Sunday, January 31, 2016

Why do you serve the Lord?

Why do you serve the Lord? We do not serve God for temporal rewards like recognition or promotion; we serve for eternity! When we get to heaven, each of us will receive a crown. The Bible mentions five different types of crowns that will be given to the faithful. Which of these crowns will you receive?

1. The Imperishable Crown  “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever(1 Corinthians 9:24-25). This crown is for those who victoriously run the race of life, those who bring their flesh under the Spirit’s control, and those who refuse to be enslaved by their sinful nature. Olympic athletes who succeed, train and are disciplined, they keep their eyes on the prize, they stay focused, and they have a purpose for running. They win temporary glory...but we run for eternal glory. We run for ETERNITY!

2. The Crown of Glorious Fruit “For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when He comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy” (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20). This crown is mentioned again in Philippians 4:1, “Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown…” Paul’s spiritual fruit is his crown. Those who receive this crown are soul winners, they are disciple makers, and they are faithful to declare the Gospel. 

Once, a woman went to heaven and noticed everyone wearing crowns. She asked an angel, “Where is my crown, for I have not received one yet?” “Oh,” the angel said, “On what basis do you deserve a crown?” She replied, “I witnessed in my way.” “Oh?” the angel asked, “So, tell me, what sort of witness were you in your lifetime of Christian living?” “I was a silent witness,” she explained. “I see,” said the angel, “Then for your silent witness, you shall receive an invisible crown. Here they are, you may select one in your size.” He pointed to a case that appeared to be empty. “But, I don’t see any crowns in there,” she wondered, “How are others to see I am wearing one of these?” “Oh,” explained the angel, “In the same way in which they learned of Christ through what you say is recorded as your silent witness.”

3. The Crown of Righteousness “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). This crown is for those who are looking for Christ to return. Did you know He is coming soon?

4. The Crown of Life “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12). Again, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). The crown of life is also known as the crown of martyrs. On the mission field I have met many who are willing to give their life for Christ. This is the heavenly equivalent of the Purple Heart or the Medal of Honor. Those who receive this crown will be battle-scarred soldiers who served bravely. They are willing to both DIE for Christ and LIVE for Christ.

5. The Crown of Glory “Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away” (1 Peter 5:2-4). This crown will be given to the faithful shepherds of God’s flock.

We must be faithful to serve God lest we lose our crown. Jesus says, “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown (Revelation 3:11).

There are 3 ways people lose their crowns:
            1. Lack of Faithfulness. They get tired of doing right.
2. Lack of Righteousness. They allow sin to enter in. A moment of weakness can lose a lifetime of reward...sin will keep you longer then you want to stay, take you farther then you want to go, cost you more than you want to pay. “The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!” (Lamentations 5:16).
3. Lack of Focus. They look at distractions and put their eyes on things of this world instead of on eternity.

What will we do with our crown in heaven? “The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and worship Him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:10-11). In heaven there will be no boasting, no strutting around like proud peacocks, no displaying of trophies. In heaven we cast our crowns before Jesus because He is the only One worthy. He is the only One deserving of praise. All our rewards will pale in comparison to His magnificence. The more you earn, the more you get to lay at the feet of Jesus.

When I get to heaven, I want to receive a beautiful crown to lay at the feet of Jesus. What about you?

Winning Souls,


Daniel King

P.S. When you give to help us lead people to Jesus, I believe you get a new diamond in your heavenly crown. Thank you for your faithful giving. To help us lead people to Jesus, click HERE. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

What will you do with your life?

A Great Poem by C.T. Studd

“Two little lines I heard one day,Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice, Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave, And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years, Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore, When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way, Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep, In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife, Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn, And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone, Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call, I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. ”

Friday, January 29, 2016

How are you using your words?


Turn Your Swords into Plowshares


How are you using your words? Are you using your words to attack people or to build God’s kingdom. Words are important because they can be used for either good or for harm.

I am harvest focused. My passion is for souls. But recently, I was attacked on the blog of a self-appointed church watchdog. With his words, the blogger assailed me. He tore my ministry down. He questioned my integrity, my motives, my theology. The worst part of the assault was his misuse of Scripture to beat me up.

He used his words and God’s word as a sharp sword to cut me to pieces. After I finished reading his four thousand-word diatribe, I felt like a flayed fish, cut to pieces and laid out on a sizzling frying pan to cook. I am a big boy, I can handle the criticism, but my story illustrates an important point.

All too often, some people in the church use their words to cut others down, to attack, to injure, to hurt, to curse their brothers and sisters. In a misguided passion for truth, they even use God’s Word as a dangerous weapon to put down other believers.

The Word of God is like a sword. But it is designed to be used to attack Satan, not your brothers. Christians need to stop stabbing other Christians in the back and use their weapon for its proper purpose.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter took out his sword and cut off the ear of Malchus, the servant of the high priest. Jesus bent down into the dirt, picked the ear up, and miraculously reattached it. All too often, preachers have wounded and maimed people with their insensitive, sword-wielding way of preaching of the word of God. When preachers use their words as swords, they metaphorically cut off the ears of the people they are attacking. With their spiritual ears cut off, these people become unable to hear what the Spirit is saying.

This is what happened to the religious leaders in Jerusalem. Right before he was stoned, Stephen accused them of being stubborn and uncircumcised in both heart and ears (Acts 7:51). The Pharisees and Sadducees had so much political infighting that their spiritual ears were deafened and they failed to recognize the Messiah they were waiting for.
While churches are busy attacking other churches and denominations, there is a world full of people who are going to hell. Dying humanity is crying out for help. Will the church hear their plea?

The prophet Micah prophesized that in the last days nations would beat their swords into plowshares (Micah 4:3). What was once used for war would be turned into a tool for bringing in the harvest. It is time to beat our swords into plowshares. Rather then using God’s word as a weapon for attacking others, we should use our words to encourage others to go after the harvest.

Jesus is coming soon. We need to make every second count for God. I believe the greatest harvest of souls in history will happen in the next few years. More people will be saved in the next decade then were saved in the first two thousand years of church history.

But, in order for this great harvest of souls to take place, we must stop using our words to attack each other. Instead, we must use our words to encourage one another to go after the harvest. Our words can be used either as a weapon of war or as a tool for bringing in a harvest of souls.

How will you use your words?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Do you value your friends?

Friendship is one of the greatest gifts God gives us. Everyone needs a friend. Life without a friend is boring and meaningless. Everyone needs someone that they can sing with, cry with, and dream with! Aristotle once said, Nobody would wish to live without friends, even if he possessed all other good things.
Friendship is the basic form of human relationships, but it has been sadly neglected. Ask yourself these questions. Do you have any good friends? How many friends have you made recently, people whose company you really enjoy? Are you always ready to make a new friend?

The best way to have a friend is to be a friend. Clay Trumbull asserts, Friendship by its very nature consists in loving, rather than being loved. In other words, friendship consists in being a friend, not in having a friend; in giving ones affection unselfishly and unswervingly to another, not in being the object of anothers affection, or in reciprocating such an affection.
Since God is the best friend a person could ever have, we should model our friendships on how God treats us. He is ever-loving, patient, and kind. He listens to us far more than he talks. He never stabs anyone in the back with negative words. No matter how many steps we walk away from Him, it is only one step back. God loves us, not because we are lovable, but because He is loving. Jesus told his disciples, You did not choose me, but I chose you (John 15:16). Do not wait for someone to choose you as a friend, instead, find a lonely person and become their friend.
A perfect example of true friendship is found in the Biblical account about David and Jonathan. They first met each other right after David had killed Goliath. Jonathan was the kings oldest son, he was the heir-apparent who was loved by the people. Suddenly, the young, upstart David appears and the peoples devotion is transferred to him. Jonathan has the right to be angry, jealous, and resentful of Davids success. Instead, Jonathan unselfishly recognizes David as someone noble and special. He takes David to heart and they become covenant friends. In the midst of trouble, when Saul wants to kill David, Jonathan remains his friend. Even when the crowds begin shouting for David to become king, Jonathan remains devoted to him. No wonder, David said that the friendship was passing the love of women. Few things in life are greater than a true friend.
Here are some keys to being a good friend. Be sincere. Be honest. Keep secrets. Sympathize with your friends in times of hardship, and rejoice with them in their accomplishments. Be willing to invest time, energy, and money in your relationships. Go the extra mile. Be courteous. Avoid careless words that can damage a friendship. Dream together, play together, cry together, and celebrate together. A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17).
Friendship requires an investment of time, energy, and emotion. If you help others at their point of need, they will be available to help you when you need something. Being a friend is like having a bank account, you can not continue to make withdrawals, unless you also make deposits. Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).
Dale Carnegie, in his classic book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, offered six principles for making people like you. First, become genuinely interested in other people. Second, smile! Third, remember that a persons name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language, so remember the names of those you meet. Fourth, be a good listener by encouraging others to talk about themselves. Fifth, talk about other peoples interests, not about your own. Finally, make other people feel important - and do it sincerely.
Never, ever, ever marry someone who is not your friend. Physical attraction and romantic ideals are great for a honeymoon, but a good marriage is based on friendship. As Lord Byron said, Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.
Choose your friends wisely. You will become like the people you hang out with. You will pick up their habits, say their pet words, and echo their opinions. I can tell what kind of person you are by looking at the friends you spend time with.
Friendship should be for life. A fair-weather friend is hardly worth having. Why make friends with someone who will leave at the first hint of trouble? Seek friendships that will last.
Just as iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend (Proverbs 27:17). Find friends who will challenge you to greatness. Find someone who excels in an area where you are weak, so you will be strengthened by associating with them. I believe one should have many friends, but I think that a man will be able to count his great friendships on only one hand. George Washington advised, Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of low growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). This friend is Jesus, the only one who will never turn from you. Whenever you feel you are friendless, run to Jesus, because he will forever be your friend. When Jesus came to earth, He did not pick the high and mighty to be his friends. Instead, he called himself the friend of publicans and sinners (Luke 7:34). He does not care what you have done, where you have been, or why you have sinned. He will not judge you, he will accept you just the way you are. No matter what happens, you will always have a friend in Jesus, who promised, You are my friends if you do what I command (John 15:14). My prayer is that you will follow in the footsteps of Abraham who was called the Friend of God (James 2:23).
May we all be able to say, as Shakespeare said, I am wealthy in my friends!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

If you had to describe your entire life in only six words, what would you say?



If you had to describe your entire life in only six words, what would you say?

There was a trend on the Internet a few years ago, started by SMITH Magazine, for people to write their memoirs in only six words. Here is what I think various Biblical characters and famous Christians would write about their lives if they only had six words to use.

Biblical Characters
Adam: “I lost garden by eating apple.”
Noah: Saved from flood by building ark.
Abraham: Trusted God, Father of many nations.
Moses: I said, “Let my people go!”
Joshua: Marched around Jericho, took Promised Land.
David: I killed giant, became Israel’s king.
Obed-Edom: God blessed me because of faithfulness.
Solomon: Built Temple, married too many wives.
Jonah: “Have you heard my fish tale?”
Esther: “I’m born for such a time.”
Daniel: “I pray lions are not hungry.”
Mary: “Thy will be done unto me.”
Jesus: God’s Son, died for your sins.
Peter the Apostle: Followed Christ, Denied Christ, Preached Christ.
Paul: Persecuted Christians, Encountered Christ, Wrote N.T.
John: The Disciple whom Jesus loved. Revelation.
Thomas: “Doubt no longer, I touched Him.”

Church Historical Figures
Polycarp: “How can I blaspheme my Savior?”
Constantine: Pagan; saw vision, converted Roman Empire.
Jerome: Translated Bible into Latin, became Saint.
Martin Luther: Nailed revelation: Solo Scriptura, Solo Fide
John Calvin: “I was destined to write this.”
George Whitefield: The apostle of the English empire.
Jonathan Edwards: Sinners in hands of angry God.
John Wesley: Fiery preacher who founded Methodist denomination.

Modern day Preachers
Billy Graham: Preached the Gospel, Thousands accepted Christ.
Oral Roberts: Healing ministry, Built university, seed-faith.
Rick Warren: Purpose-Driven Preacher returns church salary.
Bill Hybals: Seeker-Sensitive Church reaches unchurched people.
Ed Young: This memoir should be really creative.
Benny Hinn: “You can be healed!” “Sing choir.”
Marilyn Hickey: Covering the Earth with the Word
Joyce Meyers: Life is hard, you can overcome.
Reinhard Bonnke: “All of Africa shall be saved!”
Joel Osteen: Father Died; “Your Best Life Now”
Joseph Prince: It is by GRACE you’re saved.
David Barton: Founding fathers were Christian, America strayed.

My Life
If I had to summarize my life up until this moment in only six words, this is what it would probably be.
Daniel King: Rescued Millions of Souls from Hell 

What would you say about your life if you only had six words? Can you help me write more memoirs for Bible characters and church fathers?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What will Your Estate Sale Look Like?

Jessica likes going to garage sales on Saturday mornings...here are some of my thoughts about an estate sale we visited recently. 

Visiting an estate sale is depressing. I scan the accumulated junk of an anonymous lifetime and realize nothing is worth buying. It is hard to feel sorry for the poor person who died and left a house full of junk. I wonder who lived here. What was important to this person? Was she happy? Did she live a full life or was she a bitter old unfulfilled person?

Clues about her life are hidden in the piles of shabby sweaters and chipped dishes.

I look at her bookshelf. How to Fight Cancer, and Win! one book is titled. "I guess she didnt win I think to myself. A mish-mash of other books on healthy eating and proper diet reveal an ultimately futile obsession with health. The Encyclopedia Brittanica from 1974 would be interesting, although the volume for the letter P is missing. A dusty Bible. A dog-eared romantic novel with a picture of a half-naked man and woman overlooking a sunset from a beach catches my attention. A history of the first one hundred years of the First Baptist Church of Tulsa. A book of recipes is stuffed full of yellowed newspaper clippings. Nothing interests me.

The cabinet full of antique china looks like a prized possession. I could own the set for $35. The actual cabinet is unavailable, I am informed by a bright red sticker that proclaims SOLD.

The guest bedroom boasts an assortment of old fashioned cameras, derelict printers, sheet sets, pots, and an old mop. 

A picture of a frowning ancestor stares at me from the wall. The frame is for sale, I suppose I could dispose of the picture, but its an ugly frame.

There is a pile of old music cassettes. Beethovens Fifth sits next to Elvis Greatest Hits. 

The livingroom couch has a deep indentation on one cushion directly across from where the television set used to be. I guess someone already bought the TV although I do notice a massive grainy color TV and a black and white TV in one of the bedroom closets. The coffee table is old and stained with liquid rings. An old plastic tree is losing all its leaves in the corner. A tri-fold Chinese screen is in the other corner. It costs $750. No one has bought it yet.
The carpet is shaggy and worn. Upstairs looks like it has newer carpet but a sign informs me there is nothing to buy up there.

Three Hispanic men lug an old wooden piano out the door. Price? $300. They look happy.

The master bedroom contains almost nothing. The closet has been cleared of everything but three empty hat boxes. A headboard and footboard lean against the wall. In the bathroom, I see an empty toothbrush holder and shower curtain rings.

I check out the bargain bin. The carefully sewn sampler is 50% off. The monogrammed towels are nice, if my initials happened to be RHF I would buy them in a heartbeat.

In the garage, I see some tools. One old Craftsman plane with cracked wooden handles. Three hammers, various sizes. A rake. A dusty hoe. A box full of hundreds of assorted nails, screws, and metal do-hickies. I notice a broken sowing machine and an ironing board.

I walk out without buying anything. This persons life has nothing that interests me. That is depressing.

As I leave the house and walk back into the sunlight I ask myself these questions: Will anyone buy what is left of my life after I die? Will all my precious paperbacks be sold for $0.10 each? What useless item will I store for forty years in a closet? Will my stuff end up in a bargain basket or a trash bin? What story will my house tell? Will the leftover dregs of my life inspire or depress? What can I do to end my life with deeper significance than just a pile of assorted junk?

No one on their deathbed wishes for more stuff in their closets. However, many wish they had spent more time with their kids, done more for God, or positively influenced future generations. What are you doing to make a difference? Is your life focused on getting more stuff or are you focused on creating a life of significance?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Heaven's Heroes

Imagine a group of friends gathered together on the porch of your mansion in heaven. You have eaten a scrumptious meal and as the food settles, the group sits down to reminisce about the victories won on earth. Moses, tell the story again about how God parted the Red Sea, you say.
The great patriarch clears his throat and begins to tell the tale, There were chariots as far as the eye could see. Pharaoh was shaking his spear. The water loomed up on either side of the passageway through the sea. Gods people were quaking in fear. But I lifted up my rod and suddenly the water came tumbling down. Let me tell you, we had a party in the desert that night.
Daniel, tell us about God saving you from the lions. Breathlessly, you listen as he tells about how an angel shut the mouth of the big cats.
For hours, you ask each other questions.
Luther, what were you feeling when you nailed the ninety-five thesis up on the door?
Noah, was it hard to build a big boat when you had never seen rain?
Elijah, were you surprised when fire actually fell from heaven?
William Carry, we want to hear about the thousands of heathens saved in India.
Billy, when you first started preaching, did you ever imagine you would minister to over two hundred million people in your lifetime?
Suddenly, the party goes silent. A man, with nail scars in his hands, says, Theres one story we havent heard yet this evening.
A shiver goes up and down your spine. No matter how many times you see Jesus, its a rush just being in his presence. You wonder which of heavens heros Jesus is talking about. Then you realize everyone is looking at you. You glance at Jesus and his finger is pointed in your direction. You look over your shoulder and there is no one behind you.
Jesus says, “My friend, tell me about the people you witnessed to.
Each day, you write the story you will tell for eternity. What tale will you tell of todays activities?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)

It is time to seize the day. Whatever you do in life, I encourage you to do it with all of your might and never stop chasing your dreams.
In the next three months, you have time either to waste or to achieve great things. Some will change lives, some will make millions, and some will vegitate in front of the television set. The choice is up to you, what are you going to accomplish in your life? Here is some advice for those who want to make a difference.
The winners in life are those who plan to be winners. Someone once commented that the guy at the top of the mountain did not fall there accidentally. It takes a lot of planning, hard work, and sweat to be able to climb a tall mountain. Life is what happens to us on a day-to-day basis while we dream about the future. Success requires a daily commitment to excellence. Do not allow your dreams to die because you fail to live life to the fullest each day. General George S. Patton exhorted his men to, Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance inventor and painter said, Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. Leonardo achieved greatness in his life because he pursued greatness each and every day. The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step. Each day represents a step in life. A series of days well lived will produce a life worth living.
Do something great. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Do not do something that is insignificant, obscure, or unimportant. Norman Vincent Peale said, I expect the best and with Gods help will attain the best.
Accomplish something great for God. Love deeply, sing happily, laugh loud, play hard, work harder, perform beyond expectations, leap high, run fast, stay focused, do what is right. These are the keys to happiness and success.
            Love God with all of your heart, mind, soul, and body, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. The only way to find love in your life is to give it away. The more you give, the more will be returned to you. Giving love is not a one-time occurrence, it is an every day experience.
Find your purpose. Write your vision down on paper. Follow your heart, not the crowd. Ignore criticism. Concentrate. Maintain high standards. Expand your horizons. Dream big. Put life into your dreams. Set goals. Achieve those goals. Commit to excellence. Settle for nothing less then success. Cultivate relationships. Conquer your fears. Sustain a good attitude. Sow and reap. Make failures temporary. Continue to educate yourself. Develop new skills. Rise above disappointments. Stay on track. Keep your eyes on the prize. Aim high. Create reality. Fulfill your destiny. Give God the glory. 
Seize the day, every day, and you will achieve success. God made you to be a winner. He does not want to see you fail. Tools have been placed in your hands which can help you achieve your dreams. If you place the tools away in your tool belt, they will look good, but you will never build anything. However, if you use the tools wisely, you will create something beautiful.
God will place you in situations where you are His only representative. You are called to be a minister of his shining light. Whenever you see a hurting person, tell them about the God who made it possible for you to conquer. Go forth every day and be all that God has called you to be. The place you start is not as important as the place you finish.
Do not give up. Winston Churchill was once asked to give a speech at a boys prep school. After a long, eloquent introduction, he stood up and gave an eight word speech, Never, never, never, never, never, never, give up. This advice from the man who carried Great Brittan to victory in the midst of her darkest hour rings true today. It is vital to keep seizing the day, every day. 
When would you have told this man to give up? He failed in business, was defeated in a bid for the legislature, failed in business a second time, suffered a nervous breakdown, defeated for speaker, defeated for Congress, defeated in a run for the Senate, defeated for Vice President, defeated for Senate a second time, and finally, in 1860, was elected President of the United States of America. His name was Abraham Lincoln, arguably the most successful president this country has ever known. His voice echoes across the years as he says, Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. If you will seize the day, you will achieve great things.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

What does it mean to be a "Charismatic?"

For years, I have proudly called myself a Charismatic Christian without being completely sure what the term Charismatic means. One day my curiosity was peaked and as I began researching, I was pleasantly surprised by the rich meaning of the word. Traditionally, the distinctives of the Charismatic faith include experiencing the infilling of the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, believing in healing, and preaching the word of faith. What are some other implications of our name?                                                                  
1. Charismatics are gifted.
The nine gifts of the Spirit found in 1 Corinthians 12:8-9 are often called charismas which is a Greek word which means gifts.  The term charismatic was coined in the early nineteen sixties to refer to the branch of Christianity that believes in the gifts of the Spirit. Of course, as one professor at Oral Roberts University pointed out, Those who believe in the Spirit-filled life are not a branch of Christianity, were the roots.  

2. Charismatics are leaders.
When a political leader has charisma, it means he has a leadership quality that is charming and appealing. In the same way, Charismatics are leaders in the body of Christ and have an undefinable glow which attracts the lost like a light draws bugs on a dark night.  

3. Charismatics are graced.
The root in the Greek language for the word charisma is charis which is most commonly translated as grace. It is defined as undeserved merit and favor. So Charismatics are those who are smiled upon by God even when we do not deserve it. We literally walk in the grace of God.

4. Charismatics are joyful.
The Greek word for joy is chara, which comes from the word charis. Our joy is not based on a human experience that gives brief pleasure, rather our joy is obtained from the Lord and sticks with us in the midst of both the good times and the bad. 

5. Charismatics are healers.
  1 Corinthians 12:9 specifically mentions the charismas of healing or gifts of healing. As Charismatics, we use Gods power to heal people: spirit, mind, and body.

6. Charismatics are givers.
The term charismatic refers to a gifted one, but it could equally allude to to one who gives gifts. In 2 Corinthians 8-9, Paul mentions the grace (charis) of giving ten times when urging the church in Corinth to send an offering to the saints in Jerusalem. In other words, the wordCharismatic could be translated Givermatic, defined as people who give automatically and cheerfully. Whenever the offering bucket passes, we are excited about giving.   

7. Charismatics are blessed.
A final meaning of the word charis is blessing. So, Charismatics are Blessed-o-matics,those who are automatically walk in the fullness of Gods blessing.