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The Invisible Man - Part 7, The Invisible Man Software
Miles McPherson - May 24, 2009

Message Recap

God has amazing potential planned for you - more than we can ever ask or imagine. He wants us to ask Him for everything!

God created our bodies with incredible potential to heal themselves and thrive, but in order for them to function to their potential, we have to feed our bodies with the right nutrients and get rid of toxic exposure. Our souls are the same way. The Holy Spirit gives us unique and incredible gifts that we can't get anywhere else - like a computer has software to perform its functions - but we need to care for our souls and nurture them properly so that we can live up to God's potential for us.

God enhances abilities you already have. Romans 12:3-8

You may be great at many different things, but God can enhance your talents and make them even better and more effective for His kingdom:

  • Prophecy
  • Ministry
  • Teacher
  • Exhorter
  • Giver
  • Leader
  • Mercy

God gives us special abilities that we can't get anywhere else. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28-31

  • Word of wisdom
  • Word of knowledge
  • Faith
  • Healings/Miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Tongues
  • Tongue Interpretation
  • Discerning Spirits

God gives special people as gifts to the church ministry. Ephesians 4:11-12

  • Apostle
  • Prophet
  • Evangelist
  • Pastor
  • Teacher

God also graciously gives us other gifts. Ephesians 4:11-12

  • Love - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • Salvation - Roman 5:15-16, 6:23

God grants us all of these things in His gracious generosity. In return, our responsibility is to:

1. Create an environment for the gifts to operate. Ezra 7:10, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 3:5-8

Ezra prepared his heart to seek the Lord, just as we have to prepare our hearts to seek Him. When we read the Bible and pray, we nurture ourselves and give the Holy Spirit a fertile environment in which to plant the gifts He wants to give us.

A tree with a crowded root system, surrounded by rocks and other plant roots, will not grow nearly as strongly or as quickly as a tree in good, spacious soil. So we also must cleanse our hearts of sin and replace it with the Word. Do you ever feel jealous? Act immaturely? Sin gets in the way of God's gifts working to their potential, but we can thrive if we forsake our sinful desires and feed our hearts with the Word and prayer

Sin gets in the way of God's gifts working to their potential, but we can thrive if we forsake our sinful desires and feed our hearts with the Word and prayer.

2. Seek opportunities to fulfill our role in the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13, 18, Romans 12:3-6, 2 Timothy 1:6-7

Know your spiritual gifts, create an environment where they can flourish, and then put yourself in a position where your gifts may be used. If you are an encourager, make yourself available to encourage and seek out opportunities to encourage others. Whatever your gifts, make yourself available to be used however He ordains.

God has a picture of you that is your full potential. As Paul says, we press on toward that goal, letting the Holy Spirit do whatever He wants to do in our lives. The Lord opens up opportunities because He doesn't want to waste you! We simply need to be available and respond when the moments arise.

DO Something! Find your gifts; take the Spiritual Gift Test. Visit www.therocksandiego.org/giftstest/

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