Your Twelve Spiritual Gifts

Published January 20, 2015 by

Open My Eyes that I May See

We most often make decisions based upon past experiences, cultural and socio-economic determinants and our belief system.  This applies to everything from our food choices to where we live and how we view the world, from how we view the homeless to how we view racial and national identity.

Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; for with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.*

Racial and political tensions in this country have deep roots in organized religion which gave lip service to the teaching of Jesus amid the drive to save pagans, even condoning enslaving ‘inferior peoples’.  Black slaves in this country were seen as little more than animals without souls or feelings.  They needed guidance and protection from themselves.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

How could these hollow words in the Declaration of Independence been written by our Founding Fathers?  Easy–they were a part of an exclusive club of white, property owning men–the original good old boys.

We have made progress, but not enough and much of that failure still lies in old belief systems perpetuated by a rigid moralism.  How do we overcome the habit of false judgment and classification of entire cultures?  We can only do it by choosing consciously to transform our thoughts and beliefs.

This series on the Twelve Gifts from God is designed with the objective of learning to intentionally and consciously align our physical and spiritual being with the Christ.  To set aside old habits of thought, belief and action (or inaction), and to fulfill our divine potential in the kingdom of God.

Wisdom, the highest form of spiritual knowing, includes divine judgment, discrimination, intuition, and other activities of mind that come under the heading of pure knowing. Wisdom is not dependent on reasoning, intellectual understanding, or deduction. It simply shines as the light from within that illumines the way and reveals whatever needs to be shown at a particular time.**

Spiritual Judgment guides me in making right decisions based upon principle rather than emotion or favoritism.  As I seek to balance my life by activating my spiritual gifts, my choices reflect my spiritual journey to wholeness.

It takes Faith to trust your Judgment.  It also takes Strength to stick with good Judgment when appearances would distract you. It is important to still yourself toward your Christ-self daily, allowing Faith, Strength and good Judgment to fill you to overflowing.***

Rev. Claudia Naylor

Mt. 7:1-2*

Your God-given Potential, by Hausmann**

How to Use Your Twelve Gifts from God, by Warch***

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