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DON’T QUESTION THE WORD OF GOD

Unbelievers question the very existence of God, as well as questioning His word, which, of course, is written in the Bible. Many believers even question some of the scriptures. In other words, they do not accept the Bible in its entirety. They pick and choose. Either we accept all the word of God as it is written, or none of it.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Since all scripture was given by the inspiration of God, it should not be questioned. We should just accept it as the gospel truth. It is not for us to decide what to accept and what to discard.

JOHN 14:6-7

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (Jesus Christ). If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.

This is what Jesus said to one of His disciples – Thomas – because the latter had said that he did not know where Jesus was going. Jesus was going back to His Father in heaven. Another truth is that God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one – the Holy Trinity.

JOHN 8:31-32

 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

What is that truth? It is that Jesus is the Son of God, God in the flesh, that He suffered, died and resurrected to pay for our sins, and that the only way to get to heaven is by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior.

JOHN 16:12-14

I (Jesus) still have many things to say to you (the disciples), but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit), has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”

God is the undeniable truth, and the Holy Spirit, who is a member of the Divine trinity, makes those truths become known and a reality to us.

DEUTERONOMY 32:3-4

 For I (Moses) proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”

Moses, who knew God on a personal basis, declares Him to be the God of truth, justice, perfection, and righteousness. Who are we to question God or His word? When the final judgment comes, the people who question God’s existence or His word will be judged and found guilty.

1 JOHN 5:19-20

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one (the devil). And we know that the Son of God (Jesus Christ) has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”

God is the truth (John 14:6), and in Him there is nothing but the truth. If we question the truth, then we have been deceived by the prince of darkness who happens to be Satan. By questioning the truth, we step out of the light of God into the darkness of the devil.

PSALM 119:140-144

Your word is very pure; Therefore Your servant loves it. I am small and despised, yet I do not forget Your precepts. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your law is truth. Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, yet Your commandments are my delights. The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; Give me understanding, and I shall live.”

God is pure, and so in His word, His precepts, His law, His commandments, and His will for our lives. We should not question them nor question Him.

ROMANS 3:3-4

For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect?  Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, and may overcome when You are judged.”

Do not question God or His word. What God wants from us more than anything is obedience. Yes, He wants obedience, not sacrifice (Exodus 12:1-14, 1 Samuel 15:22, Isaiah 1:11 and Matthew 12:7). Obey His word without questioning it, and He will bless you. The biggest blessing, of course, is salvation – spending eternity with God.

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LEARN THE WORD OF GOD

You need to learn the word of God, so you can know who God is, know who you really are, learn the authority you have through His word, and to learn the promises He has for you.   Without knowing His word, you will not receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you will not have salvation. You need to know it, so you can serve God by living it and by teaching it to others.

DEUTERONOMY 6:4-9

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

God was talking to the Jewish people, but it also applies to us. He wants us to always be aware of His principles, His will and His commands. The only way to do that is by learning His word.

PROVERBS 7:1-3

“My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.”

By keeping God’s commands you may have eternal life. You can only do that if you learn what they are, and if you are obedient and try to keep them. Since nobody is perfect you will break them at times, but if you repent and ask God to forgive you, He is willing and able to do that.

ROMANS 15:4

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

The Scriptures were written not only to give us hope and comfort, but so we can get to know God, the blessings He has for us, and how to live a victorious life doing God’s will.

EXODUS 20:2-17

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;  you shall not bow down to them nor ]serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

These are the commandments that God gave the Jewish people through His servant Moses. Since this is God’s will, they apply to you as well.

MATTHEW 28:18-20

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of this age.”

This is the command that Jesus gave to His disciples just before He went back to heaven. We cannot comply with that command unless we learn His word by reading the Bible, hearing His word, doing Bible studies and by revelation of the Holy Spirit.

Many times we learn many things, but we neglect to learn the most important thing, which is the word of God. I highly recommend that you start attending a born-again Christian church, start reading the Bible and start asking God in prayer to reveal Himself to you. Guess what? One way or another, He will reveal Himself to you.

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YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR

One way or the other our redemption is very close to us. Since Jesus suffered, died and resurrected to pay for our sins, all we have to do is repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and live a Christian life. If we do that our redemption is assured. In other words, redemption is within us. All we have to do is claim it.

EPHESIANS 1:3-9

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself…”
Jesus has already paid for our sins, and chosen us for salvation. All we have to do is accept Him and accept salvation.

EPHESIANS 4:29-32

“ Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
The moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit seals us for redemption. In other words, we are redeemed from our sins, and become children of God.

ROMANS 3:23-25

“ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed.”
We do not deserve salvation, but Father God through His grace (unmerited favor) sent His Son Jesus Christ to die in our place; thus redeeming us from sin and from spending eternity in the lake of fire. Although salvation is free and available to each and every one of us, we have to claim it. It is not automatic. We can come to God at any given moment. We do not have to wait until we are perfect because that will never happen. God will receive us as we are.

LUKE 21:25-28

“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man (Jesus) coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
This passage is referring to the second coming of Jesus Christ to this earth. There will be great tribulation unlike anything we have seen before. All the signs that the Bible tells us will happen before the second coming of Jesus have already happened. Jesus could come any day from now on. Our redemption draws near. No other signs are necessary. The only question is … Are you ready?

GALATIANS 3:13-14

“ Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Jesus Christ has completely redeemed us from our own sins. That means if we receive Him as our Lord and Savior, we will not spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire. Instead, we will be with God eternally.
The ball is in your court. It is your choice. If you choose nothing, you automatically have chosen the lake of fire. You can be redeemed right now by choosing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or Redeemer. You may ask, “What do I have to do?” The answer is simple; repent, ask God to forgive you, and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. If you have no idea how to begin, read the following prayer, and when you, more or less, understand it in all honesty and humility, pray it to God aloud.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died, and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I ask Him to come into my life to be my Lord and Savior, and I also ask You to activate the Holy Spirit within me. Thank You, Father! Amen.”
Start reading the Bible, and start attending a born-again Christian church. Come back to my blog – http://thelivinglights.com – once a week. I update it every Wednesday. If you prayed that prayer meaningfully, you have been redeemed – all your sins have been forgiven. You are now a child of God bound for heaven. God bless you!

WALK IN THE WAYS OF THE LORD

The ideal situation would be for us to completely live by godly principles by doing God’s will every single day of our lives. Jesus is the model we should try to imitate Him in everything we do. He left us plenty of examples in the Bible.

1 JOHN 4:8

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
To walk in the ways of the Lord we have to walk in love because He is love. Jesus demonstrated His love for us many times over during his 33 years on earth.

PSALM 81:13

“Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways!”
These were the very words of God through the psalmist. His desire is for every Christ follower to walk in His ways. He gave us the example through Jesus Christ.

PSALM 119:1-3

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.”
God blesses here on earth, and will bless in heaven those who walk in His ways.

DEUTERONOMY 5:32-33

“Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. “You shall walk in l all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.”
These words God said to Moses and to the Israelites, but, of course, they pertain to us as well. God’s principles are eternal, and they apply to every single human being. He does not have favorites nor does he discriminate.

ROMANS 5:6-8

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Jesus proved His love for us that while we were still sinning, He suffered, died and resurrected for us. His sacrifice reconciles us back to God if we accept it.

EPHESIANS 2:8-10

“ For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
We have been saved by God’s grace, and the reason is so that we would do good works for the kingdom of heaven.

MATTHEW 6:19-21

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
We make treasures in heaven by doing good works here on earth. The biggest treasure, of course, is when we tell people about Jesus’ saving power and they receive Him as their Lord and Savior.

MATTHEW 28:18-20

“And Jesus came and spoke to them (His disciples), saying, “All authority has been given to Me (Jesus) in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
Our main job is to make disciples – to take the word of God to the ones who have not heard it yet and to those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
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DO NOT DESPAIR

The world may look good or bleak from your perspective, but to most people around the world it looks bad. It seems to be going from bad to worse. That, of course, is the signs of the times. However God does not want you to despair, because although it may not look like it, He is still in control of the whole world, and He will never leave you nor forsake you.

NUMBERS 11:14-17

“I (Moses) am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. If You (God) treat me like this, please kill me here and now—if I have found favor in Your sight—and do not let me see my wretchedness!”  So the Lord said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.”

Moses was in despair because the people who were with him in the desert were asking for meat and he could not supply it. He prayed to God and God intervened and provided the meat, as well as leaders who would help him.

If you are in despair call out to God. He will help you carry the burden. You were not meant to carry the burden alone. God is willing and able to help you.

MATTHEW 27:3-5

 Then Judas, His betrayer (betrayed Jesus), seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,  saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.”

Judas felt remorse and was in deep despair, but if he had repented and asked Jesus for forgiveness, he would have been forgiven. He would be in heaven today, instead of hell where he is.

1 KINGS 19:1-4

“And Ahab (the king) told Jezebel (wife and queen) all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword.  Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.”  And when he (the prophet Elijah) saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

God had worked mighty miracles through the prophet Elijah, yet when queen Jezebel threatened him, he went into despair. He should have prayed to God instead. Later on God took him alive to heaven. He did not have to die.

JONAH 3:10 – JONAH 4:1-3

“Then God saw their works (the people of Nineveh), that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.” (Jonah 4:1-3) – “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I knew that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness. One who relents from doing harm. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

The people of Nineveh were extremely mean, and God was going to destroy them completely, but all of them repented and God had mercy on them. Their forgiveness displeased the prophet Jonah and he fell into despair to the point that he wanted to die. He should have been glad that God had mercy on those people. He should have been praising God. The lesson to be learned is that we should be praying for our enemies to repent and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

HEBREWS 13:5

“Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have. For He (God) Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

If we are Christ followers, He will always be with us. He will help us in time of need if we call out to Him. He wants us to make our requests known to Him (Philippians 4:6).

DEUTERONOMY 31:6-8

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them (the enemy); for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Moses gave those words from God to Joshua and the Israelites just before they crossed into the promised land. We are not to fear or fall into despair for the Lord our God is always with us if we are Christians.

Because they were human even great men of God have fallen into despair. If it happens to us, let it be momentarily because our God is always with us. All we have to do is put our trust, faith, and confidence in Him.

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T H E   T A L E N T S

We are on this earth for a purpose, and that purpose is to do the will of God, not ours. God has given each and every one of us different talents and abilities. Our task is to develop them, so we can share them in love with others for the common good.

MATTHEW 25:19-23

“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’  His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’  He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”

Although the talents in this parable refer to money talents can also be the physical and spiritual gifts we have. God gave them to us, and He wants us to use them in a productive way for His glory. We are to bless others with our talents, abilities and spiritual gifts.

ROMANS 12:3-4

“For I (Paul the apostle), say, through the grace given to me to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,”

God has not only given to each one of us a measure of faith, but also some talents and abilities. On top of that He puts opportunities in front of us on a regular basis. Whether we take advantage of them or not is up to us.

EPHESIANS 2:8-10

 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

We were created by God to do good works. That means to help each other, and to bring into the knowledge of Jesus Christ and salvation the ones who do not know Him yet.

JAMES 1:16-18

 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.”

All our talents and abilities as well as all the spiritual gifts that we may practice and display come from God. Since God is the Father of lights that makes us the lights. We are supposed to be a light in a dark world. Watch the news and you will understand just how dark this world really is.

1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-7

“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:”

God has given each one of us talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts, so we can be a blessing to others. By blessing others we are serving Him. That is His will for our lives.

JOHN 15:16 and JOHN 15:7-8

 “You did not choose Me (Jesus), but I chose you (His disciples) and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:7-8 – “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

Although Jesus was talking to His disciples, it applies to us too. He chose us to bear good fruit. That fruit is telling others about salvation and loving others as we love ourselves.

MATTHEW 22:37-40

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

We can comply with God’s will by loving ourselves, loving others, and by loving God. That love, however, has to be demonstrated. We cannot just talk the talk – we have to walk the walk.

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GOD CHOOSES THE WEAK

Men would think that God would choose the perfect, the sinless, the strong, the powerful, the intelligent, the famous, the wealthy, the healthy and the independent, but He chooses the weak, the hurting, the sick, the poor, the broken ones, the sinners, the imperfect, and the ones who are dependent on Him.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:27-29

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”
God has chosen the weak, the poor, the imperfect, the hurting, the broken, the sinners, and the ones who depend on Him, so that the glory will go to Him and not to anything or anybody else.

DEUTERONOMY 7:6-8

“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”
God did not choose the Jewish people because they were the most numerous, the most powerful, or the most intelligent. He chose them because He had a covenant with them, and He made that covenant because they were few in number, weak and needed Him. He will choose you if you come to Him broken, in humility, sincerity, and knowing that you need Jesus to be your savior. You cannot save yourself.

MATTHEW 9:9-13

“As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew (he was a detested tax collector) sitting at the tax office . And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees (the religious leaders) saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Jesus came for the people who need salvation and who need help. He did not come for the ones who think they don’t need a Savior nor need help,

JUDGES 6:14-16

“Then the Lord turned to him (Gideon) and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites, have I not sent you?” So he (Gideon) said to Him (the Lord), “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
God chose Gideon because he belonged to a small weak clan and because he was the least in his family. That way God would get the glory and not men.

1 SAMUEL 16:10-12

“ Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel (a prophet of God). And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”
God had told the prophet Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be the king over Israel. Jesse had seven of his oldest sons who were big and strong go before Samuel, but God had not chosen one of them. David was an adolescent taking care of the sheep, and he was the one God had chosen. There were three reasons for that: 1. It was God’s will. 2. God chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong ones. 3. God looks at a person’s heart and not the physical.
God wants you to be a light to others. He wants to work through you. Do not make up excuses, such as: I am too young. I am too old. I am not a good speaker. I am not wealthy. I don’t have a college education. I don’t have a platform. I don’t have enough time. I don’t know the word of God well enough. No matter what excuse you come up with, it’s not good enough. God wants to work through your weaknesses, so He will get the glory, and not you or anybody else.
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