I AM Gifted

1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

It hurts my ears when I hear anyone say that they are not smart enough, or skilled enough or talented enough to do the things they dream of.  Even for myself, I ask God everyday for faith to always believe in God to be the power behing any vision. I know that when I utter any false truth about myself, I hurt myself.  I cut off all opportunities to do anything great.  Just by a misguided thought.
I challenge you for the next 24 hours try this is:  Eliminate the words “I Can’t’ and “I’m not” from your thoughts and words.

When I think of all the gifted and talented people in this world who have settled for the middle class safe first world dream.  It makes me sad, because those people are not in what seems like any major danger.  But they are frozen in effectiveness.  Just like those people in the matrix, living in a programmed dull life without ever doing anything of impact.  And if that’s not a slow death, I don’t know what is. That’s not worthy of the life that Jesus laid down for us.

Don’t waste another day or moment living settling for an average life.

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I see you! God has gifted you!

Some of us already know what those gifts are, and some haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.
Everyone has a gift.

God makes it pretty clear: Use those gifts to serve one another.

Use those gifts as if God was acting through you.
Do it with all of the strength and energy that God supplies.
Do God’s supplies ever run out?  I don’t think so!
I know that when I am God’s conduit to do his work, I don’t feel tired. I get more and more pumped up.
I feel like an 18 year old young buck again!. Ready to take over the world!  That’s the place I want to be in every day of my life.
Can you tell I am a morning person?
God needs night people also!  People who get on their knees and battle for souls all night long.

And that serving of others has one purpose:  To Bring Glory to God through Jesus.

Yes, it’s nice to hear the finely tuned sports athlete who’s gift is to deliver bone crushing tackles on the gridiron in a post victory interview to give all the Glory to God.  It makes an impact for how God wants to use that person.
We have the opportunity to Give Glory to God in your amazing giftedness.

You have an amazing gift that when developed and perfected through the power of the Holy Spirit, will allow you to be one of the best of the best!  Do you believe that?
You have an inner genius that God has made a part of your soul fiber that is waiting to be used by the Creator!

Pray and ask God to show you what you are gifted in
Ask your close brothers and sisters in Christ: What am I gifted in?

Take an online test! http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com/tests
Then ask God to put you in situations to use them, and exercise and fine tune them!
Then point your hands to the heaven and give all the Glory to God!
IAM Gifted
IAM a Servant
IAM Supplied by God’s unlimited Power
IAM a Reflection of God’s Glory

A blind surfer, saying he believes…

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“Believer”
I want to live this live unsafe, unsure, but not afraid
What I want is to give all I got somehow
Giving up letting go of control right now‘Cause I’m already out here, blind but I can see
I see the way You’re moving
God how I believe that
I can push back the mountains, can stand on the waves
I can see through the darkness, I’ll hold up the flame
Take me to the ocean I want to go deeper
I’m not afraid no, I’m a believer

And so I lose this life to find my way and come alive
They can try to deny what’s inside of me
But there is more, can’t ignore all the things unseen

Oh I believe I can walk on water with You, Lord
When I walk through the valley of the shadows
When I’m trapped in the middle of the battle
I will trust in You
‘Cause trouble comes, but you never let it take me
I hold fast ‘cause I know that You will save me
I will trust in You, I will trust in You

Oh here I stand all alone waiting on you, Lord
Waiting on You

IAM Patient

ROM 15:4 NLT Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

As much as I enjoy the modern conveniences of technology, I think it makes things difficult for us to have a proper kingdom mindset.
We have on demand, instant, same day delivery, drive thru service windows.  Don’t allow our first world conveniences to make us impatient for God’s ways.

Thank God, there are no drive-thru churches. (That I know of, i refuse to even google those keywords!)
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. It’s how we use those hours that sets us apart from others.
I wish all prayers were answered the first time we spoke them out. But, God’s wisdom and timing is perfect.
The roadmap for our lives and the promises of the future is our bible.  Those scriptures give us hope and encouragement.
God is teaching us in his wisdom about how he works.  He sees the master plan, that is way too complex to understand.  God is weaving a beautiful plan of redemption for our lives and world.
When his promises are fulfilled, it will be awesome.
I hope and believe for the answers to prayer.
I wait patiently to hear about the amazing miracles that God performs in our midst.
I let those answers to prayer encourage me to pray even more.  I ask God to take me deeper on my knees to seek out God’s promises in his word

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Then our identity starts to shift to mature patient prayer warriors.  The endurance and patience that define our character give us strength to win any battle.   I encourage you to turn to the scriptures when your heart becomes anxious.  Let God teach you and give you peace to endure.

If you need prayer because you are too anxious, comment on this post.  I will pray for you
Before you enter into your busy day, take some time to proclaim the truth in your identity.
Let God’s holy word speak to you, about who you are!

IAM Patient
IAM Hopeful
IAM Encouraged
IAM Filled with Expectations of God’s Promises Fulfilled
IAM Motivated to Keep on Praying
IAM building character from the Scriptures Daily

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You call me here from all the things I’m chasing
You bring me to this place to lie down
You pull me from the wars I’ve been waging
And remind me there’s a table set for us

Exhale, shut my eyes and make me
Slow down and be still

Speak, you have my attention
You have my attention
You have my attention, Lord

You call us here so we could find our purpose
You bring us here, one body, to find rest
You pull us close to you, close together
So close we hear your whisper, feel your breath

Exhale, shut our eyes and make us
Slow down and be still

Speak, you have our attention
You have our attention
You have our attention, Lord

And more than I need
And more than enough
Are your words, oh God

And all that I am
All that I have are your words, oh God

IAM 100% Convinced

ROM 8:38-39 NLT And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Are you 100% convinced?

What’s it going to take to hold onto the truth we read today. The Truth that we live out every day?

Nothing
Nothing is a very absolute word, it leaves no doubt for even a .0001% chance.
Death: Are you afraid of death, or afraid of losing someone?
Life: a new baby or relationship could derail our focus on God’s love?
Angels nor Demons:  Let’s be sure to worship the Holy Spirit, but not the spirit realm
Fears for today: when you woke up this morning, were you thinking about something heavy?
Worries for tomorrow:  Do you have a big due date or deadline coming up?
Powers of hell: No bondage to sin and the actions that come from it are greater than the Love of God!
Nothing in all creation!
I think it’s pretty darn clear, there is nothing, you can do, or someone else can do to separate us from the love of God.

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And that Love of God is revealed to us through a relationship with Jesus our Lord.

There is nothing that can be done to us, that can tear away our relationship with the Savior.

But are you convinced?

Some days, I am
And honestly, some moments of some days, fears creep in.
And I can spend more mental energy than it’s worth to worry about things.

That’s when I must come back to the truth and hold onto it like a life preserver in the open sea.
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Today:  I want to encourage you and me to commit the truth to memory.
To let the words of truth be burned into our minds and spirit forever.
And when the drama of life pops up again. We can whip out the truth from our memory and get back into the safe embrace of God’s Love

God’s love is relentless, will you be also?  Let’s go there together

IAM 100% Convinced of the Truth
IAM loved by God
IAM inseparable from the Love of God

“Unstoppable Love”
(feat. Kim Walker-Smith)

Try to stop Your love, and You would wage a war
Try to take the very thing, You gave Your life for
And You would come running, tear down every wall
All the while shouting, “My love you’re worth it all!”

God, You pursue me, with power and glory
Unstoppable love that never ends
You’re unrelenting, with passion and mercy
Unstoppable love that never ends

You broke into the silence, and sang a song of hope
A melody resounding, in the deep of my soul
You have come running, You tore down every wall
All the while shouting, “My love you’re worth it all!”

God, You pursue me, with power and glory
Unstoppable love that never ends
You’re unrelenting, with passion and mercy
Unstoppable love that never ends

No sin, no shame, no past, no pain
Can separate me from Your love
No height, no depth, no fear, no death
Can separate me from Your love

God, You pursue me, with power and glory
Unstoppable love that never ends
You’re unrelenting, with passion and mercy
Unstoppable love that never ends

IAM Passionate

IAM Passionate

Passion is a great word, but I think people have an idea of what it is, but rarely experienced true passion in their lives. Maybe little blips in excitement, or just a phase of their life when they were younger.  Maybe some people believe passion is for kids, but when you grow up, life is about being practical

People have large and extravagant weddings. They seem like the perfect couple , only to get divorced a short time later. And their reasons? “I fell out of love?”

How many times is passion squashed out because of a road block or obstacle?
What was described as a minor setback in the beginning is the excuse or reason for why something was never finished? I been there too.

Let’s take a look at the example of passion that Jesus lived out for us:

Hebrews 12:2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

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“Passion is the degree of difficulty we’re willing to go to achieve the goal.”

Jesus had passion for us.
Knowing how hard the middle part was going to be, but he still chose the cross, because of the joy awaiting him.

I don’t see too much about touch feely emotions when we think about this definition of passion.
I see a decision, a choice, a determination.

I think about those WWJD bracelets: What would Jesus do?
He is our champion, the one who has started our faith
And also the one who perfects our faith.

Passion should lead to emotion, but emotion alone isn’t enough to help you make it through.
But Faith to know the outcome is going to be perfect according to God’s beautiful will.
That Faith is what bring emotion to choose the right thing.

So if the pattern of you life has been jumping from thing to thing, and a history of unfinished projects, make a choice today. Even if your heart has been hurt by a past life of unfulfilled dreams.
Make a choice to be a finisher
Ask Jesus to help you find true passion.
Ask God to fill you with visions and dreams
IAM focused on Jesus
IAM still in the process of perfection
IAM Determined
IAM Unwavering
IAM Passionate
IAM a Visionary
IAM a Dreamer

IAM Calm

EXODUS 14:13-14 NLT But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Imagine facing the biggest challenge you have ever faced in your life. Now, run this conversation over in your mind. God speaking to you. “Yo Bro/Sis! Sit back. Watch me work. I will fight for you. Keep Calm”

BAM. God does his thing and destroys the Egyptians. You sit back and watch it. Replay over and over again for every situation that happens in your life.

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Keep Calm was invented by God over 2000 years ago by the King of Calm!

I want to encourage you to reset our perspective in who we are, and who our God is. Then what problems, sins, bondage, evil, issues, illnesses , challenges, opposition can defeat us? NOTHING!

Friends, keep calm. Be still. Take a chill pill.

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Let God do the heavy lifting.

Live in the truth!

IAM Calm
IAM Confident
IAM Victorious

Be awesome today!
Be amazing!
Be powerful!

IAM Powerful

EPHESIANS 1:19-20 NLT I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

The greatest power in the world is to raise someone from the dead. It’s scientifically impossible in the rational world, but totally possible for our God. The ability to live forever and prevent aging is an eternal quest that companies are investing billions of dollars everyday. All of those companies are looking in the wrong place.

Today’s prayer for you: To understand the incredible greatness of God’s power that is inside of us when we believe in God. God is the beginning and the end when it comes to possibilities. The same mighty power that brought Jesus back from the dead, is available and inside of us. And only one thing matters. Do you believe?

When I think about certain friends and business associates, some of them are my “I Have a guy” guys. They knew everyone important, they have all the worldly knowledge in their heads and they know someone who is politically powerful enough to help out in situations of need. God, is our “I have a really connected all powerful Guy”. Not some cosmic vending machine we go to for our selfish desires, but the all powerful creator and father.

When we go to God in prayer and ask him to help change the hearts of men or heal the sick, we are going to him first because we know he is the only one powerful enough to do it. God is the source of all of any power we live in.

Friend: I want to encourage you to take some time to meditate on the incredible greatness of our God. Think about the fact that with the spoken word God created the heavens and the earth. Just let your mind wash over the amazing things that hang in the balance everyday. Every time that I get into any prayer time, I spend the first part of my prayer time just thinking about God’s greatness. I get my heart in the right place to make sure, that I know who I am having a conversation with. Then I have supreme faith that nothing is impossible for God.

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Massage the truth into your being today:
IAM Confident
IAM a Believer
IAM Connected to the Creator
IAM in Real Conversations with God
IAM Powerful in an Incredible Way