Thursday, July 2, 2009

God Inspired Words from Ms. Joy

I really enjoy reading these and I love how she pulls scripture to back up what she is saying.

Words From Ms. Joy

"I must admit and for those of you who really know me you will agree when I say that I love the limelight. I love the attention from doing something so grand and beneficial to and for others. I came upon this revelation as I began to receive so much positive feedback from people who appreciated the daily words that I try and send on occasion. Every time I got a "WOW, I needed that or a I am going to use that" I think i felt my head elevate a bit more than it already Of course there is nothing wrong with having a confident spirit. However, I feel like the Holy Spirit wanted to put me in check and He wanted me to help spread the word concerning it.
We should never allow the gifts that God strategically rest on us to sit under a dim light. He gave it to us for a reason. Yet though our individual gifts may be great and do great things for others...we must never forget how priceless it is that God loved us enough to instill it in us.
I would like to encourage each of you with the gifts that you do possess even if they have yet to develop fully. I feel that what you were designed to be known for is your gift not the amount in your bank account or the person you marry. Many don't realize their gifts or have not accepted them as gifts yet. Many walk around disgusted with the direction their careers are headed and even confused as to why they hate waking up each morning to go to class or work. Well maybe its because you have NOT sought out, accepted and put to use your gift. You feel claustrophobic in a room of fear that tells you that its too late for your gift or your dark past makes it impossible for you to have a particular gift.
Proverbs 18:16 is a powerful statement that reveals a needed truth: "A man's gift makes room for him" (NKJV). Myles Munroe says it best:
"It is interesting to note that the Bible does not say that a man's education makes room for him, but that his gift does.
Somehow we have swallowed the idea that education is the key to success. Our families and societies have reinforced this idea to us, but we will have to change our perspective if we are to be truly successful.
Education is not the key to success. Education, in itself, doesn't guarantee anything.
It is your gift that is the key to your success. "
If education was the only way for you to be placed in the spotlight of financial success then everyone that attended college would be rich! The second part of Proverbs 18:16 says, "A man's gift…brings him before great men" (NKJV). You don't realize that the gift you're sitting on is loaded. Loaded with great purpose and much potential.
Receive it, use it and expose it. Don't be afraid of it, ashamed of it or deny it!
The gifts that God gives to us have purpose and the purpose of your gift is that it will lead you to your destiny of peace, contentment and joy. It will end those sleepless nights of wondering what you are supposed to do with your life.
If it is your gift that you are sowing than it is unconditional joy and satisfaction that you will reap.
Regardless be certain to know and remember who is responsible for "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning." James 1:17.
Isn't that a great verse....break it down with me. Every good gift which you possess comes from your heavenly Father! Not from you going to school or from you coming from a wealthy family. On top of that the reason why it is so important to give Him the glory is He is the Father of Lights meaning the spotlight might be tempting but stay humble because the gift giver is the superstar when others see your seeds flourish and blossom. The latter part of the verse depicts an example of even when Scottie Pippen was at his best the spotlight could not be turned off of the leading player Michael Jordan. In the same way, you are just another vessel and His costar that God deemed special enough to receive a gift that He wants you to use in order to show him as GLORIOUS and LIGHTED up for the world to see. Receive the light but turn the light off of you...because the light giver has a built in Light to show through you,
Purpose in my gift as His Co-Star,

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