Summary: God want you to work with Him no matter what your former falures were.This is number 5 of a series
What is in your hand?
We have been looking at Life Changing Questions that God asked.
“Where are you?”, “Who said you were Naked?”, “Why are you laughing?”, “What is your name?”
Today the next Question is “What is in your hand?”.
Exodus 4:2 (KJV) And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
Christians are unfruitful because they believe they are not qualified
to do what God calls them to do!
We look for something that will help us feel we can do the job God calls us to do....but that something is usually something we don’t now have.
Satan’s fear is not our being a Christian, it is our getting involved in ministry
as a Christian...for if we stay unproductive or sedentary, Christianity will quit
There is no doubt about God’s call on our lives...it is a call to be active in
ministry...the question we struggle with is "how to do it".
The Bible will teach us that we possess whatever is necessary to do
what God calls us to do, we just need to let Him touch those areas of our life supernaturally to become effective for Him.
There was a young boy who was the son of a drifter. This boy worked as a store clerk for a while, but the store failed. He bought a partnership in another store, but it failed also. He ran for legislature and lost both times. He ran for vice-president and lost. He became the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
There was another boy who was called a "slow learner." A teacher recommended he be withdrawn from school because of his seeming inability.
He tried to go to school in Switzerland, but failed the entrance exam. He was fired from three teaching jobs. At age 26 he won the Nobel Prize. He was Albert Einstein.
Here were men who suffered serious setbacks in life, road blocks if you will, but they did the best they could do and to and become great in their fields. How much more important is it for a child of God to use the ability God has given them?
God put us here to worship him.
Secondly, we were made for God’s family. He fashioned us to live in fellowship with others. Believers need the support and encouragement of others in the family of the church.
We are shaped for God’s service. The Bible terms this purpose—ministry.
Yet many times the very things God has given us to use for His glory, get laid aside, get hidden away because the devil sidetracks the people of God.
The devil knows he can’t take away that which God has given you. Your time, talents, and treasures are yours from God.
But the devil desires to keep you from using them for Christ.
If the devil can keep us from doing that which God has commanded us to do, through fear, discouragement, self-pity, or any other thing he has been successful,
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might....
I. What I Have is Insignificant To God
Let me tell you about a man who took something insignificant in his hand, and God made it miraculous.
There was a man of God named Samson.
God had set him apart and made him a judge over Israel.
Samson had super-human strength which was given to him by God and God had given him many victories.
Samson finds himself in real trouble. He has been bound and is going to be delivered into the hands of his enemies, the Philstines. As he was being delivered into their hands, God’s Spirit moved, and the ropes which bound him broke.
Judges 15:14-15 (KJV) Jdg 15:14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.
. Yet he was still surrounded by a great host of trained and armed fighting men.
If you and I had been there we would have said " Samson, give up. You don’t have a sword or a shield.’ But the Bible says Sampson grabbed a near by object and used to kill 1,000 fighting men. What did he grab? Was it a sword or a spear? No, it was the jawbone of a Donkey.
You might say what could Samson possibly do with a jawbone. Samson couldn’t do anything with it, but it was all he had in his hand and he trusted God with it. And God took that insignificant object and wrought a great victory.
Jdg 15:15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.