On the Spiritual Gifts

On the Spiritual Gifts

“Now, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people; your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy…”

I have been watching lots of 700 Club and reading books on spiritual gifts and prophesy and I have learned a lot. I have learned that it takes prayer and faith to develop my spiritual gifts. I know I have them, but it isn’t under my control but under God’s. I get sneak peeks here and there. 

For instance, one question I had been reflecting on when praying for someone is for their significant relationships; friends, family, co-workers, etc. And when I was around my ex, I asked him, “How’s Nick doing?” He was surprised, and asked me why I had asked. I said I don’t know, just curious. And he said to me that he had called yesterday without my knowing. So it was a moment where God revealed His thoughts to me and I was able to connect with my ex through this revelation.

I had another point where I was watching the 700 club and they were about to do the words of knowledge and healing. I grabbed my finger and believed firmly that God would work. And He did. She mentioned, “There is someone with a tightness in their finger… God is going to heal that”. I have had unexplainable tightness in my finger for weeks and wasn’t sure what to do. So I placed my faith in God that He will heal it and now it is not tight anymore. The key here is that I had the faith as she had the word.

I also had a moment when deep in prayer and the name Jessica came to mind. It was strong and unexplainable. I wrote it down and thought it had to do with Matt visiting. But I went to Sunday liturgy even when I was considering not going and there were actually two children with the name of Jessica, the first girl to be introduced was Jessica, and the message was very powerful, about the responsibility of prophets.

I am having a difficult time discerning when it is God’s thoughts and when it is my thoughts. It seems that when it is God’s thoughts they are usually just impressions that I get. How do you know it is true? I suppose you just simply ask and find out.

I prayed for Sarah to come to our dancing group tonight. I had the impression that she has 2 brothers, and that perhaps one is sick. But I am going to start small. I am just going to ask if she has two brothers and if not, share that I have 2 brothers and that we hopefully have that in common. I just want to see if it is my thought or God’s thought.

As I continue to develop my gifts, I will continue to humbly serve Him who has created me. I have been trying to stay balanced and continue doing my chores and making healthy, home-cooked meals. I am starting to feel like I could be more productive but all I want to do is serve God and work on His mission in the world to transform people into believers by the power of the holy spirit. Only God knows what will be in my future. I just have to obey His commands and trust.