The Motivational Gift of Encouragement

Posted August 27, 2016 by clegebow
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Romans 12: 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

The gift of encouragement is not often expressed in importance as it should be. Someone to cause you to be strengthened, to be built up, to be refreshed, an encourager always speaks words to build you up. Like all the other spiritual gifts, it is spiritual not natural. The encourager is given inspiration to speak words to you that offer support, that show God cares and that deposits faith. Often, scriptures will come to the encourager that will be exactly what you needed to hear – the words are as if from God Himself directly to comfort you.

Barnabas was a teacher of the Word of God, a missionary but especially an encourager. His very name means ‘son of consolation” or encourager. In Acts 11:

25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a considerable crowd. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

The Apostle Paul have up everything he had known or accomplished once he became a Christian. He had been an influential, educated zealous Pharisee. Once Christ appeared to him, his life was transformed. He could not keep silent. He started preaching and teaching Jesus Christ as Messiah and LORD. He was beaten, stoned, abused, thrown in prison etc. Paul could not stop sharing the good news of salvation to the Jews and he almost died because of it.

The same measure of respect and admiration the Jews once had for him was now turned to a hatred of him that wanted to kill him. Paul had to leave Jerusalem because of it. Barnabus. remembered Saul. He remembered the prophecy that Saul was to minister to the Gentiles. He specifically went to Tarsus to find Saul to get him involved in preaching and teaching Christ. No one else is mentioned. Thank God for Barnabus.. He encouraged Paul and because of his reaching out to Paul, we had the preaching of the gospel to the Gentiles. Had no one gone to recruit Paul, its possible, God could have used someone else or perhaps, regions of the earth and people groups would not be reached.

Paul and Barnabas preached Christ to most of Europe together. They were companions, friends, ministers together. Barnabas also shows mercy towards John Mark after he abandoned his ministry because of hardship. Barnabas forgave and would have given him a new chance. This reveals his mercy and good nature once more.

An encourager receives specific words and direction from God to build up and strengthen Christians. Sometimes they also use this gift in evangelism. To use your gift, pray over yourself asking God to give you words to speak and scriptures to sow into people`s lives. Your own testimonies of how God has delivered you can be used to bring encouragement to others.

The Gift of Teaching (Motivational Gift)

Posted August 13, 2016 by clegebow
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Romans 12: (NIV — Bible Gateway)

The Motivational Gift of Serving

Posted July 30, 2016 by clegebow
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Romans 12: (NIV — Bible Gateway)

The Motivational Gifts of the Holy Spirit: The Motivational Gift of Prophecy in the Life of Jesus

Posted July 16, 2016 by clegebow
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Knowing your motivational gifts can help you to choose career pathways but also ministry opportunities. It can also cause you to know your strengths and understand yourself as a member in the Body of Christ. For instance, a person strongly motivated by prophecy will be a defender of the Word of God. That person will care deeply about reverence and respect for the LORD and proclaiming the truth of God’s Word. Truly, all Christians should have these traits but in one motivated for prophecy, it will be clear to him or her and to those around him or her. This person often flows in the gifts of the Word of Wisdom and Word of Knowledge and discerning of spirits. The Lord will use this person to speak in the congregation words of encouragement, exhortation and comfort. This person may also speak to individuals words about their lives that only God would know about.

Primarily the person motivation by prophecy will care about God’s Word and can be critical of ideas apart from God’s Word in the Church. I want to give you an example. This most certainly applies to correct (quoting scripture or lining up with scripture) teaching and preaching from the pulpit, but also includes events sponsored by the Church or events within the Church. An example would be a person who wants to host an evangelistic outreach at the Church might want to use unconventional means, such as games, teaching English as a Second Language or servant ministry such as car washes and offering service without including a scripture or prayer etc. The person motivated by the gift of prophecy might be against it because there is no scripture or preaching of God’s Word. Of course it would be best to include both.

Jesus shows a righteous rage at seeing the sellers of livestock and offerings in the place where the Gentiles prayed in the Temple. John 2: 

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple He found those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers sitting there. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. He poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume Me.”[b]

The person motivated by prophecy may withdraw to pray and seek God about matters other people would not.

Jesus is water baptized by John the Baptist and is prophesied over as the lamb of God who takes away all the sin of the world. John the Baptist prophesied truly this is the Messiah, the one I came to prepare the way for. Instead of Jesus staying along with John at the river. Jesus departs into the desert so He can pray and face temptation. After someone announces you as the main attraction, it makes no natural sense to go be apart in the wilderness. Jesus was moved by the Holy Spirit within Him so that He could be strengthened.

Mark 1: 

12 The Spirit immediately drove Him into the wilderness. 13 And He was there in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts. And the angels ministered to Him.

Also in perhaps the height of His fame as a preacher and the miracle of multiplication, with one of the largest crowds ever gathered, Jesus withdrew. Jesus after He fed the 5,000 and withdrew from the crowd to go pray by Himself because He knew the people wanted to take Him by force and make Him be king. He knew that was not God’s plan for Him at that moment.

John 6:

15 Therefore, knowing that they would come and take Him by force to make Him king, Jesus departed again to a mountain by Himself alone.

Another example can be seen when Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane praying with His disciples. He asked them to come pray with Him. They were there but were not all praying. Of course they didn’t know what Jesus knew about the things that would occur. Jesus drew Himself apart from His closest friends to press in deeper in prayer. Even though they were His closest friends, only God could comfort and strengthen Jesus on that occasion.

Matthew 26: 

39 He went a little farther, and falling on His face, He prayed, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

The person gifted by the motivation for prophecy wants God’s Word, Will and Name to be honoured. That person must pray to be merciful, kind, wise with words and discerning of spirits very strongly. That person may release blessings from his or her mouth or words that curse. That person must be lead by the Holy Spirit and constantly be in prayer and communion with God so that his or her heart can be pure, blameless, kind etc. The person could appear overly critical by others. The only way to assure this is not the case is for the person to be praying and being lead b the Holy Spirit in words, actions etc. The best thing to do is find others who have similar giftings and learn all you can from them. Submit to the Pastor of your local church or the church you are in. If it seems negative, pray for God to help you see it from a different point of view. Your words should flow the fruit of the Spirit, especially love.

The Importance of Knowing Your Motivational Spiritual Gifts

Posted July 2, 2016 by clegebow
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The spheres of your influence include where and how you use your spiritual gifts. Knowing your motivational gifts helps you to make wise decisions about your life as well as understand yourself and others in the Body of Christ more. There are three types of gifts: they include ministry gifts (Ephesians 4: Apostles, prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and teachers); motivational gifts and manifestational gifts. I will begin to discuss the motivational gifts because they explain why you like to do the things you do and why you avoid certain things, Often certain characteristics are identified by the participant in the spiritual gifts survey

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

If you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit but don’t pray in tongues everyday, I highly recommend that you begin praying in tongues everyday out loud and with boldness. As you are praying, God is anointing you to pray for your own self and for others the perfect will of God. As you pray in tongues, it releases faith and the giftings of the Spirit so you can flow in the Spirit. What that means is God speaks to you, you understand; you obey and you see healings, miracles, answers to prayer. You live in the Spirit realm; even though you are living on earth – you are living above the ways of the earth.

Spiritual Gifts Inventory

If you have not taken a spiritual gifts inventory, I highly recommend that you do so. Your church may have one it uses. There are several available on line. They ask you questions to help determine your primary motivational gifts. This is essential as these giftings often help to shape the type of person you are and will become. I do not believe any of these are 100% true but they do give you an idea of your main giftings.

Romans 12:

The Spheres of your Influence Continued

Posted June 24, 2016 by clegebow
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My last blog mentioned the spheres of influence identified by Loren Cunningham and  Bill Bright from Youth With a Mission. These are spheres of society that are possible for us to influence: Family, Religion, Economics, Arts/Media, Government, Education and Business. I believe Health care should be separate to itself because it has such a large sphere of influence.

Do you know what fields you can influence?  You can influence people within your own family so family should be a sphere for most of us. Read through the list and ask God to help you know your place in each of these spheres of influence.

Your career is also a determiner of what influence you have in our culture. The more education and training you get, gives you  more career choices. Career choices determine the people around us. Example, a salesperson meets hundreds or thousands of people. A mayor literally influences thousands or hundreds of thousands of people. A truck driver may influence hundreds of people. The sphere of influence includes those directly working with you – whether they are clients or students or coworkers or managers. Being in a position of authority gives us much responsibility to care for the people we interact with.

Each sphere of influence has a different protocol and terms that are or are no acceptable. We not only should have the academic credentials we should excel in them and also have strong spiritual care for those who are in our lives. Some people you may only meet once; others you may see regularly. What you say, do and how you interact with them matters tremendously.

Knowing the spheres of influence you have is an important step but it is only the beginning of identifying the people groups you associate with. There are clients, students, patients – in a service career. How we treat these people, matters to God. He has intrusted us with a certain responsibility to these people.

You may say I am only a student or I am only a shopkeeper or I am only a plumber. The truth is you influence all those around you either by direct words and actions or indirect words and actions and example.

 

1 Corninthians 4:

The Spheres of Your Influence

Posted June 4, 2016 by clegebow
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2 Timothy 2 ( Bible Gateway)