SPIDER-MAN
SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS

SPIDER-MAN
(2002)


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SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS

God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you.
-1 Peter 4:10

Click to enlargePETER PARKER USED HIS UNIQUENESS POSITIVELY.

LIKEWISE, USE YOUR TALENT (Gift) IN GOOD WAYS

If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don?t hoard it. Don?t dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.
--BRENDAN FRANCIS

Talent is God-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.
--THOMAS LA MANCE

Talent is like an arm or a leg?use it or lose it.

Talent is something God gives you; experience is something you give yourself.
--DANIEL LOUIS ROTTINGHANS

The real tragedy of life is not in being limited to one talent, but in the failure to use the one talent.
--EDGAR W. WORK

Click to enlargePETER PARKER SPOKE OF HIS GIFT AS HIS CURSE (Weakness)

Men?s weaknesses are often necessary to the purposes of life.
-- MAURICE MAETERLINCK (1862?1949)

My weakness?my helplessness?my sense of inferiority has turned out to be my greatest strength.
-- HAROLD RUSSELL

Our weaknesses make us appreciate God?s strength.
-- ERWIN W. LUTZER (1941? )

Our strength grows out of our weakness.
-- RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803?1882)

Click to enlargeTHE SECRET OF OBTAINING SPIDER-MAN LIKE STRENGTH

The weaker we feel, the harder we lean on God. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow.
-- JONI EARECKSON TADA

When a man has no strength, if he leans on God, he becomes powerful.
-- DWIGHT LYMAN MOODY (1837?1899)

You become stronger only when you become weaker. When you surrender your will to God, you discover the resources to do what God requires.
-- ERWIN W. LUTZER (1941? )

With Great Power,
There Must Also Come Great Responsibility

Click to enlargeJESUS TELLS THE STORY OF GREAT RESPONSIBILITY

Jesus meant that we are to use wisely all that has been entrusted to us, for we never know when we will be called to account for our life.

From Matthew 25:14-30 -Message Translation

"It's also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master's investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master's money.

"After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.'

"The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master's investment. His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.'

"The servant given one thousand said, 'Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.'

"The master was furious. 'That's a terrible way to live! It's criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.

" 'Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this "play-it-safe" who won't go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.' "

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SPIDER-MAN OVERCAME ADVERSITY
AND SO CAN YOU

From My Utmost for His Highest
By Oswald Chambers

Click to enlarge?In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world? (John 16:33).

The typical view of the Christian life is that it means being delivered from all adversity. But it actually means being delivered in adversity, which is something very different. ?He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling ? (Psalm 91:1, 10)?the place where you are at one with God.

If you are a child of God, you will certainly encounter adversities, but Jesus says you should not be surprised when they come. ?In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.? He is saying, ?There is nothing for you to fear.? The same people who refused to talk about their adversities before they were saved often complain and worry after being born again because they have the wrong idea of what it means to live the life of a saint.

God does not give us overcoming life?He gives us life as we overcome. The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength. Are you asking God to give you life, liberty, and joy? He cannot, unless you are willing to accept the strain. And once you face the strain, you will immediately get the strength. Overcome your own timidity and take the first step. Then God will give you nourishment??To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life ? (Revelation 2:7). If you completely give of yourself physically, you become exhausted. But when you give of yourself spiritually, you get more strength. God never gives us strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the moment. Our temptation is to face adversities from the standpoint of our own common sense. But a saint can ?be of good cheer? even when seemingly defeated by adversities, because victory is absurdly impossible to everyone, except God.


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