The divine gift of creative communication is the ability to share God's message via various art forms. Scripture calls this gift "speaking in tongues" and "writing." Today, we can add internet blogging to this list.
Creative communication skills include writing, painting, music, film, web design, and more. These are all spiritual gifts that enable us to share our faith with others.
Speaking in tongues was one of the most important gifts given to humans by God. This gift allowed ancient Israelites to join together in worship services where each person would speak in languages known only to them. In the New Testament, speaking in tongues is described as an evidence of the Holy Spirit living inside a person. It is said to be useful for encouraging other people in times of need or for giving testimony during church trials.
Writing is another very important gift that helps us spread God's word. Through letters, journals, blogs, and books, we can let others know about Jesus and His love forever.
Which means of creative communication is your spirit being strengthened through use? Writing, as you know, is one of my strongest gifts.
Art is created as a consequence of inspiration, and inspiration is spiritual in nature. So, at its core, art is a spiritual endeavor. In a nutshell, art is the communication of the human with the feeling of existence, the discovery of profound mysteries, and the penetration to the source of things. Art is also a way for humans to understand themselves and their place in the world.
Every form of art has some connection with spirituality. Even those forms of art that appear the most worldly have a hidden message that reveals a part of ourselves that we carry within us. For example, literature and music can reveal truths about humanity that we cannot see in our daily lives. The painting and sculpture in museums around the world offer a glimpse into the soul of humankind.
At its most basic, art is a way for humans to communicate their feelings and ideas. Some artists choose to express themselves through paint and canvas while others create sound recordings or musical compositions. Still other artists use their craft to build something new; they might design a house or a car or even a computer program. No matter what style an artist chooses, they are always trying to get across messages such as love, fear, hope, and pain. These are concepts that we all experience, but cannot always put into words. Art allows us to express these deep emotions that lie inside of us.
These talents, known as "charismatic gifts," include the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, enhanced faith, the gifts of healing, the gift of miracles, prophecy, spirit discernment, various kinds of tongues, and tongue interpretation. They all relate to some form of communication from God through which men are enabled to share their experiences, give advice, make decisions, etc.
There are also three spiritual gifts required by everyone who desires to lead a Christian life: leadership, teaching, and service. These are called the "ordinary" or "common" gifts because they are available to every believer. They include the gift of counsel, the gift of discernment, and the gift of hospitality.
The seven extraordinary or special gifts are given to some members of the church for special services (the pastor, the evangelist, the prophet, the teacher of languages, the healer, the helper, and the mover of mountains).
According to Paul, these were the only seven gifts needed in the early church. However, later writers added the gift of administration to this list. They did so because it was believed that women should not exercise authority over men and therefore gave women the opportunity to do so in a non-threatening way. However, today most Christians believe that both men and women should have equal opportunities in church leadership and neither should be relegated to a primarily supportive role.
According to spiritual writer Henri Nouwen, writing may help us disentangle our ideas, communicate our feelings, and give life aesthetic expression. "Writing may be a truly spiritual practice," says one author. Then writing may save our lives, as well as the lives of others. It can be both a remedy and a trap. We need only look at some historical figures--St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas More, Virginia Woolf--to see that writing can lead us down paths we might never have traveled otherwise.
Nouwen also said that "writing is indispensable for understanding ourselves and our world." Writing allows us to express what is inside us or beyond us, to release what is trapped up there, and to share our experiences with others. It is through words that we connect with others in far-off places, that we find comfort when we suffer, and that we are able to call upon help when it is needed most. Words are powerful tools for change. They can bring about reconciliation between nations, heal the sick, and free those who are enslaved.
Writing can also cause problems for us. We risk losing ourselves in our work, which can lead to neglect of other things in our lives. Or perhaps we write because we feel like talking but don't know how to go about it directly.