MOTIVATIONAL GIFTING - EXHORTER
- Loves people.
- Very positive.
- Encourages or comforts - father/mother image.
- Stimulates faith.
- Wants God's Word to become flesh in people.
- Life centered - excited about personal progress.
- Growth oriented - disciple oriented - maturity oriented - spiritual growth in practical living.
- Good counselor - called to walk along side - paracletus and exhorter are the same word in the Greek - works with person to achieve agreed upon goals.
- An exhorter must: (Rom. 12:12)
- Rejoice in hope.
- Be patient with lack of progress.
- Be persistent (continuing constant) in prayer.
- Exhorter motive weaknesses:
- Greatest weakness - apathy.
- Needs to build into life an understanding of God's design - to understand and explain God's kingship.
- Counsels to encourage spiritual growth - likes to counsel.
- Must see achievement and will give precise steps of action for counselees - may tend to help God out a bit.
- Enjoys challenges - does well in the middle of the mess.
- Has the ability to visualize spiritual achievement - steps designed to develop personal discipline through which the Holy Spirit can work.
- Enjoys seeing people following steps of action prescribed - discouraged when truth is not followed.
- Must see individual acceptance when counsels - needs to see facial expression to see response - not interested in small talk.
- Avoids teaching that isn't practical - impractical teaching causes grief, boredom, frustration.
- Explains truth with logical reasoning to motivate action.
- Desires open life to gain wider hearing for the Gospel.
- Desires to be transparent - chief weapon is a clear conscience.
- Motivated to urge people to reach their full potential in Christ.
- Can discern and visualize personal achievement in the eyes of God.
- Motivated to search out root problems - hindrances in people's lives who are not growing - asks a lot of questions.
- Identifies with people where they are in order to counsel them - has ability to discern person's level of growth and communicate on that level to them.
- Sees value in suffering - whether personal or from others.
- Knows message of the cross - discovering God through suffering.
- Glories in trials - turns problems into benefits.
- Has insight into human experiences as relates to Biblical truth - principles of growth.
- Will use personal and other examples to illustrate principles.
- Delights in new insights - gains insights through experiences in life.
- Motivated to learn cause and effect sequences to discover underlying principles of life.
- Studies both scripture and life experiences.
- Dangers and misunderstandings:
- Setting unrealistic goals and projects for counselees without care as to their time commitments.
- Becoming discouraged with lack of progress.
- Manipulating people.
- Wasting time with those who want only temporary help.
- Willing to give of time which cuts into other duties.
- Faith in his counseling program may seem in the eyes of counselees as if the program was too simple for the problem.
- Overconfidence in program tends to raise expectations for results prematurely.
- Eagerness to give steps of action may appear as having too much confidence in the program.
- Faith in steps of action may appear as being insensitive to people's feelings.
- Tends to categorize problems as hears them and arrives at hasty conclusions - giving wrong counsel.
- Avoids heavy doctrinal issues which don't have practical applications and can cause imbalance.
- Seeing practical applications in scripture may appear to take scripture out of context.
- Tends to treat people as counseling projects rather than real people with personal needs.
- Shares private illustrations without getting permission first - enjoys giving examples from other people's lives.
- Boasting of his results - looking to self as problem solver - takes personal credit for growth of counselees.
- Wants to win the lost by being a living example - appears as not interested in evangelism or as only interested in saints not unbelievers.
- Wants to be well liked, will compromise convictions - appears to be wishy-washy.
- Tends to start new projects without finishing former projects.
- Uses projects to motivate others and then drops out himself.
- Giving up on unco-operative people who don't consistently respond to counsel given.
- Discerning Spiritual Gifts, Institute In Basic Youth Conflicts
- Seven Gifts To Success, tapes, Marilyn Hickey
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