Today, we’re going to continue our talk that we started last week called accept or decline. This was my intention last week was for this to be a one hit. Wonder. Just hit it one week and move on. I don’t know if you were here last week if you weren’t a, you missed it. You didn’t miss it because of me. You missed it because Jesus showed up and I’m expecting him to show up in great ways again today as well. So if you’ve got your sermon notes there in your worship guide, you can pull those out. If you’re using the Ubers and your version Bible app, the notes are available for there for you as well there at the road’s church. We get excited about the Bible and God’s inspired word because we expect that every time we open it up that God wants to speak to us. So let’s get it to side this morning. If you have those, that’s open them up to second Timothy chapter one sec activity, chapter one, accept or decline, accept or decline. Are you ready this morning Mt. Carmel Church?

All right, I’m going to start reading it. Uh, I will start reading verse three. We’ll save time by skipping one and two. I think God whom I serve with a pure conscience, says my forefathers did as without ceasing. I remember you in my prayers night and day greatly desiring to see you being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy when I called remembrance, the genuine faith that is in you, you which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice, and I’m persuaded is in you also. Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God, which is in you. The laying on of my hands for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but power and a glove and of sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord nor me, of his prisoner, but share with me and the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God who saved us and called us with a Holy calling.

Not according to our works, but according to his purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our savior Jesus Christ, who is abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, to which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason, I also suffer these things. Nevertheless, I’m not ashamed for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he can keep what I have committed to him. Until that day, let’s just pray. Father, I thank you for your goodness and I thank you for that. You are a good, good father Mt. Carmel Church

Lord, we are here for you. We’re here for your presence. So Holy Spirit, I make room for you. I invite you, Jesus is lifted in this place. Come, Lord. Yeah, bring life to this word. I pray that you truly walk in, in and through every row, every seat today, that they will experience your presence right now where they are. There’ll be something different in the overflow room right here in the auditorium. You just walk amongst us, Lord, speaking to our hearts. I pray that fear is abolished right now in the name of Jesus. I pray that all anxiety runs into your presence. God, we give you praise for healings today, for salvation today, for deliverance today that we desire you. So I just say, come to Lord, you’re the one we’re here for. You’re the one that’s about Oh Jesus. More and more and more of you. Four of you, four of you. Lord, we love you. We love you. We love you. We’re grateful to you. In Jesus’ mighty name, somebody says amen. Yeah.

Ooh, thank you, Lord. Thank you. Look, have you ever needed to be reminded about something? Why are we all laughing already in the message? That wasn’t even the funny part. Why? Why do we need to be reminded about things? The word reminds according to Webster means to put in mind cause to remember to remind, remind, so put back in the mind again. I just like seeing the game put back in mind again. So like he was there. Let me see, ever had this happen. You’re like, it was there. Talk about up here. It was there and I lost it. Do you know that name that you’re trying to remember Mt. Carmel Church? Like you run into them and you’re like, Hey, Hey, you know their name. I’m not talking about someone you just ran into and met. I’m talking about that person you know well. It’s one thing when you forget the persons you shook hands with for the first time this morning said hi, my name is Gary. And they’re like, yeah, hey my name’s Joe. Nice to meet you. And then, later on, you see him after church. You’re like, Hey see ya, buddy. But I’m not, I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about the person you went to school with for 12 years. You run into them and you’re like, Hey, how are you doing?

I may at times have walked away and somebody is with me like, who is that? I’m like, I have no idea. I have no idea. No idea. Sometimes we need reminders. There’s a value in reminder. Anybody ever needed to be reminded about a birthday or an anniversary? Husbands look straight ahead. Straight ahead. I got a reminder. You know, or technology is great. We get reminded if you if we forget things nowadays, it’s our fault. We got more apps, more things to remind us. I got something that reminds me when to take out the trash, like pops up. Hey, take out the trash. Hey, thank you. I got even on my, you know, some things I thought we don’t need to be reminded about. I got, I got this new watch for Christmas and I was shocked one day when it pops up I felt it start to vibrate and looked at and you know what I said, breathe and then I think it just comes up random times. It’s like during worship Paul ago I felt invited, right? I got to look down, breathe. I thought I was, I didn’t know why it stopped. Thank you, Apple. Where would I be if it wasn’t for my watch? Surprised. I’m still alive

so reminders can be good. Some reminders just don’t make sense, but here’s what Paul’s doing in this scripture. He’s telling Timothy in verse six I want to remind you to stir up the gift of God. That word reminds, there is a Greek word comes from two words and the first word means up or repetition and intensity. The second word means to recall to the mind, so you put them together. When do we say this Greek word remind means to you like you ever had somebody say, why you just keep bringing that up, right? You just bring that up all the time. It can be either a positive or a negative. We can bring things up and it can be good for us and we can bring things up to could be negative for us. There are some things we need to stop bringing up. There are some things you need to stop bringing up to yourself with the best Mt. Carmel Church.

Sometimes it’s not just us. Sometimes the enemy can bring something up. This bringing up notice when I’ve said it means there are repetition and intensity. It’s like something can keep coming up. Repetition over and over and over and the intensity remind. We can be reminded of who we’ve been. We can be reminded of our past. We can be reminded of failures. The enemy can bring them up over and over and over and over, or we can be reminded of the good things that God has done in our life. He says I remind you, I remind you, so there are three things I want to get to this. Three things that he reminded him of that we found in these passages. Number one in verse six, he reminds you to strip the gift of God. We have a gift of God, reminds you, you have a gift of God.

I remind you this morning, you have a gift of God, number two or reminds you that you have a calling by God, a bike by God. Number three, you have a purpose for God. These are the three things we’re going to touch on them again this week in more detail, and I believe the Holy Spirit has something at the end. I want you to prepare yourself for. I want you to prepare yourself to say yes to Jesus today. I want you to get a yes on the tip of your tongue, ready to give it to God, that you’re going to give it to him today. All right, a gift of God. Let’s look at the first one. You have something to offer. You have a gift. You have stirred up the gift of God. That word gift means a divine gratuity, spiritual endowment given graciously and generously by God.

The original word in this, in the Greek language, was called a gift of grace, and here’s what it meant. Check this out. I thought this was interesting. Ability to leave people feeling whole and not full of holes after you speak with them. This Greek word was used this way, a gift of grace, so it’s the ability to make people feel whole and not full of holes. You know what that means to me in practical terms, the gift that you have, you have a gift that fills a hole. You fill a hole, you fill a hole with your words. You can fill a hole with your actions. You can fill a hole with your deeds, what God has given you. It fills in the gap in somebody else’s life. You’re a whole filler so that when people get around you and men talk to you, you should feel holes in them with your Mt. Carmel Church.

You should fill in gaps in them. You should fill in vacancies in them by using the [inaudible]. If God has given you, you have a gift of God. Somebody say you man, this morning, so here’s the second thing about this gift of God. It’s not just a talent or an ability, it’s multifaceted. A gift of God is multifaceted. It’s multifaceted. In other words, it’s not just a talent. Here’s an important thing we have to understand about the gift that you have. I think this is important. The gift that we have is multifaceted. It’s not just about I have a gift of singing. No, that’s part of the gift of God. Or I have a gift of whatever you want to call it. I have a gift of giving. I have a gift of motivation. I have a gift of working with my hands. All of the things are a part of it, but your gift is multifaceted. Why say it’s multifaceted? Because here’s what happens. The gift that God’s given you, that we only see it in part and as we’re faithful with the part that we know about, it brings exposure to the part we don’t know about. There is more to your gift than you know about. There’s more that you have to offer. You have something to offer the world and it’s more than you know. But the key is we have to be faithful in the part that we know before. We’ll get to know the things that we don’t know.

Just letting it sink in cause you know the look on your face. That tells me you don’t know. You don’t know. You don’t think you have that much. You don’t think you have that much gift. Here’s what I wrote down. If we are faithful in their parts we aware of, we’ll be made aware of the potential we didn’t know was possible. Matthew chapter 25 says it this way. Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Everybody wants to be a ruler over many things. We are. We struggle to be faithful over a few things. If we’re going to be ruler over more, if we’re going to be ruler over more of the gifts that God has given you, then be faithful over the little parts that God has revealed to you. In other words, God can reveal a little part of your gift and you can think that’s no big deal and not be faithful to it.

Give it when you want to. Give it how you want to give it, where you want to. Give it, not be faithful to it and send in wonder why you’re not progressing. God’s wanting to show you much more that he has for you, but it’s going to require you to be faithful when no one’s watching when there are no accolades when there’s no applause. When you’re doing something, when you’re praying, when you’re seeking God, when you’re doing this and no one knows what you’re going through. When you’re faithful in that, then God says, now I can trust you with the more we’re wanting in our society and it’s, again, it’s not a, I’m not trying to be an old man-hater, but sometimes in our, our goal in society we just want to be famous and we don’t necessarily want to do anything.

You can be famous in our society today and not accomplish the thing. You just are famous cause you post videos and he got, I’m not hating on that. I’m just saying our desire has to become something and so this is what God’s growing into done. We get ahead of myself. Just stay focused. I focus many times on our problem in life is not about the things we want but do not have, but the things we have and we have overlooked. I said that too fast for some of you. I dropped this in my heart this week said sometimes many times in our life, our problem is not what we want and we do not have. Our problem is the things that we already have and we have [inaudible]. We’re looking faithful in small ruler, over many faithful and no one’s watching. God brings people that are watching.

You know why? Because God’s always watching you. Two parts to the gift. Two types of benefits to the gift that God has given you. I want to give you these two. Number one, it’s internal or personal. You have a personal benefit to your gift to give to you. God has given you it’s an internal or personal benefit. Here’s what that means. It benefits and adds value to you. The gift that God’s given you, whether it’s intellectual, physical gift, financial gift, whatever the gift of God in you, it been God’s given it to you to benefit you, to give you, uh, even maybe in your career to provide for your family increased promotion game. We love this type of benefit. Everybody wants this one in my gift, man. It’s going to promote. It’s going to bring attention. It’s going to bring an increase in the game. Yes. That’s the type of benefit, the gift that God has given you. He’s given it to you for interpreting. In other words, God’s given you a gift to help you in life and if you find it the best place you can live in life, it’s when you find a career using your [inaudible], your gift.

We call it your green, but here’s the second internal benefit. Absolutely. We love that one. Number two, it’s an external benefit, so this benefit, it benefits and adds value to others. One adds value to my life. Number two, it adds values to others. Now this part, there’s a cost. There’s an expense, there’s a sacrifice, there’s a service, there’s paying a price. We got quiet in this church today. We have a gift and it’s going to benefit my life. It’s going to bring an increase in my life, but my gift is also for an external benefit that comes with a price and a cost, a sacrifice. I got to preach this a little bit more cause we don’t have it yet. We want to use our gifts so everybody can see me, feel me, give me a tension, give me a promotion. This is what I’m good at. Somebody better recognize.

Yeah, that’s great. That’s a part of your gift. No doubt about it. God has no problem in promoting you and bringing increase into your life, but the second part to your gift is an external benefit and that external benefit is not increased to you. It’s decreased from you. Yeah. Part of my gift brings things to me. Part of my gift takes things away from me. Yes. I’m looking for somebody to connect with this morning. I know not everybody’s going to grasp it and it’s the first thing, but I’m telling you, your gift is going to cost you something. Yeah, the top Mt. Carmel Church.

Your gift, part of your, part of the benefit of your gifts gift is a sacrifice. We don’t want to see that part. We only want to see the increased park. We all just only want to see the blessing be part, but when God says, Hey, I need to use your gift, you’re like, Hey, I’ll ride. I’m ready to use it. We’re thinking about our benefit, but God says, Hey, I’m ready to use your gift. It’s going to be a cost to sacrifice and a price you got to pay. Well, what am I, what am I getting out of it? You’re getting a benefit. It’s an external benefit, not internal. Here’s the tricky part. Are you ready for this internal benefit, external benefit? The one that we get fulfillment from is the external, right?

We, we got to grasp this because of the gift that God’s given me, it does give internal benefit to me. There’s no doubt about it. He’s given to me for me, for myself, and to use it, encourage me and blah, blah, blah, all that, but I don’t get fulfillment from the internal benefit. I get fulfillment from the external and the enemy wants to trick you and me into focusing on the inter internal. So we keep thinking our fulfillment is attached to the internal benefit. So we keep trying to increase into ourselves and serving ourselves and gain and promotion thinking that’s going to bring fulfillment. But true fulfillment only comes when you use your gift to bless others.

Your Bible says it’s better to give than to receive. So you feel like you’re not getting enough out of life. You feel like you’re not experiencing fulfillment. Look for more ways to give, but for more ways to give. Look at Romans chapter 12 or six having then gifted differing according to the grace has given to us. Let us use them. We’ve got different grace, different grace, where grace, to do what we need to do. Every one of you has a different grace to do what God has called you to do. We gotta, we got to use them. We gotta use them. We gotta use them. Hi. Hey, case. You weren’t paying attention. Pay attention. Now you are graced by God having then gifted differing according to the grace given to us. You have a different grace than I do. Do you know what that means? You have different divine enablement on your life to do things that other people cannot do. They have a different grace to you. Here’s, here’s, let me, let me help you. Let me teach it your grace to endure things that other people can endure with the top Mt. Carmel Church.

Yup. This is why you gotta be careful about who you talk to. Because when you talk to some people that aren’t grace to do what your grace to do. Yeah. If we’re not careful, we will let them talk us out. Yeah. We will let them talk us out of our assignment because they aren’t graced to do it. So they say things like you, Oh my Lord, I will can’t imagine doing that. That’s awful. That’s terrible. Oh, that must be so hard for you. I don’t know how you do that. The hours at a time and come out. Oh man, there’s no way. You’re like, you know what? That’s right. It is hard. I don’t know how I do it. You know what? Nobody does appreciate me. You know your grace to do some things. It’s the grace of God on you. So be careful about letting other people tell you where your boundaries should be. Don’t let come on now. Come on. Sometimes we let other people put boundaries on our grace-giving. See God may call you out to give sacrificially in an area that other people won’t give and you’ll be like, well, you start looking around saying, well, is anybody else giving that much? Anybody else giving that way? I don’t. He bailed, sacrificing that kind of time. Well, I don’t see anybody else doing it, so I’m not going to, Hey, your grace to do it.

Yes, their grace to do something. They may not be stepping into himself themselves, so you’ve gotta be careful and whatever your grace to do, don’t be afraid to do it all the time. Oh, Jesus. How much time do I have? Here’s another thing, there’s a reason God made this a series. Can’t throw your pulpit on the first day in the new auditorium, but I felt like [inaudible] some things. It’s your grace to do. Be careful that you don’t try and do something else for the sake of variety and get outside of your grace.

I hear this sometimes when people come to serve, they say, well, that’s kind of my natural thing. I do that all the time. I want to try and do something else. On the weekend. I understand that. I understand that. And I’m not throwing shade, I’m just saying be careful because what I’ve seen is people have, I’m gonna use an example, it may not be you, but I have, I’ve seen people have a gift for working with children because they do it a lot. I have tried to not do it. Oh, Jesus. Help me try to not do it for the kingdom. And so they try and get it in another area that they’re not graced to do for the sake of variety. And they get discouraged in that area because they’re not the grace to do it. So they end up unplugging and not serving at all when they’ll step into what their grace to do. Well, you mean I won’t do that seven days. If you’re a grace to do it, do it 24 seven three 65 it’s not about me setting boundaries. It’s about the gift of God in my life. Just food for thought, food for thought. So we get to use her gifts. We get to use her. Hey, when we use our gifts though, we’ve got the potential of being damaged. Did you ever have anything that you set aside and you don’t use it like it’s created for a purpose but you don’t use it. You’ll like that, that, that good. China. Now I gotta be careful here too against um, nostalgia stuff, right? Tiptop, right through here. Just tiptoe your next Mt. Carmel Church.

I’m not against, but there are certain things you know, like, like that toy that was created to be played with and we put it in a box and it’s never played with because if somebody plays with, I remember when I was a little kid, me and my brother would go to my cousin’s house and he had cars. He was an older cousin and he had cars that we could play within cars. We couldn’t cars that were in a box, they were expensive cars and he wanted to keep them. He’s probably still got them 40 years later, they’re probably still in the box. Here’s my question. Here’s my question. My thought, I’m not against that and please take this right away. I’m just saying how many things that are created to be used. We don’t use for fear that something bad might happen. So, therefore, that object never fulfills its purpose. So we box up the plates and we give them to our children and they take them and they put them somewhere and then they box them up and giving them their kids and give them to their kids and give that and the plate never gets used.

This is my steel ms two 91 and I, I made a promise that I wasn’t going to fire it up because I didn’t want, you know, bar oil to leak everywhere on the new carpet. And I already got some grease on my hands and butt and I didn’t want, I wanted to bring a log up here and literally I wanted to, they have wood chips everywhere on the new carpet. It didn’t go over well, but this thing was created to be used, used. It was created to cut wood. But the problem is, the problem is when I use it every time I use it, these little blades get dull. Therefore I have to take this sharpener and I have to sharpen every tooth. It’s tedious. Takes time. I just want to solve. That’s what I want to do. Gimme something and cut it. Come on, give me, I don’t even any I have to be would just put it down there if I think I can cut through it. I’ll put cutthroat, but you have to add. When I first got to a chainsaw, I was cutting him and all of a sudden on the side of the wood, I saw these black marks. I thought, well, what is the wood turn black? Whoa. Well as soon as search smoke started coming up, what’s going on Mt. Carmel Church? I looked, I forgot to put oil.

This is created to be used for it to be used. It’s gonna wear out, but that’s what it’s created to do. So if I didn’t like sharpening them, if I didn’t like taking care of it, I could say, you know what? I don’t want to go through all that, so I’m just going to put it up and I’m going to put it in the garage. I’ll never have to sharpen it again. You know what? I will never have to have to sharpen that board bed boy ever again. It could just say they’re in the garage. I’ll never have to use this thing. Oh, of what glorious day, but also will never be used for its purpose. I think that’s what happens in our life with the gifting that we have. We’re afraid that we’re going to have to sharpen it. It’s going to get worn out. It’s going to get used, so we don’t use what God has given us. It’s created to be used. It’s supposed to be used. You’re supposed to be used. You’re supposed to be worn out. I said, listen, I don’t want to go to heaven with a lot of energy. Amen. Cheddar, you know, it’s talking to somebody about that. The third campus location and I believe in for 10 and they’re like,

what do you, what are you doing? How are you? I said I want to go to heaven. Wore out. I don’t want to go to heaven sitting on my couch watching my favorite program when we use the gifts we make, we’ve got to go here real quickly. First Timothy chapter 4% of chapter four Oh Jesus. Say hurry, Chad, hurry you. No, say hurry Chad. Thank you. Then now I’ve got all of my Bible. It’s anointed. Thank you, Jesus. Put some on my head. First Timothy chapter four steel chain oil is anointed. It’s from Israel in verse four-chapter four except your book, you don’t know how they sell you that oil straight from Israel. They got a tin w 30 but anyway, chapter four verse 12 stay focused. Verse 14 Pennzoil, do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy. With the laying on of hands of the eldership.

Meditate on these things. Give yourself entirely to them that your progress may be evident to all, Oh Jesus. Do not neglect the gift that is in you. Do not neglect what God has given you. No. So he says, verse 15 meditate on these things. Give yourself entirely to them. What are we meditating on? We’re meditating on the gift that God has given us and what are we giving ourselves entirely to? We’re giving ourselves entirely to what God has created us to do. Give yourself entirely, if the Bible tells you to give yourself entirely, is there an opportunity or an option to not give yourself entirely we could give ourselves, partially we should give, we could give ourselves occasionally. There’s a difference in given myself entirely to the purpose of God, to the gift of God or there’s a difference in me giving it to when it’s convenient. I want to give myself to God once a month.

I want to give my gift to God when it’s convenient for me and I have nothing else going on. So give yourself entirely to that. Look what happens. Take heat or sorry, give yourself entirely to them. That’s your progress. Everybody says progress to things that your progress needs. I’ve got to stop here in a second, so yeah, we’ve got to do go here. Two things that your progress, if you want to make progress in life number, you’ve got to not neglect your gift. Number two, you got to give yourself entirely to it. That word make progress means moving forward to advance or grow. Here’s something I know. I don’t know a lot of things, but here’s something I do know. If you’re not making progress in your relationship with God, check your gift because if you’re neglecting your gift and you’re not giving yourself entirely to it, your progress will not keep going forward.

Here’s what do we do? If we get in a tough time in our life, we pull back and we start focusing more on ourselves and we think that’s going to help us. You know what? I’m going to pull back this season, go through a tough time. I need to focus on me. I understand that in certain situations, so I’m not, again, don’t say it. I’m just saying, be careful that we don’t move too long. We start neglecting our gift and we’re not giving ourselves entirely for and we wonder why we’re not making progress. You were created to give. You were created to help others and your progress depends on it when it comes to your Mt. Carmel Church.

If you’re not giving yourself entirely to what God craved you to do, you are limiting your progress. I didn’t say that. Paul said it. Your progress. If you’re neglecting the gift of God in your life, your progress is going to be limited. Nobody’s hating on you. Someone’s trying to encourage you to sell you. Hey, let’s move forward and make progress, so don’t neglect the gift that is in you. We’re not. We’re not. We’re not using our gifts to do something where we’re using our gifts to become something. Come on. We’re not using our gifts to do something. We’re using our gifts to become something with your Mt. Carmel Church.

Being a pastor is not who I am. It’s something I do. It’s not who. It’s not who I am. What you do is not who you are. Doesn’t matter what your title is. What you do is not who you are. I said this to someone. We were having lunch this weekend. This came and it was, and I knew it was the Holy Spirit. He said, in your becoming who you are, you will do things, but be careful that you don’t try and do things to become. You. Catch that. It was too good. I knew it wasn’t for me. I’m not that smart. Then we’ll, while you’re becoming who you are, you’re going to do a lot of things, but just be careful that you don’t try and do things to become, we’re trying to become someone, not do some things. We have a calling by God. We have a calling of God. Romans chapter 11 verse 29 says this, for the gifts of calling gifts and calling of God, are irrevocable. All right, we just, we got to go. I’ve got to unplug right now. Thank you, Jesus. We’ll get back to this later. Here’s what I felt like the Lord wanted me to do today.

I came to sharpen some gifts. I felt like God had a word for the road to the church. There are some tools, some gifts they’re not being used because you’re not giving yourself entirely to them. And I’m in prayer the other day, just in my quiet time, my prayer time with God and this Saul, it was on his side just playing like just prayer, instrumental music. And this song came up and I heard God speaking to my heart and I felt like this was where the anointing was for today. And this song just says it came up. I give myself away. Give me again, myself, who [inaudible] you that you can use me. And I just began to pray that say, God, I give myself away. Notice what? Send the scripture, giving yourself entirely to it. So I’m here to encourage somebody that needs to give yourself away. God’s not stealing anyone’s gifts. He’s not taking it from you. You have to give it. Will you accept or will you decline?

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