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The Word by Len Paxton

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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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So many times we have a bad day, we don’t know how we are going to get through it.

Our mind starts running away from us. Hopelessness comes in and stops us in our tracks.

Pressure comes and steals our focus. We can’t see past the moment we are in. We try many things, we look to many people, & we fail so many times.

What do we do? How do we handle those hard times? They are real and they hurt. A loss of a loved one, a sickness, a loss of a job, and so much more can stop us in our tracks. What do we do when we are in those situations? How do we handle ourselves? Why does it matter?
There have been many who have been through so many hard times. Hebrews says that we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses. These are those who have gone on before us. Those who have endured to the end. One we need to look to at all times, Jesus!!!!

Hebrews 12:1-2
King James Version (KJV)
…Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
…Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Looking at how Jesus handles the situations that came His way will help us through our hard times. How did He handle all the hurt and pain that others have caused Him? If we react like He did we will overcome our bad days. We do not have to give into the people and things pressing us.

There are so many things we could look at in the bible as examples. These are just a few ways to help us through our bad days.

1) Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
Luke 23:34
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
Forgive all those who are making your life so hard. Forgive all those who have hurt you in the past.
2) Encourage others who are struggling and have no Hope. (We are not of those who have no hope. We encourage others as God has encouraged us)
2 Corinthians 1:4
New King James Version (NKJV)
…who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

3) Remember your family. Others are watching you and how you are going to react to life. As they say, you are the only Bible some people read. Not that you have to be perfect, but you know the One who is Perfect. They want to know that God is real and He is willing to help.

4) Look to God with all your hard questions, not man. He knows all, sees all, and will have the only right answer for you in your situation.

5) Let your need be known. Pray, call the elders, & ask for help. We all need each other.

6) Speak God’s word. Declare who He is and what He has said. His word is true & powerful. This is your statement of Faith. Knowing that He has all things under control. There is a purpose and an end to what you are going through. He will work in any situation you are going through.

Romans 8:28
New King James Version (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11
Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

7) Surrender to God and Let go. This day will end. Joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5
Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 …Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

It might take many days until your pain and situation will change, but He will give you strength to go through it.

Lord turn us from the worldly way of thinking and reacting to our situation. Let us look to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith. Give us strength and insight to our daily living. Heal us of the hurt and pain of the past. Be with us in our present and guide us through our future. Remind us that we are not of those who have no hope. Remind us that this is not our home and that we are only here for a short time, but those who endure to the end will be with you one day. And that day will last forever. Remind us that these days on earth will pass away, but your word will last forever. Remind us that where our treasure is, there will our heart be. We set our affections on things above, not on things on the earth. In Jesus Name….

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Praying With Purpose & Power By Len Paxton

An Anointed word from God’s Word…

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Christ is Preached…

 

Every situation Paul was in He was always looking to see God at work. 

 

He said “I am put here”

 

Philippians 1:16

English Standard Version (ESV)

16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.

He always looked at advancing the Gospel in the midst of all the circumstances he found himself in. 

He used everything as a stepping stone for the unfolding plan of God. 

God is in control of our circumstances. God is not waiting for the circumstances to be right or to be changed. He uses all circumstances to cause us to grow and to advance the Gospel. 

Romans 8:28

New King James Version (NKJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

How you handle a circumstance in your life can be a witness of the Gospel to those around you. 

Paul’s attitude:

…the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel….

Joseph’s attitude: 

…As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today…

Jesus’s attitude:

…“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”…

Stephen the Martyr’s attitude:

 …“Lord, do not charge them with this sin.”…

Corrie ten Boom’s Attitude:

….”God does not have problems. Only plans.”… “There is no pit so deep that Gods love is not deeper still.”… …”Don’t worry about me, the things that have happened to me have served as an advancement of the Gospel. The important thing is that Christ is Preached.”

 

The important thing is that Christ is Preached.

 

We must examine ourselves to make sure our attitudes are Christ like. We can’t let the motives of others change our attitude. 

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

We can’t let others around us change or influence our attitudes. 

The wrong motives of bad men, must never be allowed to become the determining element in our attitude. (Allistair Begg)

We must have the attitude that no matter what we are going through:

The important thing is that Christ is Preached.

The important thing is that Christ is Preached.

The important thing is that Christ is Preached.

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Only Believe…

Now a days our minds are so full of so many things that we are not sure what to believe. Listening to the news, watching TV, hearing what others are saying, and so much more. All these things can steal our focus off who we should know and believe in. 

We even look to ourselves for the answers. We trust ourselves more and more each day. 

One of the things that come in trusting and believing what we hear is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear that the circumstances in our lives will not go away or that they will not turn out the way we want them to. 

Fear can freeze you in your circumstances. You can’t move forward when fear comes in. Fear blinds you from what God is doing in you and for you. 

Mark 5:36

… Be not afraid, only believe.

 Mark 5:36

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing.

 Luke 8:50

… Fear not: believe only

 ANDREW MURRAY – “Jesus, I believe in Thy glory; I believe in Thine omnipotence; I believe in Thy power working within me. I believe in Thy living, loving presence with me, revealing itself in Divine power.”

Do not be occupied with feelings or experiences. You will find it far simpler and easier just to trust and say, “I am sure He is all for me.” Get rid of yourself for the time”

“don’t think or speak about yourself; but

Think what Jesus is.

And then remember it is believe always”

 I like when he said “Do not be occupied with feelings or experiences.”

This is so true, the more we occupy our thoughts, our days, and our lives with what we feel or the things we experience, the more fear will come in and the more unbelief will come in and cause us to either go backwards in our walk or freeze us right where we are. 

The only way to keep moving forward in life is to be not afraid only believe in the one true God. 

 Mark 5:36 (PHILLIPS) “Now don’t be afraid, just go on believing!”

Look to Him. Know Him. 

 Psalm 37:3

Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

(adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth)

 MHC- 

Be not afraid that my coming will be to no purpose, only believe that I will make it turn to a good account.” Therefore fear not, faint not. Faith is the only remedy against disquieting grief and fear at such a time: let that silence them, Only believe. Keep up a confidence in Christ, and a dependence upon him, and he will do what is for the best. Believe the resurrection, and then be not afraid.

Lester Sumrall – Turning on the light reveals the reality that there is nothing to fear. This is a basic principle: much of what we fear will never bother us again if we see it for what it is. God is light, and by turning to God’s Word we can see that nothing should terrorize or paralyze us. By continuing to absorb biblical truth through daily reading and study, we will walk in the light as He is in the light; and in that blessed environment fear cannot get to us.

Romans 8:28

Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 We are assured and know that [[a]God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose…

 So be not afraid, Only Believe…….

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