Gifts to give

“Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people!”
1 Corinthians 12:7 MSG

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As the gift-buying season begins, I want to remind you that God has already given you precious gifts to give this year.

Gifts unique to you.

Gifts that are meant to be given.

By using the gifts God has given you, the talents of your hands, the strengths of your personality, the driving passion of your heart, God uses you to reveal Himself to others.

It is not a prideful thing to use your gifts for the glory of God, it is needful.

The world needs people who are connected to Jesus, using their gifts so that God is revealed and those people can get connected to Him. When people are connected to Jesus they pass from death to life and from darkness to light.  With Him, they begin to develop their gifts so that others can get connected to God and pass from death to life… you get the picture.

In the midst of the gift buying madness, may you freely and generously give to others the rich gifts God has given you.

May you grow them, practice them relentlessly and walk in them confidently until they are an extension of who you are to the glory of God.

What gifts has God given you?

How are you going to use them to bless someone today?

Your Need

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“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭NIV
The glorious riches of God have not been used up.
His resources have not been depleted.
His kingdom does not work the way the earth’s kingdom does.
It does not go bankrupt, it does not come with sanctions.
God’s measure of giving doesn’t mirror man’s way of giving.
He does not give according to your goodness but according to His own.
All of it is accessed through Jesus Christ.
He is the bridge between you and God.
He is the payment for your sin.
He is the Redeemer of what has been stolen.
He is the restorer of what has been lost.
He who has saved you, sacrificed Himself for you, stands as an advocate to the Father on your behalf, is able to meet the need you have today.
What do you need?
Jesus is able. 

Your Need

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The glorious riches of God have not been used up.
His resources have not been depleted.
His kingdom does not work the way the earth’s kingdom does. It does not go bankrupt, it does not come with sanctions.  God’s measure of giving doesn’t mirror man’s way of giving.  He does not give according to your goodness but according to His own.
 All of it is accessed through Jesus Christ.
He is the bridge between you and God.
He is the payment for your sin.
He is the redeemer of what has been stolen.
He is the restorer of what has been lost.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬
He who has saved you sacrificed Himself for you, stands as an advocate to the Father on your behalf, is able to meet your every need.
What do you need?
Jesus is able. 

Gifts

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I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (‭Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭11-12‬ NIV)

God has given you gifts to make you strong and to make others strong through you.

And vise versa- you are strengthened when other’s use the spiritual gifts God gives them to encourage and bless you.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭7‬ NLT)

When you operate in those gifts- it gives you strength.

When you don’t operate in the spiritual gifts God has given you- do you get weak?

Yes. Yes, you do.
What has God gifted you with?

“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.

So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.

If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.

If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.

If it is giving, give generously.

If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.

And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭6-8‬ NLT)

When you are not operating in the gifts God has given you- other’s are missing out and you are getting spiritually weaker.

What do you need to do to make it a priority to operate in your gift?

If God has given it to you, He has a way for you to use it but it is up to you to make it a priority.

Find a way to serve, teach, give, encourage or lead- it doesn’t matter how big or small- it will bless you and bless others.

It is strengthen you and strengthen other’s.

Are you feeling weak?

Prelude to a Miracle

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It was a simple sentence uttered at a complicated time.

The world had already moved on, the end of the story already written.

But the story was not over for God.

“So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.” (‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭41‬ NIV)

Thanks giving was the prelude to this miracle.

“Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

“The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭43-44‬ NIV)

You may think that the story has already been written. You may have closed the book and rolled the stone over that part of your life.

Jesus still defies death. You may think the story is over but God doesn’t.

He will call life from where death prevails and unbind the grave clothes the cling.

What area does God wanting to breath life into you today?

Be free. Have faith. Grab onto new life and step out of the old grave clothes that belong to the past.

Walk in your new life in Christ.

And when you come to a place where fear rises up to tell you that the story is already over, begin to give thanks that in Christ your story has just begun.