Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gift in Return

Gift series part 2.
In part 1 I talked about the fact that we have a gift. In this part I will talk about using the gift. God gave us all a gift and now we need to decide what to do with it. I feel that God gave them to us so we should use them to honor God. I will give a few examples. Billy Graham is one of the best evangelists there is, and he has many gifts that he uses, but I want to focus on one in particular. His voice! God has given him a very powerful and captivating voice that people are drawn to. He has chosen to use his voice to honor the creator which is one of the best things that has happened in this country since the 1700’s. Another example is King Solomon and the gift of wisdom. It says in 1 Kings
5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
6 And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
7 Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.
8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted.
9 Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
11 Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice,
12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.
Solomon was one of the best Kings Israel ever had and was amazing with the gift God gave him. The chapter goes on to tell of the two women with the child and how he uses his wisdom to find the truth. He defines (in my mind) what it means to return the gift in a useful way.
And so ends part 2 of my gift series. My God continue to bless you all in all that you do, and thank you all for following my small and humble blog.
Josh Martin.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Gift

Gift series part 1
We all have a gift. I don't know what yours is but you do have one. 2 Chronicles 21:3 Their father gave them great gifts of silver and gold and precious things, with fortified cities in Judah; but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram, because he was the firstborn. Are father has given us a gift as well. Is your gift a silver gift, or a gold gift? He gave it to you for a reason and it is up to you what you do with it. A gift is something you get for free and you can use it to the best of your abilities.
Today I have been blessed with a wonderful gift. In the previous post “RESPECT” I mentioned Katie Ong. Today I have become friends with her and I hope it will be a long and prosperous friendship. The Lord can give a gift from anywhere at any time and I thank him for all the wonderful gifts he has given me. He has blessed me with many friends that have helped me in my spiritual walk and I am grateful for all of them. Friendship is one of the greatest gifts that can be given and I hope I can give this gift as well as I have received it.
Another gift that we receive is our life! Talk about a gift! Life is….. so wonderful yet so awful. I have had times in my life where I was on top of the world (or so it seemed) and I have had times where I just wanted to end it all. The only thing that stopped me was the fact that my life isn’t mine to take. It is a gift from God and for that I am eternally grateful.
And so ends part 1 of my gift series. May God bless you in all your efforts.
Josh Martin.