Use His Gift!

YOU have received a special gift from the Lord!

We are told to employ it…to use it…in order to serve one another and for God to be glorified! What gift are you using for the body of Christ and for our Lord’s glory?

Don’t think that your gift is not needed or not as great as others! You are special and unique and the Holy Spirit will empower you to use His gift within you to build up and strengthen the body of Christ!

Glorify the Lord by using your gift for Him today!

Look for opportunities…

Increase our REACH, O LORD!

I was looking at my Facebook page, Reflection of Glory, and I noticed the big discrepancy in the number of “Likes” a post receives and the number of people “Reached.”   One post only received 3 likes…but the number of people reached-the number of people that saw the post was 1,209!!

My goal for posting is to first glorify God!  But, I also want to reach as many people as I can to encourage, equip, and challenge them as we journey together.  And I pray that is the goal of our lives apart from social media as well — to first glorify God and next to reach as many people as we can for Him!

We may not receive praise and feedback from the people that we come into contact with…but that is not why we reach out to people.  I would say to you that you influence far more people than you realize on a day-to-day basis.  I don’t believe that we will really ever know how many people we have “reached” while we are still on this earth.  But, I do believe that we will come to that awareness once we reach our heavenly destination.

Lord, help us to reach out to those that we come into contact with – whether it’s through social media; church; our jobs; places of business, or someone we happen to connect with on the street. May we not do it for recognition or for our own self-glorification…but, for YOU, Lord! May YOU receive all the glory; all the praise; and all the “Likes!”  In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!!

ARMED FORCE!!

Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May by many Americans.  Those that serve in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard are honored on this day.  And I would like to say that I honor and thank all of those men and women who serve our country!

But, there is another kind of “Armed Force.”  WE are in the Armed Forces of the Lord!!  We, as the body of Christ, have been given authority and power to be strong and victorious in the battles that we all face in our life journey.

We are reminded that we need to prepare for the spiritual battle that we are in. We are to ARMOR UP!!  Are you ready?

…be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with you feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

In addition to all this take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.