TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, February 01, 2018:
Characterized by defects or weaknesses; lacking completeness.
If you believe, you will receive whatever whatever you ask for in prayer.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of this world to shame the strong.
I Corinthians 1:27.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “How can God use an imperfect person like me?” Jesus said some astonishing words about this in John 14:12. “He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.” Astounding isn’t it? Yes, Jesus did say that as believers in Jesus we will do works greater than He has done. This truth seems impossible when we consider it in light of our faults, sins, and weaknesses.
Many believers sit on the sidelines feeling that God can never use them because of the many goofs that they have made in life and their insufficiencies. The problem is not our inadequacies or imperfections but it is because we have allowed our feelings to overshadow the truth of God’s Word.
The Lord is able to use you to show His love to others. Once we have confessed and turned over our sins to Jesus, we are cleansed permanently and ready for His service. But we have to act and not sit back and think how bad we have been or how useless we feel.
No longer should your questions be, “Do I deserve to serve Him?” or “Am I talented enough to represent Him?” The question you need to ask yourself is, “Will I obey God and trust Him to show His love to others through me?”
The spiritual heroes in the Bible were just ordinary people but because they trusted and obeyed God, He used them to do extraordinary things.
We are all imperfect but God can use each of us in spite of our imperfections. We are to serve Him because we are thankful for what He has done for us. The work we do for Him may seem a little thing but it is greater than we imagine because every time we show His everlasting love to another person, it multiplies and grows.
Do not worry about being imperfect. God will overcome for you your weaknesses, faults, and inadequacies. He will work through them to make you a shining light for Him in this dark world.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 11:30.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
Help me today to overcome my imperfections and allow You to work through me. Give me a new faith and the strength to be Your witness to those that I meet today.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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