Sometimes I believe God chooses the most unlikely person you can imagine to do His work, someone totally ungifted by nature. Into that person he pours his spiritual gifts so that there is absolutely no question that the work is of God. This website is an example of that principle, and I am the one totally naturally ungifted. I have never written a book, a website or a piece of prose in my life. When God gave me the vision that I needed to construct a website and write two dozen posts to fill it, I felt like Moses before the burning bush, totally unworthy for the task ahead. Fortunately, he is worthy. He has provided everything I needed, from the revelations of scripture to advisors. He has even provided a professional editor to turn my gibberish into understandable language. Praise to you Lord, Jesus!
My one word (www.myoneword.org) for this year is “focus.” The verse God initially led me to re-enforce my word seemed an unlikely choice:
But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth. (Ex. 9:16 NKJV)
This verse sounds encouraging, but in context God spoke these words to Pharaoh through Moses. I wondered how could they possibly apply to me? Pharaoh was a foreshadow of the Antichrist and a poster child for stubbornness. In essence, God was saying to Pharaoh that he would defeat Egypt and free Israel, and God’s display of power would be declared in the entire world and bring him glory. God’s choosing the verse in Exodus for me was perplexing. Obviously at that point, I did not have the complete understanding of God’s intention.
A month later, God led me to Romans 9:17. Paul quotes the verse in Exodus exactly, and then in verse 18 adds a short follow-up: “Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.” God had provided his answer. He raises some up for mercy and some for wrath, but in both cases God is in control and he is to receive all the glory. This same verse can apply to those he raises up to spread his message and to those he raises up as examples of his discipline. In both, God’s power is demonstrated.
I was dumb-founded. God had provided overwhelming confirmation to me that this verse, Romans 9:17-18 was to apply to me. Only God could have led me first to what seemed like a verse in an in-appropriate context only to then lead me to a quotation of the verse that changed the meaning completely!
Does Romans 9:17-18 have prophetic meaning for this ministry? I believe it does. God has instructed us to awaken the Church so they can prepare for what is to come. Will all church leaders be open to this message? Assuredly not! “Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens” (Rom 9:18 NKJV). We should not be dismayed when we are rejected by churches or leaders. God is the one softening hearts and hardening them for his purposes and in his time.
He was willing to show mercy to me and use me. I was willing to be used. Because of that this amazing verse about being raised up would apply to me, the one without the natural gifts.
That is all you need to know about me. I was willing to be used. I pray that as you read and hopefully apply the scriptures in this website, the same can be said of you —that you were willing to be used.
Yours in the Gospel of the first and second coming,