Thanksgiving for Gifts Given
The 2020 Thanksgiving holiday is now behind us but “thanks” giving is not! As we jump into Christmas and “gift” giving, let’s continue to give thanks for all the gifts God has graciously given to us! Some of what I’m sharing today I’ve learned from a book titled “Discover Your God-Given Gifts” by Don and Katie Fortune. It’s an old, but great, book with so many practical helps! I’ve been using it for years and just love it! You can find it used for really cheap on Amazon used books. Alright! Are you ready to unwrap some of God’s wonderful gifts? Here we go!
The Greatest Gift of all is Jesus! He is the “reason for the season”! His life helps us know what our Heavenly Father is like and how to live ours. He was born and lived humbly. He understands every struggle we could ever have and is always there for us. He is called Emmanuel God with us! He created us, knows us and wants a relationship with us. His life, death and resurrection have given us access to that relationship and the promise of eternal life in heaven when we put our trust in Him as our Savior.
The Gift of God’s Grace God’s gift of unmerited favor (Grace) is given to us through the life-giving sacrifice of Christ, that paid for our sin and makes us right with God (Rom.3:23-25). His grace also helps us every day to live our lives for God. We are to rely on His grace and strength rather than our own fleshly strength. He gives grace to the humble (who recognize their constant need for it)…God resists you when you are proud but multiplies grace and favor when you are humble.” 1 Peter 5:5b TPT
The Gift of the Holy Spirit Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, appeared to many, then He ascended to heaven. But He didn’t leave us alone. He sent His Holy Spirit as a gift to be with us and in us! The Bible tells us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Is there room in our hearts for this gift? Are we too filled up with something else? False comforts, fear, control, distractions, coveting, etc.? Let’s release our grip, open our hands (and hearts) and invite God’s Spirit to fill us to overflowing! The Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead and His power is available to us! He can raise dead hopes, dreams, relationships and even people. Receive it! He seals us; proving we are adopted and belong to our Heavenly Father. Own it!
The Spiritual “Manifestation” Gifts These gifts are given to us as believers from the Holy Spirit to show (manifest) to believers and unbelievers who God is. “Manifestation Gifts” include: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues. The Holy Spirit is in charge of these gifts and determines their use to bring benefit to the body of Christ even today! (Corinthians 12:1-11) They reveal the power of our Heavenly Father here in earth.
The Spiritual “Motivational” Gifts – God has uniquely created each one of us and part of that includes spiritual gifts that shape our personality, motivate our life passions and flavor our perspectives. We don’t earn or deserve these gifts. God has graciously given them to be used mostly interdependently; working with others to benefit the whole body of Christ and to bless the world around us. Maybe you can be encouraged and renew a vision for your life by seeking God regarding the gifts He has placed within you? God may be doing something new in your life! This can give us purpose, meaning, direction, insight and great joy. As you use your gifts, you become a gift to others! Romans 12:6-8 is where you can find the following “Motivational Gift” list.
- Prophet (perceiver)– one who clearly perceives the will of God.
- Server– one who loves to serve others (often behind the scenes).
- Teacher– one who loves to research and communicate truth.
- Exhorter– one who loves to encourages others to live a victorious life.
- Giver– one who loves to give time, talent, resources to benefit others and advance the gospel.
- Administrator/ leader– one who loves to organize, lead, direct, facilitate.
- Compassion/Mercy– one who hurts deeply for others, is sensitive to the needs of others.
With each of these gifts comes strengths and also weaknesses (showing our need for community, one another and the gifts working together!) The Bible says “we know in part” for a reason…Some of our conflicts may be due to our gift perspectives. In our flesh, we can also misuse our gifts. What a joy it is to use our gifts effectively through God’s gift of grace (multiplied to the humble!🙌).
The Spiritual Ministry Gifts These gifts are people that God has given to the church to equip the body of Christ to serve, to be built up, to mature and attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. (Ephesians 4:11-13). These “Ministry Gifters” guide us in spiritual growth and development of our other spiritual gifts.
- The Apostle– one who establishes and strengthens churches
- The Prophet– one who speaks fourth the message of God
- The Evangelist– one who is called to preach the gospel
- The Pastor– one who feeds and shepherds the believers
- The Teacher– one who instructs believers in the Word of God
We probably all know people who are operating in these ministries. What a gift they are to us all! Let’s remember to pray for and thank the people who are such a blessing to the church.
Well as I “wrap up”…I hope and pray you were able to “unwrap” a gift today from God, receive it, seek to understand it, then put it to use. It’s a great way to keep “Thanksgiving” alive and bring joy back to this season, no matter what’s going on in the world. “Thank You God for Your Gifts! We receive them by faith! In Jesus Name Amen!”
Carolann is also a co-leader of Working Women of Faith Flourish. A chapter of Working Women of Faith. Learn more about this chapter and upcoming events here.