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Monday, March 21, 2011

You are a chosen vessel of the Lord

"But the Lord said to him, Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel." (Acts 9:15) 

You too are a chosen vessel of the Lord, 
to bear His name before all you come in contact. 
He will show you how 
and in what way. ... 
but not necessarily the way you think it should be.
Remember ... ? 
His ways are not your ways. 
His way is better, far better 
than anything we suppose.
We are to show "cares for the things that belong to the Lord - how he may please the Lord."                          (I Corinthians 7:32)

Whatever our stage in life, 
the Lord's desire is for us to care, 
to be concerned about what is pleasing to Him.

Sometimes you run when you're scared or frightened or frustrated; sometimes you withdraw. 
God doesn't want us to be stagnant, but to run, run with endurance, in the way He has destined for us. 

"Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured ... lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls." (Hebrews 12:1-3)

The Lord knows your heart
He knows your innermost being
Remember ...? 
He formed you.

He understands your desires, 
your misgivings,
your pain

He tells us to lay aside every hindrance, every sin which traps us so easily. 
Discouragement is not a sin, nor is frustration or disappointment.
But all can lead to places God does not wish us to partake in. 

God has forgiven you
He has cleansed you 
of your sin
of your guilt
He has pardoned you
He has restored you to righteousness. 

God does not keep a record of your wrongs
He is not like your peers
who remember
and bring before you
your faults, failures, 
making claim to 

Who are they to judge
Who made them Lord
What makes them higher and more powerful than the Lord God Almighty? 

He has pardoned you
Of what matter, 
of what consequence is it
when others put us down. 

Their level is not where God wants you.
He has forgiven you.
Once. Twice. and more. 
He forgives us our trespasses 
again and again, 
when we actively seek His forgiveness
and live the life 
He has chosen for us. 
"But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say, The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you." (Luke 10:10-11)

Whatever city
Whatever church
Whatever congregation 
Whatever people
if so embittered 
against you
to not receive you
then wipe off the dust
wipe the slate clean
move on 

It is not they who ultimately decide your path. 
It is God. His will. 
Follow Him. 

Jesus went places of which His disciples cringed.
Jesus' determination super-ceded those who followed Him. 
He listened and discussed with others, 
But it was His Father to whom He obeyed. 

The hostility we face should not deter us 
from following and being obedient 
to our Lord Jesus Christ. 
We need to meet our opposition 
head on, 
not withdraw from it.

Move on and do. 
not literally, as moving your place of residency to another 
but symbolically, within your heart and soul
Don't become complacent
Don't let those who oppose 
Let God. 

The Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, saying
"Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you." (Acts 18:9-10)

Do not be afraid. 
Do not keep silent.
Sometimes silence of words is necessary, 
but the silence of the heart need not be.
Seek the Lord
Seek His way for you to go. 
He is with you.
He is always with you.

Nothing another says 
because of their fears and unstableness
can truly harm you
if it is to the Lord 
we look and seek and pray and be.
He is our enabler. 
Our all. 
In Him do we trust. 


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