In His Word 11-12-12

Soon it will be time to give and receive holiday gifts. What have you done with last years presents? Are they still in the package? Did you stick them on a shelf or under a table someplace waiting for the day when you could use them? Of course not; you would not put a box of chocolates on the shelf and wait for the day you could use them, when it was convenient so why do you put God's gifts on the shelf?

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith... Romans 12:2-4

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.1 Corinthians 12:1-15

As we read through the gifts listed here in Corinthians we can write them down; knowledge, miracles, healing, wisdom, faith, discerning of spirits, speaking in unknown tongues;  there are seven listed here.
These are spiritual gifts given to us by God the father as He sees fit to give them. There are no rules listed to say each one of us gets them all equally any more than there are rules that state how many gifts we have to give each Christmas to people we love.
The point is that the gifts should be useful as we have been given gifts of God to be used for the furtherance of His kingdom.

What can we do with each of these gifts?
Word of Wisdom- teach, preach, instruct in righteousness.
Knowledge- same as above.
Miracles- enlighten people who are lost and bring them the Truth by using Miraculous signs and wonders as God sees fit to provide them through you. Pray for sick, wounded, damaged or broken people and their lives and watch as they are healed and brought to wholeness and the Truth.
Prayer- pray for those whom you see and those you do not see as God gives you direction to do so.
Faith- as a gift this one is stronger than others but seen less. Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not yet seen. (Hebrews 11:1) It goes hand in hand with trusting God to do what He promises and knowing in your heart that God will come through in a time of trial as well as grant a new life to someone who has been broken or shattered in their life span.
Faith is believing for whatever it is that God has put upon your heart to believe.
Discerning of spirits- is used less openly these days as people think its 'freaky' or 'fake' but once we realize and know we live in a spiritual world as well as a physical world and God grants some the ability to know if a Word is truly from the Lord or from man's own desires or even if its of the enemy’s devices. Truth or fiction? I know a lot of people could miss use this gift and God knows that too. This is why the Word says He gives these gifts to whom He sees fit. It is not our choice of what gift we receive but the choice of the giver.
Speaking in unknown tongues- also known as the voice of men and angels in some passages. Speaking in a language that is not the same as your normal one is not as common today as it was even 20 years ago because people have miss used it I think. We need to be careful to use the gifts for what they are intended for.
In the day of Pentecost when the disciples were in the upper room worshiping and praying and waiting there on the Lord, He came an granted them these unknown tongues. Many thought they were speaking in their native languages and this leads me to believe the speaking in tongues is indeed a language for certain we just don't know what language usually. God knows though and He will use this ability that He gives some Christians with His discretion. It is not for us to give out God's gifts, the Word does not say man gives out God's gifts to people anywhere in my Bible!
Its a good thing too because God sees our hearts and minds not just how we act on the outside. He knows to whom to give what gift knowing that each of us His children, will use them differently for different reasons.

In the same way that we search for the perfect gift for the ones we love each time there is occasion to give them, so God searches our hearts for the perfect gift to give us.
It saddens me to think of how many people we know who are not using the God given gifts He has chosen specially for them because they either feel unworthy or inadequate, and then there are those who try to use other peoples gifts because of jealousy.
Are you one of these above mentioned people? Are you sitting on your gifts today waiting for the perfect time in your life to unwrap them? If you sat on a gift of chocolates it would melt and get really gross; get off your gift!
What can you do if you are stuck with an unwrapped gift?
1- Unwrap it.
2- Pray and ask God what it is for.
3- Put it to use as God intended. Do not be discouraged or dismayed and know that the Lord your God is with you in whatever He gifts you to use.
4- Walk boldly in the power of His might and do as He instructs and guides you to do to use the gift or gifts you are given.

Think for a moment, if you are still not sure how to use your gifts; would you put a chocolate bar into a toaster? I think not, you put breaded items in a toaster to toast them other things would melt and or cause a fire; in the same way use your gifts for what they are intended. God did not give you discernment of spiritual things so that you could go around claiming to be a wizard or something crazy like that; use your gift for His glory.

Gods gifts are made to lift up and give His life to old. Use the faith God has gifted you with and trust Him to carry you through this trial. In Jesus name!

Dear Heavenly Father we thank you today for giving us gifts. Help us to use them as You see fit not as we see fit. For Your wisdom is far above all of ours. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31,Romans 12:1-21, 1 Corinthians 12:1-25 and Ephesians 4:1-32