Sunday School Notes: March 3, 2019

HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY IN LIFE

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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