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The Spirit-Filled Life 2/8: God of our Abilities

Read Exodus 35:29-36:7                   The God of our Abilities    

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into Heaven, You are there; If I make by bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me.”      -Psalm 139:7-10

The first reference in the Bible to people being filled by the Spirit is of craftsmen who worked with their hands!

God gave you your (non-sinful) abilities, interests, and loves for a reason- to glorify Him in every area of existence!

God gives us the natural abilities we possess. We have the responsibility to develop those talents for God’s glory, and to say “yes” when He calls us to use them for Him.

Let me ask you 2 questions: 


First, what do you love to do? 


Second, have you given it back to God as an act of worship and service to bring him glory, and to bring others to Christ?

The thing you love to do, even though it’s a great blessing from God, if its not done for God’s glory, can turn into a curse.  If you take your eyes off God and start worshipping yourself or the thing you’re good at, God may take it away! 

Where did Bezalel and Oholiab develop these abilities that enabled them to build the Temple?    


In slavery in Egypt.

God the Holy Spirit was hovering there while they were engaged in that mind-wearying, backbreaking labor. God the Holy Spirit was now filling them to get The Tabernacle built.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves our comforted by God.                -2 Corinthians 1:3-4