2005-02-19 - Encouragement
Originally Published 2003-02-19
Greetings friends, in the name of Jesus our Lord, from whom all life flows.
I want to get personal with you, so I want to share something with you that has happened in my life that hasn't been fun - but through it, God has been glorified.
I have a learning disability, along with being blind in one eye. I also have Epilepsy, and I have had a cerebellar brain tumor that was three inches long, and one inch in diameter, removed. It is clear that I have had, and still have, problems in my life. My problems - though severe as they sound - are not that severe, because God provided for me and took care of me, to keep me alive. Yet he allowed me to have these problems in my life. There were times I was mad at God for allowing me to be like I am. However, once I learned that God had a specific purpose in my life, I realized that He allowed these problems to happen for several reasons.
There was another person in the Bible who had some disability that made it hard for him to do the job that God requested of Him. His name is Moses. We know that Moses met God at a burning bush that was not being consumed. God told Moses that he wanted Moses to go to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let God's people go. Moses said to God that he had a problem with speech, and told God that he should send someone else. God chose Moses as God's ambassador, in spite of Moses' speech impediment -- and God told Moses that he would sent Aaron, Moses' brother, to speak for Moses. God said to Moses that He would be with Moses when He went.
Well, God called me to ministry, to seek out and share with lost people about the free gift and love of God, as he gave His son Jesus Christ to pay for the sin debt that we owe and can't pay. I told God that I have all of these problems, and that I can't do it. Still, God chose me to be His servant and ambassador to the lost, whom He is seeking to save. He told me that he would send the Holy Spirit to be my comforter, and that he would come and live inside of me. He said that the Holy Spirit would speak through me. And He said that He would be with me.
As Moses was obedient to God, he (Moses) was blessed, and though Moses was disobedient at one point, God did use him to free the Israelites and bring them to the place where Moses was able to see the land that the Israelites would be blessed to receive from God. Moses received blessings as he was obedient to God.
I also receive blessings daily, as I am obedient to God to share His love. I am imperfect as Moses was, and yet a loving God chose me to be His representative to all lost people in my reach, who would believe in Jesus.
1 Timothy 4:7-8 says to "Have nothing to do with godless myths, and old wives' tales; rather train yourself to be godly. For physical exercise is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come."
This basically means: Don't listen to the lies of Satan, read your Bible, talk to God in prayer, preach and teach these things to others publicly. Be diligent to do these things to protect yourself from the evil one, and be ready, at every opportunity, to share God's love with everyone you meet.
I encourage you to be obedient to God when He calls you, and train yourself to be Godly, so that you can run the race set before you, to love all people by sharing Jesus Christ with them. You will receive blessings as you are obedient to love others in Christ's name.
I love you, friends.
God Bless You