God Will Use Anyone
by David J. Stewart | March 2020
Matthew 3:3-4, “For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.”He was in an old shanty building, telling a young boy the story of the Prodigal Son, having to skip words that he could not read. The person seeing him noted that he would be amazed if the Lord could ever use such a person as an instrument for His honour and glory. Within a year, the average attendance of the church was 650, with 60 volunteers serving as teachers. The church become so well known that the newly elected President elect visited and spoke there at a Sunday School meeting.
I'd like to share a true story about someone's life.
There was a child, born into a large family. Tragically, his father died when he was just four years old, leaving his mother to tend for him, his six brothers and his two sisters. When he was 17, he attended a church, as part of the conditions of his employment at his uncle's shoe store. After several months of attending this church, he converted to Christianity, when his Sunday school teacher told him about how much God loves him.
Here is what his Sunday school teacher had to say of him:“I can truly say, and in saying it I magnify the infinite grace of God as bestowed upon him, that I have seen few persons whose minds were spiritually darker than was his when he came into my Sunday School class; and I think that the committee of the Mount Vernon Church seldom met an applicant for membership more unlikely ever to become a Christian of clear and decided views of Gospel truth, still less to fill any extended sphere of public usefulness.”The young man had a mind which was “spiritually darker” than almost any that his Sunday school teacher had seen. A month after being saved, he was rejected for church membership (just like Harvest Baptist Church on Guam shamefully rejects me). He would be saved for 13 months before his application for membership to a church was finally accepted. No one expected him to be someone who would receive the Gospel, let alone being of service in the local community.
Teaching A Young Boy About Christ
Later, this seemingly Christian misfit was observed, attempting to teach a young boy about Christ:“The first meeting I ever saw him at was in a little old shanty that had been abandoned by a saloon-keeper. Mr. Moody had got the place to hold the meetings in at night. I went there a little late; and the first thing I saw was a man standing up with a few tallow candles around him, holding a negro boy, and trying to read to him the story of the Prodigal Son and a great many words he could not read out, and had to skip. I thought, 'If the Lord can ever use such an instrument as that for His honor and glory, it will astonish me. As a result of his tireless labor, within a year the average attendance at his school was 650, while 60 volunteers from various churches served as teachers. It became so well known that the just-elected President Lincoln visited and spoke at a Sunday School meeting on November 25, 1860.”
How was this person?
Dwight L. Moody
The person was Dwight L Moody, who went on to become one of the most famous Evangelists in modern history. Preaching in America, and the UK, regularly drawing crowds of up to 20, and 30 thousand.
Dwight L. Moody
The Wordless Book
Along with the renowned English Baptist Preacher, Charles Spurgeon, they created and promoted the “Wordless Book,” a teaching tool for cross cultural Evangelism and for teaching children about Christ.
This 'Wordless Book' typically consisting of four colors:
1. Gold Page:
God loves you and wants you to be His child.
2. Dark Page:
You have sinned.
3. Red Page:
Christ died for you.
4. Clean Page:
You can become a child of God.
As Moses Said
Moses told God that he had no skills, no abilities, no talents. God asked Moses what was in his hand, and he answered, “a rod” (Exodus 4:2). God used that rod, a simple stick, to lead His people from the cruel tyranny of Egypt to the promised land of Israel.
Regardless of what you have, or what you think you have, or what you think you don't have, God can and will use you.
Regardless of whether you think you are a misfit, that you are not 'good' enough for your local church, or other churches, just like Pastor Dwight L. Moody was, or you say that you have no skills, no abilities, no talents, just like Moses said, God can and will use you. ...James 4:6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
God isn't looking for proud people, people others may class as exceptional. God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. God is looking for the weak, and He will make them strong. ...2nd Corinthians 12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Just like me, just like you, just like all of us, it is God's strength we rely on, the Lords, not our own. In the words of the great Preacher, Pastor Jack Hyles: “Give God your heart, and He will comb the kinks out of your head.”
God isn't looking for committees
God isn't looking for committees, organisations, groups, God is looking for one man,Ezekiel 22:30, “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.”
One man can make a difference, it is not our strength, it is the Lord's strength. Let us say with Isaiah,“Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
Wherever you are, whoever you are, let us be humble, and remember that one man, even that one person who everyone has written off, can make a difference for the Lord. The Lord is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother,“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:15
“Faith is the only
righteous thing that I can do!”
—Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the MP3 sermon titled: “God's Reversal Of Psalm 51”
1st Corinthians 16:24, “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”
BELIEVE “THE GOSPEL” 2B SAVED!
Confession Is Never A Requirement For Salvation
'The Gospel' In Just One Minute(by Pastor Max D. Younce)
John 3:16, “For God
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“As a blind man has no idea of colors, so we have no idea of the manner
which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things.” —Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
Another Gospel Which Is Not Another (a red-hot MP3 by Dr. Curtis Hutson exposing Lordship Salvation)
Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
“If you have to look at
your life to prove that you are saved, it proves that you're not!”
—Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold; an excellent quote from the awesome YouTube sermon titled, “Why Lordship Salvation is WRONG! | MP3.”