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Challenges in Learning to Move in the Gifts, Part 5

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Being Judgmental: There are at least two ways judgmentalism plays into learning about the gifts. First, being on the receiving end of ministry, and rejecting the ministry given. It is likely there will be a reaction on the part of the one ministering. Conversely, if you are the one ministering, and your ministry is rejected or even evaluated objectively. All ministry is judged objectively; it’s when we ascribe motives or manipulation that we are likely to offend or be offended. This WILL happen, so it’s just something to be prepared for.
Being Critical: Using the gifts to correct others’ behavior, doctrine or temperament is probably the most disruptive aspect of the learning curve.
Selfish: At one time or another we are all tempted to use the gifts for our own purposes, for getting our needs for attention and recognition met. Being tempted is not the problem, but failing to recognize this subtle distraction can be a long-term problem, one which often affects individuals, fellowships and even entire movements.
Being Arrogant: One way arrogance shows up as gifts are being expressed is by leaving the impression that the person with the gift is somehow more mature, blessed or anointed because of the working or fruit of the gift. There is only One Level in the Kingdom—we are all equally joint-heirs with our Older Brother, and each of us is equally a son of our Father.
Lack of Knowledge: Gaining the knowledge of the Lord is simple. It is not easy, because it will cost us everything, but it is simple.
Demonic Interference: Until we are living in complete and utter dependence on Christ we will be susceptible to attacks and interference from the enemy.
Unsafe Environment: Most of all we need a safe environment in which to make mistakes.

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