I am looking forward to school being over. I am learning a lot, but I feel like I have no time to do the other stuff that is important to me.
I have been putting off this post, due to time restrictions, but I have the urge to do it, so here we go. I really enjoy writing and it truly feels like it is something I need to do. Hope that makes sense.
So, last week I was sharing one of those changing moments in my life. It came about through a teaching on spiritual gifts many years ago, but that teaching was eye opening.
The gifts in question are located in Roman 12:6-8
God has also given each of us different gifts to use. If we can prophesy, we should do it according to the amount of faith we have. If we can serve others, we should serve. If we can teach, we should teach. If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. If we can give, we should be generous. If we are leaders, we should do our best. If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully.
Now these gifts are a bit different that other spiritual gifts. Ephesians 4 talks about giftings in the way we serve the Church. We all have different roles to play in the building up of the Bride. 1 Corinthians 12 is another set of gifts that are given to us by the Holy Spirit in our work, but these are not permamennt gifts and may come and go at will.
The gifts in Romans, though, are gifts of grace. Of course I think all of the gifts are by grace, but the teaching was about how these gifts are a reflection of your personality more than your function in the body. I have heard these referred to as both Motivation or Redemptive gifts. Motivation as they describe out personalities and redemptive as they need to be redeemed or dedicated to God for them to be of the best use.
Think about the Meyers-Brigg personality test that many of us have been given at least once during our life. You can test as introvert or an extrovert, sensing or intuituin, thinking or feeling, and judgment or perception. Four different sets of personality traits that we drift towards that helps to explain who we are. These traits can and will change as our situations change in life or as we mature, but it is a good measure of who we are to better help identify our strengths as they apply to groups and such.
Now the teaching I got taught that unlike the Meyers-Brigg test, the gifts that we were given do not change. They describe our personality always. Now we each have a different combination of gifts, so our motivations in life can be similar among people, but not the same as everyone else. We will always have the same underlying motivational gifts at work in our life, but that does not mean that we are slaves to those gifts. We can always choose to do what we want over what we feel led or motivated to do. That free will thing again. What struck me the most in the teaching though, was that the pastor said that you will never be truly happy or do what God has called you to do until you embrace who He created you to be and redeem that.
There are simple tests that, if you are honest with yourself, will help you identify your dominate giftings. Here is a link to one of the tests.
The first time I took it, I answered part of it based on who I wanted to be rather than who I felt that I am. That is why I said you must be honest with yourself. The first time around, I identified as being primarily a giver, but every test after that says that I am primarily a prophet. Now this is not like the OT prophets or that I am prophetic.
Here is a break down of the gifts and the traits that is taught to go along with them.
-Sees things in black & white
-Simplistic worldview – must make sense of everything
-Able to assess situations quickly and discern whether good or bad
-Takes initiative, likes new things
-Goes against the status quo
-Does not maintain well running organization – will quit, improve it, or change it
-Always has an opinion and is willing to express it
-Judges others compulsively
-Bold, knows no fear
-Not intimidated by the unknown
-Extraordinarily generous – impulsive/unwise
-Shifts gears quickly – large range of emotion
-Visionary – need to know where they are going
– Fiercely competitive
– Gives full disclosure – exposes weakness, compulsion for honesty & integrity
– Very hard on self
– Out of sight out of mind
– Passion for excellence
Design is the art of weaving principles together in order to produce change. Principle can be defined as a universal non-optional cause and effect relationship. The principle of design is foundational to all the other principles. God has called the prophet to study principles (to look at problems and opportunities) and assemble them into sets that produce results.
The passion of the Prophet is to once again have the opportunity to take themselves and others to the outer limits of excellence with God. Showing the picture of God so dynamic and real that it moves people out of the comfort they are experiencing and into a journey that will bring them to fulfillment of what God created them to be.
– Sees needs and meets them – often external or environmental needs
– Very few enemies – considered to be a safe person
– Inability to accept excellence in work, to affirm self, or receive affirmation from others
– Extends honor to others
– Sees potential/best in others
– Has a fierce anger that seldom occurs but usually revolves around loyalty
– Save stuff though not always organized about it
– If immature can become an enabler – mature servant learns to empower
– Attracts dishonor, especially in home, and usually does not resist
– Very competitive in games or sports
– May tend to make excuses for children
– Purity of motives – like no other gift; never counting up what’s owed
– Obedience comes easily
– Tends toward victimization/exploitation by others
– Difficulty saying no – has a strong desire to please others
– God gives more spiritual authority to Servants than other gifts because they don’t want it they are not infected with the empire-building germ like the other gifts
– The servant’s prayers for leaders carry more weight than other gifts
– Highest level of authority over the Death Spirit in Spiritual warfare (in a premature demonic attack) because God trusts the Servant to do only what He has asked them to do
– Authority over land (restoration of ecology)
The servant walks in holiness in their own life. They are willing to embrace a high calling of holiness and bring a sense of purity and cleanliness. When the servant hears truth spoken it resonates deeply.
The servant has the tenacity to reach out to the wounded and hurting (not limited to, but especially in family situations). The servant is able to be the ultimate life-giver, finding fulfillment in being a life-giver to allow others to do their work; they provide cleansing and authority to others. There is a deep desire to empower others to achieve their best.
Joseph, Jesus’ father was an example of absolute obedience. He did what God asked of him regarding Mary and Jesus every time. God used him to protect them. Joseph had life giving obedience and was highly trusted.
– Need to validate truth
– Doesn’t receive or reject new ideas or people right away
– Safe person emotionally – can listen to brokenness and sin and not be rejecting
– Makes new decisions slowly
– Deep family loyalty
– Tend to be poor at returning borrowed items
– Difficult time returning phone calls
– Typically late
– Difficulty handling money
– Usually resists using human illustrations
– Unwillingness to begin a process until they can see the end of the process
– Tends to be a fearful person
– Great sense of humor
– Usually the last to speak in a group
– Tend not to overreact or jump the gun
– A very patient person, slow tempered
– Likes to save things
The teacher is to walk in responsibility in every area of their life. Their highest responsibility is to worship God. They must make worship a lifestyle, that they would anticipate and enjoy being with God. If the teacher is carnal they will be selectively responsible and unwilling to impose responsibility on others. The teacher would rather work hard at persuading people to change rather than confront.
The teacher must know who they are as they incrementally walk out God’s will and then reveal the manifest presence of God to the rest of the body of Christ. The Lord wants to be present in the life of the teacher having them experience and celebrate Him.
– Party looking for a place to happen
– Instant rapport with strangers
– Highly relational
– Has ability to understand and relate well to others
– Able to move easily from small talk to sharing the gospel
– Able to maintain relationship although may solidly disagree with other party
– Can have loud argument without alienation of other person
– Master communicator
– Flexible – able to abandon a plan easily
– Seeks the approval of others
– Dramatic and often melodramatic
– Natural leader
– High energy person
– Obsessive compulsive verbal expressive
– Loves change
– Governs by persuasion rather than principle
Principle: Sowing & Reaping
The exhorter must embrace pain and suffering. The most difficult area for the exhorter is to suffer rejection. They must confront sin and be willing to face rejection from within the community. They must incarnate truth and earned authority through pain and suffering. The exhorter is able to be a world changer for Christ when they embrace the principle.
Birthright/Blessing:Know God personally and experientially (Gideon), take time away from people to know God and have His authority. The body of Christ is dependent upon the exhorter becoming all God created them to be; God has called the exhorter to be a world changer!
– Most diverse/adaptable/flexible of all gifts
– Very independent
– Designed not to be needy – does not look to others for help
– Can look at a problem and find own solution
– Can’t be hustled – must accrue money before can give
– Able to relate to wide range of people
– Sensitive to manipulation of other’s toward spouse or family
– Private in own life – protective of reputation of self, spouse, and family
– Delegates spiritual warfare
– Non-confrontational by nature – wait for opportunity to get best out of situation, won’t knock down hurdles
– Immense heart for evangelism but does everything just short of sharing the gospel overtly
– Nurturer to family – facilitate family environment
– Concerned about safety, cautious
– Is without shame – does not have shameful view of self
– Can be very impulsive
– Not a big risk-taker
– Good listener
God doesn’t want 10% of the giver’s finance/assets – not of the abundance or extra that they have; God wants all of it to establish relationship and to accrue generational blessing to pass on to others. Money is not the issue, it’s about their relationship with God. Example in Job 31:16: Job has an incredible relationship with God, is a steward of his money and assets. He walked in high justice, holiness and ethical behavior in all that he did.
The blessing for the giver is a generational anointing: The giver has the authority to release a generational blessing into their family line and community and be a life-giver through blessing (not just money). The giver is to have a generational worldview– think long term. Abraham received authority from God and passed it on. He changed the world and was considered a friend of God. Blessings come in the context of being dependent and in relationship with God.
– Great under pressure- thrive with it, and expects others to be effective under it as well
– Empire builders – designed to look at things and want to make them bigger
– Own their problems and do not have a welfare mentality
– Skilled at time management
– Not into details
– Immature ruler may allow for casual ethics where the end may justify the means
– Big on loyalty – more important than competence of co-workers
– Don’t like to be micro-managed
– Not in to blame – will figure out how to fix a problem and move on
– Implementer – Take vision, break it down into pieces, and implement it
– Nearly impossible to get ruler to partner with others unless loyalty is built
– Great at using imperfect people – draws the best out of people
– Tendency to be task oriented and omit nurture
– Expert in dealing with people and projects
– Will not choose to place self on a team unless they are wanted/have the loyalty of others
– Innate ability to measure character
– Able to stand alone on an issue of principle or integrity
The ruler is to go from bondage to obedience to freedom. The difference between the three is the amount of willpower. Rulers have the tendency to be focused on task and do what’s required and not walk in freedom. They must walk in spiritual freedom. Like the giver, they are good at making things happen in the natural but God wants dependence upon Him. The ruler is to be first of all righteous.
Generational freedom from sin- central piece of blessing The ruler possesses a high level of spiritual authority and is called to earn authority in the heavens and release it to the generations. There is an immense authority given to the ruler: How does the ruler accrue spiritual authority to pass it on? By honoring God and going beyond obedience. This is evidenced in David, a man after God’s own heart. The ruler is to release generational blessings into the world and spiritual realm (must learn to not only do the tasks but honor the Lord). Noah was an example of releasing blessing. The ruler must seek God to find out what He has called them to do and then honor Him in walking it out. No one has the spiritual dominion that the ruler has.
– No or few enemies – finds common ground with just about everyone
– Safe place for wounded people – easily confided in
– Tend to be non-judgmental
– Able to pick out people who are troubled and see through facades
– Has only 1 or 2 close intimate friends but many acquaintances
– Craves intimacy and needs physical touch – this need can often lead to sexual impurity
– Slow in making life transitions because it takes a while to disengage emotionally
– Connects with the heart of God – difficulty explaining why feel God is directing in a certain way
– Very intuitive when it comes to following God’s lead
– Dislikes confrontation – natural tendency is to nurture and protect people from harm
– If immature can be indecisive, not wanting to step on toes
– Tendency to be exploited and become a victim because unwilling to confront even a predator
– Fierce anger but usually only surfaces around loyalty – known to take up offense for another
– Drawn into spiritual warfare when another who they care for is being spiritually attacked.
– Strong predisposition to worship – moves more easily into presence of God than the other gifts
– Loves Beauty
– Stubborn in the nicest sort of way
By design the Mercy is able to engage spirit to Spirit with God. They are able to go there more easily more often. This is the highest fulfillment for the mercy.
The mercy must find fulfillment in God and impart that blessing to others. As the Mercy is sanctified they sanctify their environment (time, people, place) and are able to transform the sinful into the holy.
I see so many people struggling in their pursuit of God. They flounder around trying to find their calling and needing direction. This really helped me and I hope it helps those who need it as well.