God’s Holy Spirit gives each of us a spiritual gift, hand-selected for you, to help you in serving God to bring blessings (1 Peter 4:10). These spiritual gifts may include prophecy, healing, miracles, and more. Please read on to learn more about your spiritual gifts:
The Holy Spirit (God’s Spirit who teaches, comforts, and advocates for you) coaches and guides you about how to develop, polish, and best use (and how to avoid misusing) the spiritual gifts that he discerns are part of your life purpose .
"There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown lan- guages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have" (1 Corinthians 12:4–11 NLT).
These spiritual gifts include:
Wisdom: Discerning the best solutions to problems, according to God’s word and will. This gift also involves having a spiritual talent to give wise advice in a way that others can hear and understand (1 Corinthians 12:8).
Knowledge: Having the gift of “knowingness” and insights into the truth of situations. This includes the gift of clarity, with the ability to shine divine light so that others can know the truth (1 Corinthians 12:8).
Faith: Retaining great faith in God, no matter what the circumstances are around you. This gift also means that the person’s faith is so pure that circumstances are healed and uplifted (1 Corinthians 12:9).
Healing: Being a conduit for God’s healing power traveling through you to help others, according to God’s will. This gift is often called upon in the holy name of Jesus of Nazareth (1 Corinthians 12:9).
Miracles: Similar to the gift of healing, being a vessel of God’s power to miraculously transform anyone, anything, and any situation. God is the one who chooses which miracles to perform through the person, and these miracles are used to bring faith and belief in God (1 Corinthians 12:10).
Prophecy: Receiving and giving messages from
the one true God. This is different from being “psychic,” in which messages may be received from unknown energies. Prophecy is often a foretelling of future events, sometimes so that you or others may intervene and sometimes to warn others to stop their destructive behaviors (1 Corinthians 12:10). Some Christian faiths teach that there are no more prophets, and that this gift is no longer given, while others encourage those who have the gift of prophecy to use it to glorify God.
Discernment: The ability to accurately distinguish whether a spirit is of God or of evil. This gift also means the person can distinguish between true and false teaching, and between desires of the flesh, and those of true spiritual guidance (1 Corinthians 12:10; see also 1 John 4:6).
Language: Speaking a foreign language you’ve never before learned so that someone else can understand you (1 Corinthians 12:10). This was demonstrated in Acts 2:4 when the apostles were lled with the Holy Spirit after Jesus’s ascension, and they began speaking in foreign languages that other people understood.
Other spiritual gifts are described in Paul’s letters, and there are also discussions that some people may have more than one of these gifts.
Studying the great prophets of God of the Old and New Testaments, the words of Jesus, and the Book of Acts is a wonderful way to learn about the gift of prophecy. Then, ask the Holy Spirit daily for guidance about how to develop and use this spiritual gift and how to avoid misusing it.
Above all, make sure that you don’t have pride in ownership of these gifts, as viewing yourself as special or above others comes from the ego, not from the Holy Spirit. Use your spiritual gifts to glorify God, not to glorify or elevate yourself.
‘God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever!’ (1 Peter 4:10–11)
Excerpt from Saints & Angels: A Guide to Heavenly Help for Comfort, Support, and Inspiration by Doreen Virtue, available for pre-order now at amazon here: http://amzn.to/2FNSdzn or your local bookstore.