What is REAL Talent and What Should I do with Mine?

First off we cant work out what to do with our talents until we really know what talent is – and it’s not; singing tunes down a microphone (I can say that because I do it:) or making a million bucks from royalties without doing any work (even if it is vaguely in tune). Hopefully you won’t do with your talent what the likes of people like Madonna and friends does with hers, that’s if you want to call it talent – I think her talent is more along the lines of the ‘talent’ that builders are sometimes accused of whistling at as this so-called talent walks past, and less to do with real gifting (although I have no doubt she has lots of gifts and real talents, she just seems to be misusing and misdirecting them).

What’s real talent?

The word talent comes from an old description of money – so as you have heard – some people have a God-given talent and this is literally true, except a talent from God is a real form of currency and investment and one that could (if you will use it wisely) last forever and benefit all mankind – not the silly money that men think it’s clever to invest in others in order to gain a quick buck without working – there is NOTHING clever about not working for your money in fact, the opposite is true but that’s another article – no – God’s talent has real value and can have real rewards and benefits for all – not just the money-hungry investor. The question is?… what are YOU going to do with your talent, what God invested in you, and how are you going to use it and – who are you going to use it for? Are you going to emulate Madonna young people?

Don’t sell your soul by selling your God-given talent

Once you have found out what your gifts really are – ones that are useful to others and God’s people, use them with all your might for the kingdom of everlasting peace and happiness. Don’t get Hillsonged into thinking that rock concerts are ‘talent’, or that an idea of the size and importance of one’s talent is directly proportional to the size of the stadium one can fill. Remember – Jesus Christ – the one we are to emulate was NO respecter or persons. This does not mean He was lawless and had no respect – it means he didn’t have the kind or ‘rapper-respect’ we see – you know the respect you have for someone just because hey can afford a lot of bling and fast wheels and they have ten tunes (if you can call them that) in the charts… no that wasn’t Jesus our Lord.

How To Know Your Calling

What’s God’s Calling on Your Life?

So What have I Been Called To Do – How Do I Hear God’s Calling Voice?

The thing to realise is that we’ve all been called to live godly lives and that can be tough – a lifetimes work in itself. You could say that’s all we need to know, but this ignors the desires that push and pull us in every direction imaginable. Not surprisingly many people want to do the glamorous things in life -it’s natural. But don’t be seduced by media glamour – God probably has more useful plans. Push doors but take each day at a time. God will give you things as you can handle them. Remember – small steps done well achieve better results. There are no short cuts to the top (despite current wisdom) and what appears a shortcut may actually be a side or even a backwards step.

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How do I know if I’m in line with God’s calling?

For certain you will have a nagging disquiet if you’re not in line with God. It happens to everybody so don’t worry if you’re having trouble with it. You don’t have to be perfect to be used by God. Just stay open. Another thing to remember is God says his yolk is light – in other words if you’re excessively stressed -you may be off course. Search your heart, check your motives and chose a path that suits your character and gifting for the right reasons. Whatever you do, do it the best you can.

What’s gifting then?

We all like to label ourselves with some romantic titles – painter, musician or businessman! But what would you call youself if there were no paintbrushes instruments or businesses? It’s not what you do that defines who you are – you’re not actually a painter or business man, you’re you. The gift is the particular way your brain’s wired not what you do with it – and we’re all wired differently and capable of different things sometimes overlapping in abilities. Michelangelo said “you paint with your brains not your hands”. But then what did he know!

Unfolding the rosebud – a poem

A young, new preacher was walking with an older, more seasoned preacher in the garden one day and feeling a bit insecure about what God wanted him to do, he was inquiring of the older preacher. The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher and was trying to figure out what a rosebud had to do with his wanting to know the WILL OF GOD for his life and ministry. But, because of his high respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to TRY to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact. It wasn’t long before he realized it was impossible to do so. Noticing the younger preacher’s inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it intact, the older preacher began to recite the a poem.

“It is only a tiny rosebud, A flower of God’s design; But I cannot unfold the petals With these clumsy hands of mine. The secret of unfolding flowers Is not known to such as I. GOD opens this flower so sweetly, When in my hands they fade and die. If I cannot unfold a rosebud, This flower of God’s design, Then how can I think I have wisdom To unfold this life of mine? So I’ll trust in Him for His leading Each moment of every day. I will look to him for His guidance Each step of the pilgrim way. The pathway that lies before me, Only my Heavenly Father knows. I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments, Just as He unfolds the rose.

Copyright christian advice.net 2003

Talking in Tongues

Advice & Help for Christians on Speaking in Tongues

open-bibleonwhiteWhat Does The Bible Say About Talking in Tongues?

Talking in tongues in The Bible was always people speaking in foreign but understandable languages by the hearer. It was never as far as I can tell people speaking out gobbledygook. If you’re confused, worried or just plain unsure what the Bible really does say about whether Christians should or shouldn’t talk in tongues in order to be saved or be a spirit filled Christian… What is talking in another tongue anyway?

For more information and advice on speaking in tongues, check out the following pages and websites for help and advice, and what The Bible says and doesn’t say about speaking in tongues and the language and spiritual meaning and significance of talking in tongues.

Here’s some Bible verses to get started! The Holy Spirit at Pentecost

(Joel 2:28-32; John 14:15-26; John 16:5-16; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 19:1-7)

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

Websites and articles on Speaking in Tongues

www.gci.org – the bible and tongues – article on speaking in Tongues
www.kencollins.com – should we speak in tongues today?
www.apatheticagnostic.com – speaking in tongues questions and answers
www.tbm.org – a site dedicated to speaking in tongues
www.keyway.ca – speak in tongues – is it a gift?
www.carm.org – talking in tongues help and advice articles
www.ubu.com – speaking in tongues help article
www.speaking-in-tongues.net – help and advice site
wikipedia – watch out – this is the secular ‘religious’ view of speaking in tongues

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Christian advice help on the gift of speaking in tongues at christian advice.net 2004

So You Want To Be Famous?

What Is the Price of Fame? (insert Bob Dylan interview)

Make sure you consider very carefully what you are willing to trade for the good and much needed plan that God has for your life. Remember the devil tempted the lord Jesus, offering him everything, and if the Lord had accepted Jesus’s mission would have been thwarted and the entire plan for salvation hijacked!

God is not a soft God and doesn’t stand for disobedience. The Jews wandered for 40 years in the wilderness because they went after other plans, idols and desires. Their desire was rarely for the things of God for their lives. It is my firm belief that many – perhaps most Christians have accepted things in their life which means that God cannot bless them with the things he intended until they are free from these things.