Thursday, June 21, 2007

When things don't turn out as you planned

This is lesson 3 from the "I AM so you don't have to be" Bible study.

1. It was stated in the Lesson that God has made you "once, twice, three times a lady." Where are you in this progression? Obviously we have all been physically born, but are you 'twice a lady'? Have you been born again spiritually? This If you have already received this gift, write a brief prayer of thanksgiving or testimony.
Yup :) My second year of grad school I realized that people and things would always fail me, and that I should put my full trust in Jesus. I was attending a mainline church and had never heard of a personal relationship, but was spurred onto one, and "married" Jesus--I even had a ceremony (just in my journal) and a ring to remind me of the commitment. I remember that all of a sudden, things that I had been reading that didn't make any sense, all of a sudden did. It was very powerful.

2. Are you three times a lady? Has God given you a stirring deep within your Spirit to be a 'deliverer'? Do you have a desire or are you already meeting a need in the life of the church, a particular ministry (such as jail ministry, food ministry, etc.) or perhaps individuals who share common issues?

Right now I'm feeling called to care for the people in our small group and do some healing myself.

3. Do you ever get tired of waiting for that opportunity to do something
worthwhile for God? Do you ever feel God is using someone else instead of you?

Yes; no. :) It's hard to be patient when you see what God has for you, but the time is not yet.

4. What do you consider 'worthwhile ministry'? Are you like me and sometimes find yourself mistakenly thinking it has to be Big to be Important?

Loving our neighbors; seeing my students as people with feelings, lives and concerns. I don't think I've got "bigger is better" issues.

5. Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts test? If yes, what are yours? If no, here's a good one from Ephesians 4 Ministry. Will you take it and come back with a response?

My highest was teaching, followed by shepherding and giving. It fits what previous tests have shown, and the way my life looks right now :)


Gretchen said...

God has blessed you with knowing where you're at; knowing that you need Him completely; and knowing your purpose for today. Isn't this a great study? Thanks for joining.

mexicanmasala said...

At our Vineyard, we have classes that teach about spiritual gifts. I so need to take those!!

I love my church because it stresses the personal relationship with Jesus. I'm sad it took me so long to realize how great that is.