Bible Verse of the Day (1 Timothy 4:1-11)

Bible verses of the day_1 Timothy 4-8Today is a day the Lord has made! Rejoice in it and be glad!

Bible Verse of the Day

This is the first article in what, Lord willing, will become the first of many that will provide encouragement from God’s Word. All of God’s people will benefit from reading a Bible verse of the day.

I pray that you’ll be encouraged by what the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy. Take special note of verse ten. What you are about to read below are commands for God’s people. May God richly bless you, my beloved.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach.

(1 Timothy 4:1-11)

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How To Get Saved (or, What does it mean to be a Christian?)

Do you know how to get saved?

When you die, will you go to Heaven or Hell?

No…seriously…where will you spend your eternity? Have you ever thought about it much? Isn’t it strange how many people are more concerned about things like life insurance than they are about soul assurance?

There are few questions in life—such as this most critical one—that a person could ever answer which has any real significance for both this life and the next. Jesus put it this way, [Read more...]

7 Keys to Living an Extraordinary Life of Impact

extraordinary life of impactI believe that God expects you and me to be more than merely ordinary. In fact, I believe the Bible teaches that God desires for His people to live an extraordinary life of impact. We are to be light in the darkness, salt to the world, and ambassadors of Jesus Christ.

Yes, God’s desire is for you to live an extraordinary life so that you impact the people around you for His glory alone. [Read more...]

10 Tips for Overcoming Fear and Overcoming Failure

overcoming fear and overcoming failureNobody likes to fail. But overcoming fear and overcoming failure are definitely possible and within the grasp of those who truly want it.

So, do you want it? Do you want to know the recipe for overcoming fear and overcoming failure?

The Process of Overcoming Fear

I’m not an expert on fear, necessarily, but I am—like so many of you—an expert on failure. We all fail from time to time. But life is filled with up’s and down’s, curveballs thrown at our heads, and hurdles tossed at our feet. You need to learn to duck and jump when the time is right. [Read more...]

80 Motivational Quotes to Help You Build Confidence

motivational quotes made of flawsI absolutely love motivational quotes, inspirational quotes, and quotes having to do with productivity and leadership. Good, thought-provoking motivational quotes have the power to get us through a bad day, to get us off the couch and into the gym, and they can even give us the courage to pursue our life’s dreams.

Here are 80 motivational quotes to think about, mediate upon, or even to disagree with…in order to help you build confidence for whatever you put your hand to. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Arguments Against Gay Marriage (Christian Thoughts on the Gay Marriage Debate)

Christian arguments against gay marriageIn this article I plan to write about the Christian arguments against gay marriage. Practically everyone in the mainstream media seems to be discussing why gay marriage should be legalized, but in this article I plan to offer my own Christian thoughts on the gay marriage debate.

My perspective is derived out of being the pastor of a Christian church in the rather liberal state of California, USA. I am a conservative, Bible-believing Christian. By that I mean I hold to a literal view of the Bible and believe it to be the sole authority in both life and eternity—for all people—regardless of their current sexual lifestyle. The Bible is the exclusive Word of God, without apology. The Bible alone provides God’s thoughts, commands, and expectations for marriage—which is between one man and one woman—and I am convinced it provides both clear and sound arguments against gay marriage. [Read more...]

What Women Want in a Man (I Personally Struggle With the 4th One on the List)

what women want in a manMaybe you’ve heard that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But that’s just silly because our space shuttles haven’t even landed on Mars yet!

Seriously, though. Men and women are different, aren’t they? Not different as in opposite-sides-of-the-same-coin different, but different as in fire-vs-water kind of different.

Do you know what I mean?

If there is any Bible passage that illuminates the vast differences between what men and women think the other half wants from each other, versus what the husband and wife actually needs from their spouse, it has got to be Ephesians 5:33. This verse deals with the husband’s responsibility to love his own wife and the wife’s responsiblity to respect her husband. And that’s it in a nutshell. Women need to be loved by their husbands and men need to be respected by their wives.

“Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:33).

Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? Husbands…love your wife like you’d want to be loved. Wives…respect the man God gave you. But it really goes much deeper than even that. There’s got to be more about what women want in a man than just love, right? I mean, the basic reason that husbands and wives (indeed, men and women) don’t get along more is because we often fail to understand one another at a basic level.

Not sure what I mean? Hopefully the following will help you to figure it out. (And if you do, please let me know. I’m still trying to figure my own wife out!)

Here are 7 areas in which men tend to think one thing about women but where women tend to actually want something completely different. Although these are largely “generalizations” between the two sexes, they do point to a problem about what women want in a man and what men assume women want.

PS: I gathered these seven things about what women want in a man from the book, For Men Only (subtitled: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women), written by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn. So if you don’t agree with these assessments, blame them, not me. Enjoy!

What Women Want in a Man

1. On the surface, men think a woman needs to feel loved. But what that means in practice is that even if your relationship is great, your wife has a fundamental insecurity about your love—and when that insecurity is triggered, she may respond in ways that confuse or upset you until she feels reassured.

2. Men believe that women are emotional. But what that means in practice is that women deal with multiple thoughts and emotions from their past and present all the time, at the same time—and these can’t be easily dismissed.

3. Men think that women are impossible to figure out. But what that means in practice is that there is usually a logical reason behind her baffling words or actions—and behavior that confuses you or frustrates you often signals a need she is asking you to meet.

4. Men think that women want security—in other words, financial security. But what that means in practice is that your wife needs emotional security and closeness with you so much that she will endure financial insecurity to get it.

5. Men assume that women don’t want men to fix their [her] problems; she just wants you to listen. But what that means in practice is that when she is sharing an emotional problem, her feelings and her desire to be heard are much more important than the problem itself.

6. Men feel that women don’t want sex as much—which means she isn’t attracted to him. But what that means in practice is that, physically, women tend to crave sex less often than men do–and it is usually not related to her husband’s desirability.

7. Men thing that the women want to look attractive. But what that means in practice is that, inside you’re smart and secure wife lives a little girl who deeply needs to know that you find her beautiful—and that you only have eyes for her.

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So, what do you think about these 7 things regarding what women want in a man? Are these spot on? Not even close? Your thoughts?

LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW with what you think about this list of what women want in a man, or if you have another “misconception” to add to this list. Thanks!

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13 Truths About Christian Fellowship. (#10 Might Be My Most Favorite)

Christian fellowshipOne of the greatest parts about being a lover of the only true and living God is the Christian fellowship that goes along with it. It amazes me how so many “Christians” today disregard Christian fellowship and place it so low on the weekly to-do list that it never even becomes a priority.

Too many people reject the biblical mandate of Christian fellowship for other things like athletics for the kids. Really? Exchanging time with God’s people for basketball practice? Shame, shame.

What is Christian Fellowship?

The Bible speaks of fellowship often and the term used essentially means: participation, sharing, contributing. Thus, Christian fellowship means that believers are participating in something together, sharing with one another regularly, and contributing to the process overall.

QUESTION: Are you involved in the kind of Christian fellowship that is described as participation, sharing, or contribution? Why or why not?

Christian fellowship means that we are in partnership regarding our common salvation. Because believers are Christians due to our faith alone in the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross, our fellowship with one another is directly due to our fellowship with God. Therefore, Christians are never truly out of fellowship with one another. The issue, however, is how frequently (or infrequently) we choose to exercise the Christian fellowship we have been blessed with by faith in God.

One of the greatest passages of Scripture that has to do with Christian fellowship is found in Hebrews chapter ten. Many pastors and preachers have used this text to explain why Christians should not skip the Sunday morning worship services. I have referenced it in that particular application as well myself. However, as I believe you will see, the text has more to do with our mutual contribution to one another than it does with our “corporate” worship services.

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

I have underlined a few key phrases in the above quote to highlight the fact that what the writer of Hebrews is telling us is that our Christian fellowship is not to be forsaken (“as is the manner of some”), but that we’re to “consider one another,” to “stir up love and good works,” and to be continuously “exhorting one another.” That is what Christian fellowship is, does, and should be! It’s not to be forsaken but to be a large portion of what we do on a regular basis.

Below are 13 truths about Christian fellowship as a whole. The first seven have to do with what biblical fellowship is NOT and the last six are about what it truly IS.

What Christian Fellowship is NOT

  1. Fellowship is not something done alone or by yourself. It requires other Christians. At least two. It requires relationships and the pursuit of more and deeper relationships with God’s people.
  2. Fellowship is not to be “clique-ish.” That is, you cannot have Christian fellowship if there are factions, dissentions, or animosity among believers. There can never be the mentality of “I am of Paul” or “I am of Cephas” or “I am of Apollos.”
  3. Fellowship is more that familial relationships. Certainly, Christian fellowship can occur and does occur between two family members who both happen to be believers. But biblical fellowship is a participation, sharing, and contributing relationship with all of God’s children, which is more than just a Christian’s immediate family.
  4. Fellowship has nothing to do with non-believers (non-Christians). There is no fellowship between light and darkness, good and evil, or God and the devil. Therefore, Christians do not have fellowship with people who reject Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Non-Christians are our mission field, not our table of fellowship!
  5. Fellowship is not merely “attendance” at a church function or even a Sunday worship service. This is especially true in larger churches where there are more people than can usually be counted. In many churches today, a person can show up to church, sit down in a pew, sing songs, pray, and leave without having any meaningful conversation with other people in the building. No, Christian fellowship is much more than mere church attendance.
  6. Christian fellowship does not allow sin to go unchecked in a believer’s life. Both 1 Corinthians 5:1-12 and 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 are commands given to the local church as a whole to withdraw from fellowship, altogether, from people in the church living in unrepented sin. Again, there is no fellowship between sin and holiness. Christian fellowship is hindered by sin between brothers, in a similar way as an individual Christian’s walk with the Lord is hindered by unrepented sin.
  7. Christian fellowship is more than, for example, a group of Christian men watching football. Biblical fellowship is more than being in the same room or same facility. Christian fellowship must possess the factors I outline below.

What Christian Fellowship IS:

  1. Fellowship is the common enjoyment that Christians have and experience in our common worship of God the Father, through in Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Christian fellowship is a constant process of encouraging one another in our walks with the Lord and exhorting each other to holy living.
  3. Christian fellowship involves the exposing of sin, not the hiding of it. I do believe that this truth about Christian fellowship is my favorite one on this list. Prior to becoming a pastor, I used to be involved in a small accountability group with three other men from the church I attended. We met every Wednesday morning at a Starbucks for about an hour or so. We then went to another brother’s home for a Bible study before we all went to work at 8:00 am. For that first hour we asked each other questions, such as: A) How did you treat your wife this past week?, B) Have you viewed on pornography on the internet?, C) How was your prayer life this past week?, D) What sins did you struggle with this past week? For us, it was a challenging time to expose any sin in ourselves and in one another, to confess it publicly to one another, and repent of it altogether. Those were blessed times!
  4. Fellowship involves bearing up one another’s burdens. Christians are to help each other and meet each other’s needs. This is not only encouraging and helpful to one another, but it is a great testimony to the world around us. Jesus said this: “Let you light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
  5. Christian fellowship is ministry to one another. This is similar to the point immediately above, but there is a sense in which “just being there with us” is a tremendous answer to prayer, and a fellow Christian who makes the decision to be present in fellowship is a wonderful ministry to God’s people. In fact, I love it when other Christians minister to my life, heart and soul as they encourage me to live for the glory of God alone when we are fellowshipping with one another. Ministry takes place in fellowship!
  6. Christian fellowship is found in the “one another” passages of Scripture. Still wondering what Christian fellowship is or looks like. Then do a Bible study on the many passages in the New Testament that have “one another” linked together. Such passages tell us to love one another, teach one another, encourage one another, admonish one another, etc.

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In summary, Christian fellowship is all about being concerned for one another’s spiritual well-being. If you are one of God’s children but have been neglecting fellowship with other Christians, I encourage you to do the following right away:

  • Consider your sin (Yes, it is sin!)
  • Confess that sin to God
  • Repent of that sin once and for all
  • ATTEND the very next Bible study, LIFE group, or small group study that is being held by or at your local church.

You’ll be blessed by going, and you’ll be a blessing to many others when you show up. May God richly bless you, my beloved!

LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW: 1) What do you personally enjoy most about Christian Fellowship? or, 2) How have you seen Christian fellowship impact someone else’s life for good? (Please leave a comment below.)

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I Hate My Husband (8 Ways to Overcome Conflict in Marriage)

i hate my husbandYou can find almost anything on internet these days. But you have to be very, very, very careful about trusting the publisher of what you find on the internet because, as President Abraham Lincoln himself said,

Don’t trust everything you read on the internet” ~Abraham Lincoln

(Get it? I hope so!)

I Hate My Husband 6,600 Times Over

Google is a mammoth search engine. It also has an amazing internet tool that allows you to type in particular keywords to figure out how much website “traffic” that word or phrase generates in monthly web searches. It can be a helpful tool, especially if you want to write an article about a specific topic (such as: Why I hate my husband) but want to know how best to phrase it for optimal readership.

I hate my husband. These are the four words I’ve used for the keyword phrase for this article. Want to know why? I chose this phrase because it gets about 6,600 searches every month on Google alone. That means that around planet Earth there are thousands of frustrated wives out there desperately searching for answers to their broken marriage, and they turn to Google looking for the answers.

That makes me sad. And angry.

It pains me to know that a man would hate his wife or that a wife would hate her husband. Sure, we can get frustrated at our husbands or wives…….but hatred? Doesn’t that seem over-the-top or vengeful or even downright wicked? Yes, it certainly does. But it also demonstrates how thousands of women out there are searching for answers about what to do in marriage. And by the grace of God I want to give them some helpful suggestions!

Resolving Conflict God’s Way

If a woman gets to the point of hating her husband, it’s time for counseling…..and fast! After all, the Bible commands that husbands are to love their wives and wives are to respect their husbands. Hatred in a marriage is the sad result of bitter conflict and resentment. But I have good news for you: God doesn’t want your marriage to end! In fact, God wants your husband to be head-over-heels in love with you, to go out of his way to demonstrate that love to you, and for you to love your husband in return.

“I hate my husband” are words that are not God’s will for your life!

One thing for sure, a Christian home is not a home without problems and conflicts. When you strike two pieces of flint together you get sparks. That’s what happens when two sinners come together in marriage and become one flesh. Too soon after the happy couple exchanges vows, raging infernos begin to ensue!

The truth is that whenever two people enter into a really close relationship, some disagreements are inevitable. They are bound to occur. If you are married, you’ve no doubt experienced them. Husbands and wives have differing opinions on just about everything, and that causes conflict in marriage, personal stress, and tens of thousands of dollars to pad the pockets of divorce lawyers.

Nowhere does the Bible indicate that conflict resolution comes naturally. For some reason, it’s often easier to fight, argue, and hurl insults than it is to be kind or gentle to one another. It’s easier, frankly, to do a Google search for the phrase I hate my husband than it is to want to be a peacemaker. But the latter is what God wants for your marriage.

God doesn’t suggest that resolving conflicts is a piece of cake. Rather, He acknowledges that it’s sometimes very difficult to come to agreement with other people. It requires work, lots of work! Though conflict resolution in marriage may be difficult, the Bible makes it clear that with God’s help anything is possible. Frankly, you can go from I hate my husband to I love my husband over night. It’s not as difficult as you might think at the moment.

I want to give you some suggestions on what you could do, as a wife, so that you no longer suffer from the “I hate my husband” attitude. I pray that God would use these to heal your marriage.

1. Realize that sin is the problem–not necessarily your husband.

You might not like your husband very much at the moment, but understand the problem goes much deeper than just his bad manners. The problem is that he is a filthy, wicked, rotten sinner. A rotten sinner just like you are, too! We’re all products of The Fall in Genesis chapter three. That’s not giving your husband an excuse for his behavior, however. It is merely stating the cause of it.

A lack of male leadership in the marital relationship, as well as not loving our wives as we ought, is directly tied to the sin that was committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam hid in a bush rather than come clean with God, confessing his sin. When Adam was finally pressed by God to give an account, the man chose to blame both God and Eve. In Genesis 3:12 Adam said,

The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” ~Adam, the sinner

But Eve didn’t do much better when it was her turn to give an account, either. She chose to blame the serpent (The devil made me do it!). But what I want you to see is that this sin by the first husband and wife duo led to conflict in their marriage, as well as every other marriage thereafter in human history. And that includes your marriage as well.

Here is what God said to the woman would be the result of her sin, in Genesis 3:16,

Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

Do you see that? The woman would begin to sinfully desire her husband’s headship in the marriage (usurping control), and the man would become a domineering, wretched, sinner who demands to rule over her without offering love to her. In case you’re wondering, this is a recipe for disaster in any marriage!

So my first suggestion to any wife who says “I hate my husband” is to realize that you are both sinners and that sin tends to show its ugly face the closer we are to one another in our relationships. Defining the problem is the first step to biblical resolution to your marital conflict.

2. Meditate upon and ask yourself the following questions.

  • Why do married couples fight & quarrel?
  • Why is my husband acting the way he is acting?
  • Have I done anything to provoke this behavior?
  • Is it possible for me to love my husband ever again?
  • Is it possible for me to respect my husband?
  • Do I understand that I can’t change my husband, no matter how hard I try?
  • Do I understand that “love” is not merely a feeling but an “action” I need to work at developing?
  • Does my husband acknowledge his problems?

3. Calmly (yes, calmly) explain to your husband how you are feeling.

You’ll have better results approaching your husband with a cup of sugar than you will with a spoonful of vinegar. As a man myself, I know that we men have a tendency to lash back when questioned, or retreat into a corner when we feel like failures.

4. Cease with “the blame game” for now and focus on healthy communication.

Are the problems in your marriage mostly your husband’s fault? Maybe. But nothing will get better in your marriage if you and your husband are blaming one another, rather than accepting your share of it. Be patient and be respectful to each other with your words.

5. Resolve to not give up on either your husband or your marriage.

Failure is not an option in marriage, as far as the Bible is concerned. There really is no reason to ever give up and file for divorce. You need to stay strong and develop the attitude that sin will not reign over you or your spouse. Keep pushing for a better outcome each and every day!

6. Acknowledge that trusting in God is the answer to your “I hate my husband” problem.

The more you rely on your own skills, abilities, and ideas, the less likely you are of having a better marriage. For Christians in particular, we know that the answer to all of life’s problems is to trust and lean more on God every day, rather than trying to figure out things on our own. God’s ways are always better than our ways.

7. Pray to God that He will reveal to your husband his errors, sins, and your husband’s sin of not loving you.

If your husband just “doesn’t get it” or simply refuses to see the situation for what it is, only God will be able to get that through your husband’s thick head. God is both omniscient (knows all things) and omnipotent (is all-powerful), so pray that God would work this miracle in your marriage. The Lord already knows the answer to how to fix your marriage. Pray that He would reveal that answer to your husband in a clear way!

8. Memorize, recite, and apply the following Bible verses daily.

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25)

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22)

“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses” (Proverbs 12:12)

“By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom” (Proverbs 13:10)

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1)

“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention” (Proverbs 15:18)

“It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling” (Proverbs 20:3)

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In summary, remember that “I hate my husband” is not the attitude or mindset that God wants you to have about your husband. God wants so much more for you! Be patient, don’t give up, and trust God to bring about healing in your marriage. And be sure to do whatever you can to go out of your way to respect your husband whenever you can!

FOR THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW: What other suggestions do you have to offer a woman who says, “I hate my husband”? (Please leave that suggestion in the comment section below.)

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Serving Others and the Countless Blessings You Receive By Doing It

serving othersYou probably already know this but God wants each of us serving others. Serving others is the very reason we are each still here on earth. But as much as serving others is required, we fail to remember that we receive blessings upon blessing when we step out of our comfort zone to serve other people.

Jesus said this: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Do you believe Jesus? Do you agree with Him that serving others is a blessing? Indeed, it truly is!

Serving others will cause you to abound more and more

There was a church in the city of Thessalonica that the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to. It is an encouraging letter that is filled with encouraging reminders, exhortations, and commands. Here is one that reminds us that serving others is to grow in a way that pleases the Lord.

“Finally, then brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more” (1 Thessalonians 4:1).

Here are 14 things to remember about serving others and how these are a blessing to those who are not only served, but who serve. The below points of service are derived from 1 Corinthians 12:1-7, which are found below.

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

1. Spiritual gifts are given to believers, never to unbelievers.

2. God wants Christians to be informed regarding their immense spiritual giftedness.

3. Before coming to faith in Christ, we were all idolaters.

4. The Spirit of God will always affirm the Lordship of Jesus Christ in your worship.

5. People profess saving faith in Jesus Christ because of God’s sovereign enablement alone.

6. Spiritual gifts are given to Christians by the TRINITY (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

7. There are innumerable ways in which we can be serving others around us.

8. God never changes amid the diversities of gifts, ministries, and activities He gives to His children.

9. There is NO separation between spiritual gifts and their usage in ministries and activities.

The Scripture’s emphasis is on “using” your spiritual gifts, not merely talking about gifts, learning about spiritual gifts, or even simply determining what your own gifts are. God isn’t giving us information without the expressed command for consistent application of that information. In other words, with knowledge comes usage.

10. There is a difference between deliberate and ongoing “ministries” versus one-time “activities.”

Examples of on-going MINISTRIES: Sunday school teacher, church pianist or organist, pastor, deacon, deaconess, trustee, missionary, after school program worker, church planter, prayer warrior, etc, etc, etc.

Examples of one-time ACTIVITIES: Providing a meal to someone in need, calling someone on the telephone to encourage them, giving someone a ride to church, singing special music at a church service, taking a new visitor to lunch after church, setting up tables and chairs for a potluck, etc, etc, etc.

11. When you exercise your spiritual gifts in ministry or activities, it is God who is at work in and through you.

12. God fully expects His Holy Spirit to be shown publicly through you!

Exercising your spiritual gift is manifesting the Spirit in you. It is allowing people to see God work through you on their behalf.

13. Every Christian is given the opportunity  to manifest the Holy Spirit in his or her own daily life.

14. Even though you get blessed by serving others, your spiritual gift is for the edification of other people, not for yourself.

QUESTION FOR COMMENTING BELOW: In what other ways do you believe that serving others becomes a blessing to the one doing the serving? (Please comment below).

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