Saturday, March 2, 2013

New Post: "Why Would God Bless Us After We Fall?"

The word “Fall” here can also be interpreted as “Fail”.
 

When we stumble and fall,
or fail to do the right thing...
what happens?
 

What do we become??
And how do we live, now knowing that we have failed???

First, The Devil wants you and I to believe that we are unredeemable;
that God cannot use us, or would not use us,
because we are now soiled, dirty, unworthy, and unloved.

But God...
even before Christ came to earth,
God was in the habit of using broken people.
But God...
used a murderer to become a leader of His chosen people.(Moses)
But God...
can use the pridefulness and lust of man to deliver His people.(Samson)
But God...
can use the anguish of depression in man to still deliver prophecy and restore. (Elijah)
But God...
can use the elderly and infirmed to begin a nation to last forever.(Abraham)

Each of these people suffered from their own personal issues,
internal demons that seemed to overwhelm and undo them -
but it didnt stop God!

Are your painful limitations keeping you from doing
all that God has purposed for your life?

“God uses pain to get our attention;

to focus us and to drive us,

to teach us to depend completely on Him.

And God can use your pain to give you a ministry for helping others.”

Psalm 119:71 - "My suffering was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to Your decrees."

God never wastes a hurt,
but dont hide it, or hide from it.
Allow God to use it!

Are you unconvinced that you have a ministry to give God?
Perhaps you think there is nothing significant in your life to share??
Then this next part may be tough to understand and accept...

If you havent yet experienced the pain of brokenness,
then you may not have an effective ministry -
and that could be because
you keep yourself too well protected and insulated from God.

Jesus WANTS to use You!
But if you are not taking risks for Him,
willing to enter areas you may normally avoid to serve others,
then you may be missing Gods best for your life.

Acts 20:24 - "My life is worth nothing to me
unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus -
the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God."

"There is no greater accomplishment in life
than helping somebody else
find the assurance of eternal life in Christ Jesus.
Recycle your pain and share your story
with someone who doesnt know Jesus.
Who will you share your story with?"

-paraphrased from NHCC sermon by Brent D.

The answer to the question for today is this:
God blesses those whom He chooses to bless,
and history shows how He has blessed those who have fallen,
no matter what they have done,
because they learned to live for Him.

God will use your pain and recycle it for His glory.
Will you make it available to Him?

 

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