Can God Really Use Me?

This post is a little later than normal. We had a problem with our CD recording equipment. We also made a cassette recording. We had to use the tape to record our mp3 file so the quality isn’t as good as normal.

I preached on Sunday on the question, “Can God Really Use Me?”  We examined Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

We looked at a very simple outline:

 I. The People God Chooses
A. Negatively – “Not many…”
1. Wise
2. Mighty
3. Noble
B. Positively – “But God…”
1. Foolish
2. Weak
3. Base Things
4. Despised
5. Which Are Not

II. The Purpose God Chooses
A. To Confound the World
B. To Conquer Pride
C. To Confirm Our Position

Can God really use me? Absolutely! You may listen to this message by following this link: Can God Really Use Me? or visit our sermons page.

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One thought on “Can God Really Use Me?

  1. This is a wonderful study on “Can God, God can”.

    Last Sunday is SS our lesson was on Jesus calling Levi in Mark 2: 13-17.
    In the class I said Levi knew that what God had done for others, God could do for him.

    “It Is No Secrete What God Can Do”

    Then I asked if that reminded them of a song and began to sing. Some even joined in to sing a little.

    It never ceases to amaze me how you can teach a SS lesson and the pastor preaches the same thoughts from a different scripture
    and even a different theme but brings out God’s truths through the same thoughts from two different people.

    We pray for you, the family and the ministry
    everyday. Keep up the good work and hang in there God is doing a good work through you.

    Below are some of the comments we had last Sunday in SS.

    Love,
    Dad
    • No one is beyond hope – I am sure that most people in Capernaum had given up on Levi. The good religious people of the city snubbed him as they passed by and wrote him off as a lost cause. Jesus, however, knew that his life could be salvaged. He loved him in spite of his past and his problems and He delivered Levi from the bondage of his sins and gave him a new life. No one is beyond the reach of our redeeming Lord.
    • Jesus knows how to reach your wayward loved ones – Levi’s parents did not know how to reach their son. They had done the best they could in raising him and now they feel helpless to save him. They may have even given up all hope. He was making money and he was powerful, they had no way to get his attention. Jesus, however, knew where he was and He knew how to reach Levi. One word from the Master and Levi’s life was changed forever! The Lord knows where your lost loved ones are and what it will take to reach them. Never give up! In His time, and in His Own way, He will touch them for His glory!
    • Jesus sees the hidden potential in the lives of the lost – Jesus saw something in Levi that no one else could see! This man would be given a new name after he was saved. He would become known as Matthew, Matt. 9:9. He would be a faithful follower of Jesus; he would write a Gospel and he would give his life for the Lord Who saved his soul.
    Consider where you are today, You are there because He loved you, saved you and released your hidden potential!)
    • It is impossible to know what is happening in an individual’s heart – I get the idea that, along with all of Levi’s other problems, he was disillusioned and disappointed with his life. When Jesus called him, he did not hesitate, but he left everything to follow Jesus.
    Levi gave up more to follow Jesus than did the rest of the disciples. The others could go back; Levi made a clean, permanent break with his past, Luke 5:28.)
    Apparently, God has already been working on Levi’s heart before Jesus passed by that day. He probably had heard Jesus preaching. He had heard about the miracles and about the changed lives.
    He knew that what God had done for others, God could do for him.
    “It Is No Secrete What God Can Do”

    When Jesus came calling, Levi was more than ready to follow.

    You might wonder if your family and friends will ever be saved. I don’t know the answer to that question. But, I do know that God works on lost hearts in amazing ways. Never give up! (1) Keep praying,
    (2) keep witnessing
    3) keep believing! God is working in ways that you can’t even imagine!
    Consider Saul of Tarsus – Acts 9:5.)

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