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LIFE ABUNDANT “WORTH CONSIDERING” 2/16/22 From Ken Smith<><
Today’s Scripture. (From Joel Osteen)
A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men. Proverbs 18:16, NKJV
Come Out of Your Shell
Ken, God has entrusted us with gifts and talents, but too often we let fear hold us back. We’re hiding our gifts, hiding our talents, hiding our personality. We’re afraid to come out of our shell, afraid we may not be accepted. It’s time to quit hiding. If God has given you the gift to sing, start singing. If you can write, start writing. If you can lead, start leading. If you can build, start building. If you can teach, start teaching. That gift doesn’t do you or anyone else any good if you keep it to yourself. It has to be released.
Your gift may seem small, but when you develop it, big doors will open. You don’t have to have a great gift for God to use you in a great way. Today’s Scripture doesn’t say you have to have a big gift, an important gift, an impressive gift. Whatever you have, if you develop it and keep getting better, it will open doors of opportunity, doors of promotion, and doors of influence.
A Prayer for Today, “Father, thank You for the gifts and talents You have given to me as well as my personality. Thank You that You created me to release my gift and make a difference in the world. I declare that I refuse to let fear keep me in hiding. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Also from (George Whitten:)
Acts 22:15, “ For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.”
Many times, our unbelieving family and coworkers — society in general, can make us feel small and inferior — like second-class citizens — because we are believers. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, somehow, we begin to believe it! We become what I like to call “mopey Christians,” just moping around, keeping our faith hidden under a bushel, feeling afraid to say a word about Yeshua (Jesus), in fear that we might offend someone! And that’s precisely what the enemy wants us to feel! But we can choose whether or not to give in to his foolishness today! Yeshua said that those who follow after Him shall never hunger or thirst — they have been set free from the law of sin and death — they’ve been renewed, cleansed, forgiven, loved with an everlasting love! How on earth can we mope about that?? We need a reality check. We should be holding our heads high today and ready to tell people about the great work He’s done in us! We have been redeemed!
Your family in the Lord with much agape love, George Whitten of Worthy Brief https://www.worthynews.com (Good place to get a Christian view of world events.)
Ken’s Thoughts, Aloha, as for me today, working on climbing out of some demonic depressions. My wife, with no notice at all filled for a divorce and is going to court to get a chunk of my 7 children’s estate. So in Hawaii, seems that is normal. Either side can get a divorce without cause and claim the assets to be divided even if they did not contribute to even building the assets.. And my kids are now down on me for getting into a marriage 23 years ago with someone who would steal their inheritance. Of course people can change for good or for bad over the years. We will have the full use of our free will up until the time that we graduate (die). And every day we are faced with the three great temptations: The Lust of the Flesh, Lust of the Eyes and the Pride of Life. These were the temptations of both Adam & Even and Jesus. This is in a scripture written by John (The Beloved) closest apostle to Jesus about this: “Do not love the world [of sin that opposes God and His precepts], nor the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust and sensual craving of the flesh and the lust and longing of the eyes and the boastful pride of life [pretentious confidence in one’s resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father, but are from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and with it its lusts [the shameful pursuits and ungodly longings]; but the one who does the will of God and carries out His purposes lives forever. 18 Children, it is the last hour [the end of this age]; and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming [the one who will oppose Christ and attempt to replace Him], even now many antichrists (false teachers) have appeared, which confirms our belief that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us [seeming at first to be Christians], but they were not really of us [because they were not truly born again and spiritually transformed]; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out [teaching false doctrine], so that it would be clearly shown that none of them are of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One [you have been set apart, specially gifted and prepared by the Holy Spirit], and all of you know [the truth because He teaches us, illuminates our minds, and guards us from error]. 1 John 2:14-20….
So on one side I have an ex-wife? Who want’s a chunk of what she feels that she deserves for living with and being supported by me for 23 years while working and keeping her own income. And on the other side, adult children with children and also with children (About 50) who will be hurt financially if I do not defend them. So I am faced with trying to find a win/win way out of this mess now at 89 and at this point in time can see nothing but big legal bills and darkness. But then, this too shall pass and the Kingdom of God will stand. So pray that I stay in the Holy Spirit about all of this and simple keep my eyes on the LORD. May be, that I have some more growing to do in learning to fly though a really black storm with only the instruments that I find in the Holy Bible and with Jesus as LORD.
So the words from Joel and George were good to start my day. The Holy Spirit got me up early this morning. And I never know in advance what to write. But I do hope that this note helps you use this day for our Lord’s Glory in being Christ Centered rather than wasted the day in being self-centered.
And by the way, My mailing list has become so large that I have to shorten it. So if I remove your name from my mailing by accident, please let me know and I will replace it. But I mail to many that for years I have had no contact with at all. I am about to reduce my list by about half.