We say we have the gift… Ask yourself

A friend of mine (Sukesh) shared this devotional with me this morning.

This particular gift is meant to be widely and freely available and more than that a hallmark of Christians living in the last era before Christs return. I was challenged. Am I this type of person.
(PS remember talents are inborn and natural but gifts are specifically from God to a person He feels will help Him take care of His church)

1 Corinthians 14:31 Corinthians 14:3
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But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

Can God say this about me?
Do I qualify? And whenever I say qualify I mean has God put in me the fruits that I can see or that others can see that prove His working in me in  a specific area spiritually?
Am I gifted? Does God think my heart is willing for Him to use me overtly blatantly even if behind the scenes to help Him take care of His church “feed my sheep”?
Do I want to build and nurture others?
Is this a Law Gal 5:14Gal 5:14
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and is anyone exempt?
If it is a Law like any other, this building and nurturing others, why do I not obey?
Do I care anyway?
“Am I my brother’s keeper?” … Is that not also a Law?

If the above questions comes out as no predominantly, maybe this latter day rain and this latter day church isn’t doing what its supposed to because we feel that taking care of the next person is optional? Why is that?

I know we’re going to answer its because people are naturally selfish or self-centered, but arent we pursuing other gifts like wisdom, the gift of prayer, the gif of faith etc.

How is it we worship a God of love and yet one of the most basic of traits we’re supposedly supposed to be downloading (love, kindness towards others, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness) and that general sense of everyone’s welfare is important to me and I am partly responsible for the welfare of my people (just like family) isnt blatantly there?

Do you have “a people”?
Do you have a “personal ministry”?
Should everyone have a personal ministry?
Are there people in your community, office but especially church that you feel responsible for?
Would you give up your life for your family? Friends, church members? Is that too crazy or hectic? Greater love has no one?
When are we gonna become the kind of people Gandhi spoke about let alone other Christians, where self-sacrifice is a core part of our character? When will our behaviour convert entire continents?
What about in our homes? When will my siblings say I consistently am someone who comforts, edifies (builds up) and exhorts (encourages) them?
When will my parents miss DMCing (conversing deeply) with them because when I walk away they feel better no matter what?
When will my wife(to be) say of me my husband ALWAYS makes me feel better? He’s so supportive, he’s always there for me when I need him and I’m down (comfort), he’s constantly speaking into my life  and boosting my spirit (exhortation) coz he thinks the world of me not flattery that’s empty but he draws out the best from me he pulls out my potential (edification)?

I write these things to you with a broken heart because I know this is NOT who I am and yet it is as much Law as thou shalt not worship any other Gods but me. The bible says when we worship we become changed (2 Cor 3:182 Cor 3:18
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). Maybe I have too many idols in my life that I’m worshipping like TV and movie characters or money or relationships or social status. And as a result of my idolatry (you become what you worship) I have taken on too many of their characteristics. And theres just so much interference and wrestling of the Spirit, the He, who is King of kings, the Spirit of God, is finding it difficult to transform and conform and mould me.

Matthew 5:2-6Matthew 5:2-6
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(New King James Version)
2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “ Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek. For they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,For they shall be filled.

(If you can… Pray with me)
And so I pray, Lord if ever I needed You, now is the time. I’m ashamed of my conduct and I’m ashamed of the motives and desires and things in my heart that people can’t see. I’m embarassed to be Your son and yet I bring such little glory. I’m not a good example. I don’t worship in spirit and truth. I neglect Your love. I’ve let You down continually. Forgive me. I am weak. There is nothing good in me. A continual habitual professional sinner. I hurt those around me. I neglect family and friends with excuses like being busy or stressed. I abuse the privilege of adoption. Lord… “If You are willing, You can make me clean”.. Lord I cannot even humble myself as Peter commands in Your word, Lord…If You humble me, maybe then You can exalt me”. Father, You know my issues, why do I cry out to You and You do not hear? Why am I still stuck in my sins? Why arent I like You? Why is my heart not changed? Where is my testimony that I overcame by the blood? Will You pass me over? I thank You Lord that my end is not dependent on me. If it was I would be lost. But You are Holy. You are righteous. You are worthy to be praised! And by Your Spirit, Your word will prevail mightily within me. You are God and Your Spirit will not contend with me forever! I am just flesh. I will never be as strong as You are. Because You are omnipowerful and ALL powerful, theres is nothing too big for you. Even conquering my sinful nature. Father, one day… You will win in me. One day. Till then I worship You. In Jesus name… Amen

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