Meeting God Halfway

Sam Samy shares this inspiring example in this video:

As you know of Sam Samy, he has made it to where he is as a physical athlete because he met God half way!!! I know he loves football sport and works hard for the divine goal, too!!! He has worked hard to do his best to reach his goal with heaven’s grace given him and trusted God for the rest of putting him in life where he is today!!! I admire that you have the heart to do the same for the dream of the sport!!!

The Sparkle of YOU

God gives every believer spiritual gifts to be used in ministry to gift others (Romans 12:6-8). There are different gifts for different believers (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). They are gifted by the Holy Spirit, thus only to believers (1 Corinthians 12:7). Each one of us is a different part of the church body. It is important that we not expect all believers to be the same part as us. However, just because we do not have a particular gift does not mean that there will not be times when God does desire you to carry out a particular task, for example: you may not have the gift of evangelism, but we all have the responsibility for the Great Commission. It may not be your gift, or an activity that you love, but somebody has to change the diapers on the babies in the nursery! It is important that we remember that none of us are the complete body by ourselves. It is also important that we not think more of ourselves than we ought to (Romans 12:3). Spiritual gifts are chosen by God (1 Corinthians 12:14-20). They are equally important so jealousy towards another person’s gifts is foolish (1 Corinthians 12:21-27). You can have more than one gift and they can change or be flamed into action more at one time than another. God is our enabler who gives us what we need to accomplish what He wants to accomplish through us and when (1 Corinthians 12:6, Philippians 2:13). HOOORRRAAAHHH!!! Powerful saints we are with Him at work in us!!!

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Discovering your spiritual gifts takes time. Experience that comes from stepping out and trying some different areas of ministry is necessary to affirm our true gifts. When you are using your gift(s), you will enjoy it and when people are saying or showing that what you are doing is bearing fruit in their lives or saying that you are good at doing something in particular, these are indicators that you are working in your area(s) of giftedness. You will not learn this apart from trying. Try your hand at doing some things where you think you might be gifted and ask God to reveal the reality of your giftedness in that area. Try serving in several different ways, not just in the areas that assessment tests suggest (I’ll talk more about that later). Don’t worry about finding the perfect fit right away. Allow yourself to learn as you experiment. Consider one-time serving to try out different ministry areas. After each serving, ask yourself:

1) Was the work meaningful to you?

2) Was your emotional energy higher or lower after you served? Were you energized or drained?   Connecting your spiritual gift with an area of passion is the key to ultimate effectiveness and fulfillment in serving. It is also one of the keys to maintaining energy in serving.

3) Do you enjoy serving with the people involved?

4) Does it fit well with your schedule and time frame for the serving opportunity? You may discover that one part of a serving opportunity feels great while another part doesn’t, so use what you learn, both positive and negative to inform your next experiment. Don’t wait to be asked. Just step out! Whether your first step reveals your ideal serving spot or begins a slow process of self-discovery, it will provide invaluable opportunity to invite God to reveal your calling, your gifts and your passion.

 Run For the Vision

There are assessment tools available to help give you a hint at what you may be gifted at doing, but do not consider the results all-inclusive or an absolute indicator. As I just mentioned, experience will be the true test. DO NOT BE PIGEONHOLED BY TESTS! Assessment tools can give you some areas to think about and pray about. If you take the tests, it is important to be honest in your answers as to how you really are and not how you think you should be. The only should is that you should be yourself – how God made you!   A Spiritual Gifts Analysis that you can consider that offers personalized and instant results is available through the Internet by typing into the search engine:

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You need to select FREE Spiritual Gifts Analysis – Church Growth.

If you do not have access to the Internet, you can also order a booklet test by calling the Church Growth Institute at 1-800-553-GROW (4769).

There are many assessment tools available through the internet and in book form to assist you in determining “Spiritual Gifts.” They vary in what they include, in that they may test for some or all of the “Spiritual Gifts” that the Bible refers to in Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-14, but they may add other abilities and talents found throughout the Bible as well.

There are also different opinions as to what a “Spiritual Gift” is – some will say that they are limited to select gifts while others say a spiritual gift is anything that a person can do supernaturally well.

The “Spiritual Gifts” referred to in the “Running Your Road of Purpose” Bible study are the “gifts” referred to in Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-14. They are listed below:

Romans 12:6-8                                  Ephesians 4:11                       1 Corinthians 12:1-14

Prophecy                                           Apostleship                             Wisdom

Serving                                              Prophecy                                 Knowledge

Teaching                                           Evangelism                             Distinguishing spirits

Exhortation/Encouraging                 Pastoring                                Speaking in tongues

Giving                                               Teaching                                 Interpretation of

                                                                                                                   Tongues

Leading                                                                                               Prophecy

Showing mercy                                                                                   Faith

                                                                                                            Miraculous Powers

                                                                                                             Healing

Some believe that the operation of some of these gifts is limited to early Christianity – a time when people did not have the written Bible and they looked for miracles to determine if someone was truly of God. According to some Protestant denominations, some of the spiritual gifts, for example: speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues were enjoyed only for a short time and were suited to the Church’s infancy, not to later times. This view is known as “cessationism.” While many churches hold to this view, others do not. One opinion is sure, God cannot be put into a box and have it be said of Him that He would not equip a believer to utilize a particular gift to carry out a purpose if that was His desire for that person to do so.

Don’t get hung up in these issues. The point to remember is that all believers are gifted by the Holy Spirit to serve in a way(s) that builds the church. Assessment tools can be used to give you a hint at how you may be gifted, but they are not absolute or all inclusive as God gives us other abilities and talents as well through which He works His purpose for our lives. Experience is the key to truly understanding our uniqueness that God has given to each one of us for serving Him. Each one of us is specially equipped and none of us are indispensable to the body. To that I say, WOOOHOOO!!! LET’S GO IN THE GIFTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SHINE FORTH THE LOVE AND LIGHT AND VICTORY OF JESUS INTO THE WORLD WHEREVER HE HAS US AS HIS ENERGY WORKS SOOO POWERFULLY IN US AS THIS SONG SAYS HERE. I AM PROUD OF YOU FOR DOING SO, DEAR ONES!!!

Gift of Heaven

A “Younique” Athlete

Psalm 139:14 says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvel at yourself, darlin!  God’s work in you is wonderful! Beyond the physical miracle that you are, the God of the universe lives in us who have placed our trust in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:19). Now what an honor is that to carry Him within us!!! I love that thought that He is always so close to us!!! God has given each of us a special “youniquensss” that sets us apart from any other individual (Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 7:7).

Shine Your Light

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Each of us has been custom designed – downright special we are!!! Ephesians 4:7 says “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).   The Greek root for the word “workmanship” sometimes has the connotation of a “work of art” as noted in the NIV Bible. God did do a great work of art in each of us! It is important to remember that we are saved through our faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and not by good works, but God does have a divine purpose for each one of our lives individually and He desires us to join Him in accomplishing that work or plan. We are here for a reason and nobody can run in your space or impact the world like you can!!! You could say that God broke the mold when He created you!!! Me, too!!! J This is what makes you different from all the other runners on the “cross” road. If you do not allow God to use you in the world or the church body, people will forever miss out on the gift of YOU because there is no one like YOU, but YOU!

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Father’s Word says this to us as we step into life with willing hearts to shine YOU and JESUS WITH YOU. ME, TOO!!! 🙂

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.”

Philippians 2:15

Oh going for Jesus just makes me smile and sooo happy to have such a privilege to point out the awesome JESUS we have who loves us with unfailing, unconditional love thru His sacrifice of love for us on the cross to robe us in righteousness and rescue us from the evil one who once held God’s people captive!!! Jesus delights in us as His royal kingdom family and sees us in this way:

“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach–if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which (YOU AND I LIKE THE APOSTLE PAUL) are made a minister.”

Colossians 1:21-23

We can each one shine divinely with good purpose unlike any other as Father’s Holy Spirit moves us with His sufficient grace and that just make a forever difference in the lives of many and blesses our Father’s big ole heart of love!!! Father sees YOU as YOU step out to share the incredible story of our Father’s heart that we have been entrusted with as His royal family of faith!!! He tells us that “He will not forget your hard work and the love that you show Him as you help His people and continue to help them.” SO SHINE LIKE THE STAR ATHLETE YOU ARE, RUNNING YOUR ROAD OF PURPOSE IN LIFE, DEAR ONES AS THIS SONG SAYS HERE!!! PROUD OF YOU FOR DOING SO!!! DIVINE SISTERLY LOVE TO YOU ALL WHEREVER YOU ARE AT TWINKLING JESUS INTO THE WORLD!!! 🙂

 

The City on the Hill

Divine new day greetings, dear kingdom family!!! Today, as I continue in the series of how a physical athlete compares to a spiritual athlete running thru life, Father speaks to me about the importance of being level headed as individuals. That is the Spirit of He who lives in us thru faith in His finished work on the cross that has reconciled us each one into a divine relationship with He who is our God, our everything forever:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” 

2 Timothy 1:7

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What is having a sound mind when it pertains to how we see ourselves in Christ Jesus???

Even though our Father places people in different places in life and some being called to be leaders for Him in this world, God’s Word tells us we are to each one think upon ourselves with sober judgment in Romans 12:3. This not only means not thinking of oneself too highly, but also not thinking of oneself too poorly.  Satan seeks to take us from one extreme to the other. He tries to make us either boastful or bashful. He tries to make us think we are “da bomb” (slang for “really hot-stuff”) or” done bombed” (totally blew it)!!! YIKES!!! LET US WATCH OUT!!! Oh let us be on guard of the devil’s tricks and stop him in his efforts, dear ones of faith!!!

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People are often wrong in their opinions, their judgment and rejection towards us as individuals in this world, therefore, for each one of us, what matters is what God thinks and He says that each one of us is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Through our faith in Christ we are loved, accepted and forgiven just as we are. If we reject this truth about ourselves, in essence we are rejecting God’s Word!!!   Oh let us remember that God lives in us and through His strength in us, we can do all things (Philippians 4:13) and the opposite is also true – without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:4). What good we are, all that we have and all we can do is because of God’s provision and power working in us!!! Father has gifted us each one oh sooo special and yes, we each one can power on victoriously with Jesus working in and thru us!!!

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When we as runners hold our heads too high in the sky thinking we are doing just fine on our own and we don’t pay attention to God’s plan for where we are putting our feet, we need to be prepared to end up face down on the road. OUCH!!! WHY??? Proverbs 11:2 says “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

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When we think we know it all and don’t need God’s wisdom, God has to get our attention. Oh I hate it when that happens!!!

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God disciplines and rebukes those He loves (Revelation 3:19). Sometimes that means scraped elbows and knees (wounds of humility) that brings with it wisdom beyond ourselves! Some times we learn thru the school of experience – the hard way because we don’t see it ahead of time. Being open to learning is vital to growing and having a “teachable” spirit is vital in the next step of “training for the marathon!” Evaluated experience teaches us what we need to know for running forward divinely – on the divine level of thinking regarding oneself!!! 🙂 Father will remind us of who we are in Him as we trust in Him!!! He in us and us in Him, we are each one part of His city on a hill that shines forth into the world the presence of He working thru our vessels of faith!!! Oh that all just makes me smile as I ponder this song here about how all of us together are our Father’s kingdom family of faith shining by His grace at work in us each that says “Here am I, LORD, send me for your great city of heaven on earth!!!” With that, “…it is God who works in us to will and act according to His purpose.” (Philippians 2:13) Oh let us exalt His name together!!! 🙂

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The Past Blooming Forward

Life is an opportunity of growing experience!!! Amen??? Jesus is always at work in His people to conform us all to be like Him and that work in us is unique to each of us!!! We should not ever be ashamed or let the devil make us feel guilty for not knowing everything!!! Nor should we judge others for having to learn in life!!! We all need to grow and learn always and Jesus loves us each one thru all of our learning!!! Now how sweet is He to us!!! Oh He just makes me smile!!! 🙂 Only Father knows all and He knows we are each continually in needing to learn in life!!! It is something that happens from birth thru all of our lives!!!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son…”

Romans 8:28-29

As we go thru life, we can grow as we listen to our Father’s voice that helps us evaluate our life experiences, learn from them, step forward divinely enlightened and share the divine beauty we have learned from our past to be blessed and bless others!!! With Father’s guidance and grace at work in us, He works in us to bloom divinely where we are planted in life!!! Let the Son shine thru your past growing experiences as this sunflower I found on my morning prayer walk displays so beautifully!!!

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I love how it bloomed as an individual plant with the grace of God having worked in it and continuing to work in it!!! Father tells us this: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6

WOOOHOOO!!! On that day when Christ returns, we shall be like Him – His completed Masterpiece each of us!!! I’m learning, growing and blooming where He has planted me with ya’s and sooo happy to be!!! 🙂 I love this fun song here of growing and changing with Jesus at work in us!!!

 

Building Divinely

Awesome new day greetings to ya wherever you are today!!! Whether our Father has placed you in the presence of a woman or a man, His purpose for us each is to carry out His will, His plan and His purpose for us as individuals!!! Oh He has made us builders as the Apostle Paul described himself by the grace of God:

“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.”

1 Corinthians 3:10

When we step into life to carry out our Father’s will for us, building out of motives of the Holy Spirit will bring about divine building up of the church. Our work will be shown for what it is and what is built on the motives of Christ will survive and we shall receive a reward. If it is done with a motive contrary to the Holy Spirit, our work will be burned up and without reward. However, our salvation remains secure thru faith in Christ’s divine work on the cross for each of us and our seat in heaven is made sure – even though it will be only as one escaping through the flames. To build eternal work thru our lives that brings eternal reward, it takes first building up ourself thru prayer as Father tells us:

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”

Jude 1:20

Communion with the Holy Spirit in order to build others divinely is important because it is thru praying in the Spirit that our bodies and minds begin to experience an increased measure of the reality of the Holy Spirit’s presence with us!!!

Praying in the Spirit gives us access to the Holy Spirit teaching us how to think and pray:

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come. He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”

(John 16:13-14)

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What is the Holy Spirit revealing to YOU to build???

Motive – may it always be that the glory of the Lord be shown on earth as it is in heaven as this song says here:

Built on the Rock

New day greetings, sweet saints!!! How blessed we are to have the perspective of our Father in our lives because it makes a difference as big as the difference between day and night!!! Our Father’s perspective in our personal lives makes the divine difference between strength and weakness, fear and courage, defeat and victory, no esteem and confidence, positive and negative attitudes/outlooks, blessing or harm!!!

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The farther the world is away from our Father who values us and believes in us each one oh so special, the more brokenness (sinking hearts) there is!!! The enemy of this world desires that we always be looking at what is broken about ourselves and our lives and our Father desires that we always be looking at what is right about who we are and our lives in Him and going with that!!! He tells us in His Word:

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise person who built their house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish person who built their house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Matthew 7:24-27

We are all saved by our Father’s grace thru His finished work on the cross for all sin, but if we hear our Father’s Words of encouragement to us in life and we do not take them to heart, but instead choose to let the enemy of this world speak his lies to us, then we each will be as our Father’s holy temple, only building our lives upon the sand rather than upon Him as our solid foundation or rock.

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Not only is it important what we allow to be spoken into our own personal lives, but how we speak to each other is important in life, too!!! We can partner with heaven in building each other up in the Lord or we can partner with the enemy of this world in tearing others down in life. Our Father’s heart for us is this, dear ones:

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Jesus left behind a legacy in life of seeking to build people up – to give them hope and a future:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

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Whoever believes in Christ Jesus as their personal Savior over the destruction the enemy of this world brought into our lives called sin, are forever victorious in Christ and set free from the enemy’s negative influence. YAY!!! WOOOHOOO!!! Let us be confident in this – that thru our faith in Christ’s love and help for us that we are seen by our Father with no condemnation, but rather in this way:

“…He has now reconciled us in His fleshly body through death, in order to present us before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach–if indeed we continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that we have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven…”

Colossians 1:22-23

How about you, saint??? Are you living built up as our Father’s holy temple upon His heart of truth, love and encouragement to you??? Our Father has chosen you and I to be His Ambassadors of heaven here on earth to build others up in Him who are around us, too!!! He created us each one special and gifted and empowered with His Holy Spirit living in us through our faith in Him!!! Therefore, we with His help and sufficient grace for us are capable and good at impacting this world in divine heavenly positive ways!!! Now how exciting is that to be part of heavenly purpose in our lives here on earth!!! HOOORAH!!! LET’S GO FOR IT!!! How is He showing you that you can do that where you are today??? Oh I am sooo proud of you for stepping into life to be that positive “building up voice of heaven” where you are!!! It is my heart to do so, too!!! I love this song here that talks about the power of words and how we can be the voice of life for our Father!!! YYYEEESSS!!! WE CAN!!! Oh that just makes me smile to think about people being built up on the ROCK (Jesus) – encouraged in  Christ in this world!!! 🙂

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