Is Being Used By God Enough?

Most people desire to be used by God. I know I do! It’s truly a fantastic thing for the Creator of the universe to use His creation. It brings a sense of accomplishment to know that the Father has used us. However, if we’re not mindful, it can cause us to walk in a certain level of pride. I know from experience that when you recognize that God has used you if you’re not careful, it can have you looking down on others as if you’re somehow superior. But I love my Father because only He can show you who you are and remind you that you’re not all that lol. James 4:6- But He gives us more and more grace [through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation]. Therefore, it says, “God is opposed to the proud and haughty, but [continually] gives [the gift]of grace to the humble [who turn away from self-righteousness].”

The Father desires to use us. We are instrumental in carrying out the plan of God on the earth. However, in the process of being used, He desires spiritual growth. He wants to develop our character! He desires to know us more intimately. Character is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. Ask yourself, what are the mental and moral attributes unique to me? In Ephesians 5:8-12 (AMP) Paul inspired by the Spirit of God, pens the following text. “For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of the Light [live as those who were native-born to the Light] (for the fruit [the effect, the result]of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn [by experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [and letting your lifestyles be examples of what is acceptable to Him- your behavior expressing gratitude to God for your salvation]. Do not participate in the worthless and unproductive deeds of darkness, but instead expose them [by exemplifying personal integrity, moral courage, and godly character]; for it is disgraceful even to mention the things that such people practice in secret.” We never want to be in a place where we are comfortable with speaking, praying, prophesying on God’s behalf, but are not allowing the Spirit of God to expose and deal with the areas in our lives that are not in subjection and obedience to the Father. 1 Corinthians 9:26 “Therefore I do not run without a definite goal; I do not flail around like one beating the air [just shadow boxing] But [like a boxer] I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached [the gospel] to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service]. It is imperative that we consistently yield and allow the Father to deal with those areas in our lives that we hold dear to us and don’t want to let Him near. I get it! It can be a harrowing experience to open up those wounds and confront the “man/woman in the mirror,” but as we study and meditate on the word, the Father will begin to uproot old mindsets, attitudes, and behaviors. James 1:23- “For if anyone only listens to the word without obeying it, he is like a man who looks very carefully at this natural face in a mirror, for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets what he looked like. But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience]. Let’s purpose to know God intimately (become closely acquainted; familiar, close). God wants to use us, but most importantly, we have to let God transform us. The Father is not asking for perfection! He desires to use us even with all of our imperfections. But we can’t stop there! We must strive to be more like Him! 

Let’s pray.

Father, we come to you in the name of your precious Son, Jesus. We ask you to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Father empower us to live a life that is pleasing to you. Help us to allow You to deal with the painful areas in our lives so that we can mature and grow. Father, we thank you for using us to carry out Your will on the earth. We know that we can do no-thing apart from you. We thank You for loving us before we loved You. Help us to show your love to this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Church as usual

Webster’s dictionary defines the word ” church ” as (1) building for public worship, especially Christian worship. (2) a body of persons gathered for religious worship. The Greek word for church is ‘Ekklesia,” which means “called out” like called out from the world into His marvelous light. As a result of theCOVID 19 pandemic, many buildings have been closed to promote social distancing as a safety precaution. The world has been sheltering place and has been communicating virtually. Many believers are ready to return to church. But the question is- do you desire to return to “church” as usual?

For far too long, the body of Christ has been doing church. The Father wants us to BE THE CHURCH! The heart of the Father is souls! He’s not interested in traditions, ordinances, pretense, nor pomp and circumstance. The Father desires to equip the body-not entertain. How do you plan on going back in the building? Is it with the same mindset, the same attitude, the same old same old? I’m here to tell you that God is doing a new thing in the season! As it says in Mark 2:21-22 “No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. What is Jesus saying here? We cannot experience the newness that God is trying to bring in our life with the same “old” system constructs, mindsets, and attitudes. Just like in the natural, we grow and mature, so it is in the Spirit. If babies didn’t grow, we would think it strange if, at three years old, a child was the size of a nine-month-old with that same level of cognitive, emotional, and physical development. But in the “church,” we see people that have been spiritual babes for 10, 20 years with no signs of spiritual growth, and no one is concerned. In Hebrews 5:12-14, it reads, “For when for the time you ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are full of age, even those who by reason of use of their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. The mandate of the body of Christ is to make disciples, not church members. The Father desires for us to be equipped to live this life for God and make disciples of Jesus Christ.

During the time of quarantine, we’ve had the opportunity to develop our relationships. We’ve had time to reevaluate some things. God has used and is using this time to draw us near to him with no distractions. He wants to sharpen our ears. Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God; they are the sons of God.” The Spirit of God wants to give us direction for our life, but He also wants to use us to be a blessing in the lives of others.

Romans 12:4 “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 1 Corinthians 12:12-25 “ For as the body is one and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you……” Every member of the body of Christ has a role and a purpose. What’s yours?

The Father is birthing and raising up people in this hour with gifts, anointings, and the Word to bring forth. It is new to many in the body. We are to embrace this new move of God and allow the Spirit of God to move in our midst and outside of the four walls of the building. Open your heart. Don’t be so quick to dismiss what God is trying to move us away from. If we refuse to change we will be left behind while the body as a whole continues to progress. We have to ask the Father in sincerity to reveal the areas in our lives that require growth. We have to renew our minds daily with the word of God. Let us embrace the new! Let us get into divine alignment.

I can’t go back to church as usual! Can you?

Let’s pray

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father, we forgive those who have offended or hurt us in any way, knowing that if we don’t forgive others their trespasses, you won’t forgive ours. Help us, Lord, to walk in love by your Spirit. You said that men would know we are your disciples when we love one another. Father, we thank you for first loving us. Please help us as the body to flow with your Spirit and not resist your move. We don’t want to kick against the pricks. Holy Spirit empower us to rise up and be the church. Let us use our gifts to minister to others in the world. We ask that you increase our sensitivity to your Spirit as we cry out, not our will, but Thy will be done! In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!