual gifts?
Give it voice
Please open your mouth and speak. Don´t do what I did. After it was all over, then I would speak up. It was too late, and the blessing was robbed.
Step out in faith
When we feel a nudge inside our gut, a feeling, a sensation, a thought, that is the Holy Spirit speaking to us.
We will need to step out in faith, and say what came to mind. Anything from the Lord will be words of encouragement and exhortation. There will be no correcting or rebuking.
Share with others
If you are unsure of what you are receiving, share it with a seasoned person. That´s ok, it does not mean that you are wrong, it just means you need some encouragement and reassurance.
What if you make a mistake?
Great! Now you know what NOT to do. You will avoid that mistake the second or third time around. Making mistakes is the only way you will grow in your gift , it is our best learning curve and teacher.
What about insecurity, the lies?
We all face the lies the enemy throws our way, and we need to identify them and discard them. When I pray for people, one of the things I teach is how to discard the lie and replace it with the truth.
Speak the opposite of the lie. Find scripture, or receive the truth from the Holy Spirit and speak it over yourself.
Hang out with like-minded people
When you are stepping out in your spiritual gifts, look for those that are mature in the Lord. They will be more than happy to help you and pray for you. Spend time with them, have coffee, or just ask to meet with them so you can evacuate your fears, doubts, and concerns. These people love to help.
I enjoy very much encouraging those I see with a great potential and ending our time in prayer and exhortation.
As you grow and mature in the Lord, so will your gifts. But you must use them to increase your spiritual muscles. As you use your gifts, you will be surprised how the Lord will cause you to grow and mature. Before you know it, you will be eating solid food.