Tuesday, April 4, 2017

GOD WANTS TO USE YOU .. by Nina Keegan

Are you ready for God to use you for every good work?
This is the question we must ask ourselves, of course none of us are ever perfect we are always a work in progress but we should continually strive to be ready for anything God has in store for us… How do we do that? We must start with a self check of the condition of our hearts..

Let's start with the letter that Paul wrote from prison to Timothy whom he regarded as a son.
This was Paul's last letter to Timothy as Paul knew that he was going to die soon. He starts off by telling us to be strong through the grace that God gives us in Jesus Christ, he reminds us through his words to Timothy that God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity but of power love and SELF DISCIPLINE or a sound mind.

God has called us to live a holy life and he tells us that through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, we must carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to us.

But what stands out to me most is
2 Timothy 2:19-22

19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,”and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”
20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some  made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
What grabs my heart is the description of utensils… Like many of us we may have every day dishes…that we don't worry about and we use them daily without giving them much concern..they tend to get chipped and cracked overtime but we don't stress about it because they are not very valuable to us. Then we may have the special China the crystal,and silver that we bring out for special occasions like holidays… often times we handle these pieces with kid gloves.. I know with my China which was my grandmothers, is very valuable to me and I handle it with kid gloves usually hand washing it and storing it extra carefully… It seems we take way better care of these special occasion dishes because they are often  irreplaceable and they have much more sentimental value to us..
But Paul is saying that if we keep ourselves pure we will always be like that...we can ALWAYS be a special utensil..  and we will always BE READY for the master to use us for EVERY good work!!
Friends we don't want to be like every day dishes anymore… the ones that don't quite make the cut… We don't want to have our chips,scratches and flaws keep us from all God has for us!
 We want to be the wiped clean beautiful, shiny, treasured, valuable and polished China and silver. We want to be ready willing and available; we want to amen God and be his servants here on earth! We want to be the image of Jesus and be trusted to do great and mighty exploits for the Lord!

How do we do that? Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts..we must pursue righteous living, we must be faithful and continuously walk in love and peace.. we must forgive often, we must be the image of Jesus here on earth.. we must keep ourselves PURE and be incessantly washed clean, we should be  overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit… So much so that there's no room for what the enemy tries to fill us with!
Running away from all evil is not cowardly.. wise people realize that we often times need to remove ourselves physically from all temptation to sin; this actually can be the most courageous action to take. We must do all we can to avoid all recurring invitations to those besetting things in our lives. The things that are difficult to resist... we must remove ourselves physically from any situation that we know is the plot of the enemy! The things that cause us to get into spiritual battles, unforgiveness, turmoil, anger, bitterness, the pride of life that causes us to get into foolish arguments.

We must be the kind of person that Christ can use for his Nobelist purposes NOW!! 
 We as God's children, his one body must never settle for less than God's highest calling and his best plan for us. We must allow  to use us as his great and mighty instruments for his will and his purposes only!  
We must stay close to him and ask God to reveal to us what he wants to do with our lives and we must be ready at a moments notice to run! 
 Get prepared... Take his baton, his mantle, his plan and yes run with it… All for the glory of God!
I pray right now that in the name of Jesus that every person reading this would be a wiped clean empty vessel ready and prepared for the will of God to manifest in their lives, and that each person reading this will step into their strategic purpose and fulfill God's divine plan for their lives in Jesus name I pray amen!
God bless you all! ❤️

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 51:7
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Leviticus 16:30
for it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you; you will be clean from all your sins before the LORD.


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