Monday, January 5, 2009

What Part Got Rejected?

"And God is able to abound all grace toward you; that you always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:8
We keep repeating, "God is able". Yes, He is able to do all things, nothing impossible but it is in the past few months that I just need to ask, "what do we do or say that keeps all grace and sufficiency from getting to us?

Over the years ministering, I have found that the right message brought, but often reject the messenger. When we reject God's messenger, we reject Him. So it often is not the case of God not hearing our prayers, not sending the help necessary but more likely that we have rejected the package of the messenger.

Perhaps we don't like hearing things from a particular gender. Maybe the mesage is a bit off from what we're used to hearing, but we don't take the step to check it with biblical proof. Either way we miss the door that God has tried to open for us.

God is truly able to do all things, and use anything to have grace abound toward us--but are you in a character position to receive through discernment His message?

I received an email from an old colleague a few days before Christmas asking for spiritual help because he realized too late that he had shut the door on a blessing, teachings and insights that would have gotten him out of a situation he is still locked in, because he rejected the messenger.

Lord, we all make mistakes and poor choices, touch our hearts today and everyday that you send us a messenger to help us, when you send grace through the efforts of others, don't let us shut the door. Help us to recognize Your work in progress for our greater good that we can then also be used for your glory. Amen

A Fiery Flame For His Service
Susan Storm Smith

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