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Exhorting: A Spiritual Gift

Exhorting: A Spiritual Gift
A Christian’s motivational spiritual gift represents what God does in him to shape his perspective on life and motivate his words and actions.

Understanding Your Spiritual Heritage

recognizing the iniquities of your forefathers
Looking back to our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, we can often trace our physical features, strengths, and weaknesses through the family line. In the same way, we can observe character traits and spiritual influences that span the generations.

Keys to Taming Your Tongue

taking responsibility for your words
You probably know the pain of regretting words you have spoken: words of pride, dishonesty, envy, gossip, or anger. Although you can seek to restore bruised relationships through repentance and forgiveness, spoken words can never be retrieved.

The Power of Spoken Blessings

an excellent way to intercede for others
Our words have great influence in the lives of those around us, and spoken blessings can bring hope, encouragement, and direction to our families, friends, and others.

The Common Traits of Exhorters

learn about the characteristics of those with the spiritual gift of exhortation
Following are some traits commonly observed in those who have the motivational spiritual gift of exhortation.

Five Types of Fools

simple, silly, sensual, scorning, and steadfast fools
In the Old Testament, the word fool is actually a translation of five different Hebrew words that reflect subtle differences in “types” of fools.

Common Excuses for Not Asking for Forgiveness

avoiding God’s command to be reconciled
Sometimes when God asks us to do something, instead of obeying, we try to rationalize away the need to take action. With seeking forgiveness, our pride can get in the way, because asking for forgiveness requires us to humble ourselves before those we have offended.

Learn to Recognize Iniquity

what is iniquity?
Iniquity is the inner act of willfulness against God. It involves the attitudes of the heart. Scripture specifically identifies the following iniquities: bitterness (see Acts 8:23), greed (see Acts 8:18–23), lust (Job 31:1–12), and stubbornness (I Samuel 15:23).

How to Build Sales Resistance

avoid purchasing overpriced, overrated items
One key to living in financial freedom is the ability to make wise purchases. Consider the following points and ask good questions before you buy something; then you can avoid unwise spending and the regrets that usually follow foolish choices.

Stand Alone for Truth

upholding righteousness for the glory of God
As a believer, it is likely that some time during your life you will be challenged to stand alone—to be in a situation that forces you to decide if you will obey God or “follow the crowd.” Your decision will either glorify God or give the enemies of God an opportunity to

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