Intro: Overcoming the Redemptive Gifts Strongholds for Destiny
Our previous series on the Redemptive (Motivational) Gifts explained the personality drive associated with each one. Anyone can express characteristics of any gift. However, each person only has one primary drive. Understanding this about yourself empowers you to cooperate with your God-given design. And as we will see in this series, it also shows you your redemptive gifts strongholds primary battle.
Each one of the Redemptive Gifts as seen in Romans chapter 12 battles its logical weakness.
God reveals Himself in the Bible through His seven compound names of Jehovah. These are given in scripture in the exact same order as the gifts are listed in Romans 12. The best example of this is the first one, Jehovah Jireh. Jireh is Ra’ah in Hebrew (Strong’s 7200): to see, observe, perceive, examine. 1 Samuel 9:9 actually translates Ra’ah as “seer or prophet” matching perfectly with the first redemptive gift listed in Romans 12, prophet.
Each compound name of God shows a primary drive or trait of God and reveals the drive of the corresponding redemptive gift. Using the gift in a wrong way, to get our own needs met, reveals its stronghold.
It takes a little study to really understand this, so I would encourage you to go through our Redemptive Gift series to get the basic idea. Then as you go through this series on the strongholds you will gain much more depth in your insight into how all this works and how intuitive it really is.
(For a more in-depth study of the Redemptive Gifts, check out this link)
Here are the 7 Redemptive Gifts in order with a quick overview of each one:
- Prophets are motivated by their ability to see into things and know the inside and out of it – its purpose or design. Their challenge is trying to fix others by theses insights.
- Servants are motivated to mend, cure, and heal. They understand we all need to work together and obey God and naturally grasp what makes a team or a military platoon function well. However, servants may struggle to lay down their gift in order to build a team obedience environment.
- Teachers are motivated by holding up the responsibility of standards. Their challenge is when they are only responsible in what they desire to be responsible in.
- Exhorters are motivated by shalom (giving a sense of inclusion, acceptance, well-being and peace), and the vision to inspire themselves and others to know that they are connected relationally and what they can accomplish with these relationships. Unfortunately when their vision falters, exhorters really struggle.
- Givers are motivated by shepherding or managing resources, yet become challenged by thinking they own the resources and demand others steward things according to their desires.
- Rulers are motivated by what is right, just, and normal. They naturally see the right (and usually the best) way to do things, which gives them a boldness to accomplish tasks in life. However, if they are not careful, they can run over and dominate others with this gift.
- Mercies are motivated by heart alignment. They want to “be with” – have heart-to-heart connection, presence. Mercys are driven by this presence connection, yet, they can struggle with this because not everyone wants to connect, and life sometimes throws challenges at all of us wherein we don’t feel very connected to God, others, or ourselves.
The redemptive gifts strongholds all flow from the wrong use of them. This can happen when we find our identity in our gifting and not solely in being a child of God (sonship).
Our gifting will reveal our personality. Though all of us can operate in all of the gifts, there’s a reason some are drawn to serve and others to give. Each of us has one primary gift that motivates and underlies everything we do.
Understanding the gifts and their respective strongholds gives us a path of growth towards maturity. Our next seven posts will explain the seven strongholds correlating with the seven gifts. The final post will then show you how working through and overcoming these seven strongholds leads to finding your destiny.
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