Using your natural gifts
Mishlei (Proverbs) 3:5-6 5 Trust in ADONAI with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level your paths.
When we acknowledge God in all our ways we come to understand that our lives and all our resources are all about Him. As a matter of fact it is this attitude that should prevent us from indulging in our own self interests and lead to a more satisfied life filled with joy. To help us and to help us help others in this life, God gives us good gifts, and when used in connection with trust and reliance on Him, produces level paths and Kingdom stability.
Y’akov (James) 1:17 17 Every good act of giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father who made the heavenly lights; with him there is neither variation nor darkness caused by turning.
When it comes to blessings and gifts from God, we need look no further than our God given abilities. When we are born, many of us have the gifts of (eye) sight, hearing, movement and (audible) communication or some combination thereof. Most of us have at least one of these and many of us have all of these. No matter, they are gifts from our heavenly father.
If you have been given eyesight, rejoice and give thanks that you can see. What a blessing it is! Of the many things you could look at today, use your eyesight to notice all the wonderful things that your heavenly father created just for you. Use your eyes to read God’s words (another gift you have), use your gift of sight to see all the other gifts surrounding you. Use your eyesight to notice others and others needs. Do not condemn others based on what you see but use your sight to discover, what of God’s gifts you posses that could help your fellow human beings. Do not waste God’s gift by looking at evil, this gift is given to you to bless you and enable you to do His work.
If you have been given hearing, rejoice and give thanks that you can hear. What a blessing it is! Every sound you hear is a precise vibration that is transformed by the mechanism of the parts of your ear. Use your gift of hearing to listen to the sounds of God’s words, whether they be from your lips or the lips of others. If someone quotes a scripture to you, be thankful that you are able to hear those precious words. Use your ability to hear and to listen to peoples needs. Listen to the meanings of people’s words so you may provide comfort and physical and emotional blessings to your fellow man. Do not use your hearing to listen to evil. Remove yourself from Lashan Harrah (evil speech), the tearing down of someone or foolish talk. Draw near to God and listen to the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) and invite others to join you.
Do you have the ability to move? If you do, rejoice and be glad that you can move. What a blessing it is! Today you can use your ability to pick up the book of God’s words, to turn its pages. You can raise your hands and move your legs in un-abandoned worship to the creator and sustainer of the universe. You can use your God given ability to help others in need, to relieve someone’s physical burdens. Your ability to move is not for yourself, it is to be used in service to God and to others. Use your ability to protect others from evil but do not use your ability to perform acts of evil. Run from evil, it is your ability to do so and your God given way out of evil situations. Acknowledge God in your movements and He will direct your paths.
Has God gifted you with speech? Rejoice and be glad that you can speak. What a blessing it is! Use your speech to sing praise to God, use your speech to speak praise to God. Use your speech to build others up. Mishlei (Proverbs) 25:11 says: 11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word appropriately spoken. God has not given you the ability to speak so that you may satisfy yourself with your opinions. Rather, He has given you the ability so that you may speak out His words to illuminate the darkness that has come into the world. Speak His words to others, speak His words to Him in prayer. Use your gift to be silent when you do not know what to say. Let Him fill your mouth with wisdom and speak only words of life. Mishlei (Proverbs) 18:21 21 The tongue has power over life and death; those who indulge it must eat its fruit.