Get people to connect with God through the spirit and the word.
Get people to communicate with God through prayer.
Get people to commit to God through their freewill.
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:
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)
Plan for change –no Permission required
Has the church keep aware of the social, economical, political changes & spiritual atmosphere changes?
Are we preparing to lead or we just satisfied following?
Part of the new transformation will require traditional church ministries to seek more than just profits.
We must seek spiritual wholeness, moral obligation and readiness as a means to growing with the present generation.
At the heart of the churches existence must be Christ Centered-People Driven.
Joshua 1:8 (NLT2)
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
Deuteronomy 1:8 (NLT2)
Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.’”
It is difficult to occupy that which you do not understand.
Let’s explore these guidelines to define Planning.
- Time bound
1 Timothy 1:1-18 (NLT2)
1 This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.
2 I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
3 When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth.
4 Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.
5 The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.
6 But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions.
7 They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.
8 We know that the law is good when used correctly.
9 For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders.
10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching
11 that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him,
13 even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief.
14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.
15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.
16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.
17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
18 Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles.
Hezekiah Walker – wrote a song God Favored Me
This is my testimony everybody, how God favored me in spite
Of my enemies, and if God did it for me he’ll do the same thing for you.
Don’t worry about your haters your haters can’t do nothing with you.
Listen to these words
Love is patient, caring.
Love is Kind.
Love is felt most when It’s genuine, but I’ve had my share of love abused, manipulated And it’s strength misused, and I can’t help but give you glory
When I think about my story, and I know you favored me
Because my enemies did try but couldn’t triumph over me
Yes they did try but couldn’t triumph over me.
I’m still here, I’m still alive, I’m still blessed, on my way to
My destiny, because the favor of God is on my life. Let me
Tell you about love.
***This is Hezekiah Walker’s song that speaks to the heart but my life and testimony speaks truth and realness.
I was born into a sharecroppers family. I was born to a single mother. I was raised by grandparents.
We had many difficult days of cotton fields, no running water, outdoor bathrooms, and cold nights. We walked to school on cold days and worked in the fields on hot days.
We went without. I saw my friends placed in jail while others died too soon.
Yet God favored Me!
Exodus 3:21-22 (KJV)
21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:
22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
Favor is also a spiritual law and just as you can expect the law of gravity to work and the law of lift to work when you need it; when you are in a difficult situation is when you need the law of the favor of God to work for you and bring you out and it will work for you when you expect it.
Finding favor means gaining approval, acceptance, or special benefits or blessings.
There is also a close association among favor, grace, and mercy, which are sometimes used to translate the same Hebrew and Greek words.
Psalm 84:11 (KJV)
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Exodus 33:12-13 (KJV)
12 And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.
13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
Luke 2:52 (KJV)
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (For Jesus this was at the age of 12)
1 Samuel 2:26 (KJV)
26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men.
God grants his favor at an early age for a purpose. The purpose is that we will grow up with a Favor-Mind-set.
Favor just doesn’t happen.
THERE ARE WAYS TO EXPERIENCE GOD FAVOR.
(Faith Change) 2 Peter 1:2 (KJV)
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
(Attitude Change) Philippians 2:5 (KJV)
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
(Thought Change) 1 Peter 5:5b (KJV)
for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
When you live with a favor-mind-set you begin to understand.
- When certain things happen its God.
- You begin to expect God to get involved.
- You begin to see the hand of God in the details.
If you want to experience more of the favor of God, then embrace these (2) truths:
Truth #1: God’s Favor is God’s grace.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” –Ephesians 2:8, NKJV
God’s favor, aka God’s grace, is the reason you are saved. You are saved by His favor.
Every part of your life is impacted by the grace and favor of God.
It means you are delivered, protected, preserved, healed and made whole by God’s Grace and favor.
Truth #2: God’s favor surrounds you continually.
“For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” –Psalm 5:12, NKJV
As a born-again child of God, you have been made righteous by Jesus and that righteousness came with the favor of God, which surrounds you constantly!
I know that many people seek riches and success not truly understanding that if you have God favor you have success and riches.
Proverbs 3:4 (KJV)
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
THE QUESTION IS HOW DOES ONE GET FAVOR FROM GOD AND MAN?
Proverbs 8:35 (KJV)
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
Esther 2:15 (KJV)
15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.
Genesis 39:4 (KJV)
4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
Daniel 1:9 (KJV)
9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
1. When you Praising are God you move into His favor.
Acts 2:47 which says:
“Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
2. When you accept a difficult assignment you move in His favor.
Luke 1:30 (KJV)
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
4. His Favor will flow through you to connect with others.
Genesis 39:21 says:
“But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”
5. Never leave home without it.
Years ago, American Express had an ad campaign which suggested we “Never leave home without their credit card.”
Deuteronomy 28:2 (KJV)
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
6. Favor is recognizable by others on you.
Genesis 30:27 says:
“And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.”
7. It is the Lord that grants favor.
Exodus 12:36 (NLT2)
36 The LORD caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!
The Lord Favored Me!
Genesis 18:3 (KJV)
3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
Ruth 2:13 (KJV)
13 Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.
GOD TOLD MOSES TO TELL THE PEOPLE THEY WOULD HAVE FAVOR IN THEIR DEPARTURE.
If it was not for favor where would I be?
- In Prison
- In the Grave
- Damaged beyond Repair
People said I didn’t have the Education to make it – But Favor
People said I didn’t have the Physical appearance to make it – But Favor
People said I didn’t have the right family backing – But favor
People said my family was dysfunctional – But Favor
GOD FAVORED ME!
The Clark Sisters had a song…
He brought me through hard trials
He brought me through tribulations
Never let a day go by and not realize
Had not been for the Lord who was on my side
Back was against the wall
He looked out for me
He heard my cry and rescued me
Never let a day go by and not realize we are blessed
Don’t take it for granted that we are here today
Just know that we’re blessed and highly favored …