ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,   John 3:16

TALENTS & GIFTS,       “WORTH CONSIDERING”    11/4/19   (Across my desk this morning,  2020 nearly here.)       

Today’s Scripture
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out…”  (Proverbs 20:5, NIV)
A Person of Understanding

You are equipped with everything you need to fulfill your passion and purpose in this life! Everything you need is inside you—like deep waters. You draw those deep things out when you stay open and humble before the Lord. You draw those things out when you align your life with what He says in His Word. That’s what makes you a person of understanding. Proverbs also tells us that a person of understanding delights in wisdom. A person of understanding is even-tempered. A person of understanding is not easily led astray and maintains peace and order (Prov. 10:23; 15:21; 17:27; 28:2). Don’t just live on the surface of life today. Draw from the resources that God has placed inside you. As you keep your heart open by obeying the Word of God, His purposes will become clearer; His provision will be more clearly seen. His direction for you will unfold so you can move forward confidently in the direction of your dreams!

A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, thank You for equipping me with everything I need to be a success in life. I choose to humbly submit my life to You and obey Your Word. Thank You for revealing Your plans and purposes for me today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Thoughts:
For me, Talents seem to be genetic while gifts can be added.   I agree we are born with the talents needed to accomplish the life that God would have us perfect.  But we can also use the talents for other things.  I often use the analogy,  “Billy Graham” could have been a very successful used car salesman.  But he used his talents to be an Evangelist for the LORD.  A lot of marriages have deep issues as the talents are not aligned in unity and are not being used as designed and cause friction and stress.  And the example of Christ and HIS Church is not reviled to the world very well as was in the design plans of GOD.

As for the gifts of the Holy Spirit,  1 Cor. 12,  We are taught that we are to seek them but that praying in tongues is the least of the 9 gifts.  The gifts are here taught to be:  Wisdom,  Word of Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophesy, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues….  These are gifts that are received in and by the Holy Spirit and are to be given as directed,  but they are not a ministry, they are gifts.  Once given it is a gone event until the Holy Spirit gives another gift to be given.   In ministry these gifts also are effective and are greatly needed to accomplish the goals of a ministry.  In Eph. 4:11 we find the Ministries listed for the perfecting of the LORD”S CHURCH.  Often an apostle will receive a Word of Knowledge and Wisdom as are needed by his office.  Often a Prophet with receive the gift of Prophesy to share God’s Thoughts.  Often an Evangelist will be giving the gifts of Healing and Miracles as they bring souls to Christ Jesus as LORD.   Chapter 12, 13 & 14 of 1 Cor. should be studied as a unit, a sandwich if you will with the meat being 1 Cor.13.  It is a great study on Church as the people and not the structure.

The Deaconate (https://www.openbible.info/topics/deacons ) and the Elders are like two silk gloves for the left and right hands for the HOLY SPIRIT if you will.   The Holy Spirit wants to flow through us like the fingers on two hands to touch the world for Christ Jesus.  In the right hand the glove is designed for apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.   The deacons have like ministries for the left hand but as a support for the right hand.  If a person is right handed then they hold things with the left hand and do the finer work with the right.  This is an exceptional design for the LORD’s CHURCH is to work in order to touch our very sick world for Christ Jesus.  Jesus prayed in John 17, that we would come to understand how this all works and find loving unity in HIS Truth as we learn together in HIS vision to be free in HIM.

Eph.4:11-16,   The five ministries listed are like a corporations with 5 basic offices,  The Visionary, Quality Control, Sales,  Manufacturing and Parts.  The Apostle gets the vision, the Prophets keeps the dirt out, the evangelist adds the energy, the pastor brings the parts together and the teacher Mfg. the parts.  In a corporation if these offices functioned well the Corporation would be successful.   If the Church would learn how this works we would have a lot more Christians gathering together.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><   www.Trinity-Aloha.org
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