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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Transcript of Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit
What happens the
day of confirmation?
How are you supposed to remember all of that?!
That's easy! Just remember the gifts are your...
YOU will be sealed with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit!
You mean to tell me...
I get presents!
Through wisdom, the wonders of nature, every event in history and all the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning and purpose.
The gift of wisdom is not about the head; it’s about the heart.
The Book of Wisdom says,
“Wisdom is a breath of God’s power … Wisdom is a reflection of eternal light, a perfect mirror of God’s activity and goodness … Wisdom enters the souls of holy people …”
Wisdom is about seeking the deep Spirit within, breathed into us at the beginning of our lives. Wisdom reveals our inner talents and desires and lets us pause discerningly.
The wise person sees where the holy person is at work and is able to share that insight with others.
The gift of understanding is the ability to comprehend how a person must live his or her life as a follower of Jesus. After being bombarded by conflicting messages in our world, we can use what knowledge and wisdom showed us to begin to understand the right way to live. What do we do when we hear things like, “Just try smoking weed once!” “Don’t ever smoke!” “Go to church!” “No, pray at home!” “Spend!” “Save!” "Cheat!" "Be honest!"? The gift of understanding is a blessing and allows us to know, at least on the surface, the right way to live out our lives — in a way that is life-giving.
Understanding needs a final check though. We may have listened to our head and our heart and made an initial decision. The gift of right judgement is true guidance by the Spirit. It helps us make prudent decisions, like Jiminy Cricket:
The Blue Fairy: You must learn to choose between right and wrong.
Pinocchio: Right and wrong? But how will I know?
Jiminy Cricket: How will he know?
The Blue Fairy: Your conscience will tell you.
Pinocchio: What are conscience?
Jiminy Cricket: What are conscience? I’ll tell ya!
A conscience is that still small voice that people won’t listen to. That’s just the trouble with the world today.
There’s a Jiminy Cricket within each of us, guiding us.
The gift of knowledge is the ability to comprehend the basic meaning and message of Jesus.
The first step in finding deeper meaning in our lives is gathering knowledge. For example, when we are starting to become better friends with someone, we want to know more about them, to go deeper. We have late nights on the phone, texting or snapping. We create time and space to asks questions and get answers.
Humans are information gatherers. We seem to Google just about everything for answers to hard questions.
Knowledge allows us to see things the way God sees them. Think about the Tree of Knowledge in the Genesis story. By eating the apple, Adam and Eve gain raw, un-sugar-coated knowledge. With knowledge, the harsh realities of the world come into focus
What is courage?!
Who are some courageous people you know?
What is it about them that makes them courageous?
Life has many challenges and the Spirit gives us the gift of courage to overcome fear and obstacles, to take risks, and move forward in our path following Christ.
Consider the courage required by those standing up against the "bully" at school. Or those risking death to stand up for religious freedom around the world. Or the risk Jesus took to stand up for what is right and true. Followers of Jesus confront many challenges and even danger- the risk of being laughed at and rejected being a major concern.
Courage is our advocate, pushing us to put our discernment into action.
It’s a moment of surrender, like watching a sunset with a friend — words fall quiet. There aren't enough words to describe what you’re experiencing.
With the challenges of everyday life, the gift of reverence places God immediately in the focus of our lens. “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” Jesus said. Suddenly we can find in our hearts a real trust and reliance on God. With the recognigition of Christ active and at the command center of our lives, we can trust in the Almighty to calm our anxieties and fears.
Remember, this gift exists within us already. The only way to let it emerge is by pausing and being attentive to how awe-some our God is. When this happens, reverence moves us to desire something greater, beyond us, and to find deeper meaning. It’s like falling in love.
We need just to remember to first things first.
Wonder and Awe
The gift of awe lets us see God in all things. It gives us that feeling of hope for our life and world. Maybe you get that feeling when you hear a good song, and you sigh feeling grateful for all God has given you.
Though we can approach God with the trust of little children, we are also often aware of God's total majesty, ultimate power, and desire for justice.
A child may want to sit on the lap of his loving Father, but sometimes the believer will fall on his knees in the presence of the Creator of the Universe.
This is the gift that comes to us when we see the beauty of God’s creation around us:
(Fear of the Lord)
Originally made by: Katie Lutz
onder and Awe
Fruits of the Spirit