Fresh Hope – 4th July 2018

Some Christians will travel great distances – hundreds of miles- to go to a special service to receive a word or a miracle from God, but they are unwilling to deal with the anger, unforgiveness or bitterness in their own hearts. This is often evidence that power is seen to be more important than character. It never is.

Character trumps everything, every time. It’s wonderful that people are so hungry for the power of God, but let’s not neglect what is going on deep down in our hearts that no one but God can see.

I used to pray everyday… “God, please use me.” It’s a great prayer to pray and a very necessary one. However, I’ve come to appreciate that there is a much higher prayer to pray than that, and it’s this one: “God, make me usable.” At first glance, it almost sounds the same thing but it’s far from that. One says ‘use me no matter what I’m like’ – which of course God can do, but the other says, ‘I’m dealing with stuff so that I can be more readily used.’

Take a surgeon for instance. In the operating theatre, he is reliant on his skill and experience, but he needs instruments in order to carry out his work. Just imagine that halfway through an operation, he glances down to find a scalpel that’s not been carefully prepared and sanitised. No matter how skilful he is, the whole thing is going to result in disaster if he uses the instrument that’s sitting there ready, but unprepared.

Maybe today you are asking God desperately to use you, and yet you know you are compromising in certain areas of your life. Maybe integrity isn’t high on your priority list. God still wants to use you, but He is limited. You’re not yet fully usable. Clean up your life today by the help of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Lord, make me usable.

Pastor Mark

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