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have not always identified them.


5)  There are a variety of gifts, which are exercised in a variety of ministries,

with varying degrees of results -- 1 Cor. 12:4-6.  Not every instance or

every person will see the same degree of results at all times.


6)  Spiritual gifts are given by the Holy Spirit, as He chooses to give them -- 1

Cor. 12:11, 18, 28.  The same Spirit give to all -- this is the common

ground of all gifts and the reason that if they all operate as they should,

apart from the flesh, they will only unite, never divide.  If there is

division, it means the gifts are not operative or they operate in the flesh.

For the Spirit will not divide Himself, so if He has given all gifts, they

will function.


7)  Spiritual gifts are given for service in the Body, and we are stewards of those

gifts -- 1 Peter 4:10, 1 Cor. 12:7.  When the gifts are used, the Body profits.

Both the one who uses the gift and the recipients of its ministry profit,

and that makes a healthy body.  As I minister to you, you are built up in

the areas of your lack, and as you minister to me, I am built up in the

areas I lack.  These gifts are for the good of the body, not self.


8)  Spiritual gifts must be exercised for the supreme goal of bringing glory to

God and not to self -- 1 Peter 4:11.  When wrongly used they bring

disorder, confusion, doubt, division, and self-glorification.


9)  There is not standardization of gifts among believers, with no one gift given

to all and each with a different gift mix -- 1 Cor. 12:14-26.


10) It is imperative that each Christian discover and develop their gift for use

within the Body.  Ignorance is not bliss -- we are accountable for using

what God has given us as good stewards.  These gifts are essential for the

health of the Body, because they are vehicles or channels through which

the Holy Spirit ministers to the Body.




We must remember:  There are no hard and fast rules to determine what our gifts are.  The Bible does not give a “Five Easy Steps” set of rules, perhaps for two reasons:


1)  As a gift, they are given and evident, not mysterious and impossible to


2)  Spiritual maturity is first priority, and with maturity comes the awareness

and development of gifts.

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