Monday, August 9, 2010

God can use you

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

Summer is always a busy time for me. My hours at work increase, because it is a seasonal operation. Besides the increased hours I also run our yearly VBS. On top of this, my mom was up from Florida for two weeks this year. It was fun to spend time with my mom.

Needless to say those are some of the reasons I have not kept up with my blog. I’m hoping that I will be more consistent in blogging. Isn’t it funny how life gets in the way?

Today I was thinking about many things. Several times, in the past, I heard someone say, “I can’t be used by God because of ….” While “surfing” the net, I found this:

The next time you feel like God can’t use you, remember:

Noah got drunk Genesis 9:20-22

Abraham was too old Genesis 17

Jacob was a liar Genesis 27:19

Leah was considered ugly Genesis 29:17

Joseph was abused Genesis 37:24-36

Moses stuttered Exodus 4:10

Gideon was afraid Judges 6:21-23

Samson had long hair and was a womanizer Judges 14

Rahab was a prostitute Joshua 2:1

Jeremiah and Timothy were too young Jeremiah1:6-7 and 2 Timothy 1:2

David had an affair and was a murderer 2 Samuel 11:3-27

Elijah was suicidal 1King 19

Isaiah preached naked Isaiah 20:2-4

Jonah ran from God The book of Jonah

Naomi was a widow Ruth 1:3

Job lost everything The Book of Job

Peter denied Christ Matt.26:69-70

The Disciples fell asleep while praying Matthew 26:40

Martha worried about everything Luke 10:40

Mary Magdalene was cleansed of seven demons Mark 16:9

The Samaritan woman at the well had five husbands John 4:18

Zaccheus was too small Luke 19:3

Paul persecuted Christians Acts 8

Timothy had stomach problems 1 Timothy 5:23

Lazarus was dead! John 11

Now! No more excuses! God can use you to your full potential. Besides you aren't the message, you are just the messenger.
-Author unknown

While reading this I thought of some contemporary people that God used:

Franklin Graham was a prodigal

Billy Sunday from baseball player to preacher

Corrie tenBoom from first woman watchmaker to hiding Jewish refugees during WWII

Mel Trotter from hopeless drunk to hope in Christ

Dorie vanStone from orphan that no one wanted to a great woman of faith

Helen Cadbury from candy “heiress” to one of the organizers of Pocket Testament League

Tim Lee from running from God to Evangelist

Remember God is always with us and can use us in spite of ourselves, if we are willing to be used by Him.

Have a blessed day,

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