I was reminded …

I was reminded of this scripture:
(Proverbs 13:12) 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

We can wait and wait, and expect things to change or to occur in our life, but yet have to endure the work of patience. As we endure the work of patience we tend to grow weary because what we expect to happen has not happened. We lose hope, we lose faith, and we begin to doubt and give up on what could and would be.

Yet, we must also remember (Galatians 6:9)9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Trust in the Lord and know that He does not forsake those who love Him. Hang on to Him, His Word, and know that He is true. Hold on. He will always come through for you. Trust and believe. He will make all things new! Just keep on honoring Him.

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It just dawned …

It just dawned on me, when I hear of see people quote John 3:16 the only part that is quoted is “For God so loved the word that He gave His only begotten Son…..”. I realize because I hear or see that some much that is all I know. There is more to the scripture. Yes, we know that God loves us by giving His Son, but he didn’t give us His just because love us. He gave us His Son so that we would believe in Him THEN so we may HAVE everlasting life. God’s love is so much deeper than we may know and can comprehend. God gives us love, so just accept it. Next time you hear or see someone half-quote John 3:16 know that there is more to that scripture and remind them as well.

(John 3:16) 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper

No weapon formed against you shall prosper

The month of August is the month of breakthrough. Whatever you have been praying for, hoping for, struggling through, etc is going to break and you will be blessed. While you are reaching your breakthrough you will have obstacles to … Continue reading

Your gift can take you further than your education

Earlier today I was digging through some papers I forgot I had printed out and found a stack of articles I had looked up when God was explaining to me (Proverbs 18:16) ” 16 A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.” I heard and read the statement that your gifts will make room for you, meaning your God-given gift/ talent is what sets you up for your destiny. Its great to have an education, but your gift will take you further than your education ever will. 

Recently I have taken a break from school which was arranged by God. This break was very unexpected, but God knows what He is doing. Since I’ve taken a break I’ve had more time to spend one-on-one time with the Lord and focus more on what He wants me to do. Yet, I’ve found myself focusing on other things like considering and looking up jobs, trying to get back in school, thinking about all that hasn’t happened for me and all that I lack at this time in my life. Rather than keeping trust and faith in God that He has everything under control, I wound up losing focus on Him and worrying again and trying to take matters into my own hands. I began thinking about the promises that God revealed to me and thinking well, if this is what I’m going to do then I need to do something about getting there. I began looking up jobs and realized that a lot of the positions required certain skills or an advanced degree. Each position I look at makes me more and more discouraged because I’m under qualified or lack the experience. I consider my own skills and experience and start to think what CAN I DO? I am capable doing anything if trained, but I lack the experience. What can I do? What can I DO….? 

“Your gift can take you further than your education.”

What can I do? I wrote down what I was good at, the character traits that I always exhibited, what I’m passionate about. I wrote all these things and thought to myself this is all I can do, I don’t have any special talents to showcase or something that makes me look extraordinary or significant.  What I can do anybody else can do, so what makes me so special or unique that makes me worthy of having or even doing any job? I’m either over qualified for simple jobs, under qualified for jobs needing advanced degrees, or I lack the experience for jobs I am qualified for.

I sat back and thought about the articles, “your gift can take you further than your education.”  It’s not about looking like everyone else, impressing everyone else, or settling for anything you can just do because of your educational status. It’s about the gift(s) that God has given you. The gifts that God has given me is meant for a specific task that God has designed me for. Its not meant for me to try to be like everyone else or impress everyone. I always thought I was talentless because I couldn’t sing, I wasn’t artistic, not athletic, etc, etc. I always thought that having a talent was about being able to stand out and impress others with what you can do. This is such a terrible mindset to have. This mindset is so dangerous to have its keeps you from appreciating and UTILIZING your own gift(s). You can not be or act like someone you are not. “You’re never going to fully give yourself to what you need to do if you don’t stop comparing yourself to other people and what they can do.- Joyce Meyers”  You have to appreciate your gift because that what brings you into your destiny.   

My gifts/talent: I have always been a very helpful person. I always had an urge to assist people when I can. I take the time to listen when people need to talk. I’m very caring and nurturing. I’m a people person. I work well one-on-one with people. I’m pretty well organized. I love working with little kids and enjoy watching them learn and grow. Children are very impressionable and what happens during childhood makes a huge impact in how that child will be as an adult. I’m pretty persistent and determined about seeking out information or getting things done. These are my gifts and talents. It may not be much in my eyes, but in God’s eyes its the world. I realize and I surprisingly I prayed for this just LAST NIGHT, that God would renew my mind in any area that I needed my mind to be renewed in and He did. For as long as I can remember my gifts have made an impact in people’s lives. I have done maybe the smallest thing for someone and me not realizing or knowing that I had just blessed that person because I took the time to use my gifts in order to pour into that person. I was rewarded with praise and grace all because I used the gift that God has instilled in me. When we are not focused on God’s love and too caught up in the world we tend to forget our own worth and how valuable we are. We covet what we see, constantly comparing ourselves with others, and lose track of our own destiny. There are so many things we are taught to believe that are just not true. I understand now that I must trust in God that what He has instilled in me is great and wonderful and that no matter how much education, experience, or whatever job I try to get, no manmade job can fulfill the gift that is within me. I have to remember that what God has instilled in me is the job, is the experience, is MY CALLING to do. I realize that I do have a heavy calling on my life, but I have to remember that this calling is very important and its not for me to make it in the world or be like the world, but all for the Glory of God, the uplifting of the Kingdom of Heaven.

For those who are feeling the way that I just expressed in this message or you feel like you have tried and tried and nothing seems to work for you, one thing I want to tell you is that you are special and unique in your own way. God made you for a purpose. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Take the time to reflect on what you are good at, what you like to do, what is your passion and then ask God what are YOU supposed to do with the gifts/ talents He has lovingly and graciously given you. Continue to seek His face and know that He loves you and will never forsake you. Embrace your gift(s) and allow the Holy spirit to guide you in using your gifts. Be blessed!

(Proverbs 18:16)  16 A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.

Made perfect in love: How we love others with the love of God

Made perfect in love:

How we love others with the love of God

 

Renewed mind and new man

First we start with our foundation: new birth and how we became born again.

  • John 3: 5-8
  • Romans 5: 12-15; 6: 4-6, 11-14

Once we are born again we have to focus on self through renewing our mind and nurturing our spirit man.

  • Romans 12: 1-2
    • We are changed by having fewer thoughts like the world and having more thoughts like the Kingdom.
  • Ephesians 4: 17-24
    • We flee from sin and start to become more like Christ.
  • 1 John 4: 4, 6
    • Since we are of God we should be more like Him.
  • Hebrews 5: 12-14
    • We must feed our spirit man “age” appropriate food.
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 11-13
    • We put behind us our childish ways (old ways) and look at ourselves the way God sees us. Now that our new man is developing we only know of God’s plans in part.
    • We must abide in the Lord. His greatest gift is love.

 

Greatest commandment: love God and your neighbor (1 John 4:21, Luke 10:27, Mark 12: 30-31, etc.)

 

Love

 

  • John 3: 16
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
    • Love is unconditional

God

 

 

        SORRY THERE WAS A PICTURE HERE THAT DIDN’T SHOW UP. It’s a huge heart with God in the middle. There are two stick people, one on each side of the heart. Arrows are pointing to the heart representing our love for God and God loving us. Within the heart our love for God turns into a dash line meaning God’s love is being manipulated so we can love others. Between the stick people is a squiggly, unconnected line with a stop sign on the line. This represents that we can love others from ourselves. Loving from ourselves is conditional, self-fulfilling.

  • When we love God we can love others. We can’t love others out of our own will because love is not in us. We don’t have the power to love from ourselves if don’t know and love Christ first.

  

How to love (God’s instructions)

 

As Christians we are to love one another, but we have to love others the way God love us.

  • 1 John 4:7-16
    • God is love
    • Though love is unconditional, there is one condition in loving others, we must ABIDE IN GOD
  • Ephesians 4: 25-32
    • Rid yourself of hateful and mean behaviors. Be sweet and kindhearted to one another.

    Romans 12: 9-21

  • 1 Samuel 16:7
    • When you love others don’t focus on what you see on the outside, look at what you see in the inside. When you look at someone’s heart you should see God.

    Colossians 3

  • Galatians 5: 22-23
    • Bare the fruit of the Spirit

Perfect love

  • Colossians 3:14
    • Love is what makes us perfect
  • 1 John 4:12, 17-19
    • Love has been perfected when we abide in God.
    • When we become obedient and put fear aside from serving others the way that God has called us to serve and love one another then we can be made perfect in love. We have to be bold and not worry about what people will think of us when we go ALL out to do the will of God, even when it goes against the norms of the world.
  • 1 Corinthians  13: 8-10
    • Once we become perfect in God’s love what we knew of God’s plans in part will no longer be done in part, but be done in completeness, wholeness, PERFECTION…. 1.
      • 1 represents unity, God (John 17: 20-26)
  • Matthew 5:48
    • We must be made perfect because God is perfect. BE LIKE CHRIST.