There seems to be anurgency in the Body of Christ these about people wanting to understand spiritual warfare. I think that maybe it because of the condition of America right now but that is a subject for another day. I have been searching a way to give a friend understanding of spiritual warfare in a way that makes sense. Yesterday while at a ministry leadership conference I heard something, we should all ponder on, this person said, “Warfare is occupational”. In other words he said that you don’t enter warfare to win but to occupy. The truth is the devil is already defeated. You goal is to occupy the promise of God and stand as victor.
When you find yourself saying , I have prayed, declared, decreed, rebuked and renounced everything and you get up off of your knees or stop walking the floor and you don’t see change don’t be dismayed. You are victorious and you have already won. What is God’s promise in this battle go to His word and find out you can start with Romans 8:37 which declares us more than a conqueror. If you look the Old Testament you will notice that when there was a battle the winner then occupied the territory. So let me end with this since you have already won the battle, occupy.
I would like to talk about developing your dream team, a team of people who can surround with prayer, advice and mentorship. I would like to discuss how to develop your God given gifts and talents. Some of you may be well aware of some of your gifts and talents and some may be thinking well I don’t have any specific gift or talents. I believe we all have them. You know as we are growing in childhood sometimes our parents notice certain things about us and that help us to cultivate those areas. Some of you may have been told by parents or others growing up that they don’t see anything that you can do. Please know that they were not telling the truth because they couldn’t recognize their on gifts, talents or abilities, they did not have the ability to recognize what was inside of you.
While I was at my conference last week, I heard an inspirational story from the NC Teacher of the Year in her opening session keynote address. I want tell the whole story but what was so significant about her story was that a teacher made her feel bad about herself because of her socio-economic status. When the principal decided that the class that she was in was a little over crowded, she was one of the children picked to go to a newly formed class. This teacher saw potential in her and her ability to write and she encouraged her. This teacher moved away and when she became NC teacher of the year she began to look for this teacher to thank her for what she did for her. She had a chance to thank her on the Good Morning America, it was a beautiful reunion. It made me think of people who have encouraged me, saw potential and helped pull it out of me.
God knew all along what he called me to do and I look back now on the people who God use to prepare me for things to come. I don’t think I would have begun to recognize a lot about myself, if I didn’t first accept him in my life and then set out to know all I could about Him. Some of your gifts and talents may be singing, dancing, hospitality, writing, listening, etc. I could name so many more that apply to many of you. It is so important that you are in church where the word going forth helps pull your potential out of you. Hopefully, there is someone on your dream team who is mentor and can help you recognize them. Lastly, it is important that you use them. It is just like faith; you have to use your faith in order to increase in faith.
I know that have not given you scripture from the word of God and there are plenty examples in God’s word of gifts and talents of individuals being displayed. I want you to begin to think about all those things that you are good at doing. Most of us know what they are and it is not arrogance to acknowledge, this is gift, talent, ability or skill. Pray ask for the opportunity to us what he has given you and you will be surprised of what comes out of you. Be Blessed my Sisters.