Pray for those in need of spiritual renewal
Can God really change people? The thieves I know keep on stealing, the liars I know keep on lying, and the drunks I know keep on drinking, even the ones that go to church. What is up with that? process. I don’t believe this was the first miracle by chance. In fact, it should be very significant to believers and a constant reminder that if Jesus had the power to turn the water into wine in those vessels, he can change us as well on the inside, because we too are vessels who can go from being filled with sin and corruption to an agent of the Holy Spirit who stops sin and corruption through faith, obedience and prayer. Paul in the Bible is an example. He hated Christians. He hunted them down like sport to persecute and kill them. Yet when he had an encounter with the Lord he was completely changed on the inside, and literally became the greatest evangelist of all time. God is more than capable of changing people, we have countless biblical references to support that belief. However, what’s up with people not changing is this, they must be willing vessels of that change Our job is to keep praying for those in need of a spiritual renewal, both inside and outside of the church.
Dear Chaplain >> What are gifts and talents from God? Does everyone get gifts and talents and how do I know what mine are? God gives us gifts and talents to bless others and for the upbuilding of his kingdom. Spiritual gifts in the Bible are: prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, mercy, wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, helping, and governing. Each of us has a spiritual gift, and according to 1 Pet. 4:10, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” Further, Christ himself calls some Christians to ministerial offices. “He calls some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Eph. 4:7-16) There are many surveys and tests available for you to take to find out what your spiritual gifts are, however, I would be cautious about their accuracy and reliability. I suggest you ask yourself, what would you do as an occupation if money wasn’t a factor? I believe your spiritual gifts and talents lie in things you do well naturally, and enjoy doing. Finally pray and ask God to reveal the light he’s already placed inside of you. It’s the gifts and talents that will make you shine for Him.