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Why Can’t We Just Get Along?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 30, 2012

Our Weekly Article of Encouragement Article 84 Volume 2

Why Can’t We Just Get Along?

I realize this is the last Monday of April 2012, and just a couple weeks before Mother’s Day, but sometimes we have to ask ourselves husbands and wives, why can’t we just get along? This is a question that many spouses ask themselves time and time again, and still can’t find an answer. We argue and fuss. We have disagreements over the foolish things in life and can’t understand why. Then, when it comes to decision time, and discussing the things that matter, we tend to not be on the same page at times because we don’t want to offend or hurt the spouse if we’re not in agreement with them. I have learned that many husbands and wives through couples ministering are afraid to step up and be themselves because they are overly concerned about not getting along with one another. It’s almost like they have this understanding that their spouse can’t handle certain reactions by the other, thus underestimating their spouse’s input or support. Let me share a season in my life with you briefly.
Several years ago, early on in my marriage I used to avoid arguments and confrontation with my wife because I didn’t like disagreement or not being on the same page with her. For the most part I would just agree with her and not voice my input, although many times I thought I was right. That was a wrong decision on my part. I later discovered that this type of mentality was passivity at it’s finest. I realized that I had to come out of that and accept her reaction whether I thought I knew what it was going to be or not. It’s called communication, and it involves positive and negative reactions. I couldn’t go on assuming my wife’s reaction, or not sharing with her what I thought or believed about anything because I do matter in our communication or discussions.
I’d like to share with you some understanding regarding our roles in our marriage by the Word of God. The Bible speaks on many things about getting along with our spouses, and God is very specific when it comes to both the husband and wife. Hopefully this article will brings some clarity as well as some understanding.

“Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” – Genesis 2:15

First of all, everything starts with the husband. Sorry guys, but if we had read the covenant description (Genesis 2) we should have caught that. God instructed Adam to watch over all that He placed before him and tend to it. And that included Eve. But for some strange reasons (and passivity was probably one of them), he neglected that part of the responsibility.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” – Ephesians 5:25-27

When we come together with our spouses for any reason we should have an open and receiving heart to one another. We cannot assume anything about their thoughts or opinions because we don’t know them or what their reaction will be. Engage in conversation with the intentions of having a discussion, not argument, about whatever is the topic of your meeting. When discussing whatever it is, be objective and open to his or her thoughts and opinions without prejudice or assumption. God wants us to both to listen, and hear, what the other spouse has to say. Look at all the positives and negatives of the entire discussion from both sides. Then when you both have seen each other’s point of view, determine together what’s best for the marriage, not for yourselves. But when most couples come to this point, that’s where confrontation and confusion enters in. “I think we should go in this direction. I’m the man of the house and my decision is final!” is what most husbands say because they simply take the word submit out of context. When we begin to understand that coming together does not yield authority to one to dictate position, but to represent the agreement of the decision together outwardly.

Sometimes we husbands can get so “righteous” in our thinking and spiritual position that override our spouse’s input with Herod-like authority. This is one of the reasons why we can’t get along with our spouses; each spouse wants to have the last say so. But that’s not what it’s all about.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” – Proverbs 29:2

Confrontation is good for marriage, when it is handled in such a way and used for edification. Hearing each other out and listening to them provides intimate understanding to one another. His or her feelings are expressed, and we need to hear those feelings outwardly. Confrontation indicates to your spouse what they will and will not stand for in the marriage, and we need to know that. This builds understanding our spouse and their position on issues that affect the marriage. We can’t run and hide sort of speak when we think our wives or husbands do or don’t agree with us. We both can make this work, if, we want it to. That’s the key for any confrontation: submitting to being open to one another with the honorable intent of coming together for a peaceful resolution.

I’ve learned a few years ago that I can not assume what my wife might be thinking or could be saying. I simply bring us together and, starting with me, begin to listen and hear her on the matter. In turn, she does the same thing, listens and hears me as well. By doing this, it assures us that we can get along with one another on all fronts. Oh, and did I forget something? Yes. After when we’ve come together and made a decision, ask God’s blessing on the whole conclusion of the matter. We need His approval and guidance on everything we do when it comes to our marriage if we call ourselves children of God.
Don’t allow the enemy to have any part in your marriage to bring confusion and discord because he will do just that if you let him. Allow the peace of God to dwell in your house that all will be well with thee and those in your house.

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 30, 2012

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” – Isaiah 40:8

Isn’t it enough to know that God’s Word stands forever? His Word never changes or wavers. His Word is always true, and always come through. He always does what He says He will do. On that note, enough said. Have a blessed day my friends!

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 28, 2012

“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.” Psalms 62:5-6

As children of God, we must learn to wait on Him. Everyone sometimes appears so anxious to get somewhere, or be at a certain place in life. Getting God’s direction, as well as undertsnading provides us guidance so that we won’t make the mistake of doing this thing on our own. God is there always, and will be our defense. He will keep us steadfast in the comforts of His bosom and bring the peace that passes all understanding.

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 27, 2012

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

In each one of us God has begun a mission of purpose in our lives. There are things that our Creator and Lord has odained us to accomplish for the sole purpose of glorifying His Name. This life we live is not for us but for Him. As children of God, we no longer live to ourselves but to God. He has begun something in us that’s bigger than anything we can imagine. If you don’t know what that is, ask Him, He’ll reveal it to you. Let’s realize that our purpose is about the Kingdom of God, and each one of us God has started something in us to do our part. And He plans on completing that purpose in us, whether we like it or not! So let’s perpare ourselves for mission and purpose, because the results will be more than we could ever fathom. Have a wonderful day and a very blessed weekend my friends!

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 26, 2012

“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” PSALMS 9:9-10

The Lord God, Jesus Christ is always there for us when we’re going through something. Sometimes we think we’re going through it alone, nobody’s there to support us when we need them. But God is there, and always has been. If we call ourselves children of the Most High, we should live and know that our trust is always in Him, and Him alone. As long as we continue to seek Him, God is right there, as close to us as our next breath. Enjoy your day that God has blessed you to be in. He has something for you today! Receive it, in Jesus’ Name!

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Our Morning Coffee, with The Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 25, 2012

“The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” Isaiah 32:15

Seeking righteousness in all that we do in this life gives us the assurance that God is right there with us. He is our provider, our help in time of need when we’re trying to do the right thing. Reading, studying and meditating on His word daily will lead us and guide us unto all truth. God is righteousness. Seek Him today with all your heart. Be blessed this day my friends!

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Touching Others is A Blessing!

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 24, 2012

Men of Redemption would like to take this moment to say how much we appreciate all of our readers and how much our articles are touching and blessing all of you! We do undertsand how valuable your time is when you take the time to read our articles so we try our very best to provide what God has blessed us to share.
Many of you have written to us requesting the return of “Our Morning Coffee, with The Word segment that featured a month ago. We believed that it was making an impact but we didn’t anticipate the popularity of the brief article. And because of this response, as of tomorrow, Wednesday April 25, we will restart Our Morning Coffee, with The Word.” We appreciate your responses as well as your comments to our blog. We pray that our articles and resources continue to bless you and yours with insight, wisdon, guidance and victory in all that you do.

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Temptation: It’s Not Always Sexually Related, PT. 2

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 23, 2012

Our Weekly Article of Encouragement Article 83 Volume 2

Last week we shared about temptation, the causes and effects it has on our life and spiritual being. Recognizing the wiles and devices of the enemy will surely give us understanding as to what we deal with on a daily basis. We know who empowers these forces so we need to protect and gird ourselves with Word of God daily. By doing this, we minimize the affects of sin by not indulging or engaging into its wicked activity. Thus, God keeps us from evil, and help us learn to prepare for what is before us.

At the root of sin is envy. Envy makes us want, desire to be something that we’re not or esteem to be. And if it looks good and appeals to us, we’ll go after it with everything we got. We shared about the example of a car I purchased for my wife in last weeks’ article. It’s the same principle. We find that same principle in the Word of God in Satan, one of God’s most beautiful creations. Satan saw all the glory and wonder of God, His throne, His reign, and how all the angels of heaven were praising and glorifying God so he wanted that. As God’s Word clearly reveals this scene in the book of Isaiah we find how Satan just flat out says what he intends to do.

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:12-15

At some point in our lives we’ve all wanted something that appeared so pleasant and gratifying in our eyes. Its appearance, its shape and beauty fascinated our minds and hearts. That something could’ve been materialistic, or it could’ve been money, fame, prestige and glamour, or it could’ve been a promotion on your job that you were willing to do anything for to get it. These “things” drives us to the depths of desire where we will change, and do just about anything possible to gain what we’re after. And don’t forget these “things” have the appearance to draw us in to them. It’s exactly like Satan plans it. Look at what God’s Word says about Satan himself.

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

Satan will give the appearance of something very likeable and agreeable to our desire. Its all for temporary pleasure and it won’t last. We sometimes get drawn into that and never come out of it. And that’s the way some of us live our lives, in temporary pleasure. Just like the Nissan Maxima I purchased back in 1991, it had all the signs of beauty and elegance, the color, the amenities, and all the bells and whistles to go with it. But when it all comes down to reality we end up regretting our decision or it backfires some kind of way. I learned so much from that experience as well as other valuable lessons when it comes to being drawn to something that appears to be appealing.

One thing we all need to consider always: temptation brings with it the decision of choice. When temptation comes at us we are faced with the envious decision to choose. There is one of two directions we can take that will determine if we’ve made the right decision. If we choose to accept temptation it is conceived, and gives birth to sin. And the Bible says when sin is fully grown it brings forth death (James 1:13-15). But when we choose not to accept temptation we come to understand that it is a test of our faith and perseverance. We will grow and learn from that experience, and be prepared for the next challenge that comes our way (James 1:2-4). This is called maturing in the things of God. We will be better prepared to deal with temptation because of that experience.
How are you handling temptation today? Are you having to struggle with the choice of doing the right thing which God wants you to do? Or are you indecisive and the choice is too difficult and you you’re like many people who end compromising so you can avoid the choice altogether? This is where so many people are in life. To the world, it’s a quick and easy decision because it appeals to self, and what self can get out of it. But to the Christian, when confronted with temptation we need to obey the Holy Spirit and allow God to manifest His presence in our lives to give us strength to make the right decision to not fall or bow down to temptation. When you feel overwhelmed and can’t seem to stand in the face of adversity when you’re tempted, pick up the phone and call another brother or sister in the Lord and ask for guidance and agreement in prayer. That’s what we we’re supposed to do one another. We cannot fight this battle alone. It’s a spiritual battle and our weapons are not carnal.
Also remember, Satan has his reward coming. The best thing we can do when fighting off temptation is this: don’t let Satan trouble about your past and use it against you. Just remind him of his future. God’s Word is very clear on this:

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibitors of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Revelation 12:9-12

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Temptation: It’s Not Always Sexually Related

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 16, 2012

Our Weekly Article of Encouragement Article 82 Volume 2

Temptation: It’s Not Always Sexually Related

You’re ready to buy a car. You have a plan of finance. You how much you want to spend and you know what type of vehicle you want to purchase. You’ve done your homework on strategizing where you want to look for the specific car you already contemplated on getting. You’ve decided that you’re not going to get into haggling debates over maybe this car is better for you with the salesman. You’re focused.
After visiting several dealerships you decide on the specific location in which to purchase your new car. As you’re looking for your specific vehicle you notice several other vehicles that look very appealing to you. You start to think, “Man that car looks good!” And then you proceed a little further and get to a vehicle looks like it has your name written all over it. Then you’re thinking “That’s the car for me!” But it wasn’t the car you planned to purchase. It wasn’t the car you did your homework on. It wasn’t within the financial guidelines that you budgeted for. And it certainly wasn’t the color you really wanted, but because you looked at with such vigor and staked claim to it by identifying it’s appearance with your desire for it, your perspective as well as your heart changed all of your efforts and decisions. That, my friend, is temptation working at its best. And most of the time temptation wins this battle and we end of regretting the decision later on after the initial thrill has worn off and you discover you can’t meet the financial obligations of the monthly payment. Temptation has its demands as well as its consequences.

Now this was just an example about a car. Many of us associate temptation with a woman, or something closely related to her. But temptation is so much more than being restricted to one perspective. Some of us won’t acknowledge temptation at all until it has sunk it’s claws of deception into our minds and hearts where everything has changed the course of our understanding. And that’s exactly what temptation will try to do: change our perspective, our decisions, our focus, and draw us to something that “appears” much more attracting but really isn’t what we need.
One of the things we as Christians need to realize and understand is we need to recognize the enemy of our souls, Satan. Satan knows that God wants His children to prosper and make good decisions with all that we are blessed with. This is called being a good steward. But if we are distracted by every whim of temptation that is before us, our decisions will be swayed every time.

Several years ago while employed in California, I got a raise which boosted my pay monthly by several hundred dollars. I was excited as well as blessed. I told my wife and we felt really good about this increase.
It was coming up on Christmas in a couple months so I wanted to do something special for my wife with this “financial blessing” we received. So I went to our local car dealership and looked at a specific car that I new what she wanted someday. And low and behold, there it was: a brand new 1991 Nissan Maxima, fully loaded, and her color, burgundy. I couldn’t resist. I had to have it! I didn’t have a financial plan or budget for making the purchase or how much I wanted to spend going in. I was just enamored with its appearance. I told the salesman “I want this car!” A couple hours later I’m driving it home. I was enticed by my desire to have something that appeared gratifying and pleasing to have. I had it now. It’s mine. Now, it’s on to surprise my wife for Christmas.
After the holidays were over, that “financial blessing” ended up being not such a blessing after all. We hadn’t even had the car for six months yet when my wife was attempting to avoid another car on the freeway and ran into the medium on the freeway. She wasn’t injured, and praise God for that. But that brand new car was totaled. Our insurance policy had expired and we thought how we are going to handle this incident without insurance. Come to find out that the insurance didn’t expire until 12:00 midnight and the accident occurred around 11:00pm so it was still in affect. Praise God.
We got the car repaired, but it never ran the same, and we ended up putting more money into it, along with still having that outrageous monthly payment.
My lesson that I learned was this: Don’t jump at every opportunity to go for something because it “appears” to look good or I can afford it because everything isn’t for everybody no matter how much money you have. Lesson learned well.

“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” – James 1:14, 15

Thankfully I learned that lesson before it was too late. But there were so many more lessons I learned from that experience as well. I had to recognize that temptation is at my every step in life, and that I need to be aware of what the enemy is trying to do to me. The enemy doesn’t want me to succeed or prosper. If there is anything he can do to distract me or change my perspective of what I’m trying to do he will! And if I don’t know that this is what he’s trying to do, then I’m doomed from the start.

“The Devil is a master strategist. He varies his attacks as skillfully as an experience general and always has one more trick to use against the one who imagines he is well experienced in the holy war.” -A. W. Tozer

Understanding that temptation comes in all forms of reality is a good perspective to have. It doesn’t matter how strong you may think or believe you are. It comes down to knowing that temptation is out there and it has one purpose in mind.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

Now, those of us who are tempted by other means, and this includes the desires of the flesh, the same principles work the same way as well. But let’s bring some understanding into this article first and foremost. Temptation is not the sin. Not at all! It’s our reaction to temptation that brings the sin. Jesus was tempted by Satan himself. But His reaction was the authoritative power and Word of God. And this is what God wants us to do; to use the Word of God against the wiles and devices of the enemy to protect us.

Those of us who have studied God’s Word realize that temptation has been around since the beginning before the world was even created. Temptation began when Satan, know as Lucifer, envied and coveted the throne and wonder of God. Then, when he was cast down to earth from heaven, he later began to work on the temptation of Adam and Eve as we know it today. (I will go into this story next week in more depth regarding this topic.)

So whenever we prepare ourselves for our daily activities, always gird ourselves with the Word of God. We don’t know what we’re going to face in that particular day, but if we arm ourselves with God’s protection and prayer, we will be able to combat the temptation that is set before us. Also realize that temptation can make us stronger if we choose to rely on God’s guidance and leadership to help us, to strengthen us and to show us when temptation is about to approach us.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” – James 1: 12

God will protect and sustain us through any temptation that tries to over take us. But we must trust Him to do what He says He will do. If you need help or support in this or these areas, call up another brother or friend and seek guidance. Seek out Men of God who are full of spiritual integrity and wisdom that have overcome those things that trouble and challenge you. Don’t allow passivity and a lack of restraint to hinder your growth into the things of God. Reach out, and allow the God of this universe to help you overcome no matter what the situation is.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints — and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” – Ephesians 6: 10-20

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Using Your Gifts for God’s Glory

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 9, 2012

Our Weekly Article ofEncouragement
Article 81 Volume 2

Using Your Gifts for God’s Glory

“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.”
Zig Ziglar

Have you ever wondered why so many people do so many things so well? Sometimes we say to ourselves “Wow, that person is making a real impact in society with what he/she is doing!” That’s a common reaction with all of us who are watching them from the outside. We look at the lives or situations they’re influencing or changing because of their words, their contributions, as well as their hard work in the field of their expertise. I’m thankful for all the people who have made a difference in my life because of their talents and gifts that have enabled me to recognize who I am and what it is that I believe in myself for.
Every one of us has a special gift or talent that God has instilled in us for a specific purpose. I’d like to share about two specific purposes for our gift or gifts that we have been blessed with: to glorify God Himself, and to bring hope and encouragement to others. But first, we need to understand what our gift(s) are and why do we have them.
God has given each of His children a gift in his/her life to be instrumental in spreading the good news of Christ. That particular gift(s) is created especially and purposely for only you. The reason: God knows what you’re capable of and what you can do with His guidance. Just because God gave it to you specifically does not guarantee success. It must be cultivated and nurtured, received in humility and exercised with God’s intent in mind. It’s so easy to recognize our giftings and use them for our own benefit, which is what God did not intend. This is because of the freedom of choice He has given us. We see daily in our society, especially in our churches how people with extraordinary talents and giftings use what God has blessed them with for their own purposes: fame, financial gain, prestige and glory, and many other self-induced motivations to draw attention to themselves. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with reaping the benefits of your gifts and talents. But when your motive or agenda is centered on yourself and what you can get out it, you taint and poison the purpose of purity.

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What are the gifts and talents am I speaking of? Glad you asked. There are many, but let me name just a few that you should be aware of because you might be in possession of them. Take intercession for one. God has instilled to gift of intercession to those who have a desire to pray for others, believing in agreement with what they are praying for. Then there is prayer. Some of us have a special anointing to pray for others with specific purpose, knowing that God wants to do something in their lives or situations, and they haven’t enough patience or diligence to persevere. Joining your faith with theirs will impact their faith and strengthen everyone involved to believe God for whatever they ask or request.
How about the gift or talent of singing? God may have blessed you with a beautiful voice to glorify Him with praises and hymns, to be a blessing in music to comfort others with His Word through song. Other gifts and talents may include preaching the Word of God, Evangelism, Missions. But let’s remember something – every gift doesn’t always have to be out front for the world to see. Some of the most influential gifts from God are the ones we don’t see; the Sunday School teacher, parking lot attendants, children’s church workers, greeters, gifts that meet people exactly at where they are in life. And God knows exactly what He wants you to do because He knows you! He should, He created you!

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” – 1 Peter 4:10

One of the purposes of our gifts and talents is to serve and minister to others. We need, and should always keep in mind that life is not all about us. Yes, we need to take care of ourselves and our families, and that’s what God wants us to do. But we also need to realize that God desires us to help others in every way He enables us to, and that comes in the form or capacity of gifts and talents.
Helping or serving others is a good way to grow in the things of God. God has a heart for people. He loves everyone, and desires that everyone lives and not perish but have eternal life. The way we as children of God show this is to live our lives with purpose and operate in the gifting(s) and talents He has blessed us in.
One of my gifts is encouragement. As a facilitator of a Men’s Group, God has blessed me and enabled me to speak into men’s lives with purpose and conviction. Years ago I asked a couple of men to do the same for me, to mentor, to pray, to lead and guide me in the ways of the Lord. That encouragement strengthened me and changed my perspective on how I see myself as well as others. Now, because of that grace and outpouring, God has enabled me to carry on that gift in the lives of those whom I encounter on my job, in my church, and everywhere I go. I recognize that gift and I’m using it to glorify God as well as helping and ministering to others. Your gift or talent may something different, or maybe one of those mentioned moments ago in this article.

Whatever your gift or talent, use it to glorify God first and foremost. It is Him who has given us the talent or gift that we have. And these are special to God because they came from Him, not man-made. His Word teaches us that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). God doesn’t make anything less than perfect, so realizing that we should desire to use whatever He blesses us with to lift up His holy and precious Name that all men should be drawn unto Him.
There may be a brother or sister who needs to hear a word from God that you may have received from God early this morning and later in your day. Will you share it or present it them to bless them? This is what God wants us to do.
Use what God has given you to glorify Him and to help others. God will in turn bless you.

“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
Romans 12:6-8

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