What’s My Spiritual Gift?

Q. I have been reading your section on spiritual gifts & I know from reading the Word that, as a Christian, I have a gift.  How do I find out what my gift is?   The church I attend is “big” on speaking in tongues & at one time I thought I had received this gift – not so sure anymore.  The one I desire is the gift of prophecy … is that desire indicative of prophesy being my gift?   Any insight would be appreciated. By the way, I assume teaching is your gift?

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Another Question On Tongues

Q. Can you please help me regarding speaking in tongues ? There is a teaching doing the rounds that stipulates that for one to be filled with THE HOLY SPIRIT one has to be able to speak in tongues. Is speaking in tongues not one of the gifts of THE SPIRIT as are prophecy. interpretation etc?  I do believe that I have a measure of THE SPIRIT within me as I always feel convicted and have the urge to repent immediately after a wrong thought,word or deed, but feel condemned and am not sure of THE HOLY SPIRIT when told that we have to speak in tongues.

I have never spoken in tongues yet, but, i do desire to be able to by GODS GRACE. I have sometimes tried in my own strength but to no avail. Can you please help me in this area?

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Could David Wilkerson Be right?

Q. Re: Famed pastor predicts imminent catastrophe – Best-selling author, Teen Challenge founder, sees ‘earth-shattering calamity about to happen’

A respected pastor, best-selling author and founder of a major ministry to teens predicts an imminent “an earth-shattering calamity” centered in New York City that will spread to major urban areas across the country and around the world – part of what he sees as a judgment from God.

I am confused, does God use people to prophecy like this today?  Could David Wilkerson be right? Continue reading…

More On Speaking In Tongues

Q. I have always heard that speaking in tongues in the evidence of the baptism of the holy spirit. My Mother has never spoke in tongues but I am sure she is spirit filled. I know she is very shy and feels people are always looking down on her. Because of her my brother and sister are saved along with many of my extended family on my fathers side. She wants to have a prayer language. Also I cannot find the verse in the bible that states that speaking in tongues is evidence. Thank you so much for your help on this. I love reading your website. It has been alot of help to me. Continue reading…

Knowing What The Lord Wants, Follow Up

Q. Your answer to “How can I know I’m doing what the Lord wants?” is to “Get confirmation from someone who doesn’t know what I’m thinking of doing”, could you please be a bit more specific. Continue reading…

What Is Soaking Prayer?

Q. My church offers programs (for lack of a better word) on what I now understand is called contemplative spirituality.  We have spiritual directors and there is a course on spirituality and also a deliverance ministry.

I am confused about the Spiritual gift of discernment. My church teaches that all people are “sensitive” but some are more so and this is different than the gift of discernment. I am what they call very sensitive and they recommend I attend something called “soaking prayer”.  Do you have any experience with soaking prayer and what do you think of it? Continue reading…

The Gift Of Tongues Reviewed

Q. Please help me on the issue of speaking in New Tongues.  Mark 16: 17-18 says,

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

In our churches we see people going out of their way speaking in tongues because they are told that they are spiritually immature if they do not speak in tongues and they have been using the above verse and Acts 2 as something that obligates them to speaking in tongues. Continue reading…

When I Am Prophesying, What Am I doing?

Q. I so enjoy your website.  Your MP3 Bible Studies along with your articles have truly strengthened my faith and it helps to give me a stronger desire for God and His Word.

I have a question about the term “prophesying” in the Bible.  Although I am clear on what “Prophecy” itself is, specifically as it relates to the hundreds of prophecies about the Lord in the old and new Testaments and the “forth-telling” of coming events , when I read how people began to “prophesy” as the Spirit of the Lord came on them, I’m not too clear on it’s meaning.  I am confused about what that means in a practical sense. Continue reading…

Do We Need Power Or Faith?

Q. My church is sponsoring a Women’s Conference soon and have chosen as the theme ” Empowering the Christian African American Woman in Strength, Faith, and Fellowship”.  What Bible passages are appropriate for this theme? Please reply and advise. Continue reading…