Summary: If you will trust and let God lead the way..it's not what can I do..it's What can't you do for the Kingdom? God uses those who make themselves available to Him. He will use you, if you make yourself available to him... It's time to stand up and be counted
Isaiah 40:6-8 MSG
6 The voice said, “Cry out!”
And he[b] said, “What shall I cry?”
“All flesh is grass,
And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades,
Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”
In these trying times in which we live, we see things happen around us...
Like the trouble that's going on Ukraine right now,
like the unrest in the Gaza Strip,
like the things on the home front in the evening news
And the migration of thousands of people into our own backyard...
And sometimes we wonder, Lord what in the world is going on?
It seems as though so many things are going on...
that are beyond our control...
And if there's one thing that we like to be in...it is control
Fact of the matter is, when we think we are in control of any situation… That's exactly what it is...only a thought!
Just something that we think we are.. and we get comfort from that,
Even if it's only temporary.
Truth is, we truly have never been in control of anything...
God is, was and always will be in control!
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”
John 1:1-5 MSG
1 1-2 The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.
3-5 Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.
You see, the devil knows the word...
and he knows it to be true and accurate…
However that does not stop him from trying to carry out his plans!
In case you haven't noticed, the kingdom of darkness is marching full steam ahead...day after day in this world in which we live!
We see that it is..we know that it is, but what are we doing about it?
For most of us there's only one thing that we think about,
and that is what could I do about it I'm only one person...
No, I don't like what's happening all around me...and it makes me angry!
But What difference could I make?
James 1:19-24 MSG
19-21 Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.
22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.
If you will trust and let God lead the way..it's not what can I do..it's What can't you do for the Kingdom?
Helen Keller said, “"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
Throughout Scripture, we find example after example of the power of one.
Joshua 23:9-10 MSG
9-10 “God has driven out superpower nations before you. And up to now, no one has been able to stand up to you. Think of it—one of you, single-handedly, putting a thousand on the run! Because God is God, your God. Because he fights for you, just as he promised you.
With Gods help and His Blessing..
One little boys lunch he was willing to give up..fed the 5,000
One young man rose up to slay a giant and become a King!
One man was willing to obey The Lord and say to a valley full of dry bones
‘God, the Master, says, Come from the four winds. Come, breath. Breathe on these slain bodies. Breathe life!’” And an army of dead, dry bones..stood up and lived! Praise God!
Illus. Phillip Brewer wrote these words..
"God uses what you have to fill a need, which you never could have filled.
God uses where you are to take you where you never could have gone.
God uses what you can do to accomplish what you never could have done.
God uses who you are to let you become who you never could have been."