Several years ago I attended a large prophetic conference in Denton, Texas. While asleep one night in my hotel room, the Lord gave me a powerful dream that impacted me tremendously. I have recalled this dream at very strategic times in my life because it is a key for the entire body and bride of Christ to move forward into the fullness of our Kingdom identity.
In my dream, we had just completed the final session of this prophetic conference. I saw myself and many others walking out of the building with our arms stacked high with gift packages, each one beautifully wrapped. The packages represented anointings, revelations, and spiritual gifts that God had given us to be able to walk in complete victory, power and authority in the days and months ahead. But when we walked out the double doors, we tossed the gifts down. We were still “talking” about them, but we weren’t “using” them. We had tossed them aside. We were all excited about what we had just received, but ironically, we weren’t going to use and manifest what God had given.
Suddenly, in my dream, I felt the grief in the Lord’s heart and I heard Him say, “Was it all in vain?” I saw Jesus hanging on the cross, pierced and bleeding, and then I heard the scripture, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) I saw myself standing at the foot of the cross looking up at His broken, bleeding body. Then again I heard Him say, “Was it all in vain?” Suddenly my heart was broken in grief and repentance because I had tossed aside the precious gifts He had given. The things that had cost Him so dearly, and what He had wanted to give us so desperately, had been taken so lightly. The value of what He had done was of little worth as we threw down the gifts He had given...
Needless to say, I awoke from that dream with a deep sense of sadness and grief, realizing what the Lord was communicating to me. I still remember the look in His eyes when He asked me “Was it all in vain?” He paid a great price to redeem us. He also paid a great price for us to walk in freedom and victory in every area of our lives. He paid for our redemption, and then He freely gave us the tools and gifts we need to live a victorious life.
That dream had such an impact on my life. I determined from that point on, to the best of my ability, to step out and use the gifts the Lord has given me. What about you? What have we got to lose? He’s already paid it all! His one act of selfless love paved the way for our victory. This is the power of love, His unconditional love. He only asks that we take it and use it. Use it to make a difference in our world!
What gifts has God given you? Are there any you are aware of that you’ve laid down and are not using? God has given us spiritual gifts as well as natural gifts. Some gifts He gives to all of us as a corporate body, such as the five-fold ministry gifts Paul speaks about in Ephesians 4:11-13. These are the gifts of the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and the teachers. Then there are gifts of the manifestation of the Spirit that we grow into, as we mature. These are found in I Corinthians 12:8-11. They are the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. In I Corinthians 12:28 Paul also mentions the gifts of healings, helps, administrations and varieties of tongues. These can also be given by God instantaneously at His will. There are several other gifts mentioned in Romans 12:6-8 such as the gift of prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, and leading.
Then we have natural gifts that we are born with. They are usually things we love to do and are naturally good at. Is yours a creative gift to draw, paint, sing, dance, or work with your hands? Is it a gift to speak, or to know how to bring people together for a specific cause? Whatever gifts God has given us, let’s use them to the best of our ability to bring Him honor.
Prayer and Declaration: I confess Lord, that there have been times I have not used my gifts, either out of fear, pride, complacency, or just not loving enough. Forgive me, Lord, for my negligence and carelessness in this area. You paid too great a price for me to neglect my gifts. I declare Lord, from this day forward, I will use my gifts to the best of my ability to bring glory to your name. You said Lord, to whom much is given much is required. I know, Lord, that you have given me much. I declare from this day forward I will accept and walk in the responsibility that you have given me to use my gifts. I declare as I use my gifts, others will be edified and many will be brought to the Kingdom through my gifts being activated. And I decree, Lord, that you will receive the honor you deserve from my life. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen and amen.
(Taken from an excerpt of "An Invitation into His Chambers...the Power of Intimacy with God")