Don't Fake It- Take it!~ In His Word 5-6-2024


Don’t Fake it, Take it!- In His Word 5-6-2024 

God has given us great gifts, both in His grace and in His love. It is important to figure out what yours is and use it for the glory of God. Some people however try to be what God has not called them to be. They try to work in a ministry that He has not put them in for whatever reason. You can tell the difference!

The Holy Spirit will identify with the Holy Spirit.

My litmus test for a good sermon is when I hear it and I am compelled to write notes. After 30 plus years of listening to preachers I have heard a lot of teaching. I still have a lot to learn so I get excited when someone preaches, and I have not looked at that portion of scripture the way it was presented. For instance, recently a preacher taught on the Joshua and Caleb going to spy out thee land with the group from every tribe along together. The amazing thing was the fact he pointed out; the men were in the new potentially promised land for 40 days and yet they were able to gather all the spoils to bring home. Giant grapes and everything! During this time, they were not injured, they were not harmed, as far as we know. Yet, the group that went in other than Joshua and Caleb came back afraid. They saw things differently than it really was. Joshua was a gifted leader. He tried to encourage everyone to go anyway because God had promised the land to them.

Fear took the lead of the larger group of God’s people, and they waited longer.

If you have a gift to speak, you should speak, if you have a gift to teach, like this preacher did, you should teach the Word of God! In doing this obedient act you will be waking in the reality of your gift. Take the chance and do it!  

Some people are given a gift and they are afraid. They think that they are not good enough, strong enough or able to do the thing they are given to do. If God gives you leadership as your gift you can know He will qualify you! He will make it possible for you to do what He gifts you to do. Just take it! Take the gift!


In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So, if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.  If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.  Never be lazy but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.  Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecuted you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with each other.                        Romans 12:6-16

Of course, if you have a gift of kindness you need to really show it. If you have a gift of this nature you would think it would be easy right? But it is not!

Some people are hard to be kind to!

There you go, I said it. It is the truth! The thing is those things that are hard to walk in, to encourage people, to be patient in trouble and still pray, to practice hospitality eagerly? Those are not easy gifts or situations to navigate. Okay so here’s the thing. Do not ignore your gift!  Do not pretend its not there, just like you don’t pretend to love someone, it’s a thing that shows through. Love, real love for someone is obvious. Some people will try to fake it, but you can tell.

The key is to ask God to help you love one another. Seek Him for help with any of your gifts then take the direction and run with it! Do the thing!

Trust God to show  you what to do, how to do it. When He gives you  gift He will gift you with the ability as well. We just need to believe He has done it, know that He will be with us as we learn how to walk in it, and then don’t fake it just take it and do the will of the Lord. In Jesus’ name.