Attributes of the Perceiver Day 3

John the Baptist was most certainly...


Frank, outspoken and doesn’t mince words __________________________________________
Never = 0
Seldom = 1
Sometimes = 2
Usually = 3
Mostly = 4
Always = 5
Total _______________
He called the Pharisees a Brood of Vipers. He could see directly into their black hearts and knew they were up to absolutely no good. He knew they had come out to the wilderness to gather fodder for their schemes rather than to repent of their wickedness. John had the perception given to him by God's Holy Spirit, the same that caused him to jump with joy in his mother's womb when he heard Mary's voice.


When we get to the misundertandings of this gift, we'll see that this is viewed as one of the problems rather than a blessing. This gift is great when spoken form the pulpit and from a distance... but, when a brother gets in your face to confront a sin in your life, it pinches and hurts because we feel like it is a personal attack rather than real concern over getting right with God.


Very persuasive in method of speaking _____________________________________________
Never = 0
Seldom = 1
Sometimes = 2
Usually = 3
Mostly = 4
Always = 5
Total _______________


For the next ten characteristics, we will look at Jesus, Peter and John the Baptist. In the space provided, describe how the verses depict the characteristic of a Perceiver.


Now turn to Luke 13:34
Grieves deeply over the sins of others _________________________________
Never = 0
Seldom = 1
Sometimes = 2
Usually = 3
Mostly = 4
Always = 5
Total _______________


This gift takes grief over the sins of others to a much deeper level than the "ummmmm, do you know what she did the other day?" A person with this gift will be moved to tears when hearing about a brother's or sister's transgression and will be moved to instant intecessory prayer. This is exhibited by Jesus on the cross and later repeated by Stephen: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." A person with this gift will sometimes just know when a sibling in Christ is in the midst of sin, but, when walking in the Spirit of this gift, will wait upon the Lord to confront the sin of the brother. It is usually this gift that will confront sin rather than any other gift of the Spirit because this gift wants alignment with God above all things.


John 13:8-10
Eager to see his own blind spots and help other see theirs also
__________________________________
Never = 0
Seldom = 1
Sometimes = 2
Usually = 3
Mostly = 4
Always = 5
Total _______________


Not many people welcome constructive criticism. Most say they want it, but really don't. We all want to be considered the best at what we do and need those constant reassurances in order to function with each other. But the Perceiver deeply wants that criticism because he pursues a greater alignment within God's will and the Perceiver realizes that he can't always see himself clearly. He will take the criticism to God and see if there is truth and validity to it. If it passes God's muster, then the Perceiver will immediately begin to correct the problem.


What's your total for the day?


You can look to the right and find Perceiver Days 4 and 5, or you can click here.
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