Here is an excerpt from “Holy Spirit Made Me Do It” about finding your gifts and talents and being empowered to walk in them.
Holy Spirit has come to be our helper and enabler. When we were born, we had gifts and talents that God placed within us in order to fulfill our God-given purpose. In order to recognize and utilize these gifts, we need help from the one who placed them there. What better way to activate those gifts than to have the Third Person of the God-Head to live within us and to strengthen those gifts. He points them out, builds them up, and empowers those gifts to fulfill the purposes of God.
1 Corinthians 2:9-14
(9) But as it is written: “EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”
(10) But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
(11) For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
(12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
(13) These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
(14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (emphasis mine)
In the above passage, we see that without Holy Spirit we can’t even recognize the gifts and talents that God has placed within us. That is why many of us are living far below our potential. Holy Spirit is the one who empowers us to execute those gifts. Without Him, we don’t even have the ability to know they are there because they are spiritually discerned. He doesn’t necessarily give us the ability, because God has already placed that within us at birth, but He empowers that ability.
Holy Spirit came to bring us power. God has a purpose and a plan for each one of us. He created us with all of the talents, gifts, and abilities we need in order to fulfill that purpose. He then sent Holy Spirit to live within us to empower those talents, gifts, and abilities. We are custom-designed for our individual purpose. God covered all of the bases. He not only designed our abilities but He filled us with the power to utilize them. God is an awesome God.