Kimberly Dawn Nyborg – The Gift of Contentment

by: Kimberly Dawn Nyborg
Kimberly Nyborg

Kimberly Nyborg

Have you ever thought of how a racehorse might feel when it is in the chute awaiting the noise of the gun and the gates to fling open for the race to begin?  Well, I have felt what that must be like and it is nerve wracking to me when you think that the time is now but…that gate will not open!  Or the familiar expression “chomping at the bit,” which says it the way I feel it, exhibiting impatience or frustration when delayed.  You see, I am a now kinda girl and I have really struggled with waiting and waiting and waiting!

My guess is that there are a lot of us who have a picture of what it is that we are supposed to be doing in this life.  For me, it was my dream to be a teacher.  After all, it stemmed from way back as a little girl playing school with my stuffed animals and dolls.  I would line them all up as if in a classroom and teach them to read and count.  When I was waylaid as an adult because of so many poor choices, that dream disappeared.

It did not return until my youngest son was having trouble in school and was removed from his school setting.  I purposed to try home schooling him in an effort to see if it would help his predicament.  While engrossed in looking for curriculum, my desire to teach was again stirred up.  Wow, the dream came back to life! I only home-schooled my son for a year or so, but with this renewed interest in teaching I decided to try college, hoping that I could be a teacher one day.

Some years before, since I never did graduate (having left home at 15), I received my GED in 1985.  The instructor told me there was no reason I could not continue on to college if that were my desire.  Being a mom put that on hold, especially with a troubled child.  But in 1992 I gave it a shot when that teaching desire was once again stirred in my heart.  My dream, however, was once again shelved when more difficulties arose with my son and my husband did not think it wise traveling so far on a daily basis from Int’l Falls to BSU, especially in the winter.  Well, the teaching aspirations were once again tabled and I kind of gave up on my dream.

As you wonder where the ‘contentment’ comes in, let me assure you that God sure knows the desires of our heart!  It was not long after my teaching bubble was burst that I was impressed and given the okay to lead women’s Bible studies at my church.  Over the years, I have gone through various Bible studies, which have allowed me to engage my teaching abilities.

Isn’t God good to me?  Although it is a different picture than what I thought, I am blessed to use a gift He has given me to build others and build myself in my times of preparation.

I would have to say that God is teaching me that contentment is being satisfied where I am!  And that He also uses me right where I am.

But when He begins to open up different avenues of ministry, then what?  If you are like me, you are anxious to get going and ready to jump in and get your feet wet but…hold on.  There is perfecting that has to take place, some lessons to be learned, and some observations to be made before the time is right.  That is where I have struggled the most — in the waiting.  After all, you cannot hurry drying paint or varnish, aging cheese or wine, or whatever it is that needs time to season and perfect that finished product.

Preparation takes place through a period of time and circumstance and the God-given release will come when He knows we are ready to accomplish all that He has for us!  In the meantime, while the seasoning is taking place, I am learning to be content right where I am.  The Message paraphrase of Deuteronomy 28:12 references the timing thing here.  ‘God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan.’  I think that is such a wonderful example of right timing!  The rains came at just the right time to bless the people’s efforts so that they would become the lenders and not the borrowers!

So, friend, whatever it is that we put our hand to do for the Lord, we must rest in being content!  Know that His timing is perfect and if or while waiting on Him, know that we are in process — for it is not about us but all about Him.  We are being seasoned so that we will be that salty, shining light God will use for His glory!

From the Editor:

Thank you so much for your contribution Kimberly.  It really is awesome to see how God works in and through us if we allow Him too.

Kimberly thoroughly enjoys sharing her gift of encouragement by sharing her heart and story at various types of speaking engagements.  She has been guest speaker at retreats, camps, many women’s events, as a guest speaker in church and as a representative for Psalm FM Radio station for many years.  In radio rallies she has also served as worship leader.  You can contact her through her website.

Readers, please leave a comment below to let Kimberly know what you think of her story, especially if it has touched your heart somehow.

You can also read more from Kimberly in her new blog and her website.

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Get It Right!

I find that there are many Christians out there that have a head full of information about the Bible, but don’t know how to put in order of what the Bible has to say.  They need a leader to instruct them in which order that information needs to be placed.

I give you Exhibit A (taken directly from a facebook post, word for word), see if you can figure out what is wrong with this:

“God loves us all but hates sin. Not man Himself but the sin in the man. God ceated man in HIS image and in HIS likeness. So for one to say HE hates us would be to say HE hates HIMSELF. Look in the mirror and dont forget who you are.Ive been in the presence of GOD and ive been in the presence o the Lord. In that GOD showed me HIS love for us. But showed me HIS justice. I could not stand in HIS presence it was unbearable! i begged HIM away. why? Because of sin. Thats where Jesus comes in. Jesus lived the life we could not and HIS reward and desire is for us. HE stands in on our behalf to GOD making a way of redemption back to GOD who judges without partiality. The most vital thing for a man to do before his last breath is to find the LORD! to call on HIS name whole heartedly. because the Day is coming when the GOD who Loves all will have to judge all.”

And the same person goes on to say:

“GOD is just and will Judge each one accordingly to our works. HE cant say I like you so your spared to one and I dont like you im holding you accountable for all to another. NO that’s unjust! Thank GOD for Jesus! For He who breaks even the smallest of the law is guilty of all! For all have sinned and came short of the Glory of GOD. And for the wages of sin Death is paid. But the gift of GOD is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Has GOD divinley showed me things? or is my sugar low? real funny. The bible says in jeremiah 33:3 call to me and i will answer you and show you great and mighty things! what GOD has done for one he’ll do for all. GOD is no respector of persons. one man is not greater than another we are all human. And if He’s called you then your not greater just chosen. some vessels are for honor and others dishonor. HE chooses. To answer your queston yes He’s showed me alot and taken me places many mock me for. Ive left this body and have seen many things far from earth and He’s showed me things to come some which have already taken place. Does that make me special? NO! Hit your knees and pray fervently and get your answers from HIM and not a man! HE showed the prophets HE sjowed the disciples. AND HE’LL SHOW YOU!”

Wow!  It seems that this person really knows his Bible and can quote it accurately – or does it?

Mind you that this quote is genuinely from a comment thread from a group that I will not mention.  I didn’t change a thing about the post including spelling, punctuation or capitalization, if you couldn’t tell.  The original statement that started all of this was making a statement that God did not have any feelings.  This post is not dealing with that subject at this time.  It is merely to give an example of someone that thinks that they know all about the Bible, God and Christianity.  Keep in mind that I am not claiming to know it all either.  I do know that if I’m going to make a claim, I will be able to back it up using the Bible.  This quote is misquoting the Bible in this case and obviously being used incorrectly (reference to Jeremiah 33:3).

Where I can admire the zeal of this person and the determination in which he speaks and he might have been taught in the manner in which he speaks – faulting the teacher.  My point is that when someone is trying to make a Biblical statement, whether it is a verse or a concept, it needs to be accurate.  If you don’t know if it is accurate or not – don’t say it until you do!  It is so much easier to say the right thing in the first place than to have to dig yourself out of the hole that you just put yourself in by making that statement.

I Timothy 2: 15 — “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

I Peter 3:  15  — “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

Colossians 4:  6 — “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

Interestingly enough, as I went back to get more quotes from this person, I found that all posts from him to that thread had been deleted.  Better for him…

Use this as an example to make sure that you can correctly back up your statements of Bible theory from the Bible.

©2013 Mark Davis

Lesson 8 – Entering Into Your Privileges – Assignments

Lesson 8

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ENTERING INTO YOUR PRIVILEGES

1.   Memorize Romans 8:23.   Also, we suggest you memorize John 1:12.

2.   Read John 8 — 14.  Note at least one reference per chapter that reveals Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  Record this information under “NOTES” on a separate page.

3.   Answer the following questions in your own words:

1.   What has Christ shared with us as His friends? (John 15: 15c)

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2.   According to John 15: 16, what has Christ chosen for us as His friends?

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3.   What is our relationship as sons? (Galatians 4: 6, 7)

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4.   Name three or four things the Holy Spirit does for us. (John 16: 13, 14)

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5.   What is our right before God since Christ is our High Priest and Advocate? (Hebrews 4: 15, 16)

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6.   What encouragement does God give about our labor? (I Corinthians 15: 58)

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7.   How are we to labor for the Lord? (I Corinthians 15: 58)

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8.   List the order of events in 1 Thessalonians 4: 14 – 17.

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NOTES:

1.   A blessing I received each day as I read John 8 — 14:

Day 1 — John 8 ______________________________________

Day 2 — John 9 ______________________________________

Day 3 — John 10 _____________________________________

Day 4 — John 11 _____________________________________

Day 5 — John 12 _____________________________________

Day 6 — John 13 _____________________________________

Day 7 — John 14 _____________________________________

2.   People to whom I have witnessed this past week:

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3.   My check list on my personal spiritual growth:

1.   Am I taking time daily in the Word of God?

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2.   Am I spending time daily in prayer?

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3.   Have I been faithful in witnessing to others?

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4.    Have I begun tithing on a regular basis?

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5.   Do I give offerings beyond my tithe to the Lord’s work?

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4.   Below I note all of the references I found in John 8 — 14 revealing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God:

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ENTERING INTO YOUR PRIVILEGES

WHAT THE PRIVILEGES ARE

We are His sons.

1 John 3:1, 2 – “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God…”

John 1:12 – “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

God the Father is truly our Father, and we are to enter into the position of “sons” in a definite way. What potential to be His son! This speaks of a son-ship relationship to be entered into by faith (cf. Romans 8:14-17).

We are Christ’s honored friends.

John 15:15 – “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knowest not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

What an intimate relationship! It is with a friend that we feel at home and can share the most intimate things about our lives. The joys, sorrows, cares, blessings – yea, every aspect of our lives – must be shared with Christ. Learn to bring everything to Him.

We have the Comforter – the Holy Spirit.

John 14:16, 17 – “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth…”

The word Comforter is the Greek word Paraclete, which means one called alongside to help. The Holy Spirit has been given to help us in every trial and circumstance.

The Holy Spirit indwells us as believers and is always present to meet our needs.

1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 – “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

We have a personal teacher – the Holy Spirit.

John 14:26 – “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Praise God, the Holy Spirit will teach us.

1 John 2:27 – “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth within you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

In 1 John 2:27 the “anointing” is referring to the Holy Spirit’ s ministry in our lives. Is our teacher and will make the Word of God a reality to us. We must daily believe that the Holy Spirit will teach us, guide us, lead us, and keep us close to Christ.

We have an advocate before God.

1 John 2:1, 2 – “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And the is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

An advocate is one who pleads our case. Praise God, today our Lord Jesus Christ is at the right hand of God pleading our case before the Father.

Colossians 3:1 – “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”

Hebrews 7:25 – “Wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

Satan has access before God to accuse us.

Revelation 12:9, 10 – “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven… for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

Job 1:6 – 11 — “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them… Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for naught?  Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house… But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath and he will curse the to thy face.”

Praise God, when Satan comes before God to accuse us, we have Christ, our High Priest, seated at God’s right hand to be our Advocate before the Father, and thus to plead our case.  The reason that we are kept, never to be lost again, is that we have Him as our Advocate.  We can confess sin as children of God and continue to walk with the Lord, knowing that He, as our Advocate, is pleading for us before the throne of God.

The Holy Spirit indwells us and cares for God’s interest in us.  The Lord Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God and cares for our interests before the Father.  Christ pleads our case and our cause when we fall into sin.  He is our able Representative before the Father’s throne.  Thus we have the blessed privilege of immediately confessing sin and knowing His cleansing and continued fellowship.  He paid the price for our sins and does cleanse.

I John 1:9 — “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

We have personal promises.

2 Peter 1:4 — “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: That by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

By claiming the seven promises listed below (and many more we cannot list), we enter into the power of the divine nature upon our lives.  Thus we can experience God’s victory in daily life.  We must try these and prove them in daily application.

1.  His sustaining power in temptation and trials (I Corinthians 10:13; James 1:2 – 12)

2.  His continual presence (Hebrews 13:5, 6)

3.  His sufficient grace (2 Corinthians 12:9)

4.  His promised work in our lives (Philippians 1:6; 2:13)

5.  His promised good for our lives (Romans 8:28, 32)

6.  His promised security for all of life — eternal security of the believer (John 6:37; 10:27, 28; 5:24)

7.  His promise of daily victory (2 Corinthians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:57)

We have the promise of reward in labor.

I Corinthians 15:58 — “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Isaiah 40:10 — “Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.”

Colossians 3:24 — “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

Every Christian can rejoice that in the midst of labor for the Lord God will reward the faithful servant.  He calls for our faithfulness, but He also promises the remuneration of service (2 Corinthians 5:10).  Someday we will all stand before Him at the “judgment seat of Christ” to receive reward or loss, according to what we have done in our bodies since our loving God will reward such service (1 Corinthians 3:14).  One day we will stand before the throne of Christ and will cast our crowns (rewards) at His feet (Revelation 4:10).  What a privilege that will be!  Therefore, what we are doing in this life for His glory is very important (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:11 – 15).

We know He is coming again for His own.

John 14:3 — “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also.”

Today Christ is in Heaven, interceding for us and preparing a place for us. He is coming again to take us to be with Him.  The Christian has the hope of going into Christ’s presence either because of death or because of the soon return of the Saviour for His own. (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21 – 23.)  Physical death should have no terror for the saved; it is the portal into God’s presence.  It is a joyful privilege and a blessed responsibility to lead others to Christ!

1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 — “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

In the two verses quoted above we see that at His coming, Christ will raise the believers who have died and will translate the living believers to be with the Lord.  Verse eighteen then states that this truth of His coming again should be a comfort to every believer.   First Thessalonians 5 continues with the truth of His coming again.  Verse eleven again states that believers should be comforted and edified with this truth.

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