Throughout the New Testament, we are given many examples of blue spiritual gifts:
- Jesus cast out demons (Matt. 8:28-34)
- Jesus healed countless people (Mark 2:1-12; Mark 8:22-26; John 9:1-12)
- Paul used discernment with the fortune-telling slave girl (Acts 16:16-22)
- Paul miraculously rose Eutychus from the dead (Acts 20:9-12)
- Peter joyfully suffered for Jesus’s sake (1 Pet. 2:20-25)
Gifts in the blue category demonstrate the supernatural power of God. Many of them transcend what we would consider “natural law” in order to show God’s power of nature. Additionally, these gifts minister to those whose needs cannot be met by natural means.
Let’s take a closer look at the blue spiritual gifts.
Deliverance: While every believer has been given power over evil spirits (Mark 16:15-18), the gift of deliverance is an extra measure of this gift. This gift enables Christians to help people suffering from demonic oppression, leading them to deliverance.
Discernment: This gift enables Christians to know for sure whether a behavior originates from a divine, human, or satanic source; it helps to determine truth from deception. Discernment is part of God’s providential protection against error.
Faith: God has blessed some people with a special measure of faith. These individuals are able to discern, with an unusual degree of confidence, the will of God; they do not shy away from uncertainties or risks when they are convinced of His will.
Healing: The gift of healing allows people to serve as God’s instruments for the restoration of health, without the aid of medical tools. It should be noted that God is always the One who does the healing; those gifted in this area can only pray to this end.
Interpretation: Some who have this gift interpret the messages that another person has given in tongues; others interpret their own statements given in tongues. In all cases, though, this gift enables Christians to make known in a commonly understood language a message originally communicated in tongues.
Miracles: This gift allows Christians to serve as human instruments through which God performs powerful acts that surpass natural laws. Whenever God uses this gift, it is His goal to communicate a specific message to His people.
Prayer: The gift of prayer enables Christians to pray for concrete requests over long periods of time, and to receive visible answers more frequently than do other Christians. Those with this gift often spend hours praying intensively and enjoy every minute of it!
Prophecy: This gift enables Christians to receive a message from God through the Holy Spirit and communicate it to others. It allows people to be a vehicle for a divine message.
Suffering: The gift of suffering enables Christians to endure negative experiences for their faith, while at the same time maintaining a joyful, victorious spirit.
Tongues: Christians with the gift of tongues are enabled to use a language they have never learned either in their personal prayer times or for a public message. Keep in mind this is only considered a gift if speaking in tongues is a significant part of one’s spiritual life.
Blue gifts reflect an uncompromising trust in God, help communicate God’s messages to His church, and bring His supernatural power into a needy situation. Do you possess any blue gifts? How do you see them manifested in your life?
As we close out this series on the spiritual gifts of each color (and as we close out 2019), we hope it has allowed you to learn more about your own gifts and given you a desire to use your natural-born abilities and gifts for the glory of God.
(To learn more about green gifts, check out pages 124-134 in The 3 Colors of Ministry.)