Have you ever been asked to do something that you really didn't want to do? Have you ever felt a gentle nudge in your heart urging you to take something on that scared you? Have you ever said this to God?....."Not me God, please not me, I don't know how, I don't know what to say, I don't know what to do. Please don't send me. please don't make me talk to that person about you. I don't know scripture, I don't have the words". I believe we all have those thoughts and prayers. I have to admit to that almost daily. Even Moses questioned his abilities. He told God that he was not eloquent, that he was slow of speech and tongue.
10 Moses said to the LORD, "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue."
11 The LORD said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD ? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."
We all doubt ourselves at some point in our lives. We all have moments of worry and trepidation about certain times or situations. I doubt myself more often than I would like too, I also question my abilities more than I should, especially when it comes to talking about Jesus. The beauty is this, we don't have to worry or feel anxious, He will provide the words if we are truly meant to speak them. I have this beautiful image in my mind of God reaching down from Heaven, placing His words on my lips with his hands. How could I question my qualifications if I am open to His working in me? I don't have higher education in theology, I cannot rhyme off verses from the Bible, I cannot claim to have the perfect Godly life.....notice the "I", I cannot do anything, but HE can do everything in me and through me. I have to be willing. So, am I qualified? Are you qualified? YES, we are!
If you are feeling that gentle nudge, or if you hear those quiet whispers from God, be brave, be courageous. Imagine the life we could have if we allowed God to use us. Remember that it isn't always the big stuff, sometimes He just wants us to hold someones hand, or smile at someone on the street. We may not even be aware of how God used us, we may not get credit, or praise. That isn't what it's about, it is only and all about HIM. Let Him work in you, let Him use you, say "yes" to God and see where it may take you.
2 Timothy 1:7 (New Living Translation)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Give us the courageous to step out of our comfort zone. Allow us to be open to what you want to do through us. Remind us that it isn't about us, it is about you. Amen
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