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Mercy – Gift of Mercy

The motivation to identify with and comfort those who are in distress.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15).

Mercy is God’s attitude toward those who are in darkness.

 

Characteristics

1. Mercy is a highly intuitive ‘feeling’ motivation.  It could be called a ‘gift of heart.’

2. It is a shepherd’s characteristic, like Yeshua, the Good Shepherd, who left the 99 sheep to find the missing one in distress.

3. Has the ability to empathize with people who are in distress or joyful.

4. Brings healing and reconciliation by removing hurts and conflicts.

5. Emphasizing compassion and forgiveness, the merciful person avoids firmness and strong statements of Truth so as not to add insult to injury.

6. Ability to communicate God’s unconditional love for mankind through one’s eyes, speech, smile and touch.

 

Fruit of the Spirit

Romans 12:15, 1 Corinthians 12:26

This gift should characterize all believers because mercy is the essence of Messiah’s nature and ministry.

 

Temptations to Avoid

1. Resenting those who are not as sensitive to the feelings of others.

2. Failing to be firm when necessary.  Love also speaks Truth and sometimes that truth hurts.

3. Being guided by emotions rather than the wisdom of God’s Word and the discernment of the Holy Spirit.

 

Problems and Misunderstandings

1. The avoidance of firmness may appear as weakness and indecisiveness.

2. The sensitivity to words and actions which have caused hurts in a person’s life can be viewed as an endorsement of the hurting person’s interpretation of such words and actions.

 

Scriptural Examples

1. Yeshua, ‘the unspeakable gift of mercy”, He can feel for all of us because He walked where we walk: “For we have not a high priest whoch cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like we are yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15, He totally identified with us by taking our sins, our sicknesses, our griefs and sorrows to the cross to die in order to provide the ultimate cure, He sent another ‘Comforter’ – the Holy Spirit – to live in our hearts and minister His healing, His peace and comfort all the days of our lives.

2. Paul, the Apostle endeaveored to be all things to all men that he might by all means save some, 1 Corinthians 9:19-22; wished that he could be cursed so that his brothers in the flesh might be saved, Romans 9:1-3

3. Dorcas, abounded with deeds of kindness and love, helped widows in need, made garments for the poor, Acts 9:36

4. The Good Samaritan, Luke 10:30

 

General Counsel and Application

There will be a desperate need for this gift in the endtimes.  Men’s hearts will fail them for fear of those things coming upon the earth.  Satan will endeavor to ‘wear out’ the saints.  The world will be filled with cruelty and violence.  Even natural pity will be gone (2 Timothy 3:3).  With the breakdown of the home, hurting children and parents will be everywhere.  The Body of Messiah, filled with mercy, will have her finest hour.

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Giver – Gift of Giving

The motivation to generously share one’s self and one’s possessions to bless others and/or to further their ministry.

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

 

Characteristics

1.  Could be called the ‘gift of generosity’ or ‘gift of hospitality’ which is manifested in sharing your time, home, possessions and goods to bless others in the name of Yeshua.

2. Could also be known as ‘the divine ability to make money or acquire assets’ (the more one makes, the more one has to give).

3. As the ability to sense needs that he fears others might overlook and to meet those needs very quickly.

4. Enjoys meeting the needs of others through the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

5. The giver prefers to remain anonymous, not letting the right hand know what the left hand is doing, Matthew 6:3-4

6. Giver depends on his partner’s witness to determine the amount of the gift.

7. Giver desires to be a part of the work or ministry he/she feels called to support.

8. Is know for his good stewardship of material goods. Often he lives far beneath his means in order to have more to give away.

9. Is especially filled with joy when the gift is in direct answer to someone’s prayer.

10. Will occasionally amass large sums of money in anticipation of a large need and then at the right time give the entire amount.

11. Faithfully ‘tithes’.

 

Fruit of the Spirit

Romans 12:8,13, 2 Corinthians 9:7

Reflects the nature of the Father who knows our needs and desires to meet them in a lavish kind of way.  To give sincerely is to give with purity of motive, as unto the Lord, not to get a reward.  This kind of giving automatically brings joy.

 

Temptations to Avoid

1. Being proud of your giving performance.

2. Measuring your spiritual success by your material assets.

3. Judging those who do not have the same spirit of generosity.

4. Wanting to subtly control those to whom you have given substantially.

5. Giving for the purpose of getting.

 

Problems and Misunderstandings

1. The habit of dealing with large sums of money may appear to be an improper focus on temporal values.

2. The lack of response to pressure appeals may appear as a lack of generosity or an evidence of stubbornness.

3. The personal frugality by which the giver lives may appear to friends and relatives as being unnecessary or even fanatical.

4. Generosity to those outside of blood relatives may cause offense to family members.

5. Generosity to ministries outside of a denominational family may be misread as a lack of loyalty.

 

Scriptural Examples

1. Yeshua, “though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor that we, through his poverty might be rich,” 2 Corinthians 8:9

2. Abraham, was rich in cattle, silver and gold, dealt generously with Lot, giving him the choice land, was the first recorder ‘tither’, was willing to offer Isaac upon the altar, Genesis 13, 14

3. Macedonians, economically poor, they gave liberally Jerusalem, gave themselves to the Lord first, were used by Paul to stimulate a like gift of giving among the Corinthians, 2 Corinthians 8, 9

 

General Counsel and Application

The vast needs of the Body of Messiah today require a release of treasure from among the wealthy saints.  “Charge them that are rich in this world that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God who richly gives us all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate” (1 Timothy 6:17-18). We need to pray that the gifts of knowledge and wisdom will be released into the hands of believers who have the gift of giving.  By supernatural wisdom they can seize opportunities for lawful profit in the world’s marketplace.  Many anointed ministries that have been forced to labor outside the confines of the institutional church or who have been called by God to serve outside denominational capacities are supported by those with the gift of giving.

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Server – Gift of Serving

The motivation to demonstrate love by meeting practical needs in the Body.

“You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge in the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13).

Office of Deacon or deaconess, Acts 6:2, 1 Timothy 3:8, 12, Romans 16:1

 

Characteristics

1. Very common in the Body of Messiah, like robins in the bird world.

2. Best describes the nature of Yeshua, “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.”

3. Divine desire to bless and please others, especially in material ways.  The server likes manual projects.

4. Likes to be told what to do.

5. Are often able to recall what people like and dislike.

6. Have the ability to detect and meet practical needs as quickly as possible and will do so without regard to personal sacrifice.

7. They find it hard to say ‘no’ to people who need them.

8. Greater joy in short-range goals than long- range goals.

9. They desire genuine appreciation for a job well done.  They have a short reward cycle and need a pat on the back to carry on with joy and satisfaction.

 

Fruit of the Spirit

Romans 12:10, 1 John 3:16

Needs to be motivated by true agape love which puts the brother ahead of one’s self and serves the brother unconditionally for Yeshua’s sake. They should not look for praise or recognition except the Father’s “well done good and faithful servant.”

 

Temptations to Avoid

1. Rehearsing your achievements for ego sake.

2. Being pushy or premature in meeting the needs of others by trying to help people before they ask or realize their need.  “Love is patient.”

3. Becoming irritated or bitter when your deeds are not recognized and appreciated.

4. Over-emphasizing practical and material needs to the neglect of basic spiritual needs. “The kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).

 

Problems and Misunderstandings

1. Quickness in meeting needs may appear as pushiness.

2. Eagerness to serve may appear as self-advancing.

3. Quickness in meeting needs can interfere with spiritual lessons the Lord may be teaching those in need.

4. Overly-zealous serves need strong understanding oversight lest they jeopardize their health, their job, and even the welfare of their families.  Servers can be exploited by pastors.

 

Scriptural Examples

1. Yeshua, in washing the feet of the disciples, John 3:1-17

2. Martha, more concerned about practical than spiritual, had too many things to do, couldn’t say ‘no’, short-range goal of cooking rather than long-range goal of meditating on the words of Messiah, Luke 10:38-42, John 12:2

3. Seven deacons in the Jerusalem congregation, met the needs of the widows, waited on tables, practical rather than spiritual,  Acts 6:1-6

4. Onesiphorus, “The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chain.  But when he was in Rome, he sought me out diligently and found me.  The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day; and in how many things she ministered to me at Ephesus, you know very well” (2 Timothy 1:16-18).

 

General Counsel and Application

As modern society continues to deteriorate, the needs of people will increase.  The church can come to the rescue by beginning with its own.  Pastors need to commend those who serve.  It is a Messiah-like thing to do.  Children need commendation and encouragement, so do servers.  Serving self will characterize the end-time society.  Children need to learn and sere others at home at an early age and to serve just for agape love’s sake.

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Ruler – Gift of Administration

The motivation to coordinate the gifts and ministries of others to accomplish God’s will in a given task or area of responsibility.

“But this is not to be so with you; on the contrary let him who is the greatest among you become as that youngest, and him who is the chief and leader as one who serves” (Luke 22:26).

Romans 12:8 “He that rules with diligence….”

 

Characteristics

1.  Goal-oriented and more impersonal than the exhorter.

2. Has the ability to see the overall picture, clarify goals, and establish procedure to achieve the goals.

3. Has the ability to recognize gifts and match people with projects.

4. Had the ability to delegate authority.

5.  Strength to endure reactions and counter-suggestions from workers in order to accomplish tasks quickly and efficiently.

6. Derives joy from a completed project that served its purpose.

7. Administrator tends to assume responsibility for a task if no structured leadership exists and the task is not being done or will wait for authority for proper timing.

8.  Must be open to legitimate criticism and suggestions so as to win confidence of helpers.

9. Must take a ‘pastoral’ interest in those he is governing so that they are well provided for and relationships are kept intact.

10. Must retain the love, respect, and trust of his workers.

 

Fruit of the Spirit

Romans 12:14, Romans 12:8

 

Temptations to Avoid

1. Using people to accomplish selfish goals rather than those established by the Lord.

2. Using people to accomplish a legitimate ministry with a greater concern for their ‘usefulness’ rather than their value as people.

3. Overlooking major character flaws in those useful in achieving even God-ordained ministry.

4. Being impersonal, unapproachable, and insensitive toward those you are governing.

 

Problems and Misunderstandings

1. The ability and need to delegate may appear as laziness.

2. May appear callous.

3. Failure to explain reasons for tasks make cause workers to feel they are being abused.

4. Keeping projects on schedule may appear as insensitivity to the personal well-being of the workers.

 

Scriptural Examples

1.  Yeshua, feeding the 5000, Mark 6:38-44, checked resources, plan of distribution, delegated responsibility to the 12

2. Nehemiah, Book of Nehemiah, special zeal for God’s people, sensed the overall problem and surveyed the needs, delegated authority, proceeded under opposition, made things easy for others and was not a burden

 

General Counsel and Application

Yeshua said that the children of the world are wiser in their own generation than the children of the light.  This applies to administration.

In many ways, the church is archaic and inefficient in how it uses its people and resources to accomplish its mission.  Pastors, for the most part, are not administrators and do not know how to release the potential of a congregation. Also, the church fails to allow the people to operate in their gifts and minister to the people.   All pastors OUGHT to have a measure of the gift of ruling since they are called to function in a ‘governing’ capacity, 1 Timothy 3:5.  It should be normal that there would be a governing ‘group’ in a church setting and therefore ‘one’ would have the gift of administration.

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