The Seven Motive Gifts
The Bible lists three distinct groups of gifts
These three groups of gifts are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 and are listed with the giver of each group of gifts.
These gifts are regulated by the Holy Ghost.
The gifts are divided into three groups of three gifts each.
This is supernatural faith that comes upon a person enabling him or her to have faith for what God is desiring to accomplish in a particular situation. God gives you the faith for him to change people and circumstances.
This gift manifests the healing power of God instantly. It is manifested as the Spirit wills, and does not always come in the same manner; hence the name, gifts of healings.
This is very much the same as the supernatural gift of faith with one difference. With the gift of faith, God enables a person to have faith that God, himself, is going to do something, whereas, with the working of miracles, God does the miracle through some person.
In the manifestation of this gift, words of the common language are give to a persons spirit by the Holy Ghost. The purpose of prophecy is edification, exhortation, or comfort.
The charismatic gift f speaking in tongues is often confused with personal prayer and edification tongues. Basically, it is the same gift, but a different application of purpose.
Personal prayer and edification tongues is for your personal prayer time and is used to build up or edify the speaker. The charismatic gift of tongues is for the edification of the assembled church body. For this reason, the charismatic gift of tongues must always be accompanied by:
The supernatural revelation of the substance of an utterance given in tongues. Tongues + Interpretation of tongues = Prophecy (edification, exhortation, and comfort).
The revelation of a portion of Gods knowledge that enlightens the recipient to the past or the present. This knowledge comes supernaturally, and could not be known by natural means.
The revelation of what will or could take place in the future, along with the application of Gods knowledge for that particular situation.
This gift reveal the three realms of the spirit world.
The Spirit of God
The spirit of man
Angelic and demonic spirits
Those who claim to operate in this gift and see only evil spirits are generally busybodies and should be held suspect.
The sent one. The apostel starts churches and estalishes doctrine.
The prophet represents God before the people. The prophet have a revelation ministry.
The ministry of the evangelist inspires people to fall in love with Jesus.
Although some split these two offices, I see no scriptural grounds for their sundering.
The pastor is married to the flock. He loves, trains, and feeds them. This necessarily requires him to be a teacher, bringing basic understanding as well as new, in-depth insights. The pastor/teacher brings balance to the body of Christ.
Gifts of personality and spirituality!
These are gifts from the Father.
Discerns the inner heart motivations of individuals and groups.
Revelation of the truth of Gods word.
Ministry of helps.
Stimulates faith and edifies members of the body.
Supernatural ability to make money for financing the gospel.
One who rules or takes charge.
Sympathizes with others.
A one-on-one gift
Prophecy is the Greek word propheteia (profhteian).
This is not the charismatic gift of prophecy.
Prophecy = Insight to prepare someone, or some group, for what he is about to face. Never tears down, always builds confidence and gives the person the ability to keep going. A prophet is called a seer.
Brings People to Accountability
Vital if the person needs to repent.
This is accomplished by causing the person to recognize his/her actions as sinful and unacceptable.
This gift can expose a troublemaker before any trouble starts.
Why should we give more heed to the rattles on a snake than the warnings given by men and women of God?
Helps people realize that God is present in Spirit and in truth.
Only the power of God can do this.
This is not always realized in a literal sense.
Quite often it has more of a spiritual application wherein the individual recognizes his need to position himself in humility before God. This brings him to a new place of submission before God.
Has a Need to Express The Message Verbally
The prophet speaks the word of God.
He knows why you do what you do.
He uses his gift to discern motives.
John said to the Pharisees, What are you doing here? You are not here for serious business! Turn or burn! Luke 3:7-9
He knows what sin is and speaks out against it.
He may break down!
When he breaks, those he is speaking to will break also.
The word of God is it; there is nothing more valid than Gods word!
Black is black and white is white.
The prophecy motive sees no gray areas.
He wants to see people turn back to God.
This is not a lack of faith, but a genuine desire to see people act on their own professed faith.
Very frank, very honest, and you are very persuaded.
He works to get the program completed.
He can tell when a person is in bondage to Satan, and he identifies as though he were equally bound.
V2 Wash me (acknowledges uncleanness)
V7 Purge me
V9 Hide your face
V13 Once I am clean & righteous I will help others
V 15 Only speaks Gods words
V17 Seeks true humility and repentance
Misunderstandings of The Individual With The Motive Gift of Prophecy
His mind is already fixed on the validity of Gods word.
Efforts to Gain Results May be Looked Upon as Gimmicks
Gimmick: A novel or tricky feature or detail added to or incorporated within something to increase its attractiveness, appeal, or effectiveness.
Cut hair (priests were never to cut their hair)
Do not cry
Lie on one side
Take off outer robe
Black or white....no gray.
He wants a commitment NOW!
People are repelled by this!
The friends he did have recognized God operating in his life.
He is involved in the word and wants you to be too.
Biblical Examples of The Individual With The Motive Gift of Prophecy
1 Kings 18:25-34, 36-39
V21 Elijah calls on the people to make a decision.
V33 He orders water poured on the sacrifice.
V38 The sacrifice is more than received.
V39 The people fall on their faces.
V3 Looking for repentance.
Vs 4-5 Used scripture to validate his authority.
V7 Frankness and public boldness.
V19 Tells king Herod the truth.
Sharpness is sometimes needed.
Childhood Characteristics of Individuals With The Motive Gift of Prophecy
Helps or Service
A body gift
Ministry is the Greek word deconia (diakonia) = to meet practical needs.
A person with this motive gift is more motivated to meet peoples practical needs than he is motivated to meet the spiritual needs of people.
This gift is realized through deeds rather than through words.
A serving motive is always wanting to do something for someone; he loves to help others, yet finds it difficult to receive what someone does for him.
Even though a person with the motive gift of ministry may seem organized, he does not have the ability to organize others, so he tends to do the work himself.
Ability to Recall The Specific Like And Dislikes of People
He will remember how you like your coffee, your favorite color, your birthday, and what you do not like about this thing or that.
Especially when dealing with a manual project.
He is not into long-term goals
He prefers to step in quickly, working to produce immediate, useful results; then move on to another need.
He will work late into the night totally ignoring his fatigue.
The fulfillment of the need takes precedence over his own physical needs.
Rather than wait until the funding has been approved or collected, he will use his own money and not desire a refund.
Meeting the need is paramount above all else.
Doing the job or fulfilling the need is only part of his purpose.
He will go to great lengths putting in extra service to complete the task faultlessly.
He knows when his work and efforts are genuinely appreciated.
He also knows when he is being taken advantage of.
This results in involvement in a variety of activities and not enough time in which to do them.
Remember, he is not long-term oriented.
He needs to see results very quickly.
When pressured with deadlines, all he sees is time slipping away.
A Quickness to Meet Needs May Appear to Be Pushy
Servers tend to jump in and start a task, whether they are supposed to be there or not.
Servers sometimes cannot see the purpose in going through three people in order to get a job done.
Sometimes servers need to be told to go home to their own families.
It appears that the server is trying to impress the person in charge for personal gain.
He feels everyone should recognize the need.
He has a hard time letting others meet his needs.
He is only gifted for giving, not for receiving.
The hurt and anger may be so deep that it will keep him from going to or being involved in Church.
The server may be eager and willing to offer a ride to someone whose car has broken down.
A conflict of interests.
He may miss church service to make sure everything else is running smoothly.
In order to get the job done, they just get in and do it.
This will result in disaster because the server is not a leader.
Employers instructions and direction are often slow and may require involvement in many divergent activities before the completion of the task is realized.
The server may be found attempting to sidetrack some of this red tape.
John 12:2 & 11:39
Childhood Characteristics of Individuals With the Motive Gift of Ministry
A body gift
Teaching is the desire to search out, find and impart truth.
The Belief That His Gift is Foundational to All Other Gifts
Everything taught, every thought conveyed to others requires precise expression through our words.
A line from The Last Emperor states, If you cannot say what you mean, you will never mean what you say.
Not every occurrence of a word has the same meaning.
Teaching is only the goal the teacher has for the student, pupil, or disciple.
Only when the teacher has realized his personal goal will he proceed to the goal set to the student.
The teacher will use every resource available to him to prove or disprove any new ides.
The teacher is very orderly in the presentation of any materials.
The teacher resists using non biblical sources in both formal and informal teaching.
Careful observation of both text and context are hallmarks of the teacher.
The teacher would much prefer to be left alone with researching ideas and materials.
The Emphasis on The Accuracy of Scriptural Interpretation May Appear to Neglect Its Practical Application
The teacher wishes to have the fundamental interpretation as accurate as possible.
This is owing to the fact that the teacher will often be found more involved in researching thoughts and ideas than in prayer.
The teacher uses himself as a cornerstone and places his own knowledge on the table as a benchmark.
While the listener or student may not feel some of the points or issues are particularly relevant, it must be remembered that the teachers first pupil is himself.
The teacher has a tendency to rely upon the written word in the same way a pilot learns to rely upon his gages.
He wrote two-thirds of the New Testament and he spent 3 years researching and learning prior to commencing his ministry as an apostle (Galatians 1:18).
Childhood Characteristics of Individuals With the Motive Gift of Teaching
A one-on-one gift
Exhortation is the Greek word paraguay (paraklhsei) and means a calling to ones aid for encouragement and comfort .
An exhorter is a positive person having ability to stimulate people toward abundant living. He builds up the Body of Christ, is usually popular and well loved because he loves so much. To him truth is truth, whether it comes from the Bible or from experience.
There is a Tendency to Avoid Systems of Information Which Resist Practical Application
Information is only valid if it is useful.
There is a Desire to Visualize Specific Achievements to And Prescribe Precise Steps of Action
The exhorter believes that if you understand the truth you will be eager to apply that truth to your life.
Tribulation is not the enemy we have imagined it to be.
The exhorter has a need to see that his message is being received.
He finds out, How does this relate to the Word rather than how does the Word relate to this?"
He offers this biblical counterpart as a step(s) of action to applied to the lives of others.
This enjoyment arises for two reasons:
This is the antithesis of the previous characteristic.
He loves to counsel, especially when he sees the counselee responding to counsel and growing in his spiritual walk.
The Emphasis on Steps of Action May Appear to Oversimplify The Problem
The steps of action will often ignore many of the fine details of the problem, but these details will be corrected in the application of the steps of action.
It must be remembered that the exhorter is not offering some hypothetical avenue to success.
The exhorter is very interested in evangelism, but believes people need to see someone doing what needs to be done.
Words can fall short and become hollow.
A visual expression has more power to impact.
The exhorter knows that the feelings of others is important, especially to the individual with the problem.
The word of God abides forever and is the source of the solution.
While the problem is being shared, the exhorter is instantaneously coming up with the solution.
The person with the problem may view this as being cold.
Exhortation Should Teach You
1 Thessalonians 4:1
1 Thessalonians 4:1
1 Thessalonians 2:11
1 Thessalonians 4:10
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
Childhood Characteristics of Individuals With The Motive Gift of Exhortation
A body gift
Giving is the Greek word metadidomi (metadidouj) = to give a share of.
Many people are offended if you talk to them about giving, but not the giver.
He is excited about giving and wants to involve others in the excitement.
This gift of giving is not just financial, it also entails thee giving of time, talent, and possessions.
An Ability to Make Wise Purchases And Investments
God tells us in his word:
But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18
The giver is not interested in having his giving publicized.
The snowball effect.
He sees when people are ready and willing to give.
The giver likes to know he has heard from God and been obedient in meeting a specific need.
The giver is likely to be put off by pleas for money.
Bible begging is generally met with cold indifference.
Because of the emotional and physical aspects of money, the giver is very dependent on spousal confirmation as to the amount to be given.
The gift, always to Gods glory, must be of the highest quality.
Although he may not be involved in the actual labor of the project, the giver likes to feel he is just as much a part of the work as anyone else
The Need to Deal With Large Sums of Money May Appear to be a Focus on Temporal Values
This misquoted verse, Money is the root of all evil, is often at the source of this thinking.
Deuteronomy 26:14 says,
I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but I have hearkened to the voice of the LORD my God, and have done according to all that thou hast commanded me.
The giver wants to know that his giving is to a viable work.
It is nothing more than a reassurance for the giver.
Remember, the giver is not motivated by appeals, he is motivated by the Holy Ghost.
You must first give yourself. Scripture says, Let a man work so he can give to others." Ephesians 4:28
Biblical examples of Metadidouj
Sharing of food & clothing
Sharing of material things
Sharing of finances
Sharing their finances
1 Thessalonians 2:8
Gave of himself, his time, his love, and his physical abilities. Also the sharing of the Gospel.
Abraham was very blessed by God
Shows Abraham refusing help from man so no man could say that he had made Abraham rich.
Because God asked him to, Abraham was willing to give his only son.
Abraham was a tither and a friend of God.
Abraham shared his food with the Eternal Logos and three men.
Childhood Characteristics of Individuals With The Motive Gift of Giving
A body gift
Ruling is the Greek word proistemenos (proistavmeno")= One who stands in front of others, to set over, to rule.
The gift of ruling is the maintenance department of thee Church.
Through their talent, they help things to run smoothly and efficiently. They lead by working through or leading others.
The Ability to See The Overall Picture And to Clarify Long Range Goals
In order to keep the vision before the people, the ruler must be able to see the end from the beginning.
The task, unattended, results in chaos.
He has a desire to complete tasks as quickly as possible.
He knows what is at his disposal to complete the task at hand.
The resources at his disposal are:
This is a spiritual insight.
The more he can delegate the more he can concern himself with the responsibilities of ruling.
He is anything but a glory grabber.
His entire life is a position of leadership.
He needs no leadership baubles for his crown of glory.
Once he has been given a clear position of authority he will begin the task assigned.
He knows that nearly every situation in life requires some type of leadership.
He is not concerned about what people may think about him, good or bad.
The rule is always working towards the goal.
His reward is not in the praises of men, but in the completion of a job well done.
He is not one to sit on his laurels.
The Ability to Delegate Responsibility May Appear as Laziness
The ruler is far from lazy, but his readiness to delegate tasks to others may be misinterpreted, especially by those to whom he has delegated a task.
His ability to stand up to critical anger may give the impression that he is cold and unfeeling.
He reckons the project to be greater than the individuals involved, especially himself.
The ruler has a firm mental grasp of the entire project.
They are clear enough to him and that is what is most important.
Explanations take time.
Quite to the contrary, the project is for someone and people are employed for the good of others.
God uses men as kingdom resources, but men are more important than the kingdom.
A portion of the rulers quest to bring glory to God involves timing.
Although it may appear the ruling motive care nothing for the schedules and priorities of others, this concern is nearly always secondary to the task over which he has responsibility.
There was a time limit to complete the task.
He motivated the people to build the walls so he would not have to do them himself
He organized the project so that each person worked on the gate they lived closest to.
He tried to make things easier for the people by paying the food bill.
Nehemiah 4 & 6
He could handle the attack of the enemy and still continue the work undisturbed. He also dealt with the uprising of the people and put them back to work.
He knew how to delegate authority; knew the right people to leave in charge
Childhood Characteristics of Individuals With The Motive Gift of Ruling
A one-on-one gift
Mercy is the Greek word eleos (ejlewn) and means to have pity on, to show mercy.
God is rich in mercy toward all men; Jews and Gentiles.
Mercy is more than not giving people what they deserve; it is giving them what they do not deserve.
He is merciful to those who fear him.
The bible says that those who are encumbered with infirmity, he comes to succor them.
Gods attitude toward the lawbreaker and the rebel.
Grace is Gods willingness to use his ability on our behalf, even though we do not deserve it.
Gods attitude toward those in distress.
Mercy is Gods unwillness to give us what we deserve.
Grace allows us to come boldly to the throne and ask for mercy for all the results of our sins.
Galatians 6:16 says we are not only to be asking for mercy for ourselves, but we should also ask mercy for others.
Jesus is Merciful
When God brings his salvation to Israel at the coming of Christ, his people will obtain mercy.
Mercy and peace a found together and they manifest themselves in that order.
Mercy is the act of God; peace is the resulting experience in the heart of man.
God extends grace, then he extends mercy; peace results automatically.
God Was Merciful in The Old Testament
He had a mercy seat.
The high priest would enter in once each year and sprinkle blood upon the mercy seat and upon the ground before it.
God will have mercy on us because of the blood of the lamb we killed out there and the shedding of its blood.
God said he would talk to us from above the mercy seat because of the shedding of Jesus blood.
Jesus is mercy because he shed his blood.
People with the motive gift of mercy extend mercy to those needing it and encourage others to do the same.
The Ability to Feel an Atmosphere of Joy or Distress With an Individual or Group
His spirit is sensitive to the feelings and needs of others because the Holy Ghost is at work in him.
He is supernaturally drawn to those who need mercy in its varying forms.
He knows that God is both willing and able to ease the present distress.
Though not insensitive to the physical needs of people, the mercy motive is primarily concerned with the spiritual and emotional condition of an individual.
Firmness is not part of the mercy motives basic personality or spiritual makeup.
If the mercy motive can help to avert a potentially damaging encounter he will do everything in his power to that end.
He is able, by the Spirit of God, to discern when people are being genuine or false.
He will demonstrate firmness in order to get an individual to stop being insincere and to be honest.
The mercy motive is very tuned in to those who share in this sensitive nature.
A Closing of His Spirit to Those Who Are Insensitive (prophecy motive) or Insincere
In general, mercy motives will avoid the blunt prophecy motive.
Each motive has its place and operation in the body of Christ.
The Avoidance of Firmness May be Viewed as Weakness And Indecisiveness
Many people (prophecy motive especially) will come to a place of firmness long before the mercy motive.
This is his strength.
It is true that we often criticize that which we do not understand.
Both are guided by Gods spirit, not by emotion.
It appears to us as though they are guided by emotion because, in order for us to act in such a manner, we would have to be guided by emotion.
This is a very dangerous position.
However, you will often find that God, in his Divine foreknowledge, has husband and wife teams who are both mercy motivated individuals.
Sensitivity When a Misunderstanding to Words And Actions Which Cause Hurt May Appear to be Taking up Another Persons Offense
Nothing hurts like words which are spoken in anger.
The mercy motive will be very sensitive to words and actions which could cause such hurt.
For this reason it may appear he is taking up the offense of another while, in reality, he is only being spiritually tuned in to the potential for damage by Gods Spirit.
Religion cannot save you
The law cannot save you
The Samaritan = Jesus
Oil = Holy
Two pence = Two days wages
Childhood Characteristics of Individuals With The Motive Gift of Mercy
The Dropped Dessert
A modern day parable by Dave Wilkerson
Someone drops a beautiful dessert on the way to the table:
The Biblical Focus
God has not overlooked any in the giving of gifts. All are properly equipped for their function in the body.
We are not commanded to look inwardly, but outwardly.
We are urged to get involved in building up the body of Christ.
Our Primary Responsibility
We should concentrate on serving one another.
Our service is always for the sake of others.
If God has loved you enough to make you part of his body, then he will give you a working place in that body.
Ask yourself, How can I serve God in this situation?
Out of love for God and man, we begin to attempt to meet the need, whatever it is.
Obviously we cannot meet all needs, so we must pray for God to raise up others to meet the needs we are unable to meet.
Following are eleven (11) suggestions to help you discover your motive gift.
Each of us is gifted at birth; begin to thank God for it.
Learn to present yourself, each day, as a living sacrifice, ready to be used by God. Romans 12:1
Seek the Lord through fasting and prayer.
Be available for service in daily life.
See what comes naturally; what is fun or easy to do.
Seek the witness and confirmation of others.
Receive the ministry of laying on of hands to release your gift. 1 Timothy 4:14
Be faithful in using what you know you have and God will give you more. Start with your natural gifts and advance from there.
Get additional training in your area of ability.
Be willing to be disciplined by someone. Meet with someone more mature than yourself. Be willing not only to be taught, but also to teach others.
Be willing to fail for Jesus. You will never learn unless you are willing to fail. Jesus will forgive you if you do and give you more opportunities.
Always give God the glory for whatever he does through you. It is all by the grace of God.
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