re-posted, with permission, from Get Your JOY In The Morning!
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6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy. let us prophecy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 the who exhorts in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
The apostle Paul was addressing the church in Rome about serving God with spiritual gifts. God has placed within each person gifts to be used. Paul spoke of this while talking about the body of Christ and equated the body of Christ to a physical body of a person. Each person has an important role just like each body part you possess. Along with each person having an important role, the gifts God has placed within you have a role as well. Paul specifically talks about serving God with the gifts. Giving back to the one who gave to you shows appreciation. Many equate giving to God with just giving God money. But when God says to serve Him, it goes beyond money. Giving to God means with your time and talent as well. When you love someone, you give. When you appreciate someone you often want to give to them. The parable of the talents which Jesus talked about is Continue reading
by Sharman J. Monroe
A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment.
Proverbs 18:1 (NJKV)
Very often, we start things with the purpose of gaining money or fame or something else for ourselves. But what we don’t realize is the real purpose for what we do is to help someone else. As Jesus said,
Whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave, just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.
John 20:27-28 (NJKV)
Jesus also instructed us share all our blessings, Continue reading
by Joy T.J. Riley
But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Go up to and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’
King Ahaziah reined for only two years after his father Ahab’s death. Ahab was married to Jezebel. Ahab allowed Jezebel to use the power she had with him to take over and convince him to serve her pagan god and he even allowed her to have an innocent man murdered. He attempted to serve both the pagan god and the God who brought him to power. Ahaziah was in his upper room and he fell and hurt himself. Instead of seeking God for healing, King Ahaziah sent his messengers to seek the pagan god to see if he would live or die. Because God had been quiet Continue reading