Date: 01/28/08 - 2144 days ago.
Use your Gifts and Talents for God
(2 Timothy 1:6)
> One of the great things about God is how HE has given gifts and talents to
> His children. Each one of us is unique. To one He may give the gift of
> music, yet to another the gift of helps. To one He may give the gift of
> science, yet to another the gift of athleticism. To one He may give the
> of compassion, yet to another the gift of evangelism. ALL good and perfect
> gifts come from God! YOUR special gifts and talents come from God.
> The purpose of your gifts, of your talents, is to better serve and glorify
> God with your life. God does not give us gifts and talents to hide them,
> hoard them, but to USE THEM for HIS GLORY! Sadly, many of those God has
> gifted have sold their gifts to "the world" for fame and fortune. This is
> trap that many of God's most gifted people fall into. In the end, they
> realize that they sold their soul to the devil himself for a little
> adulation and a few dollars which have little meaning in the big picture
> We all have choices in this life. We all come to a crossroad at times when
> we can choose the Lord or this world. I almost cry when I see today's most
> popular entertainers thanking God for an award they won singing about
> 100% opposed to God, wearing clothes that they would be embarrassed to
> God in! They are torn. Many were in church as kids, know in their heart
> they are "selling out," and trying to fit God into "their world" as
> to surrendering themselves to fit into "HIS world!" They have SOLD their
> gift on the open market and try to appease God with their "praise God"
> their lives (which is what HE is interested in) are anything BUT a praise
> One of the hottest shows on TV is still American Idol on FOX. It is a
> nationwide search for a new pop superstar. I watched it several times and
> the Lord told me, "there are many young men and women, many older men and
> women, who have NOT bowed their knee to Baal, NOT sold out to fame and
> fortune, who use their gift in the church for HIS GLORY not their own
> glory." Some of the most gifted musical artists are not known to anyone
> their own church.
> In 2002, I was honored that Liveprayer sponsored a nationwide search for
> most talented Christian music artists that are in our local churches
> It honored and featured the most gifted Christian music artists that have
> NOT sold their talent to the world, but honored the Lord Jesus through
> We had over 1,000 people enter this contest, and after our judges who had
> many years in the Christian music world narrowed it down to the final 20,
> allowed our subscribers to vote for the eventual winner. Kayla Powell, a
> dynamic young woman who was only 16 at the time was the eventual winner.
> has grown into an incredible young woman of God who continues to this day
> using the incredible gift God has given her to bless many with her music.
> I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that YOU allow the
> and talents that God has given to you to be used each day for HIS glory.
> EVERY child of God has some gift. It may take counsel from those you are
> closest with to help you to identify your gift. Listen, there is NOTHING
> WRONG with earning a living using the gifts God has given to you. Please,
> don't get me wrong. It is our gifts that allow most of us to earn the
> that we need in this life. What I am talking of is not simply using your
> gifts to make money, but to never forget that God gave it to you to touch
> the lives of people for HIM!
> If a person has been given the gift of music, there is nothing wrong with
> using that gift to generate income to live on. To NOT use that gift to
> glorify God is when a person has sold out to the world. Singing of sex and
> romance to make money and not the greatness of God is an absolute SELL
> If you have the talent to make $1 million singing for "the world," then
> have the talent to make $100,000 singing for God. The choice becomes
> to the world for $1,000,000 or singing for God for $100,000. To use your
> gift for God or money.
> God loves you so much. Even though you may never be famous by the world's
> standards, the ONLY one that it is important to impress is HIM. HE is
> impressed when you take the gifts and talents that He has given to you and
> use them to bring honor and glory to HIS name. I pray today that you not
> only identify your gifts and talents, but use them to honor and glorify
> In the end, HE is the ONLY ONE that you must please!
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