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HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY

LEARN WHAT YOUR GOD GIVEN NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL TALENTS ARE AND USE THEM GOD=S WAY

 

GOD FORMED EVERY CREATURE ON THIS PLANET WITH A SPECIAL AREA OF EXPERTISE.

 

Each of us was uniquely designed by God to do certain things.

 

Psa. 139:13-16, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous‑and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!” (TLB)

 

WHEN YOU GET SAVED, IN ADDITION TO YOUR NATURAL GIFTS, YOU GET SOME ADDITIONAL GIFTS AND TALENTS. THEY ARE CALLED SPIRITUAL GIFTS.

 

1 Cor. 12:8, “To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; someone else may be especially good at studying and teaching, and this is His gift from the same Spirit.” (TLB)

 

  1. Once you realize how you have been gifted by God, how do you really figure out where to use them?

 

  1. The Bible uses the term “heart” to describe the bundle of desires, hopes, interests,

ambitions, dreams, and affections you have.

 

  1. Your heart represents the source of all your motivations ‑ what you love to do and

what you care about most.

 

Prov. 27:19, “As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.” (NKJV)

 

Matt. 12:34, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (NKJV)

 

  1. Physically, each of us has a unique heartbeat.

 

  1. In the same way, God has given each of us a unique emotional “heartbeat” that races when

we think about the subjects, activities, or circumstances that interest us.

 

  1. These are clues to what you should be doing in life and where you ought to be serving

in the church.

 

  1. Another word for heart is passion.

 

  1. God has a purpose in giving you these inborn interests.

 

  1. Your emotional heartbeat is the second key to understanding how and where you

should be serving in the church (Body of Christ).

 

  1. Don’t ignore your interests. Consider how they might be used in God’s service.

 

  1. God wants you to serve him passionately, with your heart, not because you have to but

because you want to.

 

  1. How do you know when you are serving God from your heart?

 

  1. The first telltale sign is enthusiasm.

 

  1. The second characteristic of serving God from your heart is effectiveness.

 

  1. Whenever you do what God wired you to love to do, you get good at it. Passion drives

perfection.

 

  1. The greatest things in life are not things.

 

  1. Meaning is far more important than money.

 

  1. Don’t settle for just achieving “the good life,” because the good life is not good

enough. Ultimately it doesn’t satisfy.

 

  1. You can have a lot to live on and still have nothing to live for.

 

  1. Aim instead, for “the better life” ‑ serving God in His Church in a way that expresses

your heart.

 

2 Thess. 3:13, “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.” (NKJV)

 

  1. When we begin to grow weary:

 

  1. We need to say, “This is what God wants me to do because it is best for me.”

 

  1. This is what God wants me to do because this is the way He has gifted me.

 

  1. This is what God wants me to do because He has commanded me to.

 

Keep on doing it and not only will we be rewarded one day in heaven for doing it, but we also see rewards in this life.

 

 

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Understanding Your Natural and Spiritual Gifts

 

Psa. 139:13-17, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous‑and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book! How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!” (TLB)

 

  1. ONLY YOU CAN BE YOU.

 

  1. Today let’s expand on How God wants you to be involved in His Body, His local church.

 

  1. Today the Lord is building His church in local communities.

 

Matt. 16:18, “…I will build My church…” (NKJV)

 

  1. God has bestowed upon you abilities that He wants you to use to build His church.

 

Rom. 12:6, “God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.” (TLB)

 

  1. Since your natural abilities are from God, they are just as important as your spiritual

gifts.

 

  1. One of the most common excuses people give for not serving the Lord in His church

Is “I just don’t have any abilities to offer.”

 

  1. Part of a Pastors responsibility is to help you identify and release your abilities for

serving God.

 

1 Cor. 10:31, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (NKJV)

 

1 Cor. 12:6, “And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.” (NKJV)

 

  1. God has a place in His church, His Body, where your specialties can shine, and you can

make a difference.

 

  1. It’s up to you to find that place and get involved.

 

 

 

 

  1. God gives some people the ability to make money.

 

Deut. 8:18, “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth.” (NKJV)

 

  1. If you have this business ability, you should be using it for God’s glory. How?

 

  1. First, realize your ability came from God and give Him the credit.

 

  1. Second, use your business to serve a need for others by giving them a job and to use

your business to share your faith with unbelievers.

 

  1. Third, return at least a tithe (10 percent) of the profit to God as an act of worship.

 

Mal. 3:10-11,  “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the LORD of hosts;” (NKJV)

 

  1. Finally, if you have the ability to make money, make your goal to be a Kingdom

Builder, not just a Wealth Builder.

 

Think about this:

 

  1. What I’m able to do, God wants me to do.

 

Why? The church is the body of Christ on earth. Without all of the parts working together it cannot operate like Christ wants it to.

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Understanding How God Has Made You.

 

Psa. 139:13-17, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous‑and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book! How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!” (TLB)

 

  1. TO UNDERSTAND HOW GOD WANTS YOU TO USE THE NATURAL AND

SPIRITUAL TALENTS, GIFTS AND ABILITIES HE HAS CREATED AND GIVEN YOU,

YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE PERSONALITY HE HAS GIVEN YOU.

 

  1. We usually don’t realize how truly unique each of us is.

 

  1. Your uniqueness is a scientific fact of life.

 

  1. When God made you, He broke the mold.

 

  1. Since there is no one just like you, no one can do what God created you to do.

 

Rom. 14:12, “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” (NKJV)

 

  1. If we have fulfilled our purpose, we will be rewarded. If we have failed to fulfill our

purpose, we will suffer loss.

 

1 Cor. 3:14-15, “If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss;” (NKJV)

 

  1. God created each of us with a unique combination of personality traits.

 

  1. The Bible gives us plenty of proof that God uses all types of personalities.

 

  1. Peter was a sanguine. Paul was a choleric. Jeremiah was a melancholy.

 

  1. There is no “right” or “wrong” temperament for ministry.

 

  1. We need all kinds of personalities to balance the church and give it flavor.

 

  1. Your personality will affect how and where you use your spiritual gifts and abilities.

 

  1. For instance, two people may have the same gift of evangelism, but if one is

introverted and the other is extroverted, that gift will be expressed in different ways.

 

  1. TO UNDERSTAND HOW GOD WANTS YOU TO USE THE NATURAL AND

SPIRITUAL TALENTS, GIFTS AND ABILITIES HE HAS CREATED AND GIVEN YOU,

YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE EXPERIENCES HE HAS ALLOWED YOU TO

HAVE.

 

Rom. 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (NKJV)

 

 

  1. In determining how God wants you to serve Him, you should examine at least six kinds of

experiences from your past:

 

  1. Family experiences

 

  1. Educational experiences

 

  1. Vocational experiences

 

  1. Spiritual experiences

 

  1. Ministry experiences

 

  1. Painful experiences

 

  1. God never wastes a hurt!

 

  1. If you really desire to be used by God, you must understand a powerful truth:

 

  1. The very experiences that you have resented or regretted most in life ‑ the ones you’ve

wanted to hide and forget ‑ are the experiences God wants YOU to use to help others.

 

  1. For God to use your painful experiences, you must be willing to share them.

 

2 Cor. 1:8-9, “I think you ought to know, dear brothers, about the hard time we went through in Asia. We were really crushed and overwhelmed and feared we would never live through it. We felt we were doomed to die and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us, for he can even raise the dead.” (TLB)

 

  1. Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.

 

Novelist Aldous Huxley said, “Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.”

 

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