Exodus 31:2-3 Given Enough To Do The Job

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“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge, and with all kinds of skills–” Exodus 31:2-3

Each person has different talents or skills to do different things in this life. Some people excel at math and can do engineering work, that most others cannot even comprehend. Others have the ability to write, or do carpentry, or work with metal, or design something specific. Each one is a little different.

Those that do not have that type of skill, cannot understand how another can do it so easily and so well. With some schooling and a lot of hard work, some people can train themselves to do just about any skill there is. Yet, for most people, there is a block that keeps them from learning some things. They just don’t have that ability.

As God was having Moses gather materials and people to build the temple and all the things in it, God gave him Bezalel to help out with the construction of the materials. God had placed His Holy Spirit upon Bezalel so that he would be able to do many things. He was filled with wisdom, understanding, knowledge and many different skills. God gave him what he needed to get the job done.

God works in the same way today with believers. He calls them to do some work for Him, then He equips them with what is needed to get the job done. The Holy Spirit can come upon a person and fill him in an extraordinary way to do extraordinary things.

The ways God gives those abilities may be different for each person. Some will just be given the ability to quickly learn with ease in schooling. Others will be given supernatural knowledge to just know how to do something as needed.

You are no different than Bezalel. God has given you some skills to do something for the kingdom of God that no other person can do. Seek God to find out what that skill is and what that job is. Set your heart on doing the work God has for you to do in order to build His kingdom and bring Him glory.

Don’t try to be someone you are not. Use what God has already given you to build His kingdom.

I pray today that God’s Spirit will rest upon you; that you will know the guidance the Holy Spirit will give you; that you will know the talents God has given you; and that you will use what God has given you for His kingdom and glory.

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2 Corinthians 3:6 Sharing Life

 

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He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:6

Competency is the ability to do something. Most people want to be competent of something. Many wish they were competent of certain things that they do not feel competent in. There are also many people who think that they are competent in something that they are really not competent in.

Paul speaks of being competent of a new covenant, but not of the letter, but of the Spirit.

There are many believers who have studied the bible and know it very well. Some have gone to a bible college to get formal training, while others have just read it along with many commentaries. Knowing the bible in this way is good, but it is only learning the letter of the bible, it has not touched what the Spirit of the bible is.

Some believers will go around pointing fingers at people telling them what they should or should not do. They know the letter, the Law, of the Bible, but not the Spirit. When a person is pointed out what they have done wrong, it is only pointing out death. It brings on a death sentence upon the person. This is not life-giving.

God, in His infinite wisdom, brought about the new covenant, one that gives life. That new covenant is Jesus. He came to give life and give it abundantly. He did not come focusing on what not to do, but focused on what to do–living for God, how to live for God.

Every believer has been given this ability, to show life and present life. Sharing what Jesus has done for a person is bringing life to the person. It presents the ability to live a fulfilled life in Christ Jesus.

While it is needed to know what the Bible says, you must also know how to present it in a way that brings life and not death. Sharing God’s great love and mercy is a way of bringing about life to others.

Pointing fingers at sin will only bring condemnation and death.

While there is a time and place for revealing sin, it should not be your focus. Your focus should be on presenting Jesus to the lost in this world.

Are you bringing about life?

Or death?

I pray today that you will know what God’s word says; that you will know the Spirit of God’s word; that you will speak words that bring about life; and that you will know the life Jesus presents every person.

1 Corinthians 2:11 Knowing God’s Thoughts

 

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For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11

Reading a person’s mind or thoughts is something people have always wanted to do. There has been many who claim that they can know the thoughts of another person. However, that cannot be done.

Magicians claim that they can read the minds of another person, yet, all they are doing is playing a trick on the person. It is done with a slight of hand or a play on words.

Married couples often believe that they can read each other’s minds. It is not actually reading their minds, but knowing how the other person will think or act in a given situation. They have been around each other long enough to possibly guess the correct answer. However, this same method of knowing the person’s thoughts, gets many into trouble, because they are wrong.

Some people claim to know the thoughts of God, yet, are not living for God or following God in any way. They just use the wisdom and understanding of this world to get their ideas of what God is thinking. Only God really knows what He is thinking.

God does know what He is thinking and is willing to share that information with people. The way that he shares it is through His Holy Spirit indwelling in a person. As a believer reads the Bible and prays, God’s Holy Spirit opens his spiritual eyes and ears to hear what God is saying. He will begin to understand the meaning in what God is saying.

The idea of God sending His one and only son to die on a cross to save a people who hate Him, is crazy and does not make sense from the world’s point of view. It is only when the Holy Spirit reveals His great love and master plan of salvation, does a person begin to understand what God did and why He did it.

As you read God’s word, you also need to have His Holy Spirit guide you in what He is saying and how to apply it to your own life. You will also need His Holy Spirit to help you to hear and understand what God is saying to you directly outside of the bible.

Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what God’s thoughts are.

I pray today that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you; that God will reveal to you what He is saying and doing; that you will trust God’s thoughts and actions; and that you will share what God is doing with others.

Joel 2:28 Dreams, Prophecies And Visions

And afterward, 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. Joes 2:28

As the destruction of Israel was coming, there was also good news. The good news was what would occur after the destruction of the nation. God would draw all His people back and show His mercy upon them. At that time, God will pour out His Spirit upon everyone who follows Him.

For the most part, in the Old Testament times, the only people who received God’s Spirit to have prophecies, dreams or visions, were prophets and priests. If a person wanted to find out what God had in store for him, he would have to go to a prophet. It is the prophet who would inquire of God for him. God would reveal His ways and things to come through the prophets by giving them prophecies to speak, visions and dreams.

When Jesus was getting ready to leave the earth, He told the disciples to wait for the Spirit to be poured out upon them. This was to fulfil the promise Joel had vision of happening. Not only the old men have these visions and dreams, but so could young men and women, it would be for every person who follows God.

Even to this day, God still pours out His Holy Spirit upon believers. He gives His people visions of what He is doing or going to do. He gives His people dreams to follow in order to build His kingdom larger. He gives prophecies to His people to direct His people on the path that they should be walking.

God is always at work in this world. With your physical eyes, you may not always see it or realize what God is doing. With God’s Holy Spirit in you, you will be able to see with spiritual eyes what God is doing.

God is waiting right now to reveal to you His plans for your life. Those plans are revealed in dreams and visions.

Open up your spiritual eyes to see what God is saying and doing. Allow God to reveal these things to you.

Then, with His strength and power, run hard after those dreams and visions He has given you. See what God can do in and through you.

I pray today that you know God’s Holy Spirit in you; that God will give you prophecies, visions and dreams; that God will help you to understand what He is showing you; and that God will use you to build His kingdom greater.

Isaiah 61:1 God’s Spirit Is Upon You

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, Isaiah 61:1

At the time Isaiah made this statement, He was prophesying about Jesus. Several hundred years later, Jesus would again speak these words and then tell the people that they were talking about Himself. Jesus came to the earth to bring good news to the people. That good news was that God was going to redeem them and bring them the much desired salvation, release from captivity in darkness.

Many people think that only a pastor, evangelist or a missionary can be anointed to proclaim the good news. It is often thought of the proclamation being a form of preaching, and only those certified to preach can do that. Others feel as if they need a bible college degree in order to proclaim the good news.

When Jesus spoke, while on this earth, He did not have a college degree. There is no record of Him getting any formal training as a preacher. Yet, He spoke with authority and correctly. This occurred because He was anointed by God to do that.

As Jesus left the earth, He said that everyone would be filled with the Holy Spirit, who He would send once He left. This includes every believer who believes in Jesus, which also includes you.

Every believer is anointed by God to proclaim the good news. It is to release people from captivity of sin and darkness.

Telling the good news is not something you need a college degree for, or even need to know New Testament Greek. It is telling others what you know. It is telling others why you chose to believe in and follow Jesus. It is telling others what Jesus has done for you, in  you and through you. It is giving them a chance to see the light and be released from the darkness of this world.

God’s Spirit is on you at all times, because He has anointed you to proclaim the good news.

What are you saying today?

Who are you telling today?

Who can you tell this news to today?

I pray today that you will know God’s anointing in your life; that God will give you the words to speak; that you will proclaim the salvation Jesus provides; and that through you God will release many from captivity and darkness.