Oct. 16, 2017

God Can Use You To Influence A Nation

Jeremiah 1 (KJV)

1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:

To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

God's calling you into His service is not your idea and it is not your imagination. He knows all about you, chose you, formed you and equipped you to be His special servant even before the world was made. You are designed to fulfill God's purposes in the earth. Nothing about you catches Him off guard and nothing that happens in your life is a surprise to Him. He already has His plan for your success and He is executing it right now.

Moses thought he couldn't be used as God's messenger because of the way he spoke. Peter thought he was disqualified because he denied the Lord three times. Paul was skeptical about his qualifications because of his past deeds of violence and merciless killings.

The Father knows all of our issues, all of our doubts, all of our weaknesses. None of it scares Him or causes Him to be leery of you or me as a well-equipped servant. We look at ourselves and shake our heads "no". He looks at His potential in us and says, "Yes!"

1 Corinthians 1 (KJV)

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

I Corinthians 1:26-27 reminds us that the Lord generally uses ordinary people. He doesn't only call those who are super smart or great speakers or have outstanding personalities. The ones He uses the most are just plain folks. As a matter of fact the more common a person is, the more He can adorn us with His grace.

Ephesians 1 (KJV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

In and of ourselves, we have no merit. He chose us just because He wanted to. Our God is not limited by any of the things we are sometimes concerned about. The basic requirements for service are faith and obedience. You don't have to have a certain look, be in a particular income bracket, be born into the right family, have the best credentials or rub shoulders with any certain person or people or be of a specified personality type. The less qualified we appear to be in man's estimation, the more glory the Lord can receive from our service and obedience.

II Timothy 1 (KJV)

Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

1 Peter 2 (KJV)

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;

This is the reason He chose us. He is to receive all glory, all honor and all praise. When we obey His plan for our lives we are instrumental in helping that to happen.