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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Words of Encouragement March 4, 2018

Our Sunday School teacher shared a touching video about how one person sharing the message of Christ can impact many. I hope to share that another day.

Pastor completed his sermon series on Inhabited.
He noted that God gives each person spiritual gifts.
He gave an example of a gift he was given in high school. It is very special to him even though he does not use it as often now as he did years ago. Some gifts we use once; some are used as courtesy; some are regifted and some may even be thrown away. Some gifts are used from time to time and others are used often.

The greatest gift we've been given is the Holy Spirit. Gifts of the Holy Spirit are for every day, not just special occasions. The Holy Spirit always confirms the word of God and the relationship of love.
There are gifts for every situation. Living full of the Holy Spirit is continual.
Spiritual gifts are given by God and the Holy Spirit works in us to steward gifts. Luke 11:13.
The gifts are given to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10-11.

Point: God has given each of us one or more spiritual Gifts to be used to serve one another.

You have gift to use, not just once in a while but every day.
There are a variety of gifts, but the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12-14.
We should use our gifts every day for God’s purposes.
Pastor encouraged us to read 1 Corinthians Chapters 12- 14 as a letter without verse and chapter breaks. As Chapter 12 ends Paul is saying: ‘desire the best gifts, but I will show you the best way’… This flows into Chapter 13 where we are told that the gifts without love are nothing. The best way to live is to love others.Without love it works against the goal, the message.

“Let love be your highest goal”… 1 Corinthians 14:1(a), NLT. “But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.” 1 Corinthians 14: 26, NLT.

Take these five steps:
1. Learn what spiritual gifts exist.
2. Seek the giver of all spiritual gifts.
3. Surrender yourself for His purpose.
4. Discover your current spiritual gifts.
5. Be ready and available.

Your gift is waiting for you to use in service to others.

I didn't find this with lyrics in the video so you have to listen. 
I think the song fits the message today.
Verses for Today:
1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord - show me my gifts and help me use them to serve others.

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