This truth encourages me often when I feel inadequate to face challenges or when someone assigns me something that overwhelms me. Can you relate? Followers of Jesus have experienced this truth through the centuries from the calling of the first disciples. The disciples were ordinary people like you and me.
Jesus called the ordinary and then did extraordinary things through them. He changed the world and continues to change the world! At every stage of my journey in following Jesus, he has asked me to take on assignments for which I felt inadequate. I knew that without him I would fail. He answered my prayers in the most surprising way. He gave me what I needed when I needed it — not before.
Now I see his wisdom in not answering my prayer. After 34 years of following him, I still am dependent upon the Lord moment by moment to give me what I need and equip me to do what he calls me to do.
He calls whom he chooses and then equips them. He really does choose those who seem inadequate or weak in this world. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things — and the things that are not — to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.
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In Philippians , Paul reiterates that it is God who works in us to will and to act to fulfill his good purpose. The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! Looking at them, Jesus said, "With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God. And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.
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Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. And He was saying to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God! And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, "What do you seek? He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" which translated means Christ. He brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas" which is translated Peter. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him,. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,.
But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, read more. We are passionate about our family and the mission we are on together.
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