DAY 1 - Three Abilities The Optimal Environment To Be...

Proverbs 3:5-6


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain gives the impact statement in how to understand the “A” – Abilities - in PLACE.  Jay’s impact statement is:  Abilities is the environment where you will be competent in through your personality and spiritual gifts and fulfilled in through your passion and life experiences.  Jay also points out that so often you will be frustrated in life and ministry if you are in the wrong environment not being able to use your abilities.

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DAY 3 - Not A Personality But Abilities Conflict 

Ephesians 4:15


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain shares a practical story of a young man who was having a conflict with his boss because their communication was bad based on both their individual abilities and personalities.  Through this story, Jay urges you to take the time to understand not only yourself but others around you.


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DAY 3 - God Even Uses Our Failures
Acts 2:36


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain uses a story from the life of Peter in the Bible to illustrate how God can even use our failures in fulfilling our purpose in life and ministry.  In a nutshell, God often uses the failures in our lives to fulfill the purpose He has for our lives.  The life of a disciple is a process and God uses even our failures to refine us for His purpose.

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DAY 3 - Now Concerning Spiritual Gifts

I Corinthians 12:1

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In today’s devotional Jay McSwain states that spiritual gift inventories alone are not enough in discovering your spiritual gifts.  You must get involved in ministry to discover your spiritual gifts.  Jay ends today’s devotional with a challenge for ministry leaders to intentionally help others discover and develop their spiritual gifts.​

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DAY 2 - Abilities - Gathering vs. Persuading

Exodus 32:1, 11 & 14


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain continues looking at Abilities through the lens of where an individual will be the most effective and fulfilled in life and ministry.  Jay uses an example from politics to show how some people flourish in environments where they are effective at gathering individuals together while some are better at persuading those who have been gathered.


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DAY 5 - Romans 12 and Spiritual Gifts Part 2

Romans 12:6&8


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain gives the reason why he believes many Christians do not use their spiritual gifts.  Simply, most Christians do not know their spiritual gifts.  Begin the discovery process in order to use your gifts generously and cheerfully​

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DAY 2 - In Discovering Spiritual Gifts Expect Confirmation

Galatians 2:9


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain tells a personal story to illustrate one of the key principles (expect confirmation from others) in discovering your spiritual gifts.  Jay encourages you to think back or begin listening to what others have said about you on a fairly consistent basis.  This will help you discover your spiritual gifts.​

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DAY 1 - When A Gift Becomes Spiritual 

Philippians 3:4


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain gives an impact statement that a “gift” become a “spiritual gift” when it is used for eternal purposes.  To end today’s devotional Jay asks a simple question, “Are you using your gifts for eternal purposes?”​

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DAY 2 - Complimenting Personalities Are You Willing?

I Corinthians 13:1 


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain points out that often our personalities compete when they should be complimenting.  Jay makes the following statement, “Personality is about the brain, but valuing the relationship is about the heart.”  In ministry when personalities compliment each other instead of competing with each other then the head and the heart will both display characteristics of God’s love to others.

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DAY 1 - Serving God or Self-Serving?
Matthew 16:24 


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain points out that in the PLACE experience the “C” – Connecting Passion to Ministry – moves from the HOW to serve God to the WHERE to serve God.  Jay also asks a challenging question by asking, “Are you truly passionate about serving God because if you are not careful serving God can become self-serving?”

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 DAY 3 - Passion From Where to Anywhere
Proverbs 16:9


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain reminds us that once you have identified how and to whom your passion will be directed that you can serve anywhere.  Again, the key is to line up HOW and TO WHOM you will serve because the joy of doing is more important than where you get to serve.  You might want to watch this devotional twice to fully grasp what Jay is pointing out.​


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DAY 5 - Passion and Life Experiences Are Connected
Philippians 2:13


  In today’s devotional Jay McSwain introduces and connects life experiences to passions because they are often so closely connected.  Jay states that the reason you have such a passion for a ministry or a group of people is due to a life experience.  God does use our experiences of life to lead us down a path to help others.

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DAY 1 - Key To Understanding Experiences of Life Perspective
Exodus 14:31


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain wants you to remember the word “perspective” in looking at experiences of life.  The perspective we take in remembering the past molds who we are today and in the future.  This understanding of perspective as it relates to past experiences is important if you are to understand how God is using your experiences in finding your place in life and ministry.

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DAY 2 - Isn't It Great To Be Forgiven and Restored?

John 21:17


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain encourages you to thank God for the times He has offered graces to you.  Jay points out that when we are offered grace and forgiveness we are restored to fulfill God’s plan in and through our lives just like He did with Peter in the Bible.​

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DAY 4 - Abilities Flourish or Flounder?

Exodus 28:3 


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain takes a detour from talking about one of the five elements of PLACE.  Today marks the halfway point in looking at the five elements of PLACE.  Jay basically gives the reason why we should know others and ourselves.  The reason is to spur one another toward love and good deeds.

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DAY 5 - Isaiah 40:31 and Life Experiences

Isaiah 40:31


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain uses Isaiah 40:31, a familiar verse in the Bible to explain three (victorious, painful and failure) of the five types of life experiences taught in PLACE.  Jay concludes by reminding us that God uses all types of life experiences in fulfilling His purpose in our life and ministry.​

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DAY 1 - Your Personality Controlled by the Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain reminds us that each personality type has tendencies toward strengths and weaknesses.  But, Jay reminds us that any personality tendency that can be a weakness can and has to be submitted to the Holy Spirit.  When your personality is wrapped around the fruit of the Spirit you will become more pleasing to God and others.​

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DAY 4 - Personalities Complete, Not Complete 

Romans 12:8


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain states that it is a natural temptation to want to change others’ personality who are different than you to be like you.  But the reality is this doesn’t work.  God doesn’t ask us to change others but to live at peace with others as Paul reminds us in Romans 12:8.


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DAY 3 - If...

Philippians 2:3


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain encourages you to take the time to not only understand and know your personality tendencies, but also the tendencies of others.  Jay ends today’s devotional by pointing out that if you take the time to understand others’ personality tendencies they will notice and most importantly so will God.​

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DAY 4 - Romans 12 and Spiritual Gifts Part 1

Romans 12:6&8


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain gives us three actions verbs from Romans 12 to live out our spiritual gifts.  The three action verbs are given, do and show.  Jay asks you to evaluate what type of Christian you are based on these three action verbs.

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DAY 5 - Personality - Who Is In Control?

Galatians 5:16


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain challenges us to choose wisely in allowing our personality to be wrapped in the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit.  Today choose the attributes of His Spirit to flow through your personality as you live out your PLACE in life and ministry.


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DAY 5 - Abilities: Structured vs Creative 

Proverbs 22:6 


In today's devotional Jay McSwain gives an illustration of two quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Cam Newton who played against each other a few years ago in the Super Bowl.  Jay points out how each of them succeeded in different environments in playing quarterback in order to be successful.  In ministry, there are different environments (Abilities) that will determine whether you are successful.

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DAY 4 - Spiritual Gifts and Passion Should Align

Proverbs 4:23


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain refers back to a devotional where he stated that your gifting should line up with your passion 99 out of 100 times.  Jay points out that if God gives you a spiritual gift to do something that it makes sense that He would give you a passion that lines up with your spiritual gift.  For example, if you have the gift of Administration you likely will have a passion for organizing.

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DAY 2 - Don't Let Passion Get Ahead of God
II Samuel 7:7


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain reminds us that sometimes our passion can get ahead of God.  Jay uses King David in the Bible to illustrate this point.  There are times our passion gets ahead of God’s timing even when we have the purest of intentions in serving Him.​

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DAY 4 - Live It Out Where You Are
Romans 12:6


In today’s devotional Jay McSwain shares a true story of a young man who used a life experience of his to impact many other lives.  The young man not only used his life experience but also his spiritual gifts and passion to be used by God.  God wants you to use your life experiences along with your spiritual gifts and passion to also be used by Him.  Jay encourages you to live out your life experiences where you are.

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