'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
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Continuing this afternoon, my friends:
"The one who exhorts, in his exhortation."
Exhortation is better known to us as encouragement, a word which means to give courage to the hearts of others. Exhorters are always looking for opportunities to do that. Who is cast down? Who needs building up? How can their spirits be lifted higher?
Where a teacher wants to help you learn truths you don’t know yet, an exhorter wants to help you believe what you already know. Watch how this plays out with different preaching styles: some preachers are teachers at heart; others are exhorters.
Some of the best exhorters don’t have a public ministry. They just “naturally” lift the mood of individuals wherever they go. Watch out for one in the flesh, however, if you don’t want to find out what the “gift of discouragement” looks like in operation.
"The one who contributes, in generosity."
The Lord evidently calls some people to gather wealth, so that through them, He can bless others and the church. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. The thing about these folks is their absence of greed and the evident delight they have in giving money or material help away. They usually seem consciously aware that their calling is to be a channel of blessing and they genuinely want to keep the river flowing. If they fall into the flesh, all bets are off: they may amass wealth for themselves alone, or seek a show of recognition for what they do give away.
"The one who leads, with zeal."
This gift of administration includes the ability to supervise others, cast vision, assemble a team and chart a course all with unflagging “zeal” or diligence. If this is your gift, then know that the rest of us are grateful you have it! We need your energetic devotion to duty or things would really fall apart. We thank God for your integrity and willingness to sacrifice ordinary pleasures for the sake of the cause. Just please don’t “lord” it over us, bossing us around! Jesus said that our leaders would be servants to us and those with this gift truly are—whenever they are in the Spirit. Otherwise…
"The one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness."
Last, but not least, is the heart of the Body of Christ. People blessed with a mercy gift have hearts as big and warm as your mama’s stove. They notice the hurting people among us and launch into prayer, then press in to draw them out. They care less about how you got into trouble, than how to get you out. Unlike teachers and prophets, they don’t want to know if you are learning from the experience; they want you free of the pain. These are people you can trust with your heart. Unfortunately, when in the flesh, their own heart can take them down, if they don’t learn how to cast every care and all that pain on the Lord.
Put it all together and you have a vision for the Body of Christ as a mighty warrior, able to tend its own wounds and refresh its own vision when all the parts are working together as designed. Discover your gift, learn how to walk in the Spirit with it, and find your place in the Body!
Slow down and pray, asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you, telling you what He wants you to know, as you study all the posts. Do not rush. Enjoy 'hearing Him' 'teach you', loving you, and enabling you to love Him in return. Do not be afraid to recognize any of your gifts. When you do, you are recognizing your 'God ordained purpose in life'. And there is no greater joy and motivation, than to 'walk in God's purpose'!!
Thank you in advance for returning, September 17-19, 2019, when as the Lord wills, we will continue our studies, looking at the 'manifestation gifts'. Continue to be encouraged, in the Lord! Amen. Amen.
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