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7 Motivational Spiritual Gifts - Administrator

Attributes of the Gift of Administration

Also called the Gift of Organization

Greek word – Proistemi (pro-is'-tay-mee) - to set or place before


  • to set over
    to be over, to superintend, preside over
    to be a protector or guardian
    to give aid
    to care for, give attention to
    profess honest occupations
  • Histemi (his'-tay-mee) word origin -- to cause or make to stand, to place, put, set
    to bid to stand by, [set up]
    in the presence of others, in the midst, before judges, before members of the Sanhedrin;
    to place
    to make firm, fix establish
    to cause a person or a thing to keep his or its place
    to stand, be kept intact (of family, a kingdom), to escape in safety
    to establish a thing, cause it to stand 1b
    to uphold or sustain the authority or force of anything
    1. to set or place in a balance
    to weigh: money to one (because in very early times before the introduction of coinage, the metals used to be weighed)
    to stand
    . to stand by or near
    a. to stop, stand still, to stand immovable of the foundation of a building
    b. to stand
    continue safe and sound, stand unharmed, to stand ready or prepared
    to be of a steadfast mind
    3. of quality, one who does not hesitate, does not waiver

Biblical example of this gift is Nehemiah.

PERSPECTIVE…

A woman hired a contractor to repaint the interior of her house.

The woman walked the man through the second floor of her home and told him what colors she wanted for each room. As they walked through the first room, the woman said, 'I think I would like this room in a cream color.'

The contractor wrote on his clipboard, walked to the window, opened it and yelled out, 'Green side up!'

He then closed the window and continued following the woman to the next room. The woman looked confused, but proceeded with her tour.

'In this room, I was thinking of an off blue.' Again, the contractor wrote this down, went to the window, opened it and yelled out, 'Green side up!'

This baffled the woman, but she was hesitant to say anything.

In the next room, the woman said she would like it painted in a light rose color. And once more, the contractor opened the window and yelled, 'Green side up!'

Struck with curiosity, the woman mustered up the nerve to ask, 'Why do you keep yelling 'Green side up' out my window every time I tell you the color I would like the room?'

The contractor replied, 'Because I have a crew of blond Texas Aggies
laying sod across the street.'

Characteristics Of The Gift Of Administration

People gifted with this gift have the ability to see the big picture and to visualize the final results. In fact, these folks are truly result oriented. They set goals and have a definite a sense of direction.

Another wonderful ability is they will breakdown major goals into small achievable tasks; they are never discouraged by size of task and can delegate "bite-sized" portions to get the job finished.

Whatever they are responsible for, they will organize no matter how small or large the project happens to be. They are self-starters and when faced with something they do not know how to do, they won't sit still until they have found out how to do it.

Administrators know what resources are available and needed to meet the goal. They know what can and cannot be delegated and in general has a good idea who can handle which task. Therefore, delegation is not a problem for the Administrator as it is with the Server. The Administrator would much rather organize and assign tasks rather than be doing them. This does not mean the Administrator shirks work. Far from it. Some poeple might view Administrators as lazy or trying to "wiggle" out of tasks. This is not true of the Administrator. Organization is the Administrator's chief ability and he uses it without regard to "what people might think." The Administrator just removes himself from distracting details in order to get the whole job done which is the ultimate goal.

These people have elephant hide. It is a God-given capability so that they can handle any "flack" or criticism. They will withstand any pressure and they will be a Wall to protect those working for them. This is why it is so interesting that Nehemiah's job was to build the walls. This quality exhibits great loyalty to their fellow workers, thus having this quality, they have a need for loyalty and confidence from those whom they are serving.

An Administrator has a tremendous need for organization in the working environment. They will assume responsibility if no structured leadership exists because he believes that only with proper leadership and guidance can orderly results come about. A noticeable lack of organization and leadership skills results in great frustration for the Administrator. They have an attitude of "leave me alone and let me do my job" when faced with having to work under poor leaders. (When in this position, the mature Administrator will lean heavily upon God's direction and it will sometimes seem as though this person is defying earthly authority but in reality is submitting to the greater authority of God.)

The Ford slogan "Quality is Job One" would work well for Administrators. They desire to complete the task as soon as possible without sacrificing quality of work. They desire efficiency and orderliness in the way things work but not necessarily in what their desk looks like.

Administrators do not sit on laurels or have any particular desire for acclaim and applause. Their fulfillment is in seeing all the parts come together and the completion of the project. They have a desire to move on to new challenges when the previous task is complete. In their prayer life, they are results oriented. They have particular joy in hearing about answered prayer.

When reading Nehemiah chapters 1and 2 we can find the following attributes.

1. Is highly motivated to organize for whatever he is given responsibility.

2. Expresses ideas and organization in ways that communicate clearly.

3. Prefers to be under authority in order to have authority.

4. Will not take responsibility unless delegated by those in authority.

Did you notice the above qualities in the passage in Nehemiah? The Administrator won't 'borrow trouble' or snatch authority unless there is obviously no one in authority. Personally, I'm off the charts on this gift. I'm an Administrator to a T. Why do you think an Administrator will not assume authority unless there is no leadership evident or unless delegated by those in authority?

God delegates authority. He gives those in political power, their power. Paul tells us this when he tells us to pray for those in government. So when a gifted Administrator is walking in the Spirit, he will wait upon the Lord's directions and His delegation of authority. It is why the Administrator is so appreciative of authority. Just as the Matthew 8 records how the Centurian told Jesus, 'I am a man under authority and I have soldiers under me. I command men to do my bidding. I tell one to go and he goes and one to come and he comes. Do this and he does it.' This was when he had asked Jesus to heal his servant, and he acknowledged that he was unworthy for Jesus to enter his own household. This is a most excellent example of how Administrators view authority and accept authority. It is supremely orderly.

5. Will assume responsibilities if no specific leadership exists.

6. Especially enjoys working on long range projects.

7. Is a visionary person with a broad perspective.

8. Easily facilitates resources and people to accomplish tasks or goals.

You can find these qualities in chapter 1,2 as well. Nehemiah exhibits all the qualities of the Administrator. I am wondering if you are well enough versed in picking out the qualities and attributes of each of these gifts by now that you can do this on your own in Scripture? Email me if you can. I'd really like to know. Email me if you are still finding it a bit difficult. I'd really like to know!

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7 Motivational Spiritual Gifts - Giver

Attributes of the Giver

Please note from the definition that this gift is not limited to people with large sums of money and is not limited to the giving of money. This gift considers time, talent, and any resource God gives as the best to use in the work God has for us to do.

Greek word – Metadidomi (met-ad-id'-o-mee) is a compound word and comes from meta – afterward, after the fact and Didomi

1. to give
2. to give something to someone of one's own accord to give one something, to his advantage

to bestow a gift
to grant, give to one asking, let have
to supply, furnish, necessary things
to give over, deliver
to reach out, extend, present
of a writing
to give over to one's care, intrust, commit
something to be administered
to give or commit to some one something to be religiously observed
to give what is due or obligatory, to pay: wages or reward
to furnish, endue
3. to give
to cause, profuse, give forth from one's self
to give, hand out lots
to appoint to an office
to cause to come forth, i.e. as the sea, death and Hell are said to give up the dead who have been engulfed or received by them
to give one to someone as his own
as an object of his saving care
to give one to someone, to follow him as a leader and master
to give one to someone to care for his interests to give one to someone to whom he already belonged, to return

The Biblical example of any of the Spiritual gifts will always be Jesus. Several persons exhibit some of the attributes of this gift such as Paul, Philemon and James. However, the person that displays most of the attributes of the Giver is Abraham.


PERSPECTIVE…

The following were reported to be actually taken from newspapers:
· Amana washer $100. Owned by clean bachelor who seldom washed.
· Snow blower for sale ... only used on snowy days
· 2 wire mesh butchering gloves: 1 five-finger, 1 three-finger, pair $15
· Tickle me Elmo, still in box, comes with its own 1988 Mustang, 5L, auto, excellent condition $6800
· German Shepard 85 lbs. Neutered. Speaks German. Free.
· Nordic Track $300. Hardly used. Call Chubbie.
· Found: Dirty white dog. Looks like rat. Been out awhile. Better be reward.
· Tired of working for only $9.75 per hour? We offer profit sharing and flexible hours. Starting pay -- $7-$9 per hour


'Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.....' ( Everything these days seems to have a cost attached except the German Shepard above…and even the dog's food will probably cost a fortune.

Those with this Spiritual Gift are so closely related to Servers that it is often difficult to tell them apart. These two gifts are like twins, or more appropriately like two sides of a single coin and yet, they are very distinct and separate gifts. Therefore before you read any further…

STOP! PRAY! Ask God for His guidance this week. You do not want to confuse what you have been taught with your actual tendencies and feelings. It is well to remember that we are all taught to tithe…to give of our talents… to give ourselves as living sacrifices to the work God has planned for us from the foundation of the world. The day the Christian is born again and endowed by the Holy Spirit the Spiritual Gift of Giving these things become a natural driving force within him.

The Giver has a keen ability to make wise purchases and investments in order to have resources to give away. They live to give. Usually their desire is to give quietly without public notice or approval. Man's praise is not their goal, therefore these people will have a tendency to back away from giving to things that will promote recognition for giving and the amount of giving. The Giver enjoys meeting needs without pressures or appeals. The mature Giver will resist the obvious pulling of heartstrings and want to know more specific facts about the program. Their desire is to know where and to whom their gift is going. The Giver always listens to the Holy Spirit's promptings for giving. Sometimes this leads to a seeming erratic pattern of giving and often times drives their partner crazy unless their partner also shares the gift of giving.

Givers have a desire to use giving to motivate others to give. Their vision includes seeing the potential results of giving. They know the value of getting into the cycle of giving. Givers also have a keen ability to see financial needs that others often do not see and they seek ways to be used by God through giving.

They often test the faithfulness and wisdom of others by observing the way in which they handle their finances. Since they have the ability to be frugal and content with the basic necessities of life, they feel everyone should be motivated the same way. Their motive for frugality is not to gain more and to accumulate for the sake of accumulating but to give it away and to be in a position so God can pour His resources through them. They will often rejoice when God sends an extra "boon" their way because they know God is going to use it in a special way.

The Giver rejoices when their gift is an answer to specific prayer. It is so encouraging to him when he "reads" God right. Although the Giver has a special ear for the Holy Spirit's prompting, he will be dependent on his partner's counsel to confirm the amount of the gift. He values his partner's advice and the mature giver will wait for full agreement.

Givers give spectacular gifts, not just money. They want to be certain that the gift hits the mark. Whatever the gift, you can be certain it will be of high quality, not necessarily expensive but very valuable. They want to give the best. Characteristics Of The Gift Of Giving
Day One 1. Gives freely of money, possessions, time, energy and love. 2. Loves to give without others knowing about it. 3. Gives to support and bless others or to advance a ministry. 4. Intercedes for needs and the salvation of souls. Today we dive into Genesis and take a close look at Abram—better known as Abraham. Open your Bible to Genesis chapter 12 and read verses 1-7. Circle the correct statement.

Abram heard the LORD and instantly obeyed His command to leave his country.

Abram asked God "Why, do You wish me to leave?"

Abram was to be a blessing to all the families of the earth. The LORD said, "I will give this land to your children."

It is interesting to note that Abram set out instantly in obedience to God's command. So what has that to do with Giving? A lot. He didn't ask "Why?" nor did he drag his feet. Paul uses this example in his letter to the Romans and tells us that God counted Abram's obedience as righteousness. The Giver hears the voice of the Lord and understands that all the earth and all that is in it belongs to Him and is His to give. God says in verse 7; "I give this land to your descendants." Abram recognized Who God is immediately. He recognized that He was the Great Provider and the Great Giver. When we give to others, then we are closest to God's own nature and Abram acknowledged this in his actions. If you've been going to my blog, you know what the grid below means. In case you have not, then grade each statement in bold how it fits you. After the week, the higher your score, the more of the gift of giver you have. Never = 0
Seldom = 1
Sometimes = 2
Usually = 3
Mostly = 4
Always = 5
Total The rest of Giver for the rest of the week, click on , , and with the Gift of Giver

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7 Motivational Spiritual Gifts - Teacher

I hope you have realized by now that God gives each of us a healthy dose of each gift so that we can function properly within the Body of Christ as well as to understand why our siblings act in particular ways or say the things they say. I now find it amazing how I can pick out who has which gift. I understand people so much better and I can usually predict with a fair amount of accuracy how a person will react in a given situation. It is almost uncanny, but I know it is the Holy Spirit.

This week, we'll study the Attributes of the Teacher. Regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, the Holy Spirit gives this gift to both genders. It is extremely useful for many different jobs within the church and not just teaching Sunday School or a Bible Class.

Greek word – didasko (did-as'-ko) -- to teach
to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses (didactic=designed or intended to teach; intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment; making moral observations)
to be a teacher
to discharge the office of a teacher, conduct one's self as a teacher
to teach one
to impart instruction
instill doctrine into one
the thing taught or enjoined
to explain or expound a thing
to teach one something

Biblical example of this gift is Luke.

3. Loves to study and do research.
A teacher will know where to go to find the answers to his questions. He will use many study tools rather than just one reference book. A teacher would rather learn the entire language instead of the meaning of a few words in that language. He wants to know not only what was said, but what was the author thinking when it was written? What was the thought process to come to that conclusion?

Remember to grade yourself according to how true a bolded statement is about you.

4. Enjoys word studies.
This leads the teacher into many profound insights which they may not feel led to share with anyone else. They investigate meanings and root word meanings often turning to Strong's Exhaustive Expository on Greek and Hebrew words or Vine's to determine the exact meaning of a word in the original Greek or Hebrew of Biblical scripture. It takes a great amount of trust on a Teacher's part to take any teaching at face value. If the Teacher "catches" an error in a teaching he has a tendency to toss out the entire teaching instead of evaluating the teaching for truth of all parts.

Read This illustrates two thing. My Teacher gift wanted confirmation of something from another source. The second thing is, the Greek scholar did not have the Teaching gift because he would have gotten back with me. This is one of the driving things about a Teacher -- imparting knowledge learned when asked to share.

6. Gets upset when Scripture is used out of context.
With his quick attention to detail and accuracy, this will set off a teacher before quick can get ready. For the teacher, misuse of Scripture is False Truth or put bluntly—a lie.

7. Feels concerned that truth be established in every situation.
First Corinthians 13:6 Love delights in Truth is the part of Love that is close to the heart of a teacher. Truth is what a teacher lives and breathes. Lying to a teacher will destroy his trust in you and will effectively destroy your relationship with him. Once trust is violated with a Teacher, you are likely to never have a close relationship again with him. This is one of those things to be wary of for a teacher. Forgiveness for him does not come easy but when it does, it is deeply felt.

8. Is more objective than subjective.
Being objective, the teacher is able to express or involve the use of facts without interference of prejudice or personal feelings. The teacher feels that facts illustrating truth should override personal feelings.

In our Scripture passage today, we see Solomon addressing himself as The Preacher or The Speaker. He describes what he has done with his gift that he asked for and God granted, wisdom. He studied and explored all that is done under heaven. Compare chapter 1 with chapter 12. To read even the first eleven chapters of Ecclesiastes it would seem that Solomon had no hope because of his unemotional application of his gift. Only in chapter 12 do we see that Solomon actually cherishes his relationship with the Lord and that all the wisdom in the world cannot compare to the grace that God gave him in his repentance.

This is how a Teacher is, learning all the facts and then drawing a conclusion

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7 Principles For Giving

How we handle our finances is important, and it reflects where our hearts and priorities are at. Here are seven Scriptural principles to guide us as we seek to honor God's command to His church to give of what we have been given.

First of all, our giving should be free. Jesus said in . We can't give what we don't have, and we are not to put our families at risk of not having a home to live in or food to eat. God understands that life costs money. We must meet our debts and expenses so as to keep a good testimony before men. What good does it do to give to a charity and then fail to pay a bill or bounce a check? We do more good for the kingdom by living in balance and following God's leading over time.

Fourth, there are times that God will move us to give above what we feel able to do (. This is not the rule or the norm (see point #3), but there are instances where God will call us to give in such a way that really requires faith on our parts. This is one of God's ways to cause us to experience growth in Christ through an increasing need to rely upon Him in faith. If this is the case, God will make it clear.

Fifth, we will reap in proportion to that which we sow. . The world cannot understand this as they do not enjoy giving for the most part; they enjoy getting. The Christian's way is backwards, getting much more joy out of giving than receiving. Jesus Himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (. Thus, in giving we truly receive.

7 Spiritual Gifts - Exhorter

Don't you just love Paul? Boy can he ever write a sentence that goes around the world and still make sense, right? Have you read Galatians lately? It is packed with so many jewels of wisdom that it is hard to wear them all. We are looking at the seven gifts that Paul talks about in to call to one's side, call for, summon
to address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.
to admonish, exhort
to beg, entreat, beseech
to strive to appease by entreaty
to console, to encourage and strengthen by consolation, to comfort
to receive consolation, be comforted
to encourage, strengthen
exhorting and comforting and encouraging
to instruct, teach

The Exhorter will stand side by side, arms around a sister or brother in Christ, helping and urging progress in Spiritual Growth. They never tire in encouraging. Saints with this gift are rarely in the Evangelism business... Discipleship is their forte' and they are extremely good at it.

In which neglect "personal application." Their greatest sense of fulfillment is in giving you steps to take to achieve God's ultimate plan for your life. The Exhorter desires face to face discussion and is grieved when shut out. He is just not interested in small talk but wants to get up close and personal…cut to the chase…get down to business…get to the meat but say the blessing first!

Discovering insights from personal experience which can be validated and amplified in Scripture is exactly what motivates the Encourager. He is interested in principles that give solid steps to growth. Unfortunately, he has a tendency toward lifting "proof texts" from Scripture without paying close attention to contexts. It isn't that he is lazy, it is that details are not all that important…Biblical Principles rule the day in his mind. Encouragers who are walking in the Spirit know the Bible, but not word for word. They can paraphrase a verse better than anyone, and the essence is what is important to them.

This person desires to bring harmony between diverse groups of Christians and promotes awareness that harmony is the basis to Spiritual maturity. He is happiest when "right in the middle of it" and sees problems as challenges. He is truly delighted with the person that is willing to take appropriate steps of action and experiences real joy when that person exhibits growth and maturity even in the smallest increments.We will be hearing a lot from Paul this week because he is our Biblical example of an Exhorter.

If you want proof of the truth of what I'm saying, just walk with me for the rest of the week through Galatians, so put a marker there in your Bible or take a few moments today and read the book of Galatians. It is only 6 chapters long, but rich in exhortation. I know, I'm asking you to do way more than I ever have before, but I strongly believe that if we understood our siblings' motivations, we'd all get along a lot better.

Today we will focus on Galatians chapter 4. Read that chapter first, then put the verse numbers beside the statement that proves the statements as true.

1. Loves to encourage others to live victoriously.

2. Wants a visible response when teaching or speaking.

3. Prefers to apply truth rather than research it.

4. Prefers systems of information that have practical application.

What that actually means is that an Exhorter will listen all day to someone teaching principles using everyday, practical examples. This would be like Jesus when he used parables to teach. A person with the gift of teaching would much rather listen to facts with Biblical examples for emphasis. The Exhorter would rather hear a speaker preaching the Bible and the Teacher would rather have a Biblical encyclopedia; both are excellent "systems of information".

Read Galatians chapter 5 and identify verses that prove the truth of the statements below.


5. Loves to prescribe precise steps of action to aid personal growth.

6. Focuses on working with people.

7. Encourages others to develop in their personal ministries.

8. Finds truth in experience and then validates it with Scripture


Loves to do personal counseling.
This is one on one... the Exhorter preference. The Exhorter will counsel a group, but the first love is one on one coaching and encouragement. It is easier to measure results when the counseling is one on one and that is a must fuel for the Exhorter--results. (When I learned this, I finally understood why is was so necessary for me to find out results of my prayers. It took a while for me to understand that prayers don't always have immediate results. God uses prayer to draw us into His plan as well as a way to test our hearts. After I learned that, it was okay not to have an immediate result to a prayer. I no longer got depressed when I prayed and prayed with no evident answer. God was in control and His will be done regardless of a result. Results are not answers, results are evidence, but not answers.)

10. Will discontinue personal counseling if no effort to change is seen.

11. Is fluent in communication.

12. Views trials as opportunities to produce growth.

Now that you have read the whole book of Galatians, it should be easier for you to identify chapter and verses to illustrate the different aspects of an Exhorter. Also, by now, if you are strong in the gift of Exhortation, you should be extremely frustrated because there have not been Life Lessons in this week. You are asking yourself, "Yes, I understand these principles already; where are the Life applications? How is anyone to know how to apply this to their life? Where is the 1—2—3, step-by-step?" In fact you may have already jumped ahead and read this page because of your frustration.

In order to satisfy that need in the Exhorters taking this study and also to satisfy the teachers taking this study, we will focus on two things. The first is this: Write down a few of the different illustrations that Paul used in his writings to the churches. Galatians is full of them. I'll start you off with one.

1.Last Will and Testament . I am pointing this out because I want you to recognize this is not a quality or attribute of an Exhorter. It is a strong attribute of an Administrator. This is important because in Galatians we see Paul exhibit several attributes of the other gifts, too. This is very important because all we Christians have all the gifts, just in different proportions. The least of my gifts is Service, the greatest is Administrator.

This is a crucial point in our study. The reason is because we all are strong in one particular gift and we all have several attributes of other gifts. This is what makes us unique and uniquely fitted specifically for God's purposes and His plan for our life. Look how God molded and taught Paul. God uniquely fitted Paul for his ministry to the Gentiles. Only Paul could fit perfectly into the work that God had prepared for him. And Paul understood motivational Spiritual gifts and his own ministry very clearly. He also understood why he was gifted with the attributes he had. No one can say Paul was a clear and straight forward writer. Some of his sentences do wander around a bit before getting to the point, however, Paul always had a strong point. He consistently used imagery and illustrations as did Jesus. Paul was "running the race" or "harvesting the harvest" or "being a slave for Jesus". I hope you recognize these as life applications for Biblical principles. An excellent example of this is Paul's recognition of God's own allegory in Genesis. Read Galatians 4:21-5:1 This is a most excellent example of real life depicting God's principle except it actually happened about 4500 years ago. This story that Paul retells along with his explanation should satisfy the teacher's interest in accuracy and history, the Perceiver's interest in God's Word and the Exhorter's interest in real life applications.

This was days 1-3. Days Romans 12 and Don and Katie Fortune's book

7 Spiritual Gifts - Mercy

Attributes of the Gift of Mercy


Greek word – Eleeo (el-eh-eh'-o) -- to have mercy on
to help one afflicted or seeking aid
to help the afflicted, to bring help to the wretched
to experience mercy
kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them
of men towards men: to exercise the virtue of mercy, show one's self merciful
of God towards men: in general providence; the mercy and clemency of God in providing and offering to men salvation by Christ
the mercy of Christ, whereby at his return to judgment he will bless true Christians with eternal life
The Biblical illustration for the gift of Mercy is John and the Good Samaritan.

Mercy/Compassion is neither a "feminine" or "masculine" gift. It is a character trait of God as are all the Motivational Spiritual Gifts. I know this study has turned out to be way more work that you normally do on Sunday morning or whenever you happen to read this. However, the lessons that have been incorporated here will prove invaluable for you if you take the time to actually do the study.

More people have the gift of Mercy than any other gift. It balances all the other gifts as in the case of balancing strengths and weaknesses. To reflect upon Paul's assertion, , lay down on the side walk next to a building and moaned softly and at time loudly. The 'test subjects' (those people who were asked to participate in an experiment but were not told what the experiment was only that they needed to prepare a speech and give it to a class at a certain time. On purpose, some of the subjects were delayed while others were given plenty of time to get to the class early. Every one of the subjects had to pass this man moaning on the sidewalk. Out of the 37 subjects, only 5 stopped to give aid. One of them was late and the other 4 were on time. I am certain those 5 people had a huge dose of the Gift of Mercy.

2. Always looks for good in people.

The Samaritan did not wait to find out if the man was of good character or not. He just helped. Often times a Mercy person will bend over backwards to give the benefit of doubt to anyone they come in contact with. The grumpy person is 'just having a bad day'; the rude person is 'just in a hurry'. This person will be courtious to a fault until they perceive someone else is being stomped on, then all the fangs and claws come out in defense of that person.

3. Senses the Spiritual and emotional atmosphere in a group or individual.

The person with the Gift of Mercy predominant will understand this trait without explanation. The Mercy person can sense emotions quite accurately. This gift will surface as the dominant gift when the Christian has just suffered something tragic such as the death of a spouse or divorce or some unusually tough times with the kids. I believe that God gives us this during the time of grief so that we will not be focused on our own problems but will become 'distracted' by the problems of others. It is a coping mechanism.

4. Is attracted to people who are hurting or in distress. Just like the Good Samaritan was.

5. Takes action to remove hurts and relieve distress in others.

Can you see each of these qualities in the passage above? For the rest of the Gift of Compassion or Mercy, click on , and As always, you can order a book or study Charles Stanley's sermons online:
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7 Spiritual Gifts - Perceiver

Paul outlines seven gifts that motivate us to do God's work in -- prophecy

    1. a discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God, whether by reproving and admonishing the wicked, or comforting the afflicted, or revealing things hidden; esp. by foretelling future events
    2. Used in the NT of the utterance of OT prophets

1. of the prediction of events relating to Christ's kingdom and its speedy triumph, together with the consolations and admonitions pertaining to it, the spirit of prophecy, the divine mind, to which the prophetic faculty is due

2. of the endowment and speech of the Christian teachers called prophets

3. the gifts and utterances of these prophets, esp. of the predictions of the works of which, set apart to teach the gospel, will accomplish for the kingdom of Christ

Before we go any further, I want to make it clear that Jesus being fully human and being fully God personifies all the positive attributes of each Spiritual Gift. Having each of these gifts in full measure, Jesus also had the negative temptations that go along with each motivational spiritual gift. Since He was fully God and perfect, He did not succumb to the temptations.

Therefore, when I cannot find a Biblical reference for the Biblical example used, we will look at the attribute exemplified by Jesus.

In duals and groups. Matthew 3:7-9

Encourages repentance that produces good fruit 3 8Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,

Strongly believes difficulties will produce positive personal brokenness31In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2and saying, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!' 4Now John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Has only a few or no close friends112And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two ofhis disciples

Views the Bible as the basis for truth, belief, action, and authority 3 3For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
'The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
'Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make His paths straight.''

Boldly operates on spiritual principles 11 4Because John had said to him, 'It is not lawful for you to have her.'

The rest of the week's focus on the Perceiver is located on my blog Romans 12 and from Don and Katy Fortune's book 'The Seven Gifts'. You can find them on the internet.

7 Spiritual Gifts - Server


Attributes of the Server

Gift of SERVICE – MINISTERING
Greek word – Diakonia (dee-ak-on-ee'-ah)
service, ministering, esp. of those who execute the commands of others
of those who by the command of God proclaim and promote religion among men
of the office of Moses
of the office of the apostles and its administration
of the office of prophets, evangelists, elders etc.
the ministration of those who render to others the offices of Christian affection esp. those who help meet need by either collecting or distributing of charities
the office of the deacon in the church
the service of those who prepare and present food

One Scriptural example of person with this gift is Timothy. (Philippians 2,. We will first take a look at Moses.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GIFT OF SERVICE


PERSPECTIVE…

How many stressed-out mothers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

One. ONE!! And do you know WHY it only takes ONE? Because no one
else in this house knows HOW to change a light bulb. They don't even know the bulb is BURNED OUT. They would sit in this house in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it OUT. And once they figured it out they wouldn't be able to find the light bulbs despite the fact that they've been in the SAME CUPBOARD for the past SEVENTEEN YEARS. But if they did, by some miracle, find the light bulbs, TWO DAYS LATER the chair that they dragged from two rooms over to stand on to change the
STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH
IT WOULD BE THE CRUMPLED WRAPPER THE STUPID LIGHT BULBS CAME IN.
WHY??? BECAUSE NO ONE IN THIS HOUSE EVER CARRIES OUT THE GARBAGE!!!!
IT'S A WONDER WE HAVEN'T ALL SUFFOCATED FROM THE PILES OF GARBAGE THAT ARE 12 FEET DEEP THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE. THE HOUSE!! THE HOUSE!!! IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY TO CLEAN THIS.

That's how many.


The attributes of a server are not rocket science to recognize or to understand.
1. Easily recognizes practical needs and is quick to meet them.

5 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 6'Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him. 7And they shall attend to his needs and the needs of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of meeting, to do the work of the tabernacle. 8Also they shall attend to all the furnishings of the tabernacle of meeting, and to the needs of the children of Israel, to do the work of the tabernacle. 9And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are given entirely to him[ "Who am I to bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?" What was he actually saying here? "I don't have the authority or the ability to do this huge job. Moses kept questioning God and wasn't satisfied until God provided Aaron who evidently had a speaking gift to be the mouth piece.

If Moses had the motivational gift of Administration, he would have been excited about leading over 1 million people out of Egypt. He would have seen the big picture better than he did. He would not have felt frustration with the monumental task of convincing Pharoh to let the people go then organizing the people, making the lists for the food packs etc. All that would have been "right up his alley". We can see quite plainly it was not. It was overwhelming to him.

2. He pointed out to God that he did not have the gift of speaking. Exodus 4:10. His motivational Spiritual Gift was working with his hands not speaking or teaching with his mouth. This was overwhelming to him as well.

3. The people did not recognize any "natural leadership" qualities in him. They constantly complained and grumbled. An administrator with charismatic qualities or even a perceiver with tremendous persuasive qualities would have had the whole hearted allegiance of the people.

WHY DIDN'T GOD APPOINT AN ADMINISTRATOR OR A PERCEIVER? Because God wanted the people to depend solely upon Him and to look to Him for guidance. He did not want the people substituting a human in His place. An Administrator would have "scoped/scouted" the land ahead and lead the people to the promised land in 11 days (the amount of time it would have taken all the people to walk there from Egypt. That would have been too quick for them. God wanted to get the people's focus on to the important things and to let go of all the Egypt things. Of course all the ungodly things of that pagan culture had permeated the Israelites with idol worship to the type of food they ate, how they cooked their food.

God wanted them focused on everything that was good and healthy. They had to change their lifestyles; change how they cooked their food; change how they dressed; how and what they taught their children. This was the largest "group therapy" ever known to mankind. It was also the largest religion class ever taught.

God appointed a server—Moses—to do this overwhelming job so that His appointed leader would look to and depend upon God alone and not upon his own strength, understanding and ability. This Great Escape was also titled "Great Lessons in How to Live a Godly Life and Let Go of Ungodly Ways." If only the Israelites had paid attention in class.

Moses tried to do everything by himself. Exodus 18. Moses was very close to JOB BURN OUT. The people were wearing him out with their petty squabbles to the point he could not pay attention to the truly grievous things that were wrong. Sometimes servers have that same kind of tunnel vision. These folks focus on "getting the job done" and the logistics—a military term defined by handling the details—to the point that the intent of the ministry is forgotten.

God anointed Moses with the skills and motivation necessary to do His will when Moses paid attention to and was guided by God. God gave him an anointing to be able to do the job God called him to do. God will also give you an anointing to do whatever He calls you to do, therefore do not use your motivational Spiritual Gift as an excuse to not do something God has called you to do. By the same token, do not use your motivational Gift to DO something that God has NOT called you to do.

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