How do you know your spiritual gifts? Our understand what they are? It doesn’t really matter if you’ve defined your gifts. It’s something else.
The moment you become a Christian God gives you a marvelous gift–the Holy Spirit.
In other words, the moment you believe…God comes to live in you.
He becomes your guide, teacher and power supply for everything you will do for the glory of God.
That’s true for every Christian.
The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts
And since the spirit of God lives in us, the New Testament teaches us to behave in certain ways towards the Holy Spirit.
For example, we are encouraged to walk, to live, to be filled, to pray, to manifest the fruits of the Spirit and to use and exercise the gifts of the Spirit.
We are also warned not to grieve, resist or quench the Spirit.
The Christian life is a Spirit-dominated existence. A Spirit-directed existence. A Spirit-controlled existence.
And when we allow the spirit of God to dominate, direct and control our lives, marvelous results occur. Here are six:
Holiness. Constant sanctification.
Joy. Constant satisfaction and contentment.
Liberty. Constant sense of freedom from danger or anxiety.
Confidence. Constant sense of reliability and courage.
Security. Constant sense of protection and favor.
Victory. Constant sense of strength.
But there’s one more: ministry–a constant service to the body of Christ.
An Other-Minded Approach
A Spirit-dominated, Spirit-directed and Spirit-controlled life results in personal benefits, yes, but also in corporate benefits as well.
When we are dominated by the spirit, we are naturally able to serve others. It’s an other-minded approach.
See, when you walk in the spirit of God, your gifts are ministered to me. And as I walk in the spirit, my gift are ministered to you.
As we live and move and have our being in the Spirit, the spirit of God operates through us so we serve the body of Christ and radiate his glory so that people will see and believe.
This is subduing the earth. And it’s crucial. Especially when it comes to finding out your spiritual gifts.
How Do You Know Your Spiritual Gifts?
Frankly, that’s not the issue.
It doesn’t really matter if you’ve defined your gifts. What matters is that we walk in the spirit.
The trick to finding out your spiritual gifts is not defining them and then doing them…but simply getting on your knees and begging the Spirit to dominate, direct and control you…
And if you do that, then he will do what he will do and you can eventually look back and say, “Oh, now that’s what I do.”
That, my friend, is the trick to finding out your spiritual gifts. Make sense? And can you think of any other benefits that result from a Spirit-dominated life that I haven’t listed? Let me know.