Have your spiritual gifts been left sitting on the back burner? Discover how to awaken the anointing in your life this Christmas!
There’s a lot of talk about gifts this Christmas season. Family gift exchanges, work gift exchanges, teacher gifts, neighbor gifts—it’s fun to give! Why do we enjoy giving so much? It’s in us—we were created in the image of the greatest Giver of all time. And we know it’s true—you can’t outgive God.
We celebrate the most precious gift He’s given us this Christmas season—the gift of Jesus and all the many blessings that came in that one big package of salvation. But one thing Christians don’t always think about are spiritual gifts.These are precious packages that carry the anointing within them and launch us into the supernatural, where we join in partnership with the Holy Spirit to advance the kingdom of God.
Sometimes a lack of understanding can keep Christians from operating in their gifts and enjoying the fullness of a relationship with God and His Anointing. What about you? Have you fully received and operated in your spiritual gifts? If you aren’t sure, here’s where to start.
- Know that spiritual gifts are still in operation. In the New Testament we have record of the Lord’s sending His angel to lead and guide: The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip and told him to go to Gaza (Acts 8:26). Every avenue of receiving guidance is subject to God’s Word. If any guidance comes to you that is not in line with the Word, disregard it.
- Do some research. First Corinthians 12:1 says, “Now concerning spiritual gifts,brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant” (NKJV).That means God wants us to develop an understanding! “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord” (verses 4-5). Spend some time reading through this entire chapter. Within, you will find spiritual gifts listed, including the following:
- Word of wisdom
- Word of knowledge
- Discerning of spirits
- Interpretation of tongues.
- Determine to fulfill God’s will for you. Seek the Lord and pray, and God will see to it that you know His guidance. If you’re accustomed to yielding to your spirit; walking in the spirit; walking and yielding to the fruits of kindness, joy and love; then when the Spirit of God rises upon you for the delivery of a spiritual gift, it’ll just be that much easier for you to yield to Him.
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Spiritual gifts are not automatic. They have to be sought and desired. To have the power of God manifested in your life is a quest.That’s the reason the Scripture says to “covet spiritual gifts.” Desire. That doesn’t mean just that you wish you had them. That means that you desire them and you lay hold of them.
This Christmas, seek to find out what your spiritual gifts are and how to operate in them the way God intended. Don’t let timidity, fear or criticism stop you!
This is a word of the Lord as delivered by Kenneth Copeland for you:
“Be strong! Be anointed! The Anointing of God is released on you now. Every spiritual gift, every spiritual endowment of the Spirit of God, every spiritual gift you need to carry out what God has called you to do is imparted into you now. Receive it. Take it. You will not fail! You will not come short! You will not want. You’ll not be in lack. You’ll not be diminished. You will finish your course. It will be unto you exactly like God said it would.”
As we approach the new year, make it your goal to begin operating in your spiritual gifts. It will take you to a new level in your walk with God, strengthen your faith, and impact the Kingdom! And remember, none of these gifts will work without love—so focus on your love walk and receive your spiritual gifts this Christmas!
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