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Tools of God
1/22/2014

Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you.’ ” Exodus 4:1 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself lacking confidence in your own ability to do something you know God wants you to do?   Such was the case with Moses.   God had already assured him the Israelites would listen to him, and yet we see Moses doubting his own ability to simply pass on the information given to him by God. 

In like manner most of us have probably failed to share the gospel at times in our Christian walk because we lacked confidence, or feared rejection.  It seems to me we can often conclude within our own mind how something will turn out without even attempting them.  But we should always remember, if God will lead us to it—He will lead us through it.  This very much applies to sharing our faith with others.  And this is because God will give us the same three tools He gave to Moses—tools enabling him to do what was needed. Let’s take a look at these three tools.

The first tool God has given to each of us is Ability.  God gives each of us certain abilities, and they are there to serve God and others.  Think about some of the talents and abilities you may have right now.  You can be sure God will use some of these talents for His glory.  It may be construction, computer abilities, financial planning, weed abatement, etc.—it doesn’t matter, He will use it. 

The second tool God has given to us is Our Personal Testimony.  Let’s face it, people can argue over various interpretations of scripture until the cows come home, but when it comes to our personal testimony of what God has done in our life, and our relationship with Him, the argument stops.  There is no arguing with your personal testimony, and this makes for a very powerful tool for witnessing.

The third tool God has given to us is Authority.  When it comes to ministry, we should never underestimate the power of the Gospel message and the authority with which it holds.  This is the infallible, inerrant, and Holy Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17). 

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)

We may find it easy to befriend people, being kind, considerate and helpful—wanting to leave a good impression, but we also need to love them enough to give them the good news about Jesus (John 3:16; Jer. 29:11).  We need to ask God to give us boldness to ask others, “Would you like to know Jesus as Your personal Lord and Savior?  Can I lead you in a prayer?” 

I want to encourage you today.  Let’s start our day in prayer, asking God to empower us with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18), and to give us the words to share with others.  Let’s keep it simple, and remember, we don’t have to know everything about the Bible to be an effective witness in sharing the Gospel.  We have been given authority, ability, and a personal testimony to use, as mighty tools.

We have the Holy Spirit living within us, guiding us and prompting us each step of the way (John 14:16-17).

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, what is the Word of God good for?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself worrying if you knew enough to share your faith with others?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek the Lord for a fresh filling of His Spirit daily.  Let’s ask the Lord for wisdom, discernment, and His guidance in every conversation we have.  Let’s be confident in the authority of God’s Word, as well as the abilities He has given us.  And let’s share our personal testimony of what Jesus has done in our personal life. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for the authority of Your Word to guide us in our lives.  Thank You for the unique abilities you have given to each of us.  Bring others into our life and give us the opportunity to share Jesus with them, and how He has changed our lives.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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