Did you know that you have divine gifts in you from the Holy Spirit?
1 Corinthians 12:4 says this:“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.”
You have the gifts from the Spirit that you may take for granted. Your gifts are unique to you, they are supernatural and irrevocable, even if to you they seem to be natural.
You have been uniquely equipped with your special gifts to do good work for God’s purpose.
I AM GIFTED
I lived most of my adult life struggling with sexual addiction and alcoholism. That’s why I have such passion for honoring God with our bodies. I even developed an online course about it:
my Udemy course here
Then, I gave my life to Jesus and He started changing me. Once I had the Spirit in me, some of my behaviors were transformed right away. But my sin of anger and bitterness was still in me. I needed to decide to set myself free intentionally.
When I let go of my anger and bitterness, God revealed to me the special gifts He anointed me with in His kingdom.
Romans 6:23 says this:“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I was dead and then I became alive. And the gifts started flowing!
Before I tell you about the gifts, I want to tell you first about my educational background and professional training.
When I was 15 years old, I graduated with high honors from 8th grade at school #36 in Kursk, Russia. It was 1998.
I was accepted to Kursk Pedagogical College with only one exam. While there, I did my internship at a jail with “difficult children” and became passionate about Criminal Justice.
After 4 years of training and practice as an elementary school teacher, I graduated in 2002 with high honors. I then worked at a boarding school with abused and abandoned children while attending a business school.
I was accepted to The All-Russian Distance Institute of Finance and Economics (ARDIFE) in 2002 and graduated with high honors after 6 years there.
Three years before my graduation from ARDIFE, I enrolled to the South-West State University in Kursk to study Criminal Justice.
On February 21st of 2008, I passed my final exams at The All-Russian Distance Institute of Finance and Economics and graduated with high honors receiving a Bachelor’s in Business Adminstration.
On July 18th of 2008, I passed my final exams at the South-West State University and graduated with high honors with a Juris Doctor in Criminal Justice.
On July 31st of 2008, I arrived to America and never left.
citizenship story link here
I worked a professional career full of adventure! After being a teacher, I worked in sales. Then, I did professional training. Finally, I dedicated my life to marketing.
Can you see any signs of me being a poet or an artist? Me neither!
That’s why the gifts God revealed to me on March 6th of 2017 shocked me and left me speechless. It was 4 am when I woke up with Biblical poetry dwelling in my head…
Here’s the first poem I ever created.
I am your Princess
My heart is broken,My soul is aching,But I have hope,Because you are still reigning.
Your mercy gifts forgiveness.Your grace gifts blessings.We don’t deserve your goodness:Our lives are always messy.
But you don’t rate performance -Our heart is one that matters.So when we fail all over,You raise us from the deadness.
Your strength is sufficient.Your love is enough.I am your daughter -A perfect princess in the fallen world.
In the next few months, I created 200 Christian poems and Biblical affirmations. And I realized: I am gifted.
THE RIVERS OF LIVING WATER
How is it possible for a former school teacher and a business-obsessed marketer with a training as an attorney to be creating Biblical affirmations and spiritual poems?
John 7:38 gave me the answer:“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
I believed in Jesus and He gave me the rivers of living water. They started flowing from within me, which refers to the Holy Spirit in me.
The Holy Spirit gave me all that content.
I began sharing those poems, and women were telling me how much the content of my rivers of living waters was helping them.
None of it was from me.
I wouldn’t even know how to go about writing a poem. It was all the product of the Holy Spirit dwelling in me.
And then, #52Devotionals began coming to me, one by one, at 4 am, every day, until the entire book of 52 devotionals was complete.
download the book here
Let me just tell you this: writing devotionals was not one of my life goals and surely it was not in my plans.
But God’s plan prevails. We all know that. And so, I authored 52 Biblical devotionals.
I diligently used God’s gifts for His purpose.
USING GOD’S GIFTS DILIGENTLYAt first, I was scared. I felt insecure. I didn’t feel equipped or qualified to be a Christian poet. I was confused by the outpouring of Biblical affirmations and spiritual poems.
I was wondering why God chose me.1 Peter 4:10-11says this:“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
I realized that I had the gift not because of my own doing or anything I did to deserve it. God gave me the gift because His children needed it. The gift was given to me to serve God’s kingdom as a faithful steward.
And I stopped questioning God.
James 1:17 says this:“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
The reason why I had the gift was to give God glory. Glorifying God is what we were created to do. The gift – He revealed to me I have – is from Him.
It’s God’s light that’s shining through my gift, not my light.
1 Peter 4-10 says this:“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
I understood how God wanted me to serve Him with the gift. You see, what God says about me helped me recover from a suicidal depression.
suicidal video here
Now, God gave me #52Devotionals book to write to share with other women what God says about our identity in Christ.
identity in Christ meditation
When the Biblical affirmations first started coming to me, I thought I was going crazy.
I constantly had devotionals swirling in my head waiting to make their way into the world.
I wanted to hide and even withdraw. I didn’t know how to share those devotionals and God’s gift.
But I quickly realized that the gift God gave me was so I could use it, not hide it.
Romans 12:6 says this:“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.”
That’s why you’re reading this devotional now. I made #52Devotionals into a series of blogs, videos, Biblical wall art, and merch.
t-shirt product here
GOD’S IRREVOCABLE GIFTS
Once I started diligently pursuing God’s gifts in me, more gifts began showing up.
One of them is writing these long devotionals. Given my educational background in business and law and professional experience in marketing, I am shocked how I can just sit down and write a 2000-word devotional like this.
Glory to God! It’s all His doing.
Another gift was a podcast. God called me to produce a Christian podcast for women and syndicate it to multiple digital platforms on the Internet for global access.
I didn’t know how to go about it. He did it all! The Anna Szabo Show reached over 10000 Christian women worldwide in its first few weeks.
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When women begun sharing with me their reviews and feedback, I cried. It’s an honor to have the gift. I am so glad I diligently used it.
I enjoyed the having of the gift so much that I even began fearing that I may lose it some day.
Romans 11:29 says this:“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”
The gift from God is irrevocable. When I diligently pursue it, it bears much Fruit. When I get too busy with my worldly priorities, the gift is still there swirling on the inside.
1 Timothy 4:14 says this:“Do not neglect your gift.”
I realized that I was for some time neglecting the gift because I wasn’t pursuing it diligently due to busyness.
And then one of the large Christian organizations in Atlanta sent a film crew to do a story about my life. The filming was at my home from 9 am till 5 pm.
During the filming, the producer who just met me kept talking about my gift of writing. She couldn’t stop saying it. She showed me through a series of thought-provoking questions how the irrevocable gift of God was given to me to produce Fruit for His kingdom.
Since then, I committed my life to diligently pursuing the gift and not neglecting it.
BIBLICAL AFFIRMATION FOR YOU
What gift has God anointed you with? Have you been neglecting the gift or diligently pursuing it?
Are you ready to use God’s irrevocable gift to serve His purpose? If you are, memorize the Biblical affirmation below and practice it often so you can remember to embrace and cherish your gift.I am giftedI’m uniquely gifted by my Father God.And I use my gifts to display His grace.From the Holy Spirit special skills I got.Genuinely humbled, my gifts I cherish and embrace.
How do you plan to diligently pursue God’s irrevocable special gift in you?
Share with me in the comments below so I can cheer you on.
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Dear #TruePrincesses! I’m Anna Szabo, the founder of Online Discipleship For Women.
On this Christian blog for women, I write about the six pillars of joyful living: Faith, Food, Fitness, Finances, Felicity, and Fortitude.
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