Category Archives: Gifts

IAM a Messenger of Reconciliation

2 CORINTHIANS 5:19-21 NLT For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Jesus sets us free. He clears our sins. Once you accept this truth into your life, your life changes. No one counts your sins against you. God sent his son Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus sacrifice made us right with God. That’s a wonderful message!

God immediately gives us a mission: to share this amazing message with as many people as possible. We have one goal and calling. Don’t waste any time with condemnation, judgment, style points or heavy theology. I wonder why so many so called Christian organizations spend time with the minor things. Why do they spend little time on the most important message of Love? Then I realize because the more they waste time, the more the enemy wins. Friends, don’t allow your life to get off track. As ambassadors of God, we have a single purpose: a ministry of reconciliation.

God makes his appeal to the world through us. You have a voice and a message! Jesus is asking us to tell the world “Come back to God!”

Jesus asking us to come back to God, starts with one initial premise. You started off in God. God started your life. God created you. A relationship with God is your rightful place.

Father-and-child

 

God makes his appeal to the world through your amazing testimony. When you chose to return to God, a miracle happened in your life. When you accepted God and asked Him to come into your life, an amazing transformation took place. Someone must share the greatest love story with the world. Only you can tell your story. No one tells it better than you. Your unique life, gifts, vocation, skills, voice and beautiful personality deliver God’s message of love to the world.

img_home_m(1)

God already called us to his service. We all have the same calling: Share God’s love and mercy with others until they come back to him. God asks us to take on his relentless character as we carry out his calling. That’s the 99%. The last 1% is your unique spiritual gifts, perspective, passion and burden for the lost. Take some time and write these down: Who? What? And Where? God answers the “HOW”: With his message of Love and reconciliation. God already answered the “WHEN” question: as soon as possible!

With that sheet of paper that has your Who, What and Where, also write these proclamations about your identity!

IAM Reconciled to God through Christ
IAM Called by God
IAM a Messenger of Love
IAM an Ambassador of the Kingdom
IAM an appeal to all mankind
IAM a Witness with an amazing testimony

IAM Given a Gift

EPH 2:8-10 NLT God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Friends, the wonderful gift of salvation and life is the greatest gift that we could ever receive.  It’s there waiting for all of us.  We are the recipients of the gift.  The greatness is in the gift and the gift giver.  We did not deserve it or earn it, but God graciously gives it to us.  Today, I want to encourage you to keep a proper perspective.  Not to lower ourselves and consider ourselves worthless.  Because God loves us so much, and that fact of being loved by God makes our idenity powerful.  There is no boasting in being given a gift by the skin of our teeth.  I hope there is a feeling of gratitude and thankfulness for the amazing grace we have received.

God saw something and planned something amazing for your life, long long ago.  That the amazing story of redemption is being written now as we speak.  That amazing story is resulting in a masterpiece that God is forming everyday.  The masterpiece that God is making out of your life is not meant to be sitting on the wall of a museum behind security glass.  God had a plan for you to do good things with that masterpiece.

 keep-calm-cause-god-loves-you-15

Let’s put down God’s Plan
1. He gave us the gift salvation because He loved us.
2. That gift of salvation working in us makes us an amazing masterpiece
3. The story and power of redemption of your life transformation into a masterpiece is a good good work for others to see.  For you to testify with your life, the amazing grace God offers to all man.

That’s the generic version:  allow God to form you, and mold you into the masterpiece he sees for your life.
Be a living testimony that God’s amazing grace is a gift that everyone is worthy to receive.
Encourage others to grow in their self worth because of the value of the gift and gift giver
Let God give you his heart for a specific purpose, passion or calling.
Keep on being awesome because our God is awesome!

 IAM Saved by Grace

IAM worthy because of the gift that I was given
IAM a Masterpiece
IAM a New Creation in Christ Jesus
IAM to do Good works according to God’s Plan

I can’t find a youtube video of this song, but it’s powerful
Listening to You Opened Up My Eyes by Martyn Layzell #nowplaying http://grooveshark.com/s/You+Opened+Up+My+Eyes/4zDpia?src=5

Let’s celebrate the fact that we we were once dead, but now we’re alive!

Martyn Layzell : You Opened Up My Eyes

Not by words and not by deeds. But by grace we have been saved
And it is the gift of God, the faith we need
Not by strength and not by might. But with power from on high
So that we can only boast, boast in You

For once I was dead, now I’m alive. For freedom I’m set free
And in Your great love, life do I find. You opened up my eyes
Not with eloquence or fame. But with weakness and in shame
For the power of Your strength. Is then revealed
And the message of Your cross. Seemed such foolishness to some
But the mercy of Your grace is hidden there

What mercy, what mercy, what mercy beneath Your cross
Your mercy, Your mercy, Your mercy beneath Your cross

IAM Complete

1 Corinthians 1:7-9 NLT Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

We are complete.  When we decide to have a relationship with God, through his son Jesus, we become transformed in that one moment.  It’s not a feeling, its a knowing.  Changes started happening inside, and the work continues inside each of us daily, as we submit to God and allow his Spirit to guide us.
It’s time to take hold of the truth, and let that truth continously work inside of us.  Let the truth dominate your feelings and reality. Not the other way around.

Right now, the spiritual gifts we need are already inside of us, but our past baggage and sins might be a big factor as to why we are not working in then 100%.  As we spend time with God everyday, praying and meditating on his word, ask God to keep peeling back the layers that are holding the real you down.  Let’s get rid of the things about our self that we may even be clinging to as a part of our identity, when in fact they are the things that hurt us from shining in our true identity.

Your identity is a powerful mighty partner with the faithful Son of God!  How about that for a title on a business card?

Take some time and write down the answers to these questions:
1. What are your passionate about?
2. What injustices in this world make you angry?
3. In what ways are you uniquely gifted to minister to others?

If the answers to those questions are a little hazy, it’s ok!  Ask God to show you more of who you are.
Ask God to give you his heartbeat and eyes for the people in this world who are hurting.
Ask God to refine the spiritual gifts that are already inside of you.   Ask God to peel back one layer of sin or disbelief that is inhibiting you from moving in your gifts.

We have made decisions in the past to run away and avoid our amazing destiny.  Now it’s time to make decisions and steps to start moving towards our true identity.  Don’t be afraid that you aren’t gifted enough.  God has given you all you need.  We have a partner who is all powerful and faithful.

Shout this one out loud to the world, and let it echo deep into your soul!
IAM Complete in Christ
IAM Equipped with all I Need
IAM a Partner with Jesus
IAM Destined for Greatness

IAM a Cheerful Giver

IAM a Cheerful Giver
2 CORINTHIANS 9: 6-8 NLT Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”  And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

blog-Seed-for-the-Sower

Being a farmer takes faith and patience, but it also takes action.
The greatest investment into the Kingdom we can make is a generous cheerful gift.  God loves a person who gives cheerfully.
Ask God to fill you with joy and passion as you invest your time and energy for eternal good.  Smile when you give.  Smile, sing and dance when you donate of your time and energy in service.

 As we continue to transform our spirit and character for the better each day, I believe God wants to stretch our faith and generosity and investment mindset.

Ask for God’s heart for the poor.  Ask God to show you how even a little more financial resources would empower a ministry to minister to more people.  Also in our world today: Time is money.  Well how about making time investments into building the kingdom?  I know that when I spend time in ministry, that does alleviate financial pressures for our church.  There are ways that we can give freely of our time, that allows our ministries to save money, and put those resources elsewhere.  So even if you say, I don’t have enough money, then donate your time.  Your unique awesomeness is needed in the lives of others.

In the most non pressure filled way possible, I want to encourage you. Give in faith of your time and resources. Because of this one question:  Can you put a dollar amount on a cost of one soul?  Can you put a value on the miraculous healing for the terminally ill? Can you put a dollar amount on the soul of a young child who has their life let on the path to following Jesus, because you shared God’s love with them every Sunday School?

 God’s promises are true: give cheerfully, invest into the kingdom with a joyful heart: God will provide all you need with leftovers to keep on sharing with others.  There are so many times in the bible where God comes through.  It’s a law of God’s nature and wonderful character to bless us with what we need and some leftovers.  You can take that promise to the bank!
4MinutesPerDay-228_One_day_your_life_will_flash_before_your_eyes_Make_sure_its_worth_watching-1
IAM Joyfully Generous
IAM a Cheerful Giver
IAM a Happy Volunteer
IAM an Exuberant Servant
IAM Making Kingdom Investments
Let’s give him our all

IAM Awesome

Hi, I had to get this down in words today.  It’s a creed, a manifesto, a war cry.   A summary, but not the end.

IAM Victorious
I have supreme confidence in the one who gave me life
IAM Beautiful and I love myself
I see beauty in all of God’s creation
IAM skillfully and wonderfully created

My DNA is the DNA of God and so is yours
IAM loved by God, and nothing I can do can take away his Love for me
I have received deep inner healing from the wounds and lies of the world
IAM uniquely called to deliver a message of Love and Hope to all
I live my life with faith, vision and passion, never regret or excuses
IAM a Conquering Warrior
I fight for justice for those who cannot fight for themselves
Friend, my creed isn’t just for me. It’s for you too.  You have an amazing contribution to give our world, and you are the only person who is uniquely gifted to do it.  Find and become the best version of yourself.  Proclaim the truth about who you are everyday and night.  When you wake up, and when you go to sleep, look into mirror and see your beautiful face.  Smile and speak the truth to yourself and your soul. Your whole life up until this point may have been a battleground of getting beat up.  Today start the healing process inside of you.  Develop a new habit of loving and healing yourself.
I love you. I see you.
You are talented in many ways!
486411_2999963406300_1265942842_n

IAM Gifted

1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

It hurts my ears when I hear anyone say that they are not smart enough, or skilled enough or talented enough to do the things they dream of.  Even for myself, I ask God everyday for faith to always believe in God to be the power behing any vision. I know that when I utter any false truth about myself, I hurt myself.  I cut off all opportunities to do anything great.  Just by a misguided thought.

 

When I think of all the gifted and talented people in this world who have settled for the middle class safe first world dream.  It makes me sad, because those people are not in what seems like any major danger.  But they are frozen in effectiveness.  Just like those people in the matrix, living in a programmed dull life without ever doing anything of impact.  And if that’s not a slow death, I don’t know what is. That’s not worthy of the life that Jesus laid down for us.

Don’t waste another day or moment living settling for an average life.

Robert-De-Niro-i-see-you

I see you!
God has gifted you!

Some of us already know what those gifts are, and some haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.
Everyone has a gift.

God makes it pretty clear: Use those gifts to serve one another.

Use those gifts as if God was acting through you.
Do it with all of the strength and energy that God supplies.
Do God’s supplies ever run out?  I don’t think so!
I know that when I am God’s conduit to do his work, I don’t feel tired.  I get more and more pumped up.
I feel like an 18 year old young buck again!. Ready to take over the world!   That’s the place I want to be in every day of my life.
Can you tell I am a morning person?
God needs night people also!  People who get on their knees and battle for souls all night long.

And that serving of others has one purpose:  To Bring Glory to God through Jesus.

Yes, it’s nice to hear the finely tuned sports athlete who’s gift is to deliver bone crushing tackles on the gridiron in a post victory interview to give all the Glory to God.  It makes an impact for how God wants to use that person.
We have the opportunity to Give Glory to God in your amazing giftedness.

You have an amazing gift that when developed and perfected through the power of the Holy Spirit, will allow you to be one of the best of the best!  Do you believe that?
You have an inner genius that God has made a part of your soul fiber that is waiting to be used by the Creator!

 

Pray and ask God to show you what you are gifted in
Ask your close brothers and sisters in Christ: What am I gifted in?

Take an online test! http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com/tests
Then ask God to put you in situations to use them, and exercise and fine tune them!
Then point your hands to the heaven and give all the Glory to God!

IAM Gifted

IAM a Servant
IAM Supplied by God’s unlimited Power
IAM a Reflection of God’s Glory

A blind surfer, saying he believes…

AUDIO ADRENALINE LYRICS

 “Believer”

 

I want to live this live unsafe, unsure, but not afraid
What I want is to give all I got somehow
Giving up letting go of control right now‘Cause I’m already out here, blind but I can see
I see the way You’re moving
God how I believe that

I can push back the mountains, can stand on the waves
I can see through the darkness, I’ll hold up the flame
Take me to the ocean I want to go deeper
I’m not afraid no, I’m a believer

And so I lose this life to find my way and come alive
They can try to deny what’s inside of me
But there is more, can’t ignore all the things unseen

Oh I believe I can walk on water with You, Lord

When I walk through the valley of the shadows
When I’m trapped in the middle of the battle
I will trust in You
‘Cause trouble comes, but you never let it take me
I hold fast ‘cause I know that You will save me
I will trust in You, I will trust in You

Oh here I stand all alone waiting on you, Lord
Waiting on You