Friday, January 30, 2015

Go in the strength you have

Judges 6:12 Go in the strength you have.

God does not call qualified people. But he qualifies the called.

If God has entrusted you with only a cup of water, he will only ask that.

God only wanted the rod in Moses’ hand. That’s all he had and God was willing to use that. (Exodus 4:17)
David when he was kid was only good at using a sling. So with just one stone and a sling God gave him victory over Goliath. (1 Samuel 17:40) But for his latter life he trained his hands for war. (Psalm 144:1)

All God wants is that little oil and flour you have (1 Kings 17:12). If you just have five loaves and two fishes, he can work with that (Matt 14:17). With just water he was able to make wine (John 2:7). Nothing is impossible with God.
One woman was crying to Lord saying, “I can’t give you tithes, as my husband is refusing and he is the only earning member”. The Lord spoke to her and asked her to give tithe in what she has. She was wondering as to what she has. Then the Holy Spirit reminded about her prayer life. So she decided to give tithe in her prayer time – she decided to spend at least 2.4 hours per day in prayer.

Give God what you have with you and He will work with that. All he needs is a surrendered heart, a yielding heart, a trusting heart.
Some of us are not able to trust the Lord that he can fetch us a job with what is on our resume. We try to modify and add false things. This makes the Lord sad. He is able to fetch you a job with what is on your resume. No false additions are needed.

Many of us have read the following story via email or on the web. Though its author or origin is not known, it tells an incredible truth.

The cracked Pot

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on an end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.

“I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years, I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

If you give your brokenness to the Lord, His light will shine through it. He can even use your pain for His glory.

He told Gideon, to go in the strength he has. That is exactly what God is telling each and every one of us too. Let us go in the strength he has given us and achieve great things for our Lord.

 

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