Spiritual Gifts

Gifts, Fruits, and Charisms Part 1

In this post I will write about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit that are found in Isaiah. 
Later posts will feature content on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit and Charisms.

When we are baptized we become new creations in Christ and adopted sons and daughters of the Father. We also become living temples of the Holy Spirit.  He brings with Him seven gifts. 

Here is what Scripture says regarding the Holy Spirit:

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
Isaiah 11:2-3 NIV

St. Peter declares in Acts 2:38, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”. 

If you have been baptized, then you have received the Holy Spirit.  He is the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, which means He imparts wisdom and gives understanding. He counsels us and gives us strength to live out our Christian faith. He reveals the deep, hidden things of God to us (1 Corinthians 2:10-12) producing in us an ever deepening love and reverence for God  as well as a growing awe and wonder of who He is.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are not the same as the natural wisdom gained through age and experience, knowledge that is the product of an education, or special training in counseling or in combat. Nor is the fear of the Lord referring to being afraid of God.These gifts are given supernaturally for supernatural purposes, namely,  our own sanctification and building up the members of the Body of Christ. 

Let’s take a look at these gifts and what they are .

Wisdom: Knowing what is true and right and having good judgement to apply that knowledge in godly ways. Sometimes even with all the facts it is difficult to know the right course of action to take. The Holy Spirit can show you which way to move and offer course corrections along the way.

Understanding: Being able to comprehend the meaning of the facts and how things are interconnected. Often the Holy Spirit will “open the Scriptures” to our understanding so that we may grasp a truth that we would not otherwise see. The Spirit also reveals the Father to us more deeply so we can embrace Him for who He is rather than our ideas of who He is.

Counsel (Right Judgement): A gift of advice or instruction regarding taking a course of action . Sometimes we need help clarifying the choices before us. The Holy Spirit can help us discern between right and wrong and good and evil. He can also help us in morally neutral situations, as well advising us when we face two equally good choices.

Might (Fortitude or Courage): The courage to live out your Christian faith. This gift enables us to live boldly and courageously  our life in Jesus and the love of the Father. It strengthens us when difficulty and adversity arise.

Knowledge: Allows you to know the ways of God. As we study divine truth (i.e. Scripture) and spend time with God in prayer we become more familiar with both God and His ways. The Holy Spirit helps us to make proper judgments about the things we learn.

Piety (Reverence): Having deep respect and reverence for God and all that belongs to God. The Holy Spirit can stir our hearts and move us to devoutly fulfill our obligations to God and, by extension, to one another. 

Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe): An attitude of reverence and honor that moves us in such a way that we do not want to offend God by attaching ourselves to sin. The Fear of the Lord helps us to respect His authority in our lives and choose godly ways of conducting ourselves.

The gifts also work together in a practical way:

Fear of the Lord draws us closer to God and away from sin.
Piety moves us to serve the Lord.
Knowledge is to know the ways of the Lord.
Understanding is to grasp the deeper meanings of the Lord’s ways.
Wisdom is knowing how to apply this knowledge and understanding in everyday             situations.
Fortitude gives us courage to live out the wisdom we have gained.
Counsel is knowing when and how to share the Spirit’s wisdom with others.

Recognizing and yielding to the movements of the Holy Spirit is important when using these gifts.

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