Is it me or are Christians throwing up the victim card a lot more than usual? Wallowing in self pity and sorrow. Last I checked Jesus died on the cross for my sins so I have nothing pity and sorrow over. I am forgiven. There are too many Christians out here forgetting their salvation and allowing the enemy to make them a victim rather than wearing their armor of God and being a victor. Lets get it together and tell the enemy who we are: WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD.
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.
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.
Life is a such a competition especially here in the U.S. Everybody is trying to out do each other, trying to “keep up with the Jones’ and them”, or be the Jones; but the thing is what in life are we competing for? what is the prize , the end result? To able to say that you did better than somebody else. And what defines better? I know one thing, whatever we (people) are trying to compete for is not what God wants us to compete for. We are supposed to be competing for the Kingdom of Heaven, our ultimate treasure.
(1 Corinthians 9:24-25) 24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
(Mark 8:36) 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
The best thing God does for us is providing us the opportunity be transformed into the new man by the renewing of our minds. Having a renewed mind is like a refreshing ice cold drink on a hot summer day for the spirit.
(Romans 12:2) 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.