God can use you too

Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye

Memory Verse: “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none” Ezekiel 22: 30.

Bible Passage: Romans 8:28-39.

Introduction
God is still looking for vessels to use. Vessels weak, despised and overlooked. Vessels considered unusable. When He uses such vessels everyone will concede that this is indeed the finger of God.

Requirements
God’s requirements include;
• Faithfulness – Lk. 19: 17; I Cor. 4: 2; Jer. 5:1.
• Availability – Ezek. 22:30.
• Obedience – Deut. 28: 1-14; Prov.13:13; Eccl. 12:13-14.
• Being Teachable – Jn. 14:23; Matt. 10:24.

Hindrances
• What are the hindrances?
• Faithfulness is degraded by – Sin, impatience, prayerlessness.
• Availability – is reduced by, competing demands of work, family and others.
• Teachable – is impacted negatively by pride (‘an attitude of I know it all.’)
• Obedience –is hindered by hard heartedness and pride. God is no respecter of person(s) and is sovereign. He will use whosoever He pleases. Consider some of His vessels;

• Moses: fearful (Ex. 2:14), had low self-esteem. (Ex.3:11), stammered (Ex. 4:10, Num. 12: 6-8)
• Gideon: a doubter (Judges 6:11-13; Judg. 6:36-40), also had low self-esteem (Judg. 6:14-15, Judg. 7:19-25).
• David: was least in his father’s house (1Sam.17:14a; 16:11-12), became an adulterer (2 Sam.11:2-4), murderer (2 Sam 11:14-17, 1 Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:21).
• Zacchaeus: enriched by corruption (Lk. 19:2), short in stature (Lk. 19:3, Luke 19:5; 9) an extortionist.
• Peter: slept at time of prayer (Matt. 26:37-44), denied Christ thrice (Mk. 14:66-72, Matt. 16:16-19, Lk. 22:31-32; Acts 2:40-41; 3:6-8).

Rewards
God always rewards – Matt. 6:3-4; Rom. 8:28-32; Ps.118:6-7; Matt. 10:39; John 3:16b.
• The just – Deut. 25:15.
• Faithful workers – 2 Chro.15:7; Jer. 31:16.
• The righteous – Ps.58:11.
• Sacrificial Christ – like service– Matt.19:27-29. Matt.25:34-40; Luke 14:13-14.
• Those awaiting incorruptible crowns. – I Cor.9:25; Righteousness – 2 Tim.4:8; Life – Jms. 1:12; Rev.2:10; Glory – I Peter 5: 4.
• Over comers – Rev.2:7, 17.

Conclusion
We need to die to self-interest (Jn. 12:24-26). Yield to Him completely. God can discern every motive (Heb 4:13; Ps 33:13-15). Serve Him with sincerity and press on in dedication and commitment Phil.3: 12-14.

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