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  1. grizcty

    grizcty God, Guns, Glory Forum Contributor

    Fresh and Flourishing

    “They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.” —Psalm 92:14

    We think of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as great patriarchs of the faith, and indeed they are. But they were pretty flawed people too.

    Abraham, as godly as he was, had serious lapses in his faith. Isaac was biased and didn’t listen to the Lord. Jacob’s mistakes are legendary.

    So when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush and said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6 NLT), I think He was telling Moses that He was giving him a second chance.

    I think God was saying, “Moses, I am the God of men who have failed and who need second chances. I am the God of ordinary men and women who have accomplished extraordinary things. That means I can use you.”

    Moses was 80 years old, an age when people are long past retirement. This shows us that God has a plan for every stage of our lives. God wants to use us when we’re young. God wants to use us when were middle-aged. And God wants to use us when we’re old.

    Researchers have done extensive studies on those who have entered retirement. People who chose to live a life of leisure or no longer had any purpose in life died at a younger age. And in a study that followed 7,000 people at the age of 50 for more than a decade, experts found that people died at a younger age if they felt their lives had little purpose.

    As a Christian, your life has purpose. God has allowed you to go through all that you’ve gone through to mold you into the man or woman that He wants you to be. You have something to offer. You have something to do. God still wants to use you.
    Pastor Greg
     
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  2. chesterwin

    chesterwin G&G Evangelist

    An excellent description and prayer for the day. AMEN BROTHER.
     

  3. Kmcdowell

    Kmcdowell G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    God Can Use Anyone

    1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

    This is about as plain as it gets. God likes to use nobodies. If we have plenty of natural ability and intelligence, it is often tempting to try and serve God in our own flesh. The Bible tells us that anything we do in the flesh is no better than filthy rags in God's eyes. God is looking for availability rather than ability. Now let me clarify. God has used some incredible talent in His plan over the years. It says not many of you were wise according to worldly standards.

    The point is this. God doesn't need a certain level of worldly intelligence or talent to accomplish His work. In fact, the weaker the vessel the more powerful God can be in one's life. In fact, God allowed Satan to buffet the Apostle Paul with a thorn in the flesh to limit his natural abilities so that God would be able to reveal His own power more effectively. Once we make our selves available to God for service, His grace is sufficient to do anything through us He chooses.

    I see myself as a good example of a flawed vessel. I have no credentials to bring to the table. I was never that great in school and chose not to go to college. There were many times in my life when I disobeyed God and paid the price as a result. In fact, I tried to run from God at one time and wished He would just leave me alone. But He wasn't finished with me yet. I trust that I can just spend the rest of my days here on earth being faithful to Him and living according to His will.

    If you are afraid that you're not worthy to be an effective servant of God, chances are you are just the person He is looking for. If you are foolish, weak and despised rest assured. God is taking applications and all are welcome. Just make yourself available to God and He is faithful to equip you for every good work that He has in mind.