Wednesday, April 09, 2008

You Can Cook

You can help another person bring out their gift and change the course of their life with a word of encouragement and edification, A word to build up and uplift instead of tear down.
Romans 15: 1-3
1. We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
[ That means you step in and deflect the rebukes and put downs, and offer edification and uplifting words to those who were being attacked. ]

Jeremiah 1:5 KVJ.
5. Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Passage Jeremiah 29:11 KJV.
11. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Passage Acts 10:34 KJV.
34. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
In Jeremiah 1:5 the Lord is telling Jeremiah that he knew him before he was formed, and that he had sanctified, and ordained him before he was born.
Later on in chapter 29 verse 11 the Lord tells him that the thoughts toward him were of peace and not evil, and to give him an expected end. [ the word translated thoughts is better translated as plans. ] In the new testament Peter in Acts 10:34 tells us God is no respecter of persons. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO US?
It means that the lord knew us all, and gifted us all, and has a plan and purpose for
us all, with an expected end. A plan of peace and not evil. We need to find out what that plan is and walk it out in our lives.

Passage Proverbs 18:16 KJV.
16. A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
1 Timothy 1:14
14. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
2 Timothy 1:6
6. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Not all of us have had gifts imparted to us by the laying on of hands, however we all have gift that have been imparted to us by the Lord. We need to find out what those gifts are and then not neglect them and stir them us and walk in them.

Passage 2 Corinthians 10:8 KJV.
8. For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
[ All of us should as Paul stated, use our authority in the Lord to build up others, and not to tear others down. ]
Everybody has a gift, a purpose, something they do well.. The trouble is some of us never realize that gift. Satan will do his best to get other to put us down so that we never realize the gift and it’s potential. Or he will maneuver us to use our gift wrong or unwisely. EXAMPLE.. The gift of Gab ( talking ) can be used to edify, uplift, and minister, however it can be used wrongly to gossip and put down.
When a person knows they have a gift, they have two choices to make concerning that gift.
1. They view the gift as something others may not understand. Others may not view it the same way as they do. So they put it away and never use it. They never realize the gifts potential, or the givers intention as to the use of the gift.
2. Or they realize the gift is to valuable to not be used and use it regardless of what others may say.
However many have unrealized gifts in them and never see it, because they are looking for a huge life changing thing, when the gift is small and must be used for it to grow and become it’s full potential in life.
I’m going to tell you a true story, where three words of encouragement changed the course of a mans life. It uplifted and gave him confidence. Those three words brought out his gift, and in the process helped many others and our economy at the same time. His gift effected a nation. However had it not been for a caring and discerning person who uttered those three words it never would have come forth.
This man had tried everything to get ahead in life. He applied to law school and was turned down. He tried all forms of businesses and was rejected. He simply was not what anyone wanted. No one thought he had anything to offer. He eventually got married, but could never get into any business, that could make it possible for he and his wife to live a comfortable life. He settled into a ho hum life as a dish washer/cook, never being able to put any money aside for retirement. At 65 he retired and received his first social security check. It was for 105 dollars. He was devastated, and decided to end his life. He wrote a final note, and headed out the door to kill himself. His wife felt something was up and stopped him asking him what he was up to. He told her the story of how he was going to end it, because he could do nothing worth anything. Sure you can she said. YOU CAN COOK were the next three words she said to him. He said do you really think so. She said yes you can cook. After all these years he realized his gift was being able to cook. He took his 105 dollars and went to the bank and borrowed 87 more dollars . He bought chickens and started cooking them in his special recipe, and selling them out of his house. It got so popular he tried to vend it through restaurants. He went to seek anyone that would sell his product. He was turned down 1,014 times, however on the 1,015th time he met a man by the name of John Y. Brown. John Brown said, " Col. Harlin Sanders I believe we can do business. Kentucky Fried Chicken was born.
3 simple words of encouragement changed the destiny of not just Mr. Sanders, but many others. It gave thousands of people jobs. Construction people who build the restaurants, people who work in the restaurants, those who make the napkins, plates, containers, cups, and work in the restaurants. And so many more in this nation that do thinks connected with Kentucky Fried Chicken. It all started with 3 words of encouragement, which brought out his gift. The gift was in him all the time, but he was looking for something big right off the bat. When that something big was in him all the time. It just needed to be recognized, planted, and allowed to grow, like a seed.
Don’t overlook what you do best, for it will be your gift, and it will make room for you. Always look for opportunities to edify and encourage others helping to bring their gifts out. Never join the crowd that is browbeating a person, but rather be a deflector, a shield for that person, and give them words that build them up.
3 words of encouragement took a man and his 105 dollars from suicide to helping hundreds of thousands of people and the economy of a nation. It took him from feeling worthless and unsuccessful with 105 dollars, to when he sold the business for 2 billion dollars. Realize this your gift in not only for you, but also to help others.

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