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Can God use you?

It is the will & plan of God to use everyone of us…

Does God wait until we are perfect?

Do you feel inadequate?  Do you feel too old? Do you feel too young? Do you have a background that is less than perfect?

You are in good company… Join the crowd…

Noah was a drunk

Abraham was too old

Isaac was a day dreamer

Jacob was a lier

Joseph was abused

Moses stuttered

Gideon was afraid

Samson had long hair & was a womanizer

Rehab was a prostitute

Jeremiah & Timothy were too young

David had an affair & was a murderer

Elijah was suicidal

Isaiah preached naked

Jonah ran from God

Naomi was a widow

Job went bankrupt

Peter denied Christ

The disciples fell asleep while praying

Martha worried about everything

The samaritan women was divorced a number of times

Paul was too religious

Timothy had an ulcer

Lazarus died

We are not adequate in ourselves. Our inadequacies causes us to trust God. Don’t major on your weaknesses. We have the strength of God…

I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me…through Chris….My God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus…

God gives gifts & talents to everyone. Use them all to the Glory of God….Be available, willing, & live a surrendered life…

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There are so many things in life that are distracting to our walk with The Lord. Each day we have the opportunity to lose heart, to get weary, & to quit.

Galatians 6:9

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

We must run the race nobly…

Nobly – courageous, bravely, gallantly, honorably, honestly, justly, fairly, respectably…

The only way to have these characteristic in your life is through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:8-10

Amplified Bible (AMP)

8 For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light].

9 For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life.

10 And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him].

Yield daily to the Holy Spirit who will led you & produce in you those characteristic that will allow you to endure to the end.

Run to win the Prize…

1 Corinthians 9:24

Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.

It is not by your human will or effort…

Romans 9:16

So then [God’s gift] is not a question of human will and human effort, but of God’s mercy. [It depends not on one’s own willingness nor on his strenuous exertion as in running a race, but on God’s having mercy on him.

Don’t let others hinder you…

Galatians 5:7

You were running the race nobly. Who has interfered in (hindered and stopped you from) your heeding and following the Truth?

So many times we let other people’s opinions, comments, & ways affect our lives. Although we are in this world we are not of this world. We are to walk in the light & not allow others to stop us or to hinder us from what God is doing in us.

As we walk in the Light God will bring us to a place where we are a light to others.

Be the light to others & don’t let your labour be in vain…

Daily we influence someone else. Sometime for good & sometimes for bad. We not only run the race for ourselves but we need to help others across the finish line. There are many in life that have given up & quit. We need to be alert for opportunities that we can encourage them, pick them up, or carry them across the finish line if need be….

There are many stories where many were running a race & someone fell, soon the crowd watches while another runner stops & goes back to help the fallen runner across the finish line. That is what we need to do. It is not about who gets across the finish line first, we need to help as many as possible to make it.

What about across the denominational lines? Why do we not help our brother & sister in The Lord. We all are working for the same Lord & for the same reason…to reach souls for the Kingdom. Why do we shun or over look another because we have our own thing going, even though working together would reach even more souls?

Let not your labour be in vain.

Philippians 2:14-16

14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Remember others who went before you….

We have so many examples in the bible & in life of those who have fought the good fight of faith. Their testimony encourages us to press on, to go forward, to fight the good fight, & to finish the race.

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us…

So let’s lay aside our differences, help one another, & run this race. Pick up others along the way, stay in the race, & endure until the end. Too hard is not a reason to quit…

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