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7 Things About Gifts & Calling

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Sermon shared by David Ibeleme

June 2005
Summary: Understanding and appreciating your gifts and calling
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Audience: Believer adults
7 THINGS ABOUT GIFTS & CALLING
2 TIM. 1:6-7; ROM. 11:29

Calling = Klesis – an invitation, a saint
God has invited us to live a crucified life, a life of victory, a kingdom-oriented lifestyle.

Gift = Charisma – root word – Charizomai
Root meaning: = deliverance from danger or passion
= miraculous faculty
= qualification (religious)
= divine gratuity
= to grant as a favour
= to forgive

1. It is a free gift – You don’t qualify for God’s gift, your gift actually qualifies you.
There are no strings attached that’s why your gift is to express God not to impress Him – 1 Cor. 12:28; Col. 1:27.

Whenever we express Him an impression is left in the hearts of man.
It is the proof that you are forgiven
It is the proof that you are saved / born again
In conclusion – every believer has been given a “free” gift by God
 A qualification for spiritual expression
 A miraculous faculty – you can now operate in that which is extraordinary
 A point of contact for deliverance from danger – Prov. 27:8.

2. You “cannot lose” your gift and calling – you can lose or cut off your opportunity or point of contact to express it – David/Samson/Eli
You can make it dormant:
 Samson’s righteousness didn’t increase with growth of his hair
 You cannot stop water from being in the mains but you can stop it from flowing into your house by tuning off the stopper or clogging the lines.
 Stir up your gifts 2 Tim. 1:6-7 – “If you don’t use it, you will lose it”.

3. Your gift is needed to complete or complement the body of Christ –
Eph. 4:16; Eph. 3:14ff, Rom. 12:1ff; 1 Pet. 4:10ff.
 Your gift is an integral part of the body of Christ – Eph.4:7-11.

4. Your spiritual gift needs a yielded body and a renewed mind to be properly expressed – Rom. 12:1-5; 1 Thess. 5:23.
 The usefulness of your gift is in this physical / material realm
 We have this treasure in earthen vessels – 2 Cor. 4:7.
 The material world helps us to appreciate the concept of growth

5. You can only express your gifts by faith – Rom. 12:3 & 6.
 You’ve got to believe in it – Prov. 17:8.
 Your faith in your gift expresses your faith in the giver; God – 2 Cor.1:19ff.

6. Your gift is your key to walking in love – Rom. 12:9; Gal. 5:6.
 God gave you the gift so you can express His love to others – 1 Cor. 12:31ff
 Through your gift you become a gift from God to men – Eph. 4:8.
 You cannot properly express your gift except in “love” – 2 Tim.1:6-7.

7. You will be rewarded for utilizing your gift properly and punished for utilizing it wrongly – 2 Tim. 4:7ff; Mt. 7:21ff.
 God always rewards our faithfulness / fruitfulness – Matt. 25:14-30.


Copyright © 2005 by Rev. Dr. David Ibeleme
Victorious Faith Ministries
Tel: (868) 625-6863 • Fax: (868) 623-1020
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