Rom 12:1-2; Act 6:1-7; Psa 51:6; Prov 10:13; Phil 1:9-10; 1Thess 5:21-22.
August 11, 2011
Spiritual Gifts Part 152: Discernment and wisdom are sorely needed in the church today.
The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts
Point 3: What is a “Spiritual Gift”?
A spiritual gift is a supernatural ability graciously given by God the Holy Spirit to each believer ( without regard to merit) at the moment of salvation...
...so that the Holy Spirit might manifest Himself in effective service for the benefit of the Royal Family, ending up with God the Father being glorified through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Your spiritual gift becomes operational through normal spiritual growth.
As you have momentum from doctrine, your spiritual gift will function, even without your awareness.
Why is it absolutely necessary to grow spiritually and have a soul full of doctrine in order to function effectively in your spiritual gift?
But how about if I have the gift of helps?
Can’t I just start helping?
Or the gift of service?
Can’t I just start serving?
Notice the qualifications to wait on tables in the church:
Full of the Spirit
Full of wisdom
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament: Sophia means growth in Christian knowledge, which includes knowledge of God's will and worthy conduct.
Wisdom is knowing and doing the will of God.
Wisdom is defined as knowledge of what is true or right combined with good judgment.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
Wisdom is the sum total of the teaching of Bible doctrine under the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit AND the positive response to that doctrine!
Therefore, you have to have humility in order to attain wisdom.
When pride comes, then comes dishonor,But with the humble is wisdom.