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Using God’s Gift Of Writing

It is very humbling to be a part of an international team of writers, proclaiming the Word of God around the world. I don’t take it lightly. It is serious business! To think that I am writing articles to draw people to God’s saving grace or building up the Body of Believers requires hours of studying God’s Word, so that my writing will not be my personal opinion, but spiritual truth. Of course, there are times when I write from personal experience.

I write down topics that come to mind, then pray that the Holy Spirit will impress upon me which ones to make into an article. The question I ask myself is, how can I write the article in such a way as to direct readers toward God’s love and grace, keeping in mind that I am writing to a global audience of many different cultures and religions.

At times the content for articles forms in my head well before I write, swirling around in my brain for several weeks. Other times it is a struggle. There are occasions after I decide to write on a subject when I do not know how it is going to progress, but after I start writing it all comes together. I think there may be times when Satan is fighting me. He does not want me to write on a particular subject. It is a spiritual battle, as stated in Ephesians 6:12. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood…but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

However, above all else, I know the Holy Spirit has given me the gift of writing, as He has the other writers on this site. God expects me to use this gift for evangelism to a lost world in dire need of the Savior, Jesus, and for the edification of believers. First Peter 4:10 says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”  Not only do I use my gift out of humility as a manifestation of God’s grace, but it is his way of using my life to help fulfill the words of Matthew 28:19 to “make disciples of all nations.”

With all that is involved in using my gift, I must not allow the thinking that because I have this gift, I become lax in my spiritual walk. Quite to the contrary. I must double down in being consistent and disciplined in response to God’s manifestation of grace. I must seek to live a holy and obedient life, and one that exemplifies Christian character. Although I write to an audience of readers, I am also writing to myself, one in need of spiritual maturity. 

I don’t just sit down and write. There is a process I go through that involves all that has been mentioned in this article. However, it is all worth it, knowing that God’s truth is going forth throughout the whole world. It is exciting to know that God will use what I write in the life of some individual, somewhere on this planet, to build them up in the faith or to sow a spiritual seed, possibly maturing into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who offers hope, peace, and salvation, in this troubled world.

God, thank you so much for the gift of writing you have given me. May I continue to use it for your glory. Amen! 

About John Clark

John Livingston Clark is 74 years of age and lives in central Washington State. He has written two published books, and two published poems. His initial book is called, " God's Healing Hope: Breaking the Strongholds of Wrong Thinking." His second book, released in December of 2016, is a motivational book written to seniors titled, " Seniors: Are You Retiring or Recharging?" Both books are available on amazon. You can also view his writings on www.faithwriters.com. His “Poem For Senior Citizens” is in the 5th spot on FW.

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  1. you took the words right out of my mouth

    amen and amen.. thats my heart also

  2. Nicely said and written John!
    God Bless~

  3. Jennifer Woodley

    We have a great and awesome responsibility to use this gift always for His glory. God bless you as you continue the writing journey with Him, John.

  4. You echoed many of my thoughts about writing. May God bless you in your important gift, ministry, and calling.

  5. Thank God for speaking through you!

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