Gifts of Grace: Your Design & Destiny, Pt. 3 “Embrace Your Gifting” (Video)

Your gifts are blessings from the grace of God upon your life. There are three groups of gifting:
1. Natural - Comes by birth
2. Motivational  - Comes by new birth
3. Spiritual  - Operates as God wills

This teaching explores and explains how God’s gifts work in your life. It is not a question of IF God has gifted you, it is only a question of HOW you embrace your gifts, use them, and allow God to use you.

You can listen to the podcast using the links below or watch the video with PowerPoint slides. This teaching from the Word of God is VERY IMPORTANT to your growth and progress in life! Let me know how you are blessed and what you learned.

Listen to Sunday's teaching "Gifts of Grace: Your Design & Destiny, Pt. 3 “Embrace Your Gifting” on the Firm Foundation Podcast:


Gifts of Grace: Your Design & Destiny, Pt. 2 “How to Use What You Have” (Audio Message)

"But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift." ~ Ephesians 4:7 

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God..." 1 Peter 4:10

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Creativity or talent, like electricity, is something I don't understand but something I'm able to harness and use. ~Maya Angelou

Grace = God’s ability
Measure = How much God gives
Gift = What God gives

What you will become is already inside of you. Talent is like potential, it does not amount to much unless you do something with it.

A GIFT is an ability or potential ability you received from God when you were born. It must be developed. “Use it or lose it.”

An ABILITY is a learned skill

An APTITUDE is a talent or capacity to do something. Some people have a gift to sing, draw, or run fast. People with ability to sing, draw or run fast learn to do it better. People with an aptitude to sing, draw, or run fast need to discover it and do something with it. 

The concept of talent is overrated. When someone does something very well, we usually say that person did it because of "talent." Talent is a starting point for some, but people who work hard at something become more successful than people who only have talent. More than anything else, success comes from working with what God has given you, following your heart, being trained, practicing, and doing your best. 

Sometimes people think they have no talent, but that’s only because they think talent is something visible like singing and drawing. There are many kinds of talents/aptitudes.

The purpose of training and education are to develop your gifts, acquire ability, and exercise your talents/aptitudes. 

Romans 12:3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 

Paul did not say to think less of yourself. He said think of yourself in proper context and according to your faith.

“Don’t think you are better than you really are...” We would say today, “Don’t have the big head.”

Who you are right now is more than enough, if you are looking through the perspective of grace and the eyes of grace (God’s ability).

Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Romans 12:3

“.....But to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 NKJV

You are what you believe you are. Your measure of faith is vital. When someone expresses doubt in what they can do, they won’t do it...not because they can’t do it, but because they have become unwilling to believe. 

“Without faith, it is impossible to please God....” (Heb. 11:6)

Listen to this teaching on the Firm Foundation Podcast:

Firm Foundation Broadcast | "Gifts of Grace: Your Design & Destiny, Part One"

Firm Foundation with Bryan Hudson | "Gifts of Grace: Your Design & Destiny, Part One"

Day 28 - Scattering Seed to Increase | “House of Wisdom” Devotional

Proverbs 11:24-25, There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty.  The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. 

Giving and generosity have always been a part of prospering God's way. This is another action that seems illogical: As we scatter our seed, God causes us to increase.  If we withhold too much, it leads to decrease. Giving to the Lord does not cause lack, and failing to give does not help one prosper.

Most everything that relates to living involves the principles or cycles of sowing and reaping. 

Genesis 8:22, (NKJV), While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, And day and night shall not cease.

There is a principle working in the earth called "Seedtime and harvest."  This can be understood as, 1) Seed, 2) Time, 3) Harvest. The Scripture also indicates that life has cycles and seasons. When give of our three “T’s” (Time, Treasure, & Talents), its like putting good seed into good soil. After a period of time, we can expect a harvest.

I have witnessed the benefits of this promise for my whole Christian life, over and over again, “...He who waters will also be watered himself.”

We should not be focused on clinging to what we have (which God gave us) or finding a way to get something from others. We should be more focused on “watering” or nourishing and refreshing others. This habit and lifestyle leads to tremendous blessing at all levels of life.

Reflection Question: What is the status of your giving of Time, Treasure and Talents? Are you giving all three to the Lord?

Key insight I gained today:

Today’s action item based on insight:


If you were blessed by this February devotional series, consider sowing a seed to bless your teacher, Pastor Bryan Hudson, and New Covenant Church!

"House of Wisdom" and other devotional books available on and

Firm Foundation Broadcast | "The Transforming Power of Renewing Your Mind."

Firm Foundation Broadcast for February 27, "Transforming Power of Renewing Your Mind.”