In 1 Timothy 1:12 Paul writes,
"And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry."
According to Paul, Jesus did three things. First, He enabled him, which means Jesus is the One who puts the gifting in you. He is the One who gives you talent. He is the One who gives you the ability.
Second, Paul says that Jesus counted him faithful. Apparently, Jesus is watching and He expects you and me to be faithful.
Third, Paul says that Jesus put him into the ministry. In other words, Jesus opens doors when we are faithful, doors that no man can shut. When the way seems blocked, Jesus can make a way where there is no way.
Here is the point. It is not enough just to be enabled. Some of the greatest, most gifted, and talented people in the world are living far, far below their potential. While the enablement is there, Jesus has not found them faithful yet, and so certain doors of opportunity remain shut.
Having the gifting is not enough. You need to have both the gifting and be faithful. When both are there, Jesus opens doors.
Recognize and develop the gifting God has given you, but focus on being faithful so that God can open doors in your life.
May God's many blessings be abundant with everyone here!
Your friend Tony M., his mother and thier family are all lifted up. We know God is in control, no matter what happens. One of the many wonderful things about this thread is when prayer requests are put on it, there are many praying about it... that reminds me of one of the most comforting passages in the Bible to me, when Jesus promises to be where two or more are gathered in His Name. What an awesome promise! Dear Lord, we are all in agreement in prayer for Sissy's friends, that you let your will be done and give them Your perfect peace throughout the entirety of the hard time they're going through. We ask this in Jesus Name, Amen.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
coach Bobby Petrino up. He had a motorcycle wreck last night and is in the hospital.Praying for you all. Have a blessed day!
"Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me."
Prayer opens our eyes to see God's hands at work in the midst of trouble.
Lord, When life's troubles leave me feeling broken, please help me turn to You in prayer. You are my deliverer & I want to honor You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Gary, I will definitely keep Coach Patrino in my prayers.
I saw my GI tract doctor today after having the endoscopy a few weeks ago. The new medicine seems to be preventing more bleeding ulcers, but we are having a hard time getting the insurance company to agree to pay for it. The doctor and his staff have been wonderful in pursuing this for me. I'm hoping Mom is discharged from treatment this week, and no more venous ulcers develop on her legs. She then has to make up her mind if she will have further cancer surgery and if she will have the bypass surgery on her legs and femoral artery. One day at a time, sweet Jesus!
Good morning and God bless. All prayers and posters ae lifted up.
Coach Petrino is lifted up. Everytime I see or hear of a motorcycle wreck I wonder why I ride. I guess I have a short memory. May God please keep me safe.
Sis, you and your mom are lifted up.
Heavenly Father, I lift up Sis and her mom and give praise for the healing You have performed and ask that You would continue to bless them with eventual complete healing. I ask that You would touch the hearts of the insurance folks that all costs would be covered and I ask for Your peace, comfort and blessing on this entire situation. I pray in Jesus' name, Amen.
Tony, Sis, Greg, Gary, JT, good to see you
Have a great and blessed day