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The Mystery of Suffering

2020 to 2021 has been upsetting for me. I have witnessed the suffering and death of love ones from Covid and other forms of sickness and disease.

Some got sick and got well, some got sick and the side affects linger, while others got sick and died.  

The Mystery of Suffering

Job 2:10

Job replied, You talk like a godless woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.

There is nothing left for Job but to lament.

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He refuses to lay the blame on himself falsely, and he refuses to blame or abandon God.

But he does not hesitate to express his anguish in the strongest terms.

Let the day perish in which I was born, and the night that said, ‘A man-child is conceived’” (Job 3:3).

Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire?” (Job 3:11).

“Or why was I not buried like a stillborn child, like an infant that never sees the light?” (Job 3:16).

Why is light given to one who cannot see the way, whom God has fenced in?” (Job 3:23).

Notice that Job’s lament is almost entirely in the form of questions.

THE CAUSE OF HIS SUFFERING IS A MYSTERY.

INDEED, IT MAY BE THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF FAITH.

Why does God allow people he loves to suffer?

Job does not know the answer, so the most honest thing he can do is ask questions.

Regrettably, Job’s friends are not able to endure the mystery of his suffering, so they jump to conclusions about its source.

The first of the three, Eliphaz, acknowledges that Job has been a source of strength to others (Job 4:3-4).

But then he turns and puts the blame for Job’s suffering squarely on Job himself.

“Think now,” he says, “who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?

As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same” (Job 4:7-8).

Job’s second friend, Bildad, says much the same.

See, God will not reject a blameless person nor take the hand of evildoers” (Job 8:20). (Miss judging God.)

The third friend, Zophar, repeats the refrain.

“If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, do not let wickedness reside in your tents.

Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure, and will not fear.…Your life will be brighter than the noonday” (Job 11:14-1517).

Their reasoning is a form of logic.

God sends calamities upon wicked people only.

  1. You have suffered a calamity.
  2. Therefore, you must be wicked.
  3. Job himself avoids this false logic.
  4. But it is very commonly accepted by Christians.

It is called a theology of divine retribution, and it assumes that God blesses those who are faithful to him and punishes those who sin.

It is not entirely without biblical support.

There are many cases in which God sends calamity as a punishment, as for example he did at Sodom (Genesis 19:1-29).

Often, our experiences do bear out this theological position.

In most situations, things turn out better when we follow God’s ways than when we forsake them.

However, God does not always work that way.

Jesus himself pointed out that disaster is not necessarily a sign of God’s judgment (Luke 13:4).{When he addressed the 18 who died at the tower being the most wick?)

In Job’s case, we know the theology of divine retribution is not true because God says that Job is a righteous man (Job 1:82:3).

Job’s friends’ disturbing error is to apply a generalization to Job’s situation, without knowing what they’re talking about.

Anyone who has spent time with a suffering friend knows how hard it is to remain present without trying to give answers or make sense out of the situation.

It is excruciating to suffer silently with a friend who must rebuild life piece by piece, without any certainty about the outcome.

Our instinct is to investigate what went wrong and identify a solution.

Then we imagine we can help our friend eliminate the cause and get back to normal as soon as possible.

Knowing the cause, we will at least know how to avoid the same fate ourselves.

We would rather give a reason for the suffering — be it right, be it wrong — than to accept the mystery at the heart of suffering.

Job’s friends succumb to this temptation.

It would be foolish to imagine that we would never do the same.

How much harm have well-intentioned Christians caused by giving pious-sounding answers to suffering, even though we have no idea what we’re talking about?

 “It’s all for the best.”

 “It’s part of God’s plan.”

“God never sends people more adversity than they can handle.”

How arrogant to imagine we know God’s plan.

How foolish to think we know the reason for anyone else’s suffering.

We don’t even know the reason for our own suffering.

 It would be more truthful — and far more helpful — to admit, “I don’t know why this happened to you. No one should have to go through this.”

 If we can do this, and then remain present, we may become an agent of God’s compassion.

Job’s friends can’t lament with Job or even acknowledge that they lack a basis for judging him.

They are hell-bent (literally, given Satan’s role) on defending God by placing the blame on Job.

As the friends’ speeches continue, their rhetoric becomes increasingly hostile.

Faced with the self-imposed choice of blaming Job or blaming God, they harden their hearts against their former friend. “There is no end to your iniquities,” says Eliphaz (Job 22:5), and then he invents some iniquities to charge against Job.

“You have given no water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry” (Job 22:8).

 “You have sent widows away empty-handed, and the arms of the orphans you have crushed” (Job 22:9).

Zophar’s last speech observes that wicked persons will not enjoy their riches because God will make their stomachs “vomit them up again” (Job 20:15) and that “They will give back the fruit of their toil, and will not swallow it down; from the profit from their trading they will get no fruit of their enjoyment” (Job 20:18).

This is an appropriate righting of the wicked’s wrongdoing, that “they have crushed and abandoned the poor,  they have seized a house that they did not build” (Job 20:19). The reader knows this does not apply to Job. Why is Zophar so eager to blame Job?

Are we sometimes too eager to follow in Zophar’s footsteps when our friends face failures in work and life?

The book of Job demands that we see ourselves in the faces of Job’s friends. We too — presumably — know right from wrong, and have some sense of God’s ways.

But we do not know all of God’s ways as they apply in all times and places.

 “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it” (Psalm 139:6).

God’s ways are often a mystery beyond our understanding.

Is it possible that we also are guilty of ignorant judgments against our friends and co-workers?

But it doesn’t have to be friends who accuse us. Unlike Job, most of us are quite ready to accuse ourselves.

Anyone who has tasted failure has likely pondered, “What have I done to deserve this?” It’s natural, and not altogether incorrect.

Sometimes out of sheer laziness, bad data or incompetence, we make poor decisions that cause us to fail at work.

However, not all failures are the direct result of our own shortcomings.

Many are the result of circumstances outside our control.

Workplaces are complex, with many factors competing for our attention, many ambiguous situations, and many decisions where the outcomes are impossible to predict. How do we know whether we are following God’s ways all the time?

How could we or anyone genuinely know whether our successes and failures are due to our own actions or to factors beyond our control?

How could an outsider judge the rightness of our actions without knowing the intimate details of our situations?

Indeed, how could we even judge ourselves, give the limits of our own knowledge?

Has Faith Been Hijacked?

In the scriptures false teachers were constantly trying to hijack the faith of the believers.

On facebook which I use daily there are people constantly looking to hijack my files so they can impersonate me for their personal gains.

We have to guard against those who seek to Hijack even our faith in God. WOW

For what purpose would others attempt to hijack our faith? Once our faith in Christ has been hijacked the seeds of the flesh can be sown.

Galatians 5:19–21 (NLT)

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

The reason Satan wants to hijack our faith is so we cannot do the thing of God that we should be doing…

Galatians 5:17 (KJV 1900)

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

John 14:12 (KJV)
12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Philippians 2:5 (KJV)
5   Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Satan and his little army wants to hijack your mind.

The potential of the flesh energized by Satan in the life of the Christian should not be underestimated.

Given free rein, the flesh will direct our choices, making us do what we know we should not do.

This inner conflict between the flesh and the Spirit is very real, but there is considerable disagreement as to its precise meaning.

Some believe that flesh here refers to a “sinful nature” continuing after salvation, while others view it as simply the physical flesh and its natural tendencies.

Still others focus on the “fleshly” or “worldlyhabits and patterns that continue after justification.

Although the precise meaning of flesh in unclear, Paul’s intent is plain.

The desires of our flesh are at odds with what the Holy Spirit desires for us: to be free from sin.

The flesh is that which is inwardly born from the mind of man and Satan and against the created purpose of God.

The regenerated human spirit of a man that is placed into him by God through the Holy Ghost is opposed to each the other.

Being on the computer for long periods of time I get these little folders and links that are tempting to click or open. But in my mind I know there is someone out there seeking to steal my identity so they can use it for their purpose.

John 10:10 (KJV)
10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

The Galatian believers, under pressure from Jewish legalists, were considering rejecting the gospel of grace and reverting back to dependence on the Mosaic Law for salvation.

Paul wrote this letter to outline the dramatic differences between the two approaches to God.

 I. Grace
 II. Law
Grace…Law…  
•          is based on faith (2:16).  •          is based on works (2:16).  
•          justifies sinful men (2:16, 17).  •          is incapable of resulting in justification (2:16; 3:11).  
•          begins and ends with Christ (2:20).  •          makes Christ nothing (5:3).  
•          is the way of the Spirit (3:2, 3, 14).  •          is the way of the flesh (3:3).  
•          is a “blessing” (3:14).  •          is a “curse” (3:13).  
•          is God’s desired end for His people (3:23–25).  •          was intended to be only a means to an end (3:23–25).  
•          results in intimacy with Christ (3:27).  •          results in estrangement from Christ (5:4).  
•          makes one a son of God and an heir of Christ (4:6, 7).  •          keeps one a slave (4:7).  
•          brings liberty (5:1).  •          results in bondage (5:1).  
•          depends on the power of the Holy Spirit (5:16–18, 22, 23).  •          depends on human effort (5:19–21).  
•          is motivated by love (5:13, 14).  •          is motivated by pride (6:3, 13, 14).  
•          centers on the cross of Christ (6:12–14).  •          centered on circumcision (5:11; 6:12–15).  

There are two directions out there. There is the road of Grace and the road of being Good by the Law.

I seek to live the best life I can but in the end I fall short.

Romans 3:23 (KJV)
23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:10–12 (KJV 1900)

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Romans 5:8 (KJV)
8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Ephesians 2:9 (KJV)
9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

The jailer that night after witness the miracles of the earthquake asked a question.

Acts 16:30-31 (KJV)
30  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

When Jesus found me I was not looking for him. It was by Grace that I was saved.

I got a call yesterday about how was I selected to receive the Covid vaccine and all I could say was it was by Grace.

I didn’t know anyone at the health department to call. I didn’t have a special relationship with my doctor or Atrium yet it was by Grace that I received the letter.

Now I believe in Grace which is God’s undeserved favor.

I cannot allow anyone to highjack my faith in God’s Goodness, Mercy, and Grace.

When you come from where I came from and you are standing where I am standing today and don’t believe in Grace????

I have come a long way and Satan wants to highjack my faith in God no way.

God has been good to me.

Paul S. Morton sings

I’m still standing
I’m still trusting
I’m still holding on to what I believe
Still motivated
Fully persuaded
I’m still standing
Standing on the word
On the word that’s in my heart
Your word says I am healed
So that means I am healed

Your word says I am free
So that means I am free

Your word says I am
More than a conqueror
Through Jesus
Standing, standing
Standing on the promises
Of Christ my Savior

Standing, standing
Standing on the promises of God
Trust in the Lord
Trust in the Lord
I will trust in the Lord
Till I die

Coffee Time January 16th

Panelist: Dr. Benjamin Hinton, Dr. Rodney Freeman, Elder Billy Houze, and Pastor Robert Coleman

Discussion Questions

The questions are not political questions for they are directed toward church life and leadership in the present and future church.

“Words have power then how leadership frames their words matter because they will direct actions.”

  1. Under the present conditions of covid, political polarization, the economic, and anxieties what type of leader will be needed to guide believers through these unchartered waters?

A. Chaplain/Caregiver/Shepherd

B. Apostolic Apostle – Trail blazer

2.      Can the type of leaders who guided the church to the present be as effective going forward?

3.      God’s word is truth and truth is under attack, how do we convince believers that what we preach has eternal implications?

4.      With many worshipers not attending a building for nearly a year how will leadership get them back into a traditional church environment? Or more importantly get them to engage in the five functions of the church.

The new norm of church will possible have a larger online presence that in the building?

How will the pastors seek to lead this type of church?

  1. Worship
  2. Fellowship
  3. Discipleship
  4. Evangelism
  5. Ministry

How do you see church mission as it relate to vision now laid out before the body?

People without a vision….

Is your present vision in need of a revamping?

  • Rewind the vision
  • Rethink the vision
  • Reset the vision for the present age

In what ways will your church be different in 2021 from 2020?

Are churches in a hold pattern waiting to reopen the building or has church already changed?

Have you covid proofed your church for Wedding – Baptisms – Funerals – New Members Classes –

If your church doesn’t make it back after Covid would it be missed?

What ways have you seen Virtual and Online Church have a positive effect your local congregation in reaching, teaching, and maturing the membership?

What ways have you seen Virtual and Online Church have a negative effect on the local congregation?

If Online and Virtual Church has a 12 month shelf life will it……?

1.    Effect how we build church relationships and communicate

2.    Effect how we create ministries, ministry strategies and seek new people to join them {Will the sound and audio tech be as important as the organist and drummer}

3.    How we locate, invite and engage new searchers

4.    How we allocate the budget

5.    How we give people a reason to connect and communicate to others in the body

6.    How will we build singles, marriages, seniors, adults, and children ministries

7.    How do we meet the needs: Grief – Loneliness – corporate worship atmosphere – place of belonging – and families

8.    Gift discovery and Gift development

9.    Will the type of auxiliaries change from the traditional to meet needs in the future

Have you seen a need to restructure your mission given?

Have you seen a need to change your budget to meet technology development?

Have you seen a need to train and equip yourself, staff and deacons to help the membership with: Stress – Grief – depression – job lost – death – post covid church changes

Do you think the membership is prepared for few people returning to the church building due to death and drifting away of members?

Good Representative of Christ

Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all

the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Everything the believers said and everything they did should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, realizing his constant presence and bringing honor and glory to him in every aspect and activity of daily living.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 niv).

To act in someone’s name is to act on his authority; believers act as Christ’s representatives.

Paul echoed the need for a thankful spirit, as he had in 3:15 and 3:16.

All we do for Christ should be done with the spirit of thankfulness for all he has done for us.

Believers are not enslaved to rules about every word they speak or deed they do; instead, they freely put themselves under the Lord’s guidance because they love him, have accepted his salvation, and live to glorify him.

Their thanks can go to God through Christ because Christ is the only mediator between God and people.

Believers are marked by Christlike living.

Paul offers a strategy to help us live for God day by day: {Everyday Praise}

  • Imitate [Follow as a pattern] Christ’s merciful, forgiving attitude (3:12–13);

Colossians 3:12-13 (NLT2)
12  Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
13  Make allowance [Patient and Restrain] for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

  • Let love guide your life (3:14);

Colossians 3:14 (NLT2)
14  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

{1 Peter 4:8} (NLT2)
8  Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins
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  • Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart (3:15);

Colossians 3:15 (NLT2)
15  And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

  • Always be thankful (3:15);

Colossians 3:15 (NLT2)
15  And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

  • Keep God’s Word in you at all times (3:16);

Colossians 3:16 (NLT2)
16  Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

  • Live as Jesus Christ’s representative (3:17).

Colossians 3:17 (NLT2)
17  And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Doing everything “as a representative of the Lord Jesus” means bringing honor to Christ in every aspect and activity of daily living.

As a Christian, you representChrist at all timeswherever you go and whatever you say.

What impression do people have of Christ when they see or talk with you?

What changes would you make for your life to honor Christ?

Believers are marked by the way they treat each other.

Christians should live in peace.

This does not eliminate all differences in opinion, but loving Christians will work together despite their differences.

Such love is not a feeling, but a decision to meet others’ needs (see 1 Corinthians 13).

This commitment to others leads to peace between individuals and among the members of the body of believers.

Do problems in your relationships with other Christians cause open conflicts or mutual silence?

Consider what you can do to heal those relationships with love.

The word rule (3:15) comes from athletics: Paul tells us to let Christ’s peace be umpire or referee in our hearts.

Our heart is the center of conflict because there our feelings and desires clash—our fears and hopes, distrust and trust, jealousy and love.

How can we deal with these constant conflicts and live as God wants?

Paul explains that we must decide between conflicting elements by using the rule of peace: Which choice will promote peace in our souls and in our churches?

For more on the peace of Christ, see Philippians 4:9.

Believers are marked by the way they treat outsiders.

The Christian church should have no barriers of nationality, race, education, social standing, wealth, gender, religion, or power.

Christ breaks down all barriers and accepts all people who come to him.

Nothing should keep us from telling others about Christ or accepting into our fellowship any and all believers (Ephesians 2:14–15).

Christians should be building bridges, not walls.

When the Lord returns “in His glory,” He will judge not only the nation Israel (as in the Parable of the 10 Virgins [vv. 1–13] and the Parable of the Talents [vv. 14–30]) but also the Gentiles.

Matthew 25:37–46 (NLT)

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

Are we getting a relatable and relevant message about Christ to the people?

I am writing this because after elections people examine cause and effect or what worked and what failed.

Interestingly it comes down to getting the voters out but to get people to the polls means have a message that they can relate to.

Having the right message and the right time came be the different between declared the winner or going home.

It is more critical today that the church get the message out to the world that God is still God!

There were 4 writers who pen and presented the gospel to the world in the New Testament. The 4 writers were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The book of Acts was written by Luke tells of the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit in the life of the apostles, and the establishment of the church.

There are discussions about the 21 or 22 letters to the church due to the fact that Revelation was written in a different style.

The bible Old Testament and New Testament is about messaging. It was and is imperative that people understand the Gospel to believe the Gospel.

  1. The gospel is a message about God.
  2. The gospel is a message about sin and the consequences.
  3. The gospel is a message about Christ—Christ, the Son of God incarnate; Christ, the Lamb of God, dying for sin; Christ, the risen Lord; Christ, the perfect Savior.
  4. We must not present the Person of Christ apart from His saving work.
  5. But there is a second and complementary point: we must not present the saving work of Christ apart from His Person.
  6. The gospel is a summons to faith and repentance.
  7. The demand is for faith as well as repentance. 
  8. The demand is for repentance as well as faith

Wisdom – Knowledge – Understanding

This morning when I woke up I knew the Lord wanted me to talk about gifts.

  • Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.(KJ)
  • Romans 11:29 (GW)
    29  God never changes his mind when he gives gifts or when he calls someone.
  • Gifts are given by God even before you were born like Jeremiah was called even before he was born.

Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV)
5  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

  • Calling and gifts are inside you and born with them and you need no repentance to have them or receive them because they were given since the beginning.

James 1:17 (KJV)
17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

God spoke to me to tell saints to stop asking for their gift and start accepting their gift.

It is not that we don’t know the way we are gifted we just don’t like the way we are gifted.

There are people who just don’t like the way God made them.

They are unhappy with their skin color, their race, their family, their appearance, their face or head shape. Yet God made us unto His liking.

God will not take back his gifts or withdraw his call.

He will keep his promises.

The important word is irrevocable, not irresistible.

While God will not take back what he has offered, we are certainly able to reject it.

Not only can we reject it we can bury it like the man with the one talent.

Exodus 31:2-6 (KJV)
2  See, I have called by name Bezaleelthe son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
3  And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
4  To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
5  And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
6  And I, behold, I have given with him A’ho’liab, the son of A’hisa’mach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee
;

Too often we narrow the scope of God toward mankind.

We see God only working with people who are highly visible to others.

Yet I see God directing the lives of all who will submit to his guiding hand.

We often fail to see God working with anyone other than preachers, prophets, missionaries, teachers, priests, Levites, bishops, elders, apostles, deacons, trustees, singers, but God directs all of our lives and our accomplishments.

All that brings glory to His name has been gifted by him!!!

You can design a tee shirt with coffee time and God gave you that gift.

You can design a facebook post and God gave you that gift.

You share the message faithfully and God gave you that gift.

You can design a website and God gave you that gift.

You can give $1 to support that work and God gave you that gift of giving.

You can help your senior neighbor get grocery and God gave you the gift of help.

Just having patience is a gift from the Lord.

The two mentions in the text had Spirit-filled abilities in artistic craftsmanship.

They had the ability to work with their hands to create what was in the mind of God.

Take notice of all the abilities God gives his people.

Don’t reject your skills if they are not like Moses’ and Aaron’s

God gave them abilities but he also gave them:

  • Wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Knowledge

In order to do the work in alignment with what the will of God was.

Today we see the gifts as a way to make money and not glorify God with the gift.

Solomon had been set in place to lead Israel but he saw the glamour but he also so saw the need for God to equip him.

Although you have been placed in a position doesn’t mean you are qualified for the position.

Solomon understood his weakness as a leader in a position.

2 Chronicles 1:10 (KJV)
10  Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?

If you are to exercise the gift or gifts God has given you then you need all three to function properly.

Wisdom – Knowledge – Understanding

I have read books on airplanes therefore I have knowledge of planes but I cannot fly one.

I have understanding that a hurt person will seek to hurt someone they love but how to fix that person I don’t have any idea.

I can have the wisdom to say the right things but the will to carry out the words I don’t know how.

Wisdom – Knowledge – Understanding all starts with the spirit of God in our lives. We need to be spirit-filled.

There are steps to accepting the gift that God has for you.

1. Pray for God’s guidance.

Commit your work to the Lord, then it will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)

2. Praise God for gift(s) he has given you.

3. Go to Scripture for confirmation.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

4. Use your Christ-redeemed mind to analyze the gift.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

5. Seek godly counsel about your gift.

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)

6. Analyze your motivations of how to use the gift.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

7. Accept that the gifts by knowing it was God who made you that way.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)