‘A [gift] is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor: wherever he turns, he prospers.’ Proverbs 17:8 NKJV
Paul speaks of ‘the gift of God’ in you (2 Timothy 1:6 NIV). It isn’t something you learn; it’s something He gives you, and nobody else can activate it for you. You ‘stir’ it up by developing and using it. Solomon said, ‘A [gift] is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor: wherever he turns, he prospers.’ Your gift will enrich many different areas in your life, not all of which are financial. While money is the wrong reason to devote your life to something, developing your God-given gift is rewarding on multiple levels.
Unfortunately, many people are jealous of other people’s gifts. Don’t waste time on jealousy; it’s a gift-robber, an energy-drain, and besides, you should be so busy stirring up your own gift that you’ve no time for envy. When Louis Armstrong auditioned for music school, he was asked to sing scales. But he could only sing two notes properly, so they wrote him off. Armstrong cried when he was rejected, but later told his friends, ‘There’s music in me and they can’t keep it out.’ Consequently, he went on to become one of the world’s most successful, beloved musicians, selling more records than others who were more talented. We’re all born originals, but many of us settle for becoming carbon copies. Think: if you become like everybody else and join the rat race, even if you do win, that just makes you a big rat!
Your gift will make room for you (Proverbs 18:16). So go ahead and fill the slot God designed for you.
Luke 1:26-56, Luke 2:1-52, John 2:1-12
A poor boy was in love with a rich man’s daughter….One day the boy proposed to her and the girl said…”Hey! Listen, your monthly salary is my daily hand expenses..How can I be involved with you..?
How could you have thought of that? I can never love you, so forget about me and get engaged to someone else at your level” But somehow the boy could not forget her so easily…..Some time 10 years later they stumbled into each other in a shopping mall.
The lady again said….,”Hey.. ! You! How are you? Now I’m married and do you know how much my husband’s salary is..? $15,700 per month! Can you beat that?
And he is also very smart” The guy’s eyes got wet with tears on hearing those words from the same lady…
A few seconds later, her husband came around but before the lady could say a word her husband seeing the guy, said……“Sir you’re here and you’ve met my wife..”
Then he said to his wife,”This is my boss, I’m also one of those working on his $100 million project! And do you know a fact my dear? My boss loved a lady but he couldn’t win her heart….
That’s why he has remained unmarried since.
How lucky would that lady have been, if she had married this my boss now?
These days, who would love someone that much?”
He said all these to his wife.The lady looked in total shock but couldn’t utter a word….
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Life is so short and it’s just like a mirror.
You can only see as much as it reflects. So don’t be too arrogant or proud by looking down on others because of their current situations.
Things get changed with time just like the weather..! Don’t under estimate anyone because everyone has a great future!
Where you have been rejected before, you will be celebrated soon .
Shout a big AMEN if U’re A believer
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Start Stirring…and Don’t Stop (1)
‘…Stir up the gift of God…in you…’ 2 Timothy 1:6 NKJV
God gave you your talent, but it’s your job to develop it. And it’s not that complicated, because your gift usually relates to something that excites you. Think about it: God made you; He hardwired the desires of your heart. Knowing that helps you to understand why the things you find rewarding involve your innate talents and abilities.
One author says: ‘It’s natural for a hunting dog to hunt. Coop him up and he’ll lie around with no enthusiasm. But when he realises he’s going hunting, he comes alive. That’s because God designed hunting dogs that way. They have that passion inside them…They don’t have to get themselves worked up…or say, “Let me go listen to a sermon or motivational message so I can work up some zest and zeal.” No, when those dogs know they’re going hunting they’re naturally excited…And when we’re doing what we know we’re called to do, enthusiasm and excitement exude from us naturally. We may not jump up and down…but deep within, we know, “This is what I was called to do. This is why I was born.” On the other hand, if you’re doing something that’s not natural, it’s a struggle. If you try, train, practice and push and you still can’t master a skill; recognise that it may not be in your nature. Of course we must persevere…push through and learn hard things…but in general, life shouldn’t be a constant struggle.’
When you’re fulfilling your purpose, one of the most noticeable results is how rewarding it feels to ‘stir up the gift of God…in you’ by utilising your natural abilities.
Est 5-10, John 21:1-25, Ps 18:1-29, Pr 26:24-27
‘I will pour out water to quench your thirst…’ Isaiah 44:3 NLT
Julie Coleman writes: ‘I was heading to a writer’s conference in Philadelphia when I realised I’d better think about stopping for petrol…Normally I’m fussy about where I stop… but as I drove the lonely stretch of road, I began to feel desperate…any minute…I’d be stranded in 40-plus degrees and I didn’t even have a water bottle…I drove several long [kilometres] until I came to a tiny crossroads. Four houses….and a petrol station! It looked like it could be called ‘Joe’s Petrol Station and Storm Door Company’…I’d probably have turned up my nose at it in another circumstance. But at that moment [it] was the best thing I’d ever seen! Funny how our circumstances can dictate how we feel!’
Running from his enemies, David prayed, ‘…My soul thirsts for you…in a dry, parched land where there is no water…I look for You in the holy place to see Your power and glory…’ (Psalm 63:1-2 GWT). Would his prayer have been different if David had been living in luxury surrounded by servants? Not knowing where his next meal was coming from and sleeping outside every night changed his perspective. When life goes well, we become self-sufficient and forget God. Spiritually speaking, we run on empty until a spark ignites an outburst. If your car’s tank is empty, whose fault is it? The petrol station hasn’t moved! You chose to drive by without stopping! When you’re running on empty, you end up hurting those closest to you, then dealing with the guilt that comes after a flare-up.
God said, ‘I will pour out water to quench your thirst.’ So today pick up your Bible and refuel your soul!
Est 1-4, John 20:19-31, Ps 105:8-22, Ecc 7:1-4
He fought for freedom.
Because of him, blacks now
have a right to live in South
He was imprisoned. He later
At 95 years, he is known all over
the world. He fought for freedom.
He fought for peace.
Even in sickness, he fought for
Mr. Nelson Mandela,
i never met you but i was
bombarded with your life
stories in my History classes. May his soul rest in perfect peace…………………..
Dec 6, 2013
‘…How can they hear, unless someone tells them?’ Romans 10:14 CEV
John Ortberg says: (1) ‘Never rule anybody out. Jesus reached out to tax collectors, lepers, sinners and Gentiles, and they shocked the religious establishment by saying yes…Maybe there’s somebody in your world who’s so far from God you’ve written them off…a relative who ridicules your faith…an acquaintance who’s resisted for years…somebody so steeped in sin you think there’s no hope? Never say no for another person…you don’t know when their heart will soften or how God’s Spirit will work.’ (2) Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Ortberg continues: ‘Blocks from my parents’ home…is the largest Buddhist temple in America. I checked it out and received amazing insight into how intimidating it is to go into a place of worship as a stranger not knowing the customs. When yo u invite someone to church, they’re much more likely to go if you go together. Then have a coffee together and talk about what took place.’ (3) Be the hands and feet of Jesus. Jewish law prohibited lepers from having contact with non-lepers. But when a leper approached Jesus, He reached out and touched the man who hadn’t been touched in years (Mark 1:40-45). Was Jesus infected by his leprosy? No, He infected the leper with the Gospel, because Jesus was more contagious with God’s power than the leper was with his disease.
Be a contagious Christian who infects others with God’s love. Look at your hands. How often do you extend them to someone far from God? His Kingdom has been spread the same way for 2,000 years: by believers who reach out and bring people to Christ!
Gen 37-39, John 17:1-26, Ps 147:1-11, Ecc 3:5-8
There is power anywhere the gospel of Jesus Christ is being preached. It is only the power of God that can bring about a positive transformation in the life of an individual. No power of government can transform. People are thrown into prison in order to reform their character, but in most cases, they return from prison worse off. Those who are born-again know that there is something awesome about the salvation experience that cannot be explained. When Jesus Christ comes into your life, He makes you a new creature. There is no civilian in the kingdom of God. Anyone truly in the kingdom is a soldier, and wherever you go, you are expected to preach the gospel, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out demons. You need the power of the Holy Spirit to perform signs and wonders. Our God is a God of signs and wonders and He has assured us that He would supply all the resources we need to perform these signs and wonders according to Mark 16: 15-20. As soon as Jesus gave the orders, the disciples went from place to place. The Lord went with them, and miracles happened. God is no respecter of persons:what He has does for others and through others, He will do for you. If you are not yet born-again, you cannot experience this power, neither can you partake of it. It is for the sons of God (John 1:12).
Father, what You have done in demonstrating your power through others, do through me also.
Father, what you cannot do for me, don’t use me to do it for others