Abilities - Divine Moments for Men



How do I maximize my God-given abilities?


Samson judged Israel for twenty years during the period when the Philistines dominated the land. . . . One day Samson went to the Philistine town of Gaza and spent the night with a prostitute. . . . Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way she began to bring him down, and his strength left him. Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him.

Judges 15:20; 16:1, 19-20

With a man like Samson, Israel should have been ruling the Philistines, not the other way around. How ironic that a woman—certainly smaller than Samson—brought him down! The strongest do not always prevail, the fastest do not always win, the smartest do not always finish at the top of their class. God-given abilities are only maximized when they are used for God-given purposes. A dollar bill is useless if a vending machine takes only coins. Samson’s great strength became useless when he used it to do something that didn’t fit God’s plan. Do you know what your God-given abilities are? These are sometimes called spiritual gifts. One of the first breakthroughs in the Christian life is discovering the abilities God has given you. Then when you learn how to use those gifts for him, not just for yourself, you will experience a profound divine moment. Fit your God-given abilities into God’s plan, and watch your life produce great results.


When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12:48

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Divine Moments for Men
By Ronald A. Beers and Amy E. Mason

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