By: Staci Stallings
When I teach the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to my Sunday School class, I have them start by pointing at their head for the first three (Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom) as those three reside or operate from your mind. The fourth (Right Counsel), I have them point to their head and then their heart. Right Counsel involves both your head and your heart. Making “head decisions” might be logical, but it will often lead you off track because your heart has an opinion as well, and that opinion is important to consider. The final three (Fortitude, Piety, and Fear of the Lord), I have the students point to their heart.
So now, try this with me:
(Point to your head)
(Point first to your head, then to your heart)
(Point to your heart)
Fear of the Lord
You now have the “plans,” a structure to begin building.
Chapter Discussion Questions
1) How do you view the Gifts of the Holy Spirit? Are they something you are to implement into your life and use? Does your implementing them come from your own strength, or do you feel the power to accomplish them comes from God? (We all know the “right” answer to these. Don’t just go for the right answer; think about the real answer as evidenced in your actual experience.)
2) Have you ever used the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as a “measurement” of how you are performing for God? Have you ever felt like He was judging how well you were performing the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
3) What have you done in your life that would have been nice to have a plan first? Did you find when you got into this project that you did something before something else you should have done first? Describe what happened.
4) What new understanding does the pointing exercise bring to you? Have you ever viewed the Gifts of the Holy Spirit this way, or is this something new? Is it helpful? Why or why not?