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Church, Desire The Best Spiritual Gifts!!

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(Here’s the sermon I preached at church Sunday night, praying it blesses you…)

1 Corinthians 16:14  “Do everything in love.”  

Serve everyone in love!  Build up the Body of Christ in love!

And…as we’re putting our attention toward loving each other, we’re told in God’s Word to pursue the best spiritual gifts, those which edify others, without putting so much focus on “edifying” ourselves at everyone else’s expense!  We’re instructed to be covetous to excel in the best gifts, those which will make us most useful and profitable to The Church, through a more excellent way.  Through LOVE!  Remembering that the gifts themselves are not the best things, because the habits of saving grace are much more valuable than gifts!  Love to God and love to our neighbor are always preferred before gifts.

 However, Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:31

“But earnestly desire the greater gifts and I will show you a still more excellent way.”  

LOVE! 

The spiritual gifts are found in three passages: 

Romans 12:6-8 NIV  “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 NIV  “To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”

1 Corinthians 12:28-30 NIV  “And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?”

Through reading those 3 verses, we can make a list of the Gifts of the Spirit:

Administration     Apostle-ship     Discernment     Evangelism     Exhortation

Faith     Giving     Healing     Interpretation of Tongues     Knowledge

Leadership     Mercy     Miracles     Pastor/Shepherd     Prophecy

 Serving/Ministering     Teaching     Tongues     Wisdom

I want to concentrate on what we’re instructed and encouraged to do on our part as far as the spiritual gifts are concerned: 

We’re to desire! 

The Holy Spirit does the rest!  He gives the gift to whoever He wishes and because He likes order, He corrects where needed. 

We’re to love! 

We’re not to strive for any one gift just because it is more highly esteemed, or because it is more useful to us personally, or because it is more easily attained.  What keeps us humble, is LOVE, remembering that the gifts of God’s grace:  Faith, Hope, and Love, are the most useful and valuable, and better than all external extraordinary gifts!!

In our house my husband and I talk about:  BC & AC. 

Before our son, Casey…After our son, Casey.  That’s the simple way we define our life!  All that we did before Casey, changed after Casey!  We were married 14 years before our prayers for our child were answered, and while those years were important and prepared us for having Casey, Casey changed us completely the day he was born.  For the better!  From that day on, he was our priority!  Before and After, Then and Now, there’s a HUGE difference!

Church, that’s how we must define our spiritual life, too! 

Before Christ and After Christ! 

Before we knew Him and After we came to know Him

Before and After, Then and Now, there’s a HUGE difference!  If you don’t know the Lord Jesus as your Savior yet, it takes a split second for you to want Him, and for Him to accept your repentant heart, since He always wants you!!!  And, He always wants to fill you with His Spirit!

That Was Then, This Is Now!

The old you vs the new you!  Then, when you were empty vs Now, when you’re filled with the power of His Holy Spirit!  You are now SAVED to SERVE with the Holy Spirit’s POWER, to serve God and The Body of Christ.  Pray for an open heart, open mind, open eyes to see, and open ears to hear.  Don’t wander around in the “THEN!”  Live in the NOW!”  Church, now that we know Him, how will we live our life for Christ?  Jesus is now our priority!  The Father’s Plan for us and hearing the Holy Spirit’s whispers!  It’s not just about programs, though I love church programs; we need His Presence in our lives and in our churches!  The Church needs us, every one of us!  We’re The Body.  The Church needs all of us to be all we can be in Christ to strengthen and build up The Church!

As much as we’re commanded to NOT covet the things of others, we are told to boldly, earnestly, fervently, zealously, strongly, prayerfully, watchfully esteem, desire, want, pursue, seek to attain, and cultivate the best/greatest spiritual gifts to be used to help others to stir up, develop, and use our gifts to edify The Church!  The Body of Christ!  And if it’s a GIFT from the Holy Spirit, we can just receive it!  Since they have not been obtained by human capabilities we have absolutely no right to brag on these gifts!  If we exalt in our gifts, we’re taking credit for something that we haven’t earned ourselves.  It’s like taking credit for a gift you received on your birthday.  It’s just that; a gift that was not yours, but given to you freely, given apart from any inherent capabilities that you have within you.  Remember, the old song, “How Great Thou Art?”  It’s NOT, “How Great I Am!”

It’s an unearned gift from the Holy Spirit, take it!  Think of someone offering you a gift, and you say, “No!  No!  I can’t take it!  Please take it back!  It’s too much!  Give it to someone else!  I don’t need it!  I want to be giftless forever!”  That would be ridiculous!  So desire the best spiritual gifts, take them, and thank God for it!  He’ll use them to love on people. 

1 Peter 4:10, says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 

In The Church, preaching is to edify and equip the saints!  Pastors can’t do that very well, if the saints don’t want, desire, covet all God has for each of them!  We need to want all God has for us.  His gifts are good!  I encourage you to step out confidently with whatever gifts and talents, plus the spiritual gifts God has already put in you, and with the spiritual gifts He WANTS to develop in you!  Your passions will usually indicate those areas!  Use them to help others and to equip others to be used of God!  I encourage you to express your desire to God for more of all He has for you!  God wants to give you His Best Gifts!  It’s His will to give each believer the best gift that each desires and is capable of receiving.

How quick will you be to desire and receive the spiritual gift He wants to give you?  That determines what gift the Holy Spirit will give!  The nature of The Church calls for all members to recognize their capabilities and to begin confidently functioning in those ministries.  Just as the physical body is one organism having many parts:  Arms, legs, hands, feet, etc., with different functions, all operating differently, but at the same time in harmony and in unity!  So it is with the Body of Christ, The Church.  Unity in the midst of diversity.  If the Body of Christ is going to function as an organism then it’s necessary for the members to minister, or serve one another with all the capabilities that the Holy Spirit has given to each one.  Each local church requires spiritual maturity, biblical understanding and the recognition, and full use of, the spiritual gifts of each member!  The power of the Spirit flows in The Church through the expression of the God-given gifts.

The gift is not in itself the purpose, or goal for the believer, rather, it’s simply the means through which the Spirit can minister to others.  If you sense a need in your church, which is not being satisfied, perhaps you should try to meet that need.  If we occupy ourselves in serving the Lord by meeting the needs we perceive, our gifts will quickly become obvious!  There are times when the Lord delays in making evident our gifts, in order that we grow sufficiently mature, and committed to using them faithfully in His service and through His power.  The important thing is that we learn to minister and serve one another.  Our experience can be a determining factor in the manifestation of our gifts:

  1. Our church will be more and more conscience of our gifts as we work in its programs.
  2. We’ll be conscious of the fruit that results from the exercise of our gift in the lives of others.
  3. We’ll feel a conscious satisfaction in what we’re doing.
  4. We’ll recognize that those with gifts, especially the gift of leadership, are going to attract others with similar gifts. 

There is a distinction between the Spiritual Gifts and the Fruit of the Spirit:

The ideal for the Christian is to combine the exercise of the gifts of the Spirit, with the expression of the 9 Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) in our life at the same time.

Gifts of the Spirit

  1. Different for each individual
  2. Related to the ministry
  3. Classified according to importance and necessary emphasis in the church
  4. Can be abused, cause offenses and divisions.
  5. No Christian has all of the gifts
  6. No single gift is obligated for all the believers

Fruit of the Spirit

  1. For all the church, without exception
  2. Related to our character
  3. All the aspects of the fruit are essential and equally important
  4. Never can be used badly if they are authentic
  5. All believers should manifest the fruit
  6. All the aspects of the fruit are commanded to be manifested  

The Fruit of the Spirit indicates spiritual maturity…

The Spiritual Gifts indicate the motivation for serving others…

Christ’s Church is always interested in people!  Lay people are very necessary in the growth and ministry of The Church!  Identifying the need and benefit of the spiritual gifts should always be encouraged!  The understanding and use of the spiritual gifts prospers under the encouragement and teaching of the leaders of The Church!  No believer can say that they have no gift of the Spirit from God.  God has given all believers gifts, some have several, but everyone has these gifts!  These gifts of the Spirit are given not for the believer, but for the Body of Christ.  It’s to make The Body complete.  These gifts are intended for The Church-to edify it, to strengthen it, to feed it, to encourage it, and to have the Body of Christ empowered to do the work of Christ.  These gifts are always to exalt Christ, to witness of God’s power, to build up The Body, and to work to enlarge the Body of Christ by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost!  God gives these gifts as He sees best.  We can not receive gifts we aren’t intended to receive, but, we can desire certain gifts, indicating that we can receive gifts of the Spirit, that may fulfill the desires of our hearts, while still fulfilling God‘s purpose for them!

Psalm 37:4 says  “Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  Let our desires be Your desires for us, Lord!  Amen!  Let’s briefly examine what these gifts are and their intended use for the church today.

Romans 12 has a similar listing of the gifts of the Spirit, but, I Corinthians 12 is more comprehensive in nature, where Paul is telling the Corinthian church, and for the most part, all believers in the church today that he wants to make these gifts crystal clear to us, so we will depend upon the inspired Word of God to reveal them to us!

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:4 “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.”  No two gifts are the same and generally no two believers have exactly the same gifts, but always these gifts are given for the common good of the church.  Many Gifts, Many Members, One Body!  We’re to pray to God that we may receive from Him the best, which means, the most useful gifts.

Bible scholars classify these gifts into three categories: ministry gifts, manifestation gifts, and motivational gifts:

Ministry Gifts

The ministry gifts serve to reveal the plan of God. They are characteristic of a full-time office or calling, rather than a gift that can function in and through any believer.

Manifestation Gifts

The manifestation gifts serve to reveal the power of God. These gifts are supernatural or spiritual in nature. They can be further subdivided into three groups: utterance, power, and revelation.

Motivational Gifts

The motivational gifts serve to reveal the personality of God. These gifts are practical in nature. They describe the inner motivations of the Christian servant.  

All spiritual gifts in The Church are produced by the Holy Spirit and He confers them as He pleases, so no one should be proud, yet it is proper to desire the most useful gifts, such as preaching or prophesying.  If…you wish to be brought under the influence of the Spirit and qualified for usefulness in the church!  The graces of the Spirit:  Faith, Hope, and Love, which are gifts of God’s grace; are useful and valuable and better than all external extraordinary gifts.  It’s the work of the Holy Spirit.  These three: Faith, Hope, and Love, are to be more desired than gifts.  We must pursue LOVE, but, at the same time, not omit zealous seeking after the Gifts of the Spirit, especially to prophecy, which includes both foretelling and forth-telling.  We pass all these “gifts” of blessing to others for their edification when we exercise our spiritual gifts in love!  So, we should earnestly desire spiritual gifts so we may selflessly give to others, then we must always give all the glory to God!  Amen!

The warning is:  The greater our gifts are, the more we are exposed to temptations and the larger the measure of grace needed to keep us humble and spiritual!  We may meet with more painful, or humbling experiences!  It’s not always glamorous to be obedient to God!  We have little cause to glory in any gifts bestowed on us, or to despise those who don’t have the same ones we’ve been given!

1 Corinthians 12:7 says, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”  

Ephesians 4:11-15 NLT tells us, “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church:  The apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.  Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up The Church, The Body of Christ.  This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.  Then we will no longer be immature like children.  We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching.  We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.  Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the Head of His Body, The Church.” 

Amen!

So, when Jesus decides to move in our lives, in our church, and in our world, we can no longer wait, we need to run after what He’s running after.  We can’t drag Jesus behind us! Jesus is upright and in front leading us.  He goes BEFORE us!  Where He goes, we follow.  Be in sync with Him.  He waits, we wait.  He walks, we walk.  He moves, we move.  When He runs, we run.  When He’s on a mission, that’s our mission.  Our mission is to follow Him, and to be equipped by the power of the Holy Spirit to follow Him!!  We need everything He wants to give us spiritually.  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are together.  We need ALL of them.  Seek the whole Godhead.  The Full Gospel!  Every moment.  WE’RE NOTHING ALONE, APART FROM GOD!  With Him, we have everything!  Teach everyone to want all God offers for their lives, too, to be used in His Kingdom for His purposes!

Church, know, live, and share the whole Truth of Christ, what He’s done for us, and what He can do through us!!  We’re FOLLOWERS of CHRIST!  Move into position!  Where others can see Christ before they see us!!  It’s never about us!  Church, it’s always about JESUS!  Walk through life pointing everyone to Him!  Everything we do and are involved in, is a ministry.  Assume the correct position.  FOLLOWING CLOSE BEHIND OUR LORD!  So close that we can hear His Voice!  He wants to give us more love, more power, and more spiritual gifts to serve Him!  So close, that we can see Him moving in our life, in our church, in the world.  He’s moving right now.  He’s walking.  Catch up with Him.  He’s running.  Stay with Him!  He wants to give us more of Himself.  He goes before us.  We’re triumphant!  Now is the time, Church, to desire all the spiritual gifts that are meant to edify The Church!  Our church!

Let’s Run!  Let’s keep up with God’s Plan!  He wants to grow us, to grow our church, to grow The Body of Christ.  He wants us to grow in love.  He wants us to point everyone we meet to Jesus.  To teach God’s Word.  To be filled to overflowing with His Holy Spirit.  To desire what He desires. He wants us to eat up His Word and drink in His Spirit.  Filling us with a fresh supply each day for our spiritual growth! 

Church, will you desire the best spiritual gifts to be used in your church, with your pastor, with your congregation, and with the vision from God, for such a time as this?

“Yes, Lord we’re ready!”

Proverbs 8:5-12 from the Passion Translation:  “I Hear His Whisper”

“In the silence I will speak to you. Each morning come and sit at My feet and learn from the wisdom of eternity. I will speak. I will whisper to your soul. It is time for you to hear Me clearly each day. The assignments I give to you will be pleasant and rewarding. The task I set before you each day will bring sweetness to your soul. Others will begin to take note, that you have been with Me.

 In the evening hours come to Me and I will whisper My living words into your spirit. I will make your night season a time of encounter as My Spirit comes to bring you Heaven’s grace and the dew of My presence. Listen carefully, as a lover listens to every word of the Beloved—listen to Me and you will hear My voice. I will touch your ears and open them as one who is being taught. You will learn My ways as you listen to My voice.

 I love to speak with you, to talk to you and share My heart with you. I have many who say they follow Me but never still their souls to listen to My voice. I am a Shepherd who goes before My sheep calling them by name, caring for them in love, and leading them into My ways. You will find that I have ears for your voice, I listen to you as you speak with Me, now come and listen to My whisper each day and know that I am your God.”

 

References: 

http://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/12-31.htm

http://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/14-1.htm

Sweet Holy Spirit!

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Acts 2:1-4

“When the day of Pentecost came,

they were all together in one place.

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from Heaven

and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire

that separated and came to rest on each of them.

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit

and began to speak in other tongues

as the Spirit enabled them.”

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Romans 8:2-6

“…because through Christ Jesus

the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youfree

from the law of sin and death.

For what the law was powerless to do

because it was weakened by the flesh,

God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh

to be a sin offering.

And so He condemned sin in the flesh,

in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us,

who do not live according to the flesh

but according to the Spirit.”

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Romans 8:9

“You, however,

are not in the realm of the flesh

but are in the realm of the Spirit,

if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.

And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,

they do not belong to Christ.”

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Interview with Joel Parisen: Newworldson

What has God been teaching you lately?

Joel:  “How to not be a lip-service Christian. How to talk less and to let my life be my message, which is incredibly hard to do. How to not say one thing and be doing another. Some people struggle with surrender and trusting that God has a plan; that part’s been easy for me. My problem is knowing that in my partnership with Him, I have work to do too. It’s not all sit back and enjoy the ride.”

http://jesusfreakhideout.com/interviews/Newworldson2008.asp

Behind the Song:
We were coming to the end of a full day in the studio when I decided to sit down at the piano to unwind. I just started playing these chords when Mark came over and said, ‘We’re recording that tomorrow.’  And that was that. I wrote my lyrics and Josh wrote his right on the spot.

It’s a prayer.

They’re words we needed to hear.”

– Joel Parisien (Newworldson)

http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/lyrics/new/track.asp?track_id=9396

Pride weighing you down?

 

 

Choking your heart?

 

 

Chained up and bound?

 

 

Pride is your prison…

 

But Grace is your key!

 

Pray…

 

“Sweet Holy Spirit!

 

Come rescue me!

Spirit, Spirit, I submit to You now

Spirit, Spirit

I surrender

Spirit

Sweet Holy Spirit!”

Are you drowning?

Hopeless and lost at sea?

I was!

But, Lord You threw me a line…

Brought me back to Your shore…

Now, I can feel the light from Your lighthouse…

Shining down on me…

Yes, I can!

Worry???

Oh, what can I say?

I’ve worried so much…

I forget how to pray…

Well, I’m down on my knees…

And this is coming from my soul…

Sweet Holy Spirit…

Come make me whole!!

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Let this be your prayer, too!!

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Luke 11:13

“If you then,

though you are evil,

know how to give good gifts to your children,

how much more will your Father in Heaven

give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

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Now That’s Sweet!!!!

Amen!

Every Little Thing You Do…

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Really Does Matter To God!!

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1 Corinthians 10:31

“So whether you eat or drink

or whatever you do,

do it all for the glory of God.”

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1Peter 4:10

“Each of you

should use whatever gift you have received

to serve others,

as faithful stewards

of God’s grace in its various forms.”

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Colossians 3:17

“And whatever you do,

whether in word or deed,

do it all in the Name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

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Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork,

created in Christ Jesus

to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

You’re picking up toys on the living room floor
for the 15th time today
Matching up socks and sweeping up lost
Cheerios that got away
You put a baby on your hip and color on your lips
and head out the door
And while I may not know you I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes does it matter at all
Well let me remind you it all matters just as long as you

Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

Maybe you’re that guy with the suit and tie
Maybe your shirt says your name
You may be hooking up mergers, cooking up burgers
But at the end of the day

Little stuff, big stuff, in between stuff
God sees it all the same
And while I may not know you I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes does it matter at all
Well let me remind you it all matters just as long as you do

Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you
To do every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace with every move that you make
And every little thing that you do

Well, maybe you’re sitting in math class
Maybe on a mission in the Congo
Maybe you’re working at the office
Singing along with the radio
Maybe you’re dining at a five star
Or feeding orphans in Myanmar
Anywhere and everywhere you are
Whatever you do it all matters
So do what you do and don’t ever forget to do

Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace as you do
Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace with every move that you make
And every little thing that you do
Every little thing you do

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This includes every Mom– smiling while wiping off the highchair, and the floor around it, yet AGAIN!!

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This includes every Teacher-cheerfully, reminding kids ONCE AGAIN to be kind to each other!

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This includes every Dad-happily playing with the kids, even AFTER a tough day at work!

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This includes every Waiter/Waitress/Salesperson/Cashier-being patient EVERY DAY with difficult customers!

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This includes every Student-Doing well in school, even when they’d rather be ANYWHERE else!

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This includes-WHOEVER YOU ARE

 And WHATEVER YOU DO

For the GOD WHO MADE YOU!

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This Includes YOU!

And EVERY LITTLE THING YOU DO

For THE GLORY OF GOD!! 

Amen!

Teachers…Parents Are Sending You The Best That They Have!!!

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Give Them The Best You Have!!

A Back-To-School Lesson!

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Romans 12:7

“If your gift is serving others,

serve them well.

If you are a teacher,

teach well.”

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Titus 2:7-8

“In everything

set them an example by doing what is good.

In your teaching show integrity, seriousness

and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned,

so that those who oppose you

may be ashamed

because they have nothing bad to say about us.”

For additional verses about teachers, go to:

http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/bible-verses-about-teachers.html

Where according to:

Prayers for Special Help,

“These Bible verses about teachers enlighten us

first on the exceptional responsibility that one has while teaching.

Due to the impact a teacher has on a student,

one quote warns us that teachers will be judged

with a greater strictness than others.

Jesus is often called a teacher

and he himself confirmed that he was one;

the apostles were also teachers.

The teaching passages above

also insist that the ability to teach is a gift

in which the teacher serves others

and leads by example

with the objective to make the students

as wise as the teacher.

It is the teacher’s task to study,

handle the truth correctly,

and teach accurate information

while treating the pupil with respect.

These quotes identify integrity,

dignity,

faithfulness,

and lack of hypocrisy

as traits that the teacher should possess.

Overall, the teacher is warned about too much study

that does not focus on the fear of God

and living a godly life.”

Humbling stuff, huh???

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James 1:5

“If any of you lacks wisdom,

you should ask God,

who gives generously to all without finding fault,

and it will be given to you.”

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Proverbs 22:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go:

and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

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Luke 12:12

“…for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time

what you should say.”

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2 Timothy 3:14-17

“But as for you,

continue in what you have learned

and have become convinced of,

because you know those from whom you learned it,

and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures,

which are able to make you wise for salvation

through faith in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture is God-breathed

and is useful for

teaching,

rebuking,

correcting

and training in righteousness,

so that the servant of God

may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

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Deuteronomy 11:18-21

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds;

tie them as symbols on your hands

and bind them on your foreheads.

Teach them to your children,

talking about them when you sit at home

and when you walk along the road,

when you lie down

and when you get up.

Write them on the door frames of your houses

and on your gates,

so that your days

and the days of your children

may be many in the land the Lord

swore to give your ancestors,

as many as the days

that the heavens are above the earth.”

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Lord,

Teachers are going Back-To-School now!

We need Your help!!

Please help us to show Your love!

Even when our days are chaotic!

Especially, when our days are chaotic!!!

Amen!!

Power Failure???

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There’s never a power failure with God!

Unlike in Florida…

Where we experience power failures all the time…

Like today…

The sun was shining…

It was beautiful outside…

And our power went out!!

We’re used to it in hurricanes and lightning storms…

Prepared for it even…

But, I wasn’t prepared for a power outage today…

Electricity!!!!

I can’t live without it!

I was on the computer…

The internet went down…

Digital clocks were blinking…

The security alarm was beeping…

My hubby was watching his beloved Yankees…

And now nothing!

My son was getting ready to go out…

But can’t use the hair dryer…

Life just stands still a moment…

Or two, Or three…

I quickly forget we have no power…

I’m so used to having it available!!!!

 I go to turn on a light…

I go to microwave something…

I know I’ll freak out soon…

When I realize…

The air conditioning is dying!!!!

Help!!!

Oh, wait!

Thank You, Jesus!!!!!!

Here it comes…

The power is back…

Oh, Praise God!!

I know I need all Your power, too, Lord!

All the power Your Word says I have in Christ!

Power in Your Holy Name, Jesus!

And the power of Your Holy Spirit living in me!!

Thank You, God!!

You’ve never failed me yet!!!

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Luke 24:49

“I am going to send you what My Father has promised;

but stay in the city until you

have been clothed with power from on high.”

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John 1:12-13

“Yet to all who did receive Him,

to those who believed in His Name,

He gave the right to become children of God

children…born of God.”

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Romans 15:13

“May the God of Hope

fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,

so that you may overflow with hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

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1 Corinthians 4:20

“For the Kingdom of God is not in word,

but in power.”

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You can count on God’s Power!

Holy Spirit, “Super Soak” Me!

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Yesterday was our last day of school!

“Yipee!!!” said all the teachers…

“Hooray!!!” said all the students…

“Oh, Dear Lord, No!” said all the parents…

Ha!

We decided to have a “Water” Fun Day to celebrate!!

Wear sandals or water shoes to school…

And bring a change of clothes!!

Let the games begin!!

It was Super Soaker Heaven!

We had water toys of all types and sizes!

Thinking I was going to merely be in the defensive mode…

If the kids were rude enough to come bother me…

In my lawn chair in the quiet, shade under the nearest tree…

I did not purchase a Super Soaker!!

My son did!!

A really nice, big one!!

I brought a ketchup/mustard “squeezy-thing,” like they have in diners!

Sometimes, I just don’t know any better!

Ha!

The kids parked themselves as near as they could get to the water spigot…

Filled and refilled their toys, cups, and the whole Tupperware container…

Soaked everything and everyone in sight!!!

While I, and one of our volunteers…

Talked, shooed them away, and tried to keep things dry!

When I tired of not joining in the fun…

I grabbed my ketchup/mustard “squirty-thing” filled with water…

And started squeezing it at everybody!!

Such fun!!!

But, I ran out of “fuel” quickly!!

While I was refilling…

The Super Soaker people got me, and got me good!!

But, I didn’t care, it was a beautiful day to be soaking wet!!

Then, I had this idea to go soak my son…

Who was soaking the older kids…

Armed with the dinky, little, plastic ketchup/mustard weapon I had…

I attacked!!

 He retaliated, and saturated me!!

I went back for reinforcements, and rallied the elementary kids to join me…

They had all the good tools that could drench!!

It worked…

I was elated to soak my son!

‘Til my son brought his troops to our territory…

Sneaked up behind me…

Aimed and fired…

As I laughed with joy!!

Great to be alive!

Very wet and happily alive!!

Unfortunately…

Some of our kids were not so joyful with our fun, wet plans for the last day of school…

One stayed home…

One slept most of the day…

Under a desk…

One refused to get wet…

And got upset when he did!!

Do you see yourself here???

When the Holy Spirit is moving…

Do you stay home?

Sleep?

Hide?

Refuse to get wet?

Let’s enjoy God’s washing…

He’s pouring out His Spirit like rain…

5-29-13 Golf Course 086“You Heavens above,

rain down My righteousness;

let the clouds shower it down.

Let the earth open wide,

let salvation spring up,

let righteousness flourish with it;

I, the LORD, have created it.”

Isaiah 45:8

5-29-13 Golf Course 061Soak it up!

Be saturated!

God’s elated to soak us…

To saturate us with His Holy Spirit…

To pour His Spirit on us…

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I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

your old men will dream dreams,

your young men will see visions.”

Joel 2:28

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“An angel of the Lord would go down into the pool from time to time

and stir up the water.

Then the first one who got in after the water was stirred up

recovered from whatever ailment he had.”

John 5:4

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Wearing the right garment of praise…

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,

to give unto them beauty for ashes,

the oil of joy for mourning,

the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

that they might be called trees of righteousness,

the planting of the LORD,

that He might be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:3

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And splash away!!

God’s With Us!!

Dear Holy Spirit…

Super Soak us!

Saturate us!!

Help us to not just sit on the sidelines…

And watch while others receive Your drenching, and power!

Help us to appreciate when someone else gets filled with Your Spirit…

Or receives something overflowing from You!!

Let us be smart enough to splash in it!

Keep Your Spirit flowing…

And overflowing, in our lives!

Amen!

You’re The Reason For Every Good Thing!

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It’s A Beautiful Life You Give!!

“John replied,

‘No one can receive anything

unless God gives it from Heaven.'”

John 3:27

“If you, then, though you are evil,

know how to give good gifts to your children,

how much more will your Father in Heaven

give good gifts to those who ask Him!”

Matthew 7:11

Busier than you should be???

Time won’t wait!

Don’t forget…

Or take it for granted!

I’s a beautiful life we live!!

Don’t want to miss a moment!

It’s a beautiful life You give!

You’re the reason for:

Every good thing…

Every heartbeat…

Every day we get to breathe…

Anything that lasts…

Every second chance…

Every laugh!!

Oh, Life is so sweet!

There will be days…

That give me more than I can take…

Jesus, make beauty from my heartache…

It’s our family…

It’s our friends…

It’s the feeling we get when we see our children smile!!

This life…

Everything we love…

It’s You alive in us!

You’re alive in us!!

Yes, You are…

You’re here in every moment…

You’re every good thing…

That’s ever happened to ME!!!

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“Every good and perfect gift is from above,

coming down from the Father of the Heavenly lights,

who does not change like shifting shadows.”

James 1:17

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“Now the God of Peace,

who brought up from the dead

the great Shepherd of the sheep 

through the blood of the eternal covenant,

even Jesus our Lord,

equip you in every good thing to do His will,

working in us that which is pleasing in His sight,

through Jesus Christ,

to whom be the Glory forever and ever.

Amen”

Hebrews 13:20-21