With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

What are the spiritual gifts God has given to you?  If you do not know, pray, and seek out Godly men and women who will be able to help you discover them.  EVERY true Christian has spiritual gifts that are to be used in the body of Christ.  We will stand before Jesus one day and have to give an account for how we used the gifts He entrusted to us.  You do NOT want to get to heaven and have Jesus show you what impact your life could have had on His kingdom if you would have only obeyed Him and used your gifts.

Some believers may appear to be more “gifted” than others in certain respects.  This does not negate the fact that all believers have gifts…if the measure of the gift entrusted to you is greater, then the responsibility to use that gift is even greater.  Jesus said in Luke 12:48, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”

S (Scripture) – 1 Peter 4:10 “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

O (Observation) – Lord, I see that You have given us these gracious gifts – but they really belong to You – You’ve entrusted each of us with them for a particular purpose – to use in building up the body of Christ.  When we are entrusted with much, more is expected of us.

A (Application) – I am being called to be a good steward of the gifts you have given to me by serving the body of Christ.  Just as Jesus shared in the parable of the talents, You have entrusted each of Your followers with gifts and will be examining how we went about using them for Your glory on this earth.

P (Prayer) – Thank You, Lord, for Your gifts.  Help me to use them for Your kingdom.

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Always Be Ready

S (Scripture) – 1 Peter 3:15 “…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”

O (Observation) – Lord, I see clearly that when You are on the throne of my life and my heart, I will easily be able to “make a defense to everyone to asks” about the hope that is in me.  It will be bubbling up and outward as an overflow of Your Spirit.

A (Application) – Always be ready to share when asked, and always be proactively building relationships with others and purposefully/intentionally showing the light of Christ.

P (Prayer) – Lord, may I always seek You first, before all else – help me to share You with others.

Pure Spiritual Milk

S (Scripture) – 1 Peter 2:2 “…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.”

O (Observation) – Lord, You tell us that salvation is something that “grows,” and we accomplish this by consuming Your word, like milk.  Just as a newborn baby needs milk to grow and develop properly, the “baby Christian” cannot expect to grow properly without the milk of God’s word.  Your promise to grow us up is true – the Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), and accomplishes what it set out to do – it will not return void (Isaiah 55:11)!

A (Application) – It is impossible to really grow as a disciple without God’s word – we will be spiritually malnourished.  Even as we grow in our faith, God’s word is our key to deepening our relationship with Him.  May I never stop reading, learning, and enjoying God’s word!

P (Prayer) – Lord, thank you for Your precious word – may it nourish my soul and continue to transform me to be more like Jesus.

Imperishable Inheritance

S (Scripture) – 1 Peter 1:4, 18, 23 “…to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you…”, “…knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers…”, “…for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.”

O (Observation) – Lord, I see the clear distinction between what is eternal (imperishable), and what is not.  Our achievements by the world’s standards are meaningless in the scope of eternity – only what we do for Your kingdom is our true and eternal inheritance.

A (Application) – May I never become consumed with the world’s definition of success, and stay focused, rather, on Kingdom work.  So many people today focus all of their energy, time, and resources on building a life that will be “meaningful” in our world.  When all that this world has is stripped away, the only thing remaining will be what was accomplished for God’s kingdom.

P (Prayer) – Lord, may I always be in step with Your Spirit, and keep me from the distraction of focusing solely on worldly success.

Proving to Be an Example

Why have a blog at all?

As I read through the book of 1 Peter, chapter 5 speaks to those in church leadership and admonishes them to “shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; not yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.”

I intend to use this blog as a means to communicate my key takeaways as well as “SOAPs” that I garner through my quiet time with the Lord, and whosoever desires to share in this journey with me is welcome to do so.  Sometimes we just need to be shown what to do, and then it inspires us to pursue the Lord with more fervor and confidence, knowing that He is always speaking.  If we would only humble ourselves, yield to the Holy Spirit, and allow God’s Word to take hold in our lives, we would be forever changed.

My life verse that I claim for myself and that I have proclaimed over my family is Psalm 27:4 – “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”  Lord Jesus, may we all understand what it means to be in Your presence, to walk with You each day, and to be led by Your Holy Spirit in all that we do.

Some of you reading this may be in a discipleship group with me.  Some of you may be my dear friends and family.  Still others may have never met me before, and may not even know who Jesus is.  My prayer is that you would know that you are all loved, and prayed over by me every day.  I pray that the words you read here will strengthen you, and encourage you to go even deeper in your walk with the Lord.  If you ever have questions or want to discuss something you read here, please feel free to send me an email at suzimoreland@gmail.com and I would be happy to learn more about your story and how I may be able to help you.