How to use your spiritual gifts



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.

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Decree vs. Declare

In Christian circles, we hear the phrase I decree and declare while praying.   I would do this, but did you ever consider that this is incorrect?


I found out  there is a difference between the two words, and I would like to share it with you.

First,  what is a declaration?

If you have ever traveled out of the country, the airline gives you these funny little forms you need to fill out to declare what you are bringing into the country that you are visiting.  How much money do you have on hand, how many pieces of luggage, any fruit, and so forth.

Merriam-Webster defines declaration this way:

  • The act of making an official statement about something : the act of declaring something
  • Something that is stated or made known in an official or public way

Declare means to make known

When we declare something in prayer, we are making an official statement about something that already exist.  For example, I declare that I am saved by grace through Christ.  I declare  I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.


We see in the book of Esther the king told Esther to issue a decree after Haman’s plan was foiled.

Est 8:7- 8   Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews.   You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.”

Later this decree was executed.

Merriam-Webster defines decree as an official order given by a person with power or by a government

A biblical definition is one of the eternal purposes of God, by which events are foreordained.

My friends know  when they call and ask how I am doing, I  answer I am blessed.  I am decreeing  I am blessed, even though I may be having a horrible day.

Decrees are a tool by which we cause the truths of the heavenly realm to be manifested into the natural realm. For example, we decree healing when we are sick, we decree provision and abundance when we are lacking and so forth.

When I pray for people, I decree  they will walk out their new found freedom in faith, and will be strong to come against the attack of the enemy.

I went to prayer asked the Lord about decrees, and this is what He said.

There is nothing magical about a decree.  It is what is placed in your heart, and will be released with your mouth and the decree will go forth throughout the earth and accomplish its’ purpose.  It is your job to speak it forth, a decree comes from your spirit.

When I learned  there was a difference, I changed my prayers.   I now know when to declare and when to decree.  Having my prayers align with the truth is what I aim for.


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10 ways to pray for your prodigal

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I am not ashamed to say that I have a prodigal son.  Being in full time ministry, others may think we should have this perfect lifestyle and everything must be in order.

Not so.  We are humans and  far from perfect, and I am no exception.

As parents we have made many mistakes, and some really bad mistakes, all the while going to church and professing Christ as our Lord and Savior.

One of the most difficult things we  found is being a first generation Christian.

We did not have parents that taught us their mistakes and failures. We did not grow up in a home where we prayed, read the bible or had devotions.  We did not have parents that we could go to or ask for prayer when facing a difficult situation or receive godly advice.

My husband and I had to learn all of these things on our own, and we failed along the way.

Is this an excuse?  No.  But I use this example to tell our son that since we have made so many mistakes, he can learn from us so that he does not have to repeat them.

As a result, our only son is not serving the Lord and into the world.

So what do we do?  We pray.  Here I would like to share with you some of the things we do and pray for our prodigal.

    1. Ask for forgiveness.  As parents, we asked our son for forgiveness for anything that may be  left unresolved.  We let him know that as we have been healed, we desire the same for him. A few years back as a couple, we went through a healing process, and learned that the things we do are learned behaviors.  The problem with that is that they are not all healthy.  We learned to discard what was bad, and made new, healthy behaviors.  We shared our healing experience with our son and how we are enjoying life and our marriage better than ever before.
    2. Point your child in the right direction.  it does not matter the age. Our son at this moment is working and living a lifestyle that can generate repercussions to his health.  We share with him the benefits of healthy living and having a career.  We share how God has a plan for him, a plan that includes Gods’ love and prosperity. He has yet to listen to us.
    3. Keep the communication lines open. Our son lives in a different province and we don’t see him as often as we would like.  When we are going to prayer, we ask him if he has any prayer requests.   This lets him know that we love him and care for him.
    4. Tell your child that you love him/her. Let  them know that whatever happens, you are there for  them to help and guide.   We can count on Jesus, so we should let our prodigal know that they can count on us, and certainly on Him.
    5. Declare scripture over your prodigal. One of my favorite things to do is make prayers for my son.  For example, May the love of God be poured into (prodigals s name) heart by the Holy Spirit.  Romans 5:5.   I thank you Lord that (prodigals name)  will come back to his own border.  Jeremiah 31:17. The Holy Spirit will lead him/her into all Truth, I speak forth the spirit of Wisdom over (prodigal´s name)  and lead him/her to the deep things of God.  There are many more scriptures and prayers that I declare over my son, but these are just a few to give you an idea.
    6. Ask the Lord to show you what is going on when you pray. When I pray, I ask the Lord to show me and I ask for a vision, and God never fails. You may not see anything when you ask the first time, but continue to ask and He will show you. What you see in vision, add that to your prayers. For example, I have seen my prodigal behind a pulpit.  I pray and thank the Lord that my son  is serving him, preaching the Lords’ good work from the pulpit, and someday he will share his testimony to help others.
    7. Ask the Lord to tell you about your prodigal.  Include that in your prayers as well. Ask, “Lord, how do you see (insert name)?”    The Lord answers: “Your prayers have reached the heavens, and I am doing a work behind the scenes.  Continue to pray, even though you may not see any fruit or change. I am working.”  Praise him for that and receive it by faith.
    8. Thank the Lord that your prodigal has in an interest in the opposite sex. In today’s world where everything goes and trans is in, we want our prodigals to be true to the word.   I pray for my sons  spouse, and I thank the Lord for her and bless her even now.
    9. Have faith in God. Mar 11:23-24 says:   For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.   Believe that every time you pray for your prodigal, you will have him/her back.  He/she will serve the Lord,  they will be repentant, the relationship will be restored with you and most importantly with God.  That mountain called the world, pain, resentment, hurt, ( insert in your own words here,) will have to move and get out of the way in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh.
    10. Finally, It ain’t over until the fat angel sings. Be persistent, do not give up. You now have vision, you now have a promise, and you have the declared word over you prodigal.  It’s the word of God that will not return void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.   Isaiah 55:11.

Your prodigal will prosper; your prayers are not bouncing off the ceiling. Your prayers are reaching the heavens and being answered.

I decided to not be embarrassed about my prodigal, why?  Because when he comes back to us and to the Lord in full force and with passion, zeal and might, I can give God all the glory, and shout it from the rooftops.

That will be an awesome testimony indeed.

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