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ONLY ONE

9 Sep

I am always so blessed and encouraged by our word from God through our Pastor on Sunday mornings. I get excited and inspired each time. God’s Spirit swells up inside mine and I can’t help but share what I’ve been blessed with.

I have to admit that throughout my ministry I’ve always liked sharing God’s Word with large groups. I had visions of speaking to great crowds of people because God used me to teach and to minister and I wanted to reach everybody at one time. Then, one day, He taught me a very important lesson.

I was working for the Minister of Education for a very large church. I worked hard and accomplished a great deal. My boss took a lot of the credit for the work I did (beyond the everyday work I did for him). I know secretaries are supposed to support their bosses and make them look good. I was okay with that. But I was also a leader in the church and I worked hard alongside him over a very large Sunday School Department.

I was really proud of some things I did (pride – another thing that God wanted me to be rid of), and I was anxious for everyone to see what a great job I did. At a meeting of all our Sunday School leaders my boss introduced the new program I had designed – then took credit for it! I was incredibly angry and hurt. I fumed over it for several days. I talked to God about it and told Him just what I thought about the situation.

In God’s awesome love and wisdom, He spoke gently to my heart. He told me that if I could let go of wanting recognition for all that I did He could use me greatly! Wow! An awesome word from God. I have to admit, I liked the recognition and wasn’t sure I liked the idea of giving it up, but I love my Lord and I wanted to be used by Him to reach others. I gave my anger and resentment and  all other sinful thoughts and feelings over to Him, forever remembering that God is the one to receive the glory – not me – not my boss – not anyone else!

I kept my vision of reaching crowds of people through my teaching and ministering. I had been asked to teach at several seminars, Bible studies, my and other events and I loved it. One day,  a lady visiting our church, spoke a word to me about it. She told me that God knew that I wanted to minister to His people but that I couldn’t do it all at one time. She said God wanted me to know that He would send me to the one He wanted me to minister to. He said He would show me to go to “this one” or “that one” and that I would reach them for His kingdom. He gave me that message many times throughout my life from others who even said that I would reach others even in the grocery store or in the beauty shop!

I chuckled inside because God used that  first woman to let me know He knew what my desires were, and His were the same except that He wanted me to do it “one” soul at a time. I think I realized at that point that I still kind of wanted the glory. Pride is an awful thing. It creeps up on us. Even to those who don’t think they are proud – they are proud that they are not proud!

Since those days long ago, God has brought people to me – “one” at a time, or sent me to encourage “one” at a time. I learned that there are amazing results in ministering to one at a time. It is God’s way of letting each “one” know just how much He loves them  – enough to send His son to die for them, and enough to send someone directly to them for prayer and encouragement.

God didn’t just select me for this – He selected us all. We have only to make Him a priority and to let Him use us – not for our glory or our recognition – but for His glory and His purposes. If we get the glory that belongs to God, the “ones” we reach won’t recognize just how much God loves them and wants to bless them.

The message God sent through our Pastor made me realize even more how much each “one” of us matters to Him on a personal, one on one, level. That is truly a miracle!

By the way – all those ones add up to a crowd of people!

Characteristics of the Gift of Mercy

25 Jul

Spiritual Gifts (9)

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“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.” 1 Cor. 12:4
“Now about spiritual gifts brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.” 1 Cor. 12:4

The original Hebrew meaning of the word “Spirit” is –Breath – God’s Breath – Breathed into us

  • The fruit of the Spirit reflect God’s character – what a disciple is.
  • The gifts of the Spirit reflect God’s work – what a disciple does.
  • A spiritual gift is freely given by the grace of God.
  • It cannot be earned
  • It cannot be deserved
  • It cannot be received through prayer
The Discovery Process
  • You must trust the Holy Spirit to give good gifts and that what the Bible teaches about Spiritual Gifts is important
  • You must desire to know your gift
  • You must be willing to use your gift
  • You must be willing to pray that God will reveal your gift
  • Start observing gifted people

Hindrances to Discovering Your Spiritual Gift

  • Improper motives – self serving
  • The proper motive of gift use is to bring honor to God by edifying others.
  • Self-edification (building up oneself) should never be the primary motive of a Christian’s actions.
  • “You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasure.” (James 4:2,3)
Your Gifts Are to be Used in Ministry
  • Your gift is not a trophy to set on a shelf to admire or to remind you of past accomplishments.
  • It is a tool to be used throughout your lifetime.
  • You may use your gift in different ministries, with different age-groups, for different purposes.
  • Though these change, your gift stays the same.

There are seven Spiritual Gifts mentioned in Romans:

Rom 12:3-8

4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body , and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. NIV

Let’s begin with the gift of MERCY.

  • They reach out with genuine love which uplifts, soothes and  heals those who are hurting
  • Even if words aren’t spoken, they can pick up on the feelings and attitudes of others.
  • Because they so project themselves into situations, they can easily be hurt
  • If they sense a lack of love, they will back off (because they can be deeply hurt)
  • They desire quality time together with others because they have an understanding of giving quality time
  • Because they are often drained emotionally and spiritually, they will need to refill their cup or recharge their battery
  • They need genuine closeness and genuine expressions of love
My next Post will continue with the characteristics of the gift of MERCY.
In addition to the knowledge God has given me on this subject I have also used material from the following:
  • C. Peter Wagner “Your Spiritural Gifts”
  • Gordon Lindsay “All About the Gifts of the Spirit”
  • Adult Education and Discipleship Ministries – FBC – Garland “Gifts are for Giving”
  • Biblesoft Libraries
  • Sandy Trice
  • David Francis

I’ll Let God Know When I Need Him

2 Jul

God wants all of you and all of me. Proverbs 3:6 says “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path”. Do you give Him more than a token five or ten minutes of quiet time? Do you acknowledge Him in ALL your ways? That means do you consider what God wants from you each time you make a decision? Or, just when you can’t come up with a solution?

God wants more than our church attendance and our participation on committees, and ministries that are self-serving by putting us in the spotlight. God wants a relationship with us! He has the answers we need. He is faithful.

God wants to be the Lord of our lives. He’s not our indulgent grandfather – too old to really understand the world we live in today. How could we even think that we are too far advanced for our God? Is it because He once used a small boy with a slingshot and three small stones to kill a giant?

Even though we may sometimes have a hard time accepting the fact that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit really are relevant in our modern world,predictions were made in the Bible concerning the marvels we are witnessing today.

There is so much knowledge available to us, at our fingertips. In truth, we’re just too busy – even with good things – to give time to the Lord and let Him guide us in every situation. We know He’s there and we know we can call out to Him when we’ve exhausted all our other resources.

Most of us may be satisfied just knowing God is around when we need Him. Then, if and when we truly get in over our heads, we’ll call out to Him. However; more than likely, we have probably already decided on a course of action. Let’s face it, we think we can manage on our own most of the time. The truth is in the message of one of my favorite songs, “I Can’t Even Walk Without Him Holding My Hand“.

“In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He Shall direct your paths”.
Proverbs 3:6

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