By Stephen Phinney
There are 25 Spirit gifts found in the Word of God.  There are two primary distinctions regarding these gifts. First, are the Diakonai (or Charismata), the functional ministry gifts, which are found in 1 Corinthians 12:28 and Romans 12:3-8.  Secondly, are the Phanerosis, the manifestation of the Spirit gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10).
The third element is Domata - the anointed-gifted men and women of God - assigned by the Lord Himself.  Therefore, it is very important that we accept the stated three elements of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Diakonai, Phanerosis and Domata (the ministry, the manifestation of the Spirit, and the anointing).
If we expect God to use us, He will be ready and willing to do so.  God knows who needs ministry and whom He needs to use to get the job done.  When you are in line with the above three items, God is bound to use you.  It is important not to set standards on God.  Be careful not to tell Him how you want to be used and what gifts you want Him to put in you.  Fear of the unknown is a big problem with many Christians in allowing God to do anything He wants with and through them.  In any case, the important thing is being willing and expectant of God to do a great and mighty work by using His gifts in you.
When we use the term “occupational gifts”, we are referring to the gifts the Holy Spirit uses to manifest Himself.  Occupation is a job or profession - the action, state, or period of occupying or being occupied by the Holy Spirit.  The fact that the Holy Spirit comes into our bodies when we become born-again puts us in a position of being living vessels for God.  God designs this vessel for a specific purpose and “calling” in mind.  Your occupation is your calling.
Let us look at the list of occupations of the Holy Spirit:
Prophecy is a reception and declaration of a Word from the Lord, through the direct prompting of the Holy Spirit and the human instrument He uses.
True prophecy builds up and edifies. It builds up because God is always building up the Body of Christ.  This person may bring encouragement to the church using strong words (1 Corinthians 14:3).  This individual is used by God to bring rebukes to Body members, as well as the Church as a whole (1 Corinthians 1:9-10).  The person blessed with this gift oftentimes functions under direct revelations of God (1 Corinthians 14:29-31).  Prophets shed new light on the fullness of our Salvation.  This person will have the tendency to “preach to the nations.”
Prophets build up because they are an overt picture of what a believer is all about (1 Corinthians 14:22-25).  Prophets oftentimes reveal whether God is present in an assembly, thereby confirming the believer in his faith, and even causing the unbeliever to confess God’s presence (v. 24). 
Prophets also build up because they lay bare the secrets of the heart (1 Corinthians 14:22-25).  This is why they intimidate many Body members.  Prophets are usually loved or “hated” due to this.  Prophets normally prevent people from hiding behind masks or pretending to be righteous when they are not.  Where prophets are, honesty and integrity are indispensable (Ananias and Sapphira - Acts 5).
Bottom line:  Prophets are used by God to show the people there is a God!
Fleshly Liabilities:
People with the gift of prophecy (if walking after the flesh) can become dictatorial, domineering, demanding, troubled when things don’t go their way, intense about things that don’t matter, be too forceful, be too direct, and oftentimes are accused of being bossy.
They can be afflicted with weaknesses (to keep them humble before the Lord) and have a problem tolerating weak or sick people.  When walking after the flesh, they have problems accepting indecisive and/or lazy people.  They are tough on people who do not understand authority or those who won’t accept challenges.
Prophets expect people to think and gain understanding quickly, as well as, assume that most people will keep up with them (Isaiah 30:30).
Places of Service
1.            Offer personal prophecies to individuals
2.            Offer church wide prophecies to the Body of Christ as a whole
3.            Church promotions
4.            Message to the Body of Christ
5.            Sunday school teachings
6.            Church activist in the political arena
7.            Evangelism campaigns 

This gift gives special ability to communicate the Word of God in such a way that it is organized and the Body of Christ learns easily.
Christians with this gift have an overwhelming desire to explain the Truth to those around them.  A prophet declares Truth, while a teacher logically explains it.  Oftentimes prophets and teachers do not get along; although in God’s eyes, prophets and teachers make great working partners. Their gifting brings balance to one another.
Teachers are interested in searching things out.  They love details and better yet, love presenting the details they have uncovered.  Teachers love to study and usually encourage others to be men/women of the Word.  Many times, they think education equals transformation, through studying the Word of God.  At times, they forget that transformation only comes through the Spirit.
The gift of teaching is mentioned in all three scriptural references listed regarding spiritual gifts: Romans12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4.  Scripture often confirms that many Body members receive this gift.  This gift is needed for most areas of the local church and the church worldwide. For example: the morning message, Sunday school, special electives, children’s church, day care, training classes, the music ministry, and many others.

People who have the gift of teaching oftentimes use their gifts as an occupation: schoolteacher, professor, learning institutes, sales education, etc.
Teachers are normally patient with their students.  They like to come up with new ideas on how to reach their students and to help them better understand what is being taught.
God uses the teachers to communicate His day-to-day points of living (Ephesians 4:11).  They are often seen as pastors, motivational speakers, or trainers.  In fact, many people with the gift of teaching think they are pastors.  As we will learn later, pastors are very different in the way they care for people.
Fleshly Liabilities:
It is common for teachers to have a difficult time establishing and maintaining friendships.  If they are walking after the flesh, they have the tendency to be too serious, haughty, high-minded, critical, contemplative, oftentimes judgmental, moody, and tend to analyze everything.  People who are trying to establish relationships with them get frustrated at times. When they are with the teacher, the teacher seems to communicate by teaching.  Many teachers do not know the difference between teaching and just communicating with someone.

Teachers have the tendency to be bothered by “shallow” thinkers, people who state things that are not supported by the documented Truth, people who do not present Truth in an organized fashion or who simply do not prepare properly before they teach.  This is why a teacher oftentimes has difficulty relating to the prophet-type – who hears the Truth directly from God.
Many times, teachers have a problem with authority because they believe what they are saying is the authoritative way.
Places of Service
1.            Sunday morning messages
2.            Sunday school teacher
3.            Children’s ministry
4.            Small groups
5.            Radio/TV ministry
6.            Community Outreach
7.            Conduct Bible studies
8.            Preaching
9.            Elective classes
10.         Mission work
Teachers need to remember to rest in Christ, focus on building their existing relationships, build new friendships, ask more questions of people, allow for more group discussions, and spend more time being practical (application).  Overall, the teacher needs to be more fun loving, lighthearted, and animated.
Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible, © Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.