Wednesday, December 18, 2013

We who were created and given much.

Romans 12:3, American Standard Version (ASV)
For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think as to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to each man a measure of faith.

Romans 12:3,The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (NKJV)

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

1 Corinthians 4:7, (ASV)
For who maketh thee to differ? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? but if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory as if thou hadst not received it?

1 Corinthians 4:7, (NKJV)

For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

Ephesians 2:10, (NKJV)

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

1 Corinthians 7:7, (NKJV)

For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.

1 Corinthians 13:2, (NKJV)

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 12:4, (NKJV)

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:1, (NKJV)

14 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

2 Corinthians 5:17, (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

John 1:3, (NKJV)

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Isaiah 66:2New King James Version (NKJV)

For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,”
Says the Lord“But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.

I recommend you read these these verses in several versions to get a fuller understanding of what the Holy Spirit is conveying in the Word. The ASV is Public Domain as are some others. There are many sites on the web that have Bible translations. The one I use is . Most Bible translators are prudent and knowledgeable yet Greek and Hebrew do not have the same way of looking at sentence structure or punctuation as the English language or even other languages and there are also different manuscripts that are used for translation and some are older than others. When all is said and done there are very little differences. If fact the Iliad and Shakespear and those type manuscripts had more discrepancies so I would say the people who copied the manuscripts that became our Holy Bible did an amazing job of copying.

My Comments: We are all bestowed with special gifts, some we have before we come to have a walk with the Lord Jesus, others are bestowed on us at our indwelling of the Holy Spirit and some come and go as the Lord needs for us to have them. No one should compare their gifts or talents to another person. A gift is given and the gifts we are given are given especially for each of us and not because of us but because of what God the Father is doing in, through and with us for others and always for His glory.

When a child is given a gift at Christmas and looks at another persons gift and says, “I wanted that gift.” How do we feel if we are the one who gave the gift? Our Abba Father feels the same. He knows what gift we need to accomplish His will. We only think we do. We do not! Sometimes we act as spoiled children who receive too many gifts on Christmas.

When I was a little girl growing up in Kodiak I do not remember getting many gifts and only one said from Santa (that was the one from my parents) and as I became a teen I remember getting a couple more and those were from my parents. I remember many presents were not even wrapped. We found them under the tree unwrapped and ready to enjoy. Our gifts from our Heavenly Father are like this. Unwrapped and ready to use.

When born into this world we were unwrapped and ready to use. We are a gift from the Heavenly Father to our earthly parents. We are not responsible how they took care of the gift given them they are. But the talents and gifts God gives us we are responsible for how we use. We must be honest in look at ourselves and evaluate how we are using the gifts and talents He has placed in us to use for His glory. We may have worked hard to overcome weaknesses in our selves as Moses did with his fear of speaking in public. Yet God gave the gift to develop though sometimes the gift is ready to use and does not have to be developed.

When I first started to do as the Lord prompted me to do and evangelize, it was when I was taking lessons at the YMCA in Grays Harbor. I called it my Hot Tub Ministry. Anyone who the Lord sent into the Hot Tub I was prompted to speak a word about Almighty God and His Son Jesus the Christ. I was very nervous for many reasons. I was (am) overweight, older (even more now, lol), unknowledgeable and have a memory problem so I had (and stiHisdo) a hard time remembering whole texts or the book or verse of where they could be found. So I could not understand why God would want me to even talk to people about His Son and Salvation. I still can not yet I allow Him to use me or better yet I make available to Him the gifts He has given me.

Shy though I am, I have been given the gift of loving people. I love to talk to them, listen to what they believe and about them. I have been given an awesome smile and a sense of humor and a huge laugh. Yet more than these I have been given the gift of caring for the souls of all people. It pains me to think of people perishing in Hell for eternity because I did not offer His free gift of Salvation. I am still timid when approaching people yet gain strength from Him when I know He desires for the person to hear His Word and Gospel. That is one of the reasons I started this blog, in order to reach more people so more would receive the free gift of salvation. That was His prompting and another person helped me set up the site. That was Abba Father, working out what He wanted done. What is your gift or gifts, your talents? Ask the Lord.

I did not know my smile was a gift. Yours could be in many areas yet none have all gifts and all have the gifts that the Lord needs them to use for His glory and praise. When ever someone compliments you on your gift or talents give all the praise and glory to Him who gave it to you. Use it and do not deny it. Know that He will help you use it. His Spirit will give you understanding and knowledge as well as wisdom in how and when to use it if you leave yourself open to His leading. The shepherds were told not to fear and to go to the babe. They went and we should as well. Many took gifts to Him and He gave each gifts as well and still does today.

Remember not gift or talent is better than anothers. It is not for us so we can brag about how many gifts or talents we have or how good we can use them. And they are not to be hidden as the servant who hid the talent because he was afraid to increase it. Abba Father increases what is used for His purposes and will take away gifts or talents that are not used for His glory or are hidden and not used at all. It would be like a child who is given something and we wait and wait for them to use it and enjoy it and they hide it in a closet or under the bed or throw it away. It would break our hearts and it breaks Abba Fathers hearts when we do not use and enjoy for His glory, the gifts He has given.

His gifts are given to bring Him glory by bringing more to Him through His Son Jesus. I use this blog for His glory. I write for His glory. I paint Scripture art for His glory. I smile for His glory. I am thankful for His gifts and seek to use them so He is glorified. I pray for the gift of prophecy as it is a gift I have had very little of yet I am thankful for the gifts and talents He has given me. Your gifts and talents are there. Ask Him what they are and do not compare them to others but use them with humility knowing they are not for you. they are to bring people to the knowledge and understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ and through Him they will become Children of God and that is the greatest gift in my opinion.
Abba Father, thank You for all the gifts and talents You bestow on all of us. Help us not to compare ours to others and to use them to the fullest to honor and glorify Your Holy Name. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit so we will use our gifts and talents to the fullest for Your will. We praise and glorify You Father in all we say and do. Thank You for the best gift of all, Your Son Jesus and thank You Jesus for Your greatest gift of Salvation through Your body and blood shed on the Cross for us. Thank You Holy Spirit for filling us with what we need to work for the Kingdom of Jesus/ In Jesus name in union with the Holy Spirit I pray, Amen.


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