got gifts?

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you spend time in God’s word today.

READ

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 & 1 Corinthians 12:27-31

Romans 12:3-8

Exodus 30:22

Ephesians 4:11-14

WRITE

In case you were wondering – the answer is YES! If you are a believer in Christ Jesus than you have a spiritual gift, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 2:7. And, as we can be certain that it is for the common good of the church – we can be sure you are supposed to use it! There are a myriad of books and websites which may help you discern what your spiritual gifts are, but let’s start by looking at what the Bible says God has distributed to His people.

  • Using the passages that we read make a list of spiritual gifts.
  • Pray and as the Lord to help you discern your gifts. Think about your natural talents – write them down.
  • Consider where God is working in your life and honing your skills – is there a place where you see God’s hand?
  • Do you have a certain passion for service or ministry. Where does your heart break – where is God moving you?
  •  Paul exhorts Timothy to, “fan into flame the gift of God” 2 Timothy 1:6. What can you do today to develop and use the gift that the Lord has given you?

GROW

You have been given gifts by God to serve Him and His church! It is your responsibility to seek His will, His growth, and with boldness walk forward in service to Him. Praying that you will grow and fan into flame the gift of God in your own life!

pattern your life

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study God’s word today! 

Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me,
in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:13-14

Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.
2 Timothy 1:13-14

WRITE

I think I’ve mentioned before – I’m a routine person. I feel safe and comfortable when my days go as planned, and everything falls into place as expected. But, sometimes this safe space allows me to get into a pattern that is not necessarily beneficial for me. I get in habits of ease, over-work, and sin… and it all happens pretty quickly when it becomes part of my routine.

  • Do you have any patterns in your life that do not honor God? Or, maybe distract you from your focus on Him?
  • Paul gives us a cure… follow the words “you  have heard from me.” What does God’s word say about your patterns? Pray about it and ask the Lord to direct you to His word… (try Romans 12, Philippians 4:8-9, Galatians 5:22-23, John 15:1-17)

GROW

May the Lord reveal to you your good and bad patterns. May we all live a life patterned after God’s word. Praying for you.

King

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word today.

Psalm 47

For the Lord Most High is awesome.
    He is the great King of all the earth.”

Psalm 47:2 NLT

WRITE

We get so caught up in the politics of the day. We focus on who is in charge. We look at the countries that are threats to our own. We think of the people who desire power. We wonder about the endless struggle over laws and rules. But Psalm 47 gives us a perfect picture  of who is really in control… and it’s not us! I love this Psalm because it is both a reminder of God’s rightful place and a call to worship Him.

  • What is the description of God we are given in verse 2?
  • No matter the turmoil swirling in the world, verse 3 points to God’s control…. write down what He is capable of.
  • As the the Psalmist continually reminds us in this beautiful hymn of praise, of both God’s position and our need to worship. Write down some of His praise and worship.
  • This world has an ever changing political landscape. But we can be certain that, “he changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;” Daniel 2:21. Does the idea of God as “King of all the earth” change your perspective on our present day situation?

GROW

God is King of the World! He sits on His holy throne above all. We can be certain that He is in control & His plans continue each day as we draw ever closer to the return of our Savior!  Praying for you!

pass the test?

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word today.

“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.”
1 John 4:1 NLT

“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.”
2 Timothy 4:3-5 NLT

WRITE

  • What warning do you hear in both of these passages?
  • Always test what you hear by God’s word. What was the message you heard yesterday in church. Look up the passages, pray and ask God to give you His wisdom. Search other passages on this subject – write them down. Does the message you heard yesterday agree with God’s word?
  • Always test the message – God’s word is the only measuring stick that really matters.

GROW

May His word light your path, give you wisdom, and lead you into all truth. Praying for you!

mission field

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word today.

Acts 26:12-31

“‘for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’”
Acts 26:16-18

WRITE

In this passage Paul gives us his story of God’s powerful work in His life in the name of Jesus. There are three important parts of this story which we all have. As you consider Paul’s story of transformation in Christ think of your own powerful story.

  • What was Paul before Jesus?
  • How was he changed?
  • Who was he after he met Jesus?
  • What was his new found purpose?
  • You may be thinking to yourself – “I am no Paul!” I am sure that is true…. most likely you do not murder, imprison and persecute believers. Think about who God used! It really is not about who you are (or think you are), but who God can make you to be. And you can be certain that He has the power to transform your life so that He can send you to “open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light.” Our mission field can be our own home, our own neighborhood, or our office! Pray… ask God where He is sending you today?

GROW

May the Lord guide you as you consider where He is calling you to speak truth. May you always be prepared to share the hope that is found within you (1 Peter 3:15) Praying for you!

yours and mine

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Spirit to guide you
as you read and reflect on the passage today.

” For I long to see you, that I may impart to you
some spiritual gift to strengthen you
 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged
by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
Romans 1:11-12

WRITE

  • Christian community is so important. Why does Paul desire to spend time with the church in Rome?
  • How does he express his desire to fellowship with the believers in this church?
  • Here is Paul, amazing man of God, writer of most of the New Testament and he is expressing his “longing” to spend time with these fellow believers so that he can be encouraged. Does this change your perspective on the leaders of your Church/Bible Study/Small Group and how they need to learn and grow and be encouraged by you?
  • Our faith grows when we are active in a Biblically sound Christian community. If you are not currently engaged in this way… pray about how you could become connected at Church or in an internationally offered  Bible Study like Community Bible Study. What are some steps you can take today?

GROW

Praying that you will be mutually encouraged as you fellowship and learn alongside other believers. May the Lord develop friendships in your life that will last into eternity! Praying for you!