From Hal Lindsey Media Ministries e-Newsletter, june 22, 2012. To subscribe go to the official Hal Lindsey Media Ministry website at: http://www.hallindsey.com/
This week, I'm going to continue my discussion of "Finding Your Gift."
When we are born again into God's family, the Bible tells us that we all receive at least one spiritual "gift." Simply put, a spiritual "gift" is a God-given supernatural ability. We are given these "gifts" to enable us to accomplish God's calling in our lives.
As we grow closer to the end of the Age and society makes it more difficult to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the public square, it will become increasingly important that we learn how to effectively exercise the individual gifts and abilities that God has bestowed upon each of us.
Did you know there's a difference between one's gift and one's ministry or that your gift will not empower you to live a holy life? That's the purpose of the "infilling of the Spirit."
Did you know that God's gifts are irrevocable, even if you're not living in fellowship with Him?
Have you ever wondered about the role of the "gift of tongues" or the "gift of interpretation" in the life of the Christian and the church?
Tune in and I think you'll learn some interesting things that will help you understand and develop your spiritual gift.
You'll even see some video of me, as a much younger man, preaching on the steps of the University of California at Berkeley! That was at a time when God used my "gift of evangelism" in a ministry of preaching and personal witnessing. Later, Jesus moved me into a ministry of writing and my "gift of evangelism" enabled me to produce books, such as The Late Great Planet Earth, Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth, There's a New World Coming, and others that have led many people to faith in Jesus Christ.
Don't waste any more time thinking there's nothing you can contribute to the kingdom of God. You have been specially "gifted" and empowered for these final days!
By the way, on June 20, Catholics across America began a two-week period of prayer, fasting and public action for the preservation of religious liberty in America. They're calling it "Fortnight for Freedom," and it will conclude at noon on July 4th when Catholic churches across the nation will simultaneously ring their church bells.
This extraordinary call to prayer and action by the largest religious denomination in America is a response to the unprecedented assault by the federal government against long-respected norms and traditions -- including forcing religious institutions to pay for medical services and procedures that violate their core values and redefining traditional, Biblical marriage.
Of course, we've heard nothing about this monumental and historic public gesture in the Mainstream Media. No surprise there. But in view of this week's "fundamentally transformative" decisions by the Supreme Court and other disturbing developments in the American culture wars, even if you're not Catholic, I want to encourage you to spend some time on your knees before God asking Him to have mercy on our nation and preserve our unprecedented religious freedoms.
Folks, things are getting serious. We are quickly reaching a point of no return. Not only are we on the threshold of losing the quality of life that has distinguished America from the rest of the world for decades, but we are on the verge of losing many of the sacred liberties that have made this nation the envy of the world.
Though it will help, I'm afraid it's going to take more than an election to turn our nation around. It's going to take Divine providence. We are going to have to humble ourselves before God and plead His forgiveness and grace. And this "Fortnight for Freedom" is a perfect place to begin.
One last thing. I want to thank the thousands of you who responded to my request for brief testimonies of how my ministry has affected your lives. It's tough for me to read through them without being overwhelmed, first by joy at how God has transformed your lives, then by gratitude for God allowing me to have a role in that transformation. I'm humbled by His mercy and goodness to all of us.
For those of you who would still like to send a short note briefly letting me know how my ministry has affected your life, send your letters to Hal Lindsey Ministries, P.O. Box 470470, Tulsa, OK 74147. Please include your name, city, state, and country.
If you prefer to email your comments, just visit my website at www.hallindsey.com . On the home page, scroll down to the lower right hand corner where it says, "Questions and Comments." You can leave your remarks there, along with your name and the city, state, and country from which you're writing.
Like I said last week, maybe sometime soon I can share with you why this is important to me. For now, though, let me simply thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness and kindness in taking the time to do this. God bless you.
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