What is your spiritual gift?–Musicianship? Prophecy? Visual artistry? Knowledge? Wisdom? Divine understanding? Faith? Speaking/translating previously unlearned languages (earthly or heavenly)? Dream interpretation? Healing? Discerning of spirits?
Some gifts we are born with, others we acquire later. Some gifts–such as divine understanding–can only be used through the Holy Spirit, while some others can be abused for self-gain (for example, healing). Nonetheless, spiritual gifts (which are given by the Holy Spirit–are intended for edifying the Kingdom of God. Spiritual gifts are not for our own praise, glory, or gratification, but for the aiding of mankind, which brings glory to He who gives us our gifts.
Personally, the 3 gifts I can remember having since I was a small child are the gifts of faith, divine understanding, and musicianship… I was raised by a godly woman with a deliverance ministry. Because of this, I witnessed God work in the natural and supernatural all the time; thus, unshakable faith is something I’ve known for as long as I can remember. People who have known me my whole life also know that I’ve always understood things far beyond my own age and experiences. Even when I couldn’t express certain things verbally, I still recall understanding people, situations, and outcomes on a level that was much deeper than the “surface”. I liked listening to adults because children my age talked about such “childish” things. Music has always been something that I was drawn to. I’ve always had instruments in my home, and the spiritual gift of music runs through my blood.
Now that I am older, God has given me other gifts as well. As a child, my mother taught me to pray for “wisdom, knowledge, and understanding”. Unto this day I still pray for these things on a daily basis, and God has most certainly honored my requests down through the years. The gift of knowledge is something I have been known to for most of my life. Knowledge comes easy to me; I retain it, and I can regurgitate it. I can recall God beginning to pour out His gift of wisdom upon me from as early as 9 years old. I began to see things not only in their present form, but in their end result as well. By the time I was 12, God had also given me the gift of speaking in heavenly tongues. (I yet yearn for the gift of interpreting both earthly & heavenly tongues.) At the age of 14, the Holy Spirit began to pour an even heavier anointing upon me for the gifts of musicianship and divine understanding. Not only did I begin to excel in my musicianship and understanding of music, but I also began to understand the deeper mysteries of God. Even today, the understanding that God pours into my spirit often exceeds that which could have been taught to me. Much of what I have learned about the spiritual realm has come through divine understanding. God has particularly given me deep understanding of prophecy and dreams. Since the age of 14, God has also gifted me with the gifts of dream interpretation and the discerning of spirits. Often times He will use dreams (which He then interprets) in order for me to discern certain spirits. He reveals curses from the past (so that they may be broken) and makes my eyes open to all types of spirits–both with the spiritual eye and the physical eye. The Holy Spirit also uses my dreams to foretell life events in the near & distant future for both myself and others.
If you have yet to receive a spiritual gift, know this: God does not give us spiritual gifts for our own entertainment or pleasure. Thus, with any gift comes much responsibility and accountability. God cannot be pleased with the person who has been given much but does nothing with it. Continue to seek Him. As you seek Him, ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and reveal to you all ungodly things that lurk inside you, because our own hearts and selfish desires can keep us from obtaining the full glory of the Lord and that which He has ordained for us. Even after receiving a spiritual gift, continue to ask the Lord to search your heart because the first “human” response to receiving a spiritual gift is PRIDE. Spiritual gifts are not for our glory, but for God’s!
“Before destruction comes pride, and before a fall, a haughty spirit.” -(Proverbs 16:18)