Do you ever wonder how God could use you? For so long, I could not imagine God could use me. But then I joined a Bible study…my very first Bible study. In this study I learned powerful truths I had never heard.
I learned God created me for a purpose.
I learned that every event in our lives, good or bad, cannot enter in unless our God first allows it. It must pass through His holy hands.
I learned that no matter what has happened in my past, He promises to work all things (even the most terrible of things) for good for those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose.
I learned He is able to redeem us from the deepest, darkest pits to do amazing works for His Kingdom.
So as you read this wondering if God can use you, sweet friend, I assure you He can. Nothing that has happened to you, no choice you have made, can ever keep you from serving Him!!!
Our God, through His Son Jesus Christ, redeems all things for His glory.
Do you know that you are God’s masterpiece?
You were created in Christ Jesus to do good works that He prepared in advance for you to do. Ephesians 2:10
God will equip you with everything good for doing His will. Hebrews 13:21
God knew you before you were born. He formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, He set you apart and appointed you to a great work for His Kingdom. Jeremiah 1:5
God has a plan for your life…a plan that has been on His schedule before time began. He is waiting to reveal that plan…to reveal your calling. Your responsibility is to seek it out.
To find our calling, we must first BELIEVE these truths!
Once we believe He has a wonderful plan to use us, there are practical steps we can take. I will give you a hint: Check Your H.E.A.R.T. If you would like to learn more, please visit the Tip of the Week at womensministry.net where I share these steps. (If you are not familiar with this web site, it is amazing web site whose sole purpose is equipping women to lead other women. It is one of my favorite web sites!)
Below is a prayer I wrote for the women to whom I gave this message last week at Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference. It is my joy to share it with you today.
Heavenly Father, I praise You as the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Almighty God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. You are the Bread of Life, the Lamb of God, Living Water, and Sustainer of all things. You alone are the Author of Life and the Strength of my heart and my Portion forever.
My heart’s desire is to live my life to honor and glorify You … to become a woman after Your own heart. To live my life this way, I know it requires a deep and abiding relationship with You. So, today, as I begin this journey of abiding, help me to carve out time for You no matter how busy I think I am. Help me to set aside time each day to dig into Your living and active Word. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, a heart to receive, and a mind to understand all that you will speak to me. Father, make my heart tender to hear Your voice. Speak a fresh word to me every time I sit at Your feet…especially in those familiar stories. Make it as if I am reading for the first time.
Father, take Your Word and penetrate my heart, soul, joints, and marrow. And, Lord, if there is anything in me that will keep me from hearing You, reveal it to me. Give me a heart of humility and enable me to see it. Convict my heart and move me to confession. Cleanse my heart and allow me to return to perfect fellowship with You.
Oh, Father, I long for Your highest and best for my life. Fill my heart with Your Truth. Plant it deep within me so that it takes root. Keep my heart tender as that I will never stray from walking in Your Truth.
Meet me. Move me. Change me. Transform me. Accomplish everything in my life that You desire. You have a plan and purpose for me, and I desire to live in the fullness of that plan. Draw me close each and every day. Empower me to live out all I have learned this weekend. Help me make my life one long walk of obedience in response to Your Word and Your Holy Spirit that reigns and lives in me. Let Your love and Your Word shape my life.
I ask all this in Jesus’ powerful and holy Name. Amen.
If you find yourself struggling to hear God’s voice, I encourage you to visit this link to see how God led me to and confirmed my calling. I also share this story in the last half of my book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: TheTransforming Power of God’s Story.
Also, if you would like prayer in this area, please share your prayer request in a comment, and I promise to pray for you.
Blessings to you today,