And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. (Luke 24:49)
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Acts 17:28
Who does God use to fulfill His purpose? What type of man or woman does He call to extend the Gospel to the nations of the world?
And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. (Mark 16:11)
Later Jesus appeared to two of the disciples as they were walking in the country. When they told the other disciples, they did not believe them
After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. (Mark 16:12-13)
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying . . . (Genesis 17:1-3)
Later, this great man of faith lied to the enemy and claimed Sara was his sister because he feared for his life. In spite of this, Abraham was called the "friend of God" and the “father of faith” and became the father of many nations.
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:23-24
♥ When Jesus performed His first miracle of turning water into wine, He asked ordinary men to fill ordinary water pots.
♥ When He multiplied bread and fish He gave it to ordinary men who then fed the multitude.
♥ When Jesus was about to perform what was perhaps the greatest miracle in His ministry, that of raising Lazarus from the dead, He depended on men to move the stone from the entrance of the grave. Didn't the same God who raised Lazarus have the power to remove the stone from the entrance?
- All ordinary people who thought they couldn't be used of God...
- All ordinary people who thought they couldn't be part of a miracle...
- All who have denied and failed Him...
God is not depending on your faith, education, talents, or your level of spirituality. He is not depending on anything that you are. He is depending on what He knows you can become if you will surrender your life totally to His will and purposes.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
. . . My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (II Corinthians 12:9)