1 Peter 4:10 Use Your Gift To Serve Others

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4: 10

Everybody has some ability to do something very well. For each person that ability is a little to very different.

While many people never really understand or use their abilities, there are some that hone those abilities to be used. Instead of using their abilities to serve others, many will use them to build themselves up. The world wants to build their own little kingdoms first, and if anyone benefits from it, then it is fine.

Peter tells the people to use whatever gift God has blessed them with to serve others. This service is revealing God’s grace in various ways.

God has made every person unique and given them an ability to do something of value in light of eternity in this world. Being a believer is not just talking about the gospel message and going to church, but meeting needs of others, both physical and spiritual.

Sadly, many in the church are just like the world in using their gifts for themselves, rather than to build God’s kingdom. They build their own little kingdom here on earth, just as the world does.

No matter what the talent is that a person may have, he should use it to point people to Jesus. Helping others out and serving them reveals the grace and love of God to them in many ways.

His focus should be on using what God has given Him to build His kingdom, rather than the temporary kingdoms of this earth. Even though some may fight back and persecute, because of their hatred for God, others will turn and choose to believe in Jesus because of the grace and love shown to them.

God has given you some talent or gift that is unique to you. It is up to you as to how you use it. Do not allow yourself to be led by the world in using that gift to please yourself and build your own little kingdom.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in using it to build His kingdom, to show His love and grace to others that need Him. No matter how little or big your ability is, God can use it in mighty ways to change the lives of people around you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what gift God has given you; that you will use God’s gift to point people to Jesus; that others will see God’s grace and love through your service; and that God will give you the needed strength to serve others with His grace.

John 19:11 No Real Self Power Over You

Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

Power is something that a lot of people think that they have in and of themselves. Controlling people is what they love to do. Many will use their positions to control people, while others will use physical force.

With both of these ways of controlling people, the feeling that they are the ones who have the authority and power to do so is true for both.

Pilate asked Jesus if He realized that he had the power to crucify Him. Jesus told him that the only power he has was given from God.

God is the Creator who created everything and every person on this planet and in this universe. Since He is the Creator of everything, then He is also the only one with real power.

In and of himself, man does not have any abilities or power at all, and neither do the demonic powers of this earth. Every ability, whether good or bad, is given by God.

It is common for many believers to have struggles with other people on this earth. Those who are in ‘authority’ make life difficult for believers, trying to tell them what they can and cannot do. Since this occurs, many believers get angry with God because of these people.

God uses every person and every situation for the building up of His people. This may mean that a difficult leader is in the life of a believer causing problems. God has allowed that person to do something to build His follower up.

Instead of fighting back, the believer must trust in God and do what He says. God used Pilate to crucify Jesus to save the world.

You have leaders in your life that are difficult to be around. They appear to make your life miserable. One thing to remember is that person in your life only has the power and authority that God has given him.

Seek to understand how God is using that person in your life. Also seek to know how you can be a witness to that person. Outside of the authority that God gave that person, he has no real power.

Do not fear that person, but trust God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the control God has in this world; that you will understand the authority God gives all people; and that God will help you remove all fear of people.

2 Corinthians 1:8 Truth Of Unseen Troubles

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 2 Corinthians 1:8

When a person looks at a very wealthy person, they often think about how easy that person has it. They do not see the struggles or challenges that the wealthy person has or is going through.

Each person, regardless of position, has some challenges that he must face that others cannot see or maybe even understand.

Some of the Corinthian believers must have believed that Paul was having it easy as a believer. Paul tells them that he had so many problems in Asia, that he wanted to die.

On the surface, the life of many people appears to be good and easy going. It appears as if everything is going their way and that they have no challenges or problems. This thinking often occurs because most people do not air their problems or challenges. All that is seen is the good side of one’s life.

Every person has problems that go on behind closed doors. It may be physical or emotional, but they are still major problems.

It is common for people to see a seasoned believer and think that he has arrived and has no problems. All people are seeing is the surface of his life. The deep weeping and pain that is done in quiet is not seen by the general public.

Jesus promised that His followers would have trouble. Yet, many get discouraged and think they are the only ones going through trouble.

Every believer will have trouble in his life. Even Jesus had troubles, weeping to the point of death. Sometimes to the point of despairing of life. However, a believer will also trust God through it and move forward in spite of the trouble.

You may see some other fellow believer who seems to have everything going for him and has no problems. Do not believe that. Do not allow yourself to be jealous or uninformed.

Know that every believer, not just yourself, has many problems and challenges in life. God has a purpose for those troubles, trust Him and allow Him to work in and through you, despite the troubles. God is using those troubles to build and shape you and to build His kingdom through you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will trust God in all of your troubles; that God will show His purpose in all of your troubles; and that God will open your eyes to what is occurring in your life.

Psalm 105:4 Finding Strength

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Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:4 

All across the nation are gyms for men and women work out in. People flock to the gyms in order to build themselves up. They want to strengthen their bodies to be in better health and to look better.

While working out and strengthening the body does a lot of good for a person, it does not help his spirit, nor the long term side of emotions. Exercise does not give a person the strength needed to keep going forward correctly when things are going rough, when trouble hits hard.

During troubling times most people look to many things to give them strength to keep going. They will seek work, friends, drugs, or other distractions to help them survive. Some will end it all in a loss of all hope.

The writer of this psalm says that one needs to look to God’s strength and seek Him.

God is the One who has created everything that there is. He is the One who holds everything that is together. He is the One who controls the storms in the physical world and can control the storms in a person’s life.

Along with having the strength and power to help, God is always there and available. The believer can seek God twenty-four hours a day, three hundred sixty-five days a year, with no fear that God will be busy or not available. There is nothing so big, that God cannot handle it or bring a person through it.

The things that the world looks at for strength are temporary and are not always available as God is available. The things of this world will fail in the end. God will never fail.

During your life, you will  have times of struggle and need strength. Turn your eyes to God and seek Him and His strength to make it.

As you focus on God, you will begin to rest in His arms of strength. You will feel His power surge through your body giving you the ability to keep going forward despite the fight against you.

You will also have His peace and comfort during the difficult time knowing that He is in control and will bring you through to the end of the challenge.

Don’t ever give in or give up to a struggle, but hold on to God. His strength has never failed and never will.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the power and strength God has for you; that you will trust God’s strength in your life; and tha you will seek God in all things.