Impossible!

5 02 2014

Chosen by God…that’s you and me.

We remember the day we were anointed to become kings and priests before our God (1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6).

That we were chosen had nothing to do with skills, talents, gifts, abilities, looks, but was based on our heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

Despite being chosen, some of us may not yet be “installed” into the place to which we were called – like David who was anointed to be king of Israel, but was not crowned until many years later.

What do we do in the meantime? Let’s drop in on David in 1 Samuel 17 to see what David did.

We find three of his older brothers with Saul’s army at the Valley of Elah. Across the valley was the Philistine army, along with their champion, Goliath.

Saul had already been rejected by God as king, and David already anointed to take his place.

However, David was at home, tending sheep! Not for long.

Dad called on David to run an errand. He was to take grain, bread, and cheese to the army.

In essence, this anointed one was dispatched as a pizza delivery guy!

It is interesting that David didn’t tell his dad, “What? Are you kidding me? I’m the king! Get one of my other brothers to be your errand boy. That’s not my calling!”

Instead, he obeyed his father and set out for the battle.

As he drew near to the place, he could hear the big mouth of Goliath. Every boast and taunt rankled.

He left the supplies with the supply keeper, then went in search of his brothers.

After he asked what was going on, his oldest brother turned on David and accused him of being a rubbernecker. Undaunted, he went and talked to some of the other men.

Everyone told him how big and mean Goliath was.

On the other hand, David’s question was this: “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

The men saw a big problem…David saw his big God.

Saul got word that there was someone willing to take on the giant. He was just a kid, though. What to do?

David was summoned, and the king insisted that the fellow put on his armor.

I think David went along with it just so he could tell his buds back home, “I got to wear Saul’s armor!”

The results were laughable. Saul stood head and shoulders above grown men, and David was just a youth.

It didn’t take much intelligence to realize that this would not go well. He took it off again and deferred to his own weapons – a staff and a sling.

He told of killing a lion and a bear with nothing more than these…and his Lord.

Besides, this guy was bad-mouthing the army of the living God – and it ticked him off. Someone needed to shut him up. If no one else was willing to do the thing, then he’d see to it.

Wearing someone else’s “armor” is awkward.

David knew God could use what this shepherd brought to the table.

He stopped on the way to the valley and selected five smooth stones.

Then came the moment of truth.

Once he stepped into that valley, there was no turning back. Could he do it?

Are you kidding?

He was there to defend the honor of the living God.

Without the first irrevocable step,

all David had said would be just a lot of hot air…

No different than Goliath!

“You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”

Then, in classic Aragorn fashion (Lord of the Rings), David ran toward Goliath.

True to his word, he felled the giant with a single stone, then took Goliath’s sword and severed his head from his body. (Ladies say, “Eew!”)

He took that head with him to Jerusalem. (Double Eew!)

As you see above, there are three things we want to take away from this story:

1. The men saw a big problem…David saw his big God.

When we are faced with difficulties we choose what we will focus on. Will it be the size of the matter before us? Or will it be the size of our living God?

2. Wearing someone else’s “armor” is awkward.

Each one of us has been given, by God’s divine power, all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3).

In other words, God knew what armor you have before He invited you into this ordeal.

We get ourselves into great trouble when we compare our equipment (anointing, skills, abilities, talents, or gifts) to those around us.

“Oh, if only I could teach like So-and-so.” “Oh, if only I was a prayer warrior like _________.” “If I had leadership skills like Whats-his-face…”

“THEN I could _________________.”

Um…wrong-o! First Corinthians 1:27 reads, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.”

Feeling too weak or foolish to see the thing through? Perfect! You’re exactly the person God wants to use!

Not only that, but we look downright silly trying to “wear” what someone else has when we step into the arena.

3. Without the first irrevocable step, we will be no different than many other people who sit in church on a Sunday singing about how brave they are…

…then go home and do nothing out of fear: fear of failure, of looking foolish, of not doing it right, of what others might think.

Life will come to a close. They’ll draw the sheet up over our heads, and we will have done nothing noteworthy to demonstrate the power of the living God.

Today I want you to know this:

You are enough for anything God wants to do through you!

Get your sling, and I’ll meet you at the edge of the valley, for nothing is impossible…

…with God!

(This was Sunday’s sermon…bits of it, anyway. It was so good that I went back in the evening to hear it again!)

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29 responses

6 02 2014
Natasha

Tamme this spoke to my heart this evening. It was what I needed to hear… Thank you for sharing this!!! Blessings to you

6 02 2014
lessonsbyheart

I love it when we get to be the conduit! If you want to hear the entire message, it can be found at http://www.thestirring.org. It’s the 2/2/14 message. It should be posted by now.

🙂

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6 02 2014
Natasha

Thank you Tamme, I will love to hear the entire message!!! 🙂

6 02 2014
inthepottershands988

Reblogged this on In The Potter's Hands and commented:
For those out there that think their problems are too big or that they are not enough to meet the task. “You are enough for anything God wants to do through you!”

6 02 2014
inthepottershands988

Oh amen, Tammy! This post has spoken to my heart. I know it comes from the Lord’s heart! There have been many times when I would think I don’t have what it takes to fulfill God’s calling for me. “You are enough for anything God wants to do through you.” A message straight from God’s heart to mine. Thank you!! Blessings, my friend! *hugs*

6 02 2014
inthepottershands988

Oh! And reblogging. I know I’m not the only one that needs this message.

6 02 2014
lessonsbyheart

{thanks!}

6 02 2014
lessonsbyheart

If you want to hear the real sermon, you can find it at thestirring.org. It was the message from Feb. 2.

I only had space to give the highlights. 🙂

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6 02 2014
crystal780205

I love your blog! Such wisdom found here! Blessings, Crystal

6 02 2014
lessonsbyheart

Thanks, Crystal. Our dear Father has ways of reaching us, doesn’t He? I only get to share what He’s taught me. You don’t want to know what *I* know…it would be an empty post. 😉

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7 02 2014
crystal780205

My blog too! Blessings, Crystal

6 02 2014
Eddy

This is really good, and I needed very much to read this right now. Thanks Sis!

6 02 2014
lessonsbyheart

You’re welcome. I needed it to – so much so that I went to the evening service so I could hear it again!

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5 02 2014
Equipping The Saints

Your writing is very good. Please consider Ezekiel 36:24-29 for additional food for thought. Blessings to you,
Senior Pastor/Equipping The Saints

5 02 2014
lessonsbyheart

This verse intrigues me. It says here that God will remove our heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh.

I often hear from the pulpit that our hearts are “desperately wicked” (another quote from the Old Testament). If God gave us a new heart, then did He give us junk? Doesn’t every good and perfect gift come down from the Father of lights in whom there is no shadow due to change? (James 1)

I’ve never had an opportunity to ask a pastor this question, so I’m eager to hear your thoughts on the matter. 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I truly appreciate your encouragement and support.

In His Majesty’s service,
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Praising Jesus who is The Truth!

5 02 2014
Equipping The Saints

We have to remember the severity of the fall of Adam and Eve. It created fallen offspring from Cain until today. The need was to have a Savior (Gen 3:15). We also needed a new spirit, that was as holy as the spirit of God. That is brought about by the new birth, or birth from above. Jesus describes that in John 3:3-8 and 2 Cor 5:17. Ezekiel 36:24-29 is a divinely ordained promise to the Jews, as a nation and also individually, in their being born again. Jesus said very plainly in John 3;5 that in order for us, including Jews, to enter the Kingdom of God, we must be born again. Jesus is very proactive in the salvation process. Luke 19:10 is a prime example. Also, John 1:9 tells of His calling us to Him. In short, we must be born again. Check out John 3:8, where God relates the Holy Spirit to the wind. The wind blows left, right, front, and backward. It blows fast and slow, and sometimes it will just stop! We can’t see the wind, but we can see the evidence of its presence in the world. The same is with the Holy Spirit, which is beyond our control Relate Him to the wind, in that He will create a new spirit in someone. No one sees the action, but the new spirit creates a believer in Christ who has a new nature (2 Cor 5:17). which is influenced by the indwelling presence of God’s Holy Spirit.(John 16:7-11). Col 1:27 tells us of our being “in Christ,” That is a literal indwelling of our spirit in His. See John 14:20….. I hope that I didn’t “talk too much.” If you need to do so, you can email me at c.churchchurch@aol.com Blessings to you.

5 02 2014
Equipping The Saints

Please listen to the grace that Chanda Pierce has in her song in my post of today. Remember Ephesians 2:8.
CC Teaching 021514, Scriptures Leading To Worship, A Holy Communion, Psalm 29:2
by Equipping The Saints
http://cchurchchurchblog.wordpress.com/

5 02 2014
Equipping The Saints

Please watch this worship video. It lasts 57 minutes, but is worth watching. It took place in Jerusalem at the Feast Of Passover. Please come to understand John 17:3, Please read my posts. Blessings to you.

5 02 2014
lessonsbyheart

Paul Wilbur is one of my favorite musicians. We’ve done liturgical dance to many of his songs. Such wonderful worship.

I LOVE John 17:3 and often share that verse with others. To understand that eternal life is knowing God and Jesus Christ makes it a “now” thing – and not just an “after I die” thing. It is amazing to realize that the God of the universe wants to be known by us in this way, isn’t it?

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5 02 2014
Equipping The Saints

Thank you for your thoughts. Let them continue with the meaning of John 17:3. The passage is a text book definition of eternal life. “This is eternal life, that they might know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Eternal life is an intimate relationship with God the Father through God the Son, Jesus. Intimacy is the key ingredient. The word know relates to “intimacy” in John 17:3, just as it does in Gen 4:1, where “Adam knew Eve,” a physical intimacy, and in Matt 1:24, “And Joseph did not know Mary,” a combination of physical and spiritual intimacy. In John 17:3 it is a purely spiritual intimacy. Whatever the case may be, it is the highest form of “knowing” someone, in the case of eternal life, it is that personal and intimate relationship with God, And, that intimacy creates eternal life from that point forward. You don’t have to wait for it. When you are born again, you have eternal life. You are in Christ, He is in you, You are in the Father; He is in you and in Christ. You and I are in Christ; Christ is in you and me. It is the highest point of communion. Yes! It is amazing how God wants that relationship with us. See 1Tim 2:4. Have you seen the movie, “The Perfect Stranger?” If you have not, I will send the link to you. It shows how “Jesus/The Holy Spirit” will ‘court’ someone in order to initiate, establish, and maintain a relationship with us. God illustrates marriage; marriage illustrates God. It is intimacy; It is not a doing, but a relating that brings about eternal life. Again,thank you for your thoughts. Blessings,

5 02 2014
Equipping The Saints

Here is the link to The Perfect Stranger. Take time to see how The Holy Spirit courts the people who need Him. Blessings,

5 02 2014
Equipping The Saints

Please have a good night, and may our Lord Jesus fill your every need.

6 02 2014
Equipping The Saints

My Sister, I want you to know that you have been deep in my mind. I am very encouraged by the things that you have, very humbly, said about yourself and your ministry. I trust that some of my writings may help you as you seek more deeply to grow in Christ. May that growth spread from you to other believers who may not know “just how great”is the love and comfort of the grace of God. Please study the application of Ephesins 4:11 as it relates to your life, which is for the purpose of Ephesians 4:12. Blessings to you, beloved of Jesus.
http://cchurchchurchblog.wordpress.com/
Pastor/Equipping The Saints

6 02 2014
lessonsbyheart

Thanks! My sole purpose for this blog is to equip the saints. That’s the purpose of every spiritual gift given to us…to be spent lavishly on others. What an honor it is to be in service to the King of kings, eh??? 😉

I appreciate your prayers very much. We’re in a new season, and many things are changing quickly. God is in control every step of the way, so there are no concerns, only great anticipation of what He is up to.

Following Jesus is *anything but* boring! What adventures He takes us on if we have the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and the heart to obey Him. To have Him as my dearest Friend is an honor beyond description, isn’t it?

May the Lord bless you richly and delight you in an unexpected way today. 🙂

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6 02 2014
Equipping The Saints

My Sister, I am greatly moved by your thirst for more of God in your life. Stay in prayer. You are very much a blessing.

6 02 2014
lessonsbyheart

Thanks for your encouragement! 🙂

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6 02 2014
Equipping The Saints

You are very welcome. I have sent an email to you. Please have a blessed night
Philippians 3:10, “That I might know Him.”
Pastor/Equipping The Saints

5 02 2014
Valerie Rutledge

I just started the study “What happens when women say yes to God” by :Lysa TerKeurst…can I say, timely post for me?! I appreciate your wisdom and your desire to share it with your readers. Encouragement is a valuable tool in doing the Lord’s work!

5 02 2014
lessonsbyheart

I’ve been “practicing what I preach” – and taken a step into the arena.

So glad today’s post was timely for you! I love it when that happens. God is good!

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