I need to start by being transparent. Recently, GOD has been dealing with me concerning my natural abilities and talents. Talents and gifts that HE has blessed me with for the sole purpose of spreading the Good News of the gospel to those who are willing to receive it.
For each one of us, our expression of the Kingdom work as we all have been commissioned to do may be different. I am talking about people who are gifted by GOD to do a certain thing or task. Not someone who has been trained to be good at something because they worked at it or a parent or someone who took an interest in them, groomed them for a certain thing. I’m talking about and to people who have been called by GOD and gifted with a specific gift.
For instance, I know that I know GOD has endowed me with the gift to write. My grammar skills can always be improved upon. But writing words in such a way that it draws people into the subject matter in which I am speaking about has always been a gift for me. People are attracted to my writing. And I know this. Another example is pastors. Pastors who are genuinely gifted by GOD to speak in an eloquent way that holds the attention of people. People want to hear what he or she has to teach or say. Then there are musicians. Whether a person plays an instrument or sings, when GOD anoints a person with such beautiful talent, people will go to extremes to invest in that artist’s product.
But what I have learned, even about myself, anointed people who are given specific talents for a specific purpose often get in their own way. Resulting in them not only not fully benefiting from what GOD has blessed them with. But oftentimes, they end up forfeiting the plans of GOD for their life because of four things.
I want to talk about these four things GOD has brought to my attention recently as HE was dealing with me concerning my own giftings – what HE has gifted and given me to do. For GOD has blessed each one of us with at least one specific gift (talent) that will enable us to fully serve our purpose and fulfill our part of the great call that all Christians have on their life. (See Matthew 28:19-20). But far too many of us, including me, are failing ourselves, our calling, our purpose as well as GOD because we continue to allow other things, people, places, as well as our emotions, uncertainties, commitments, and loyalities to wrong things and people hinder us for fully living our best life. We are no different from Adam in the Garden of Eden. GOD gave him a very simple and easy game plan to follow. All Adam had to do was follow the road map that GOD laid out for him. (See Genesis chapters 1 and 2). To stay in the place where GOD had placed him and connect closely with the person that GOD brought to him. If Adam stuck to GOD’s game plan not only his life would have turned out differently. This world would look much different than we know it today. We all would be different. But like Adam, many of us are allowing nonessential things, family, friends, jobs, life, our own mental state, and other distractions to prevent us from (1) not only not using our gifts to the fullness. But two, it is causing us to miss it. To miss all the blessings that GOD has for us. We cannot have a fully blessed life and happiness, if we are not following the roadmap GOD has for us.
Now, as I go through this particular word, remember, that I am talking about myself and how GOD has dealt with me recently. But I am being transparent here and speaking in plural terms because I really believe this can be helpful to all of us.
Hopefully, this word will cause all of you to do some serious soul-searching concerning what it is GOD is calling you to do. As a result of reading this blog, I hope it will encourage you to take steps, have radical faith, and make the needed changes to redirect yourself and your life so that you can align yourself with GOD’s game plan for you. That you will stop self-sabotaging your potential to have a fulfilling and better life. That you will stop being the primary roadblock to what GOD has for us as individuals.
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This reminds me of Abraham’s situation when he was sojourning to different places within the Promised Land. While going from one place to another, Abraham had to dig up many wells. Water was a necessity for his family and livestock survival. (See Genesis 26:18-22). But we must ask ourselves how Abraham knew where to dig? How was he able to find and tap into the water source in the ground that he needed for himself, his family, and his livestock?
Well, the answer is obvious. GOD led him directly to the place he needed to dig. That was GOD part. To show Abraham where exactly he needed to go to obtain what he and his family needed to prosper.
This blog is really not about me, but more about my Father and our relationship. How we interact with one another and my response to His prompting. To be honest, at the moment, I do not know what to expect from this blog. I have no idea how personal I will get, what exactly I will share, and how often I will do it. But one thing is for certain. I will share what God places on my heart to share.