Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Sin Can Keep You from Your Gifts

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Wednesday!  It seems a little more like hectic Wednesday here.  We have the hustle and bustle of Christmas combined with people frantic to build roofs on their homes with more rain in the forecast.  Nearly every building still standing in our town is without a roof or has a huge blue tarp.


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Last week a friend and I went to see Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey in concert.  We had VIP tickets, which made the event even more special.  In the Q&A session, the two told of how they hadn’t realized how severe the destruction and damage associated with Hurricane Michael had been.  It’s almost like we’ve been swept under the rug due to all the political events taking place.  The concert was absolutely amazing!  The singers collected gifts for children and visited an elementary school while in the area.  I was surprised to learn yesterday that a friend of mine, who is from Milwaukee, went to school with Danny Gokey.  It really is a small world if you think about it.


Have you ever felt like your life was spinning out-of-control?  I felt that way recently.  Sin is a slippery slope. Satan takes advantage of our weaknesses, which are always changing.  Once we allow him to influence us, we grow further and further away from God.  One of the most painful things a married couple can experience is an affair outside the marriage relationship.  When we grow away from God, it’s like an affair with Satan.  It’s amazing how quickly he can slip into our lives and turn us upside down.  I couldn’t see it in my own life at first.  Then, I heard the song below by Natalie Grant.  “It’s hard to stand on shifting sand.  It’s hard to shine in the shadows of the night.”  For me the night was darkness.  Darkness can be so overwhelming.  Yet, before I allowed Satan to influence me, I was so happy.  Now, once again I feel “like my soul is flying when my feet are on the ground.”

Have you ever felt this way?  David struggled with darkness.  Yet, he always sought to make God happy in everything he did.  This is opposite of what the world teaches.  We are taught to fight for positions, titles, awards and jobs, when the most important thing for us to strive for is God’s love and making God happy.  You never have to be in the darkness.  The battle has already been won.  Just ask Christ to forgive you.  If you haven’t accepted him as your Lord and Savior, it’s never too late.


When we are in the light with God, we can help more people.  We can share the light, instead of the shadows of darkness.  When you use your gifts to change the world today, share them in the light.  God bless you.




  1. Wow, powerful! Thank you for this thought-provoking post. I am dealing with this subject now with a lovely lady.

    How do I reason with someone who emphatically declares she’ll stay with an unbiblical church? She believes she can make a difference although her husband wants to leave. This hard-hearted church has split twice merely for other typical personal reasons, forced two wonderful pastors out already. Clearly nothing she has done previously has made a difference, even though this couple tried. No amount of Scripture quoted by others who know more than I do has changed this church’s heart.

    I simply believe she fears change at her age and is trying to justify her actions. As for me, several verses come to mind: “Bad company corrupts good character,” “It’s better to fear God than man,” and Joshua’s declaration of “Choose this day who you will serve- as for me and my house, I will serve the Lord!” I’ve given up and left it for God for He is the only one who can change hearts and minds but it’s sad. Quite a heartbreaking dilemma and it needs prayer. Through it all, God’s always Good! <3

    1. In the end it’s her decision. I think about when I stand before God. Will He ask me “what did you do to help her?” “Was it all you could do?” Something in her life has her hanging onto bad company. Prayer seems like the best choice now. Maybe God will reveal to you another option soon. Stay blessed my friend.

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