Discovering Your Personal Spiritual Gifts and Practical Ways to Use Them

The Bible says that we are all gifted. We each have unique spiritual gifts to be used in personalized ways. Figure out yours today!

KNOWLEDGE VS WISDOM

I love to circle, highlight, tab and post-it note everything I come across. Maybe you’re a life long learner like myself. You love knowledge and you can’t get enough of it. You want to learn how to do new skills and figure things out on your own, while you peruse the DIY and self-help sections of your local bookstore.

In retaining new information, I’ve gotten really good at organization. If I want my kids to learn how to clean their rooms, I label bins, draw out diagrams and give rewards. My kids think everyone else is working on their behavior and learning new skills at home using charts, printables and checklists.

I have to shake my head at myself when my son has friends over and thinks we need to set up different stations around the house for activities. In training him to be excited about learning new skills, I may have gone a little overboard and have to remind my kids that it’s also fun to be spontaneous!

I like to think I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to others because of all the research I am constantly doing. I love to read, write, watch movies, create, explore–I love to learn. I’ve acquired a whole lot of knowledge, but what’s much harder to acquire is wisdom.

Knowledge is attained by studying, asking questions and searching for answers. Wisdom is from experience: using (or not using) advice you’ve been given, overcoming difficult circumstances, or putting your knowledge into practice.

I do have a few areas of my life where I think I’m qualified to give out some wisdom because of the things I’ve experienced. For example: struggling as a new mom, dealing with health issues, coping with worry and anxiety, and tips for working on your marriage.

WHAT ARE YOU GIFTED IN?

Throughout the New Testament, writers mention the concept of Spiritual Gifts. The Bible says that we are all gifted. We each have unique spiritual gifts to be used in unique, personalized ways.

“Each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.” 1 Corinthians 7:7

We live in such a celebrity-run society that many of us think all the talents lie within other people, but not ourselves. Or perhaps you know what your talent is, you just don’t know how to use it. In either case, I encourage you to take a Free Spiritual Gifts Test because it can tell you what your gifts are and how to use to them.

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit…different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

WHAT QUALIFIES AS A SPIRITUAL GIFT?

Spiritual Gifts are based off the following verses:

ROMANS 12:6-8

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve…teaching, let him teach…encouraging, let him encourage…contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously…leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

  • Prophesying
  • Serving
  • Teaching
  • Encouraging
  • Contributing
  • Leadership
  • Showing Mercy

1 CORINTHIANS 12: 8-10

“To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”

  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Healing
  • Miraculous powers
  • Prophecy
  • Distinguishing between spirits
  • Speaking in different kinds of tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

1 CORINTHIANS 12:28

“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.”

  • Apostles
  • Prophets
  • Teachers
  • Workers of miracles
  • Healers
  • Helpers
  • Administrators
  • Speaking in different kinds of tongues

EPHESIANS 4:11

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers.”

  • Apostles
  • Prophets
  • Evangelists
  • Pastors
  • Teachers

WHY WILL MY GIFT MATTER?

Your life is with purpose, and as a result, God wants you to enjoy what you do, not be burdened by it. He gives you these gifts so that you can seize the opportunities in front of you to make a difference in the lives of others. You don’t have to be a teacher or a public speaker to help others.

During the time I was bedridden, so many people helped and encouraged me. People all over the country prayed for me, brought us meals, text me daily encouragement, sent cards, donated money to help us pay our medical bills, recommended books to read and sent uplifting music to listen to.

As a result, each one of these people made a difference in my life and my family’s. Many of them didn’t even know me that well, however, they blessed me with their unique spiritual gift.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36

HOW CAN I USE MY GIFTS?

Hospitality, giving, teaching, encouraging, leading, organizing, praying, serving, helping others, showing mercy and compassion, having a strong faith, discernment—these are gifts! How can you help serve others using your talents? For example:

  • Donate money to charity
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Pray for sick and suffering
  • Babysit for friend or neighbor
  • Encourage someone going through a hard time
  • Help clean for someone who is sick or elderly
  • Bring someone a meal
  • Host a get together to meet your neighbors

“Each one of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:10

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How to Create a Spiritual Resume of God’s Faithfulness in Your Life

Why do you believe what you believe? Learn how to create a spiritual resume so that you can stay focused on God’s faithfulness during hard times.

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR HOPE?

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

1 Peter 3:15

I was always intimidated by this Bible verse—to me it meant that I needed to have all the answers—to prove why my religion was the one true religion, to prove why Jesus is really the Son of God—but the deeper I grew in my faith, I realized, relationship with Jesus is intensely personal. It’s not about winning debates or proving others wrong. It’s about grace and love and humility. Your relationship with faith is about surrender and kindness and all the things that you can’t necessarily show in a science experiment.

Faith is at the heart of all religion. It’s something you have to experience—personally—and can’t always be explained. So don’t take this verse as something you’re intimidated by, take it as an opportunity to give your own personal testimony. All of these stories in your life can be compiled into a sort of “spiritual resume”.

Everyone’s story is different. Mine will not look like yours. And that’s a good thing. I want to hear your story. And you’re probably on this site because you want to hear mine.

Our stories are what reflect the goodness and glory of Jesus Christ. Tell others what he’s done in your life. Why you get up every day and keep going. Why you smile when things are still hard.

Not sure of what he’s done? Take the time to make a list of God’s faithfulness in your life. Write your stories down. You can’t tell others the reason for the hope that you have, if you’re not sure yourself.

WHAT IS A SPIRITUAL RESUME?

I have stories in my life, and so do you, of moments when my life was changed in big ways. So many, that I decided to blog about them. What do you do when something big happens to you? Do you blast it on social media, or write it quietly in a journal? Do you replay the memories in your head or draw them out in a sketchbook? Whatever you do, the memories are there.

When has something good happened in your life?

When have you seen the silver lining in something bad?

Take theses stories and write them down. Make a list, then add to it. Remind yourself of the times Jesus has brought you through something difficult or blessed you with something wonderful to keep your positive focus strong on any trials ahead. Your story, your testimony, is the answer to the reason for the hope that you have. It’s a story of God’s continued faithfulness.

REASONS FOR THE HOPE THAT I HAVE

  1. My worries are calmed when I go to Him in prayer.
  2. I find peace in my relationship with Him more than anything I can experience on Earth.
  3. I find purpose and meaning in my life because of His calling and direction.
  4. He is the reason I can be positive when Lyme is awful.
  5. I experience spiritual wholeness when I worship.
  6. I feel seen, heard and loved when I pray and read His Word.
  7. He’s the focus on keeping my marriage healthy.
  8. My faith is the motivation for raising my children with intention.
  9. He’s my example for a joyful, servant-filled life.
  10. He is my refuge, strength, song, joy, peace, hope, love, focus, passion, rock, salvation, fortress, helper, stronghold, savior, God, defender, protector, deliverer, shield, teacher, father, shepherd, friend, guide, and leader.
  11. He is unfailing, gentle, consistent, all-knowing, all-powerful, always present, glorious, patient, kind, good and faithful.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.”

Psalm 28:7

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Now more than ever, we need to remember the reason for our own hope. This is your testimony. Refer to it when you’re feeling down–this is your strength right here!

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How to Use the Bible to Find Verses for Self-Help Guidance

The Bible is good for many things, but here I help you learn practical tips to take your Bible study further by finding verses for personal guidance.

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FROM CARD CATALOGS TO ALEXA

My generation researched a topic at the school library where we looked in a giant piece of furniture with miniature drawers called a card catalog. Flipping through the alphabet, we’d find the subject and write down the call numbers to locate books on the topic. We’d peruse the shelves full of encyclopedias–the Google of our day.

We’ve come a long way since the “YOU’VE GOT MAIL” days. We’ve far surpassed dial-up and increased our knowledge at the click of a button. A day and age where you can say, “ALEXA” and a computer answers your every question.



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MAKING THE BIBLE MORE ACCESSIBLE

But not only have video games and cell phones and the ways we view television improved, but the way we learn about new things has changed. We aren’t simply learning about the rainforest in a book anymore. Now we’re soaring over it through the lens of a drone and watching time lapse video footage on Planet Earth. We are able to see things and learn in a completely new way.

The same is true for reading the Bible. Most people in church are walking in the building with their Bible on their iPhone. Podcasts, blogs, forums, YouTube videos, online courses and apps help people interact and debate issues in unique and exciting ways. Knowledge has become endless and the way the Bible is studied, organized, and analyzed is more easily accessible than ever before.

BACK IN BIBLE TIMES…

In the times of Jesus, manuscripts were passed down from generation to generation. Word of mouth and daily temple visits were how they shared their knowledge of who God was and called them to be.

After Jesus’ ministry, disciples and missionaries traveled the world preaching the new covenant, the New Testament, that the promised Savior had come. That he had redeemed his people through his perfect sacrifice: himself.

As the centuries continue on, we pass on these testimonies, these stories, these prophecies of who God is and the life he calls us to.

There is no better time to be able to access the wealth of information the Bible provides, because there are people who have spent their entire lives and careers on organizing it by topic, order, and themes. Character studies, life lessons, wisdom on living, it’s all there, waiting to be used. Are you ready to start digging?


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WE ALL NEED ENCOURAGEMENT

Everyone has their own way to cope with difficult circumstances, and I have a pile of my own, but I want to walk you through the ways that the Bible can be used as an encourager for when life gets hard.

The Bible differs from other “self-help” books in that it is a book where it gives you the tools but doesn’t leave you on your own to figure it out. It’s actually a “spirit-help” book, a resource for living life in surrender and dependence on God’s goodness.

The Bible tells us that we can lean into God and trust him because he is:

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Take comfort in this. We don’t have to take on the full burden of everything that life throws at us because he wants to help us.

Through my own struggles, I’ve discovered that when my body is failing me, I need to focus on my mind and spirit before I can heal again. Digging into my Bible as a tool for self-help is what gives me encouragement, strength, perseverance and hope. And who really fully heals without some kind of hope?

You’ll never find peace in controlling situations, because life is continually changing. But you can find peace and strength and hope and trust and dependence by surrendering to the one who knows you best.

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WHERE DO I START?

1. BUILD RELATIONSHIP BY STARTING WITH PRAYER

There’s more than one way to learn to talk to God. Close your eyes and speak from the heart, journal your prayers or use pre-written prayers to make them your own using the Psalms or the Power of a Praying Series.

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2. LEARN GOD’S CHARACTER BY READING HIS WORD

Find a Bible you love by reading through my recommendations. Also check out a fantastic book called Jesus Calling, that rewords scripture as a conversation between you and Jesus. This will help you in the process of using Bible verses for guidance.

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3. FOCUS ON GROWTH BY DIGGING IN DEEP

My favorite way to get help for an issue is to look it up in the back of my Bible and find every verse that relates to it (example: worry, anxiety, fear, trust, hope). You can also buy a separate concordance if your Bible doesn’t have one.

The Bible isn’t meant to be studied alone. Get in community, and pray for guidance. While the Bible can be used to find verses for guidance, to motivate and instruct, it’s not exactly self-help; it’s a Spirit-led guide.

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