Used

6849776391_7b2071a406_zWhen I hear the word “used” I normally have an image of some tattered and beaten item found on ther side of the road.  Even memories of being “used” by someone come to mind with all of the negative emotions associated.  While on a prayer call this morning, that whole paradigm shifted.  My friend, Harry, shared how being used by God was the greatest thing in his life.  He even cried out to the Lord to use him more and more.  He gave a passionate testimony of how the Lord had been using him over the past few days, months, and years.  He continued to share several instances where he was struggling with obedience and the Lord spoke clearly to him about why and where his blessings had come.  In each case, as he moved from reluctance to obedience, God then moved powerfully through those situations.

For each of us, our trials and tribulations are just a renewed mind away from God’s promise.  A changed mind.  A thought, turned into agreement with the one who created and placed it into the mind that God created (Rom. 12:2).  Belief, and faith activated, is what releases God favor and causes it to flow.  Joshua 3 tells the story of the Israelites finally crossing over into the Promised Land.  This marked the end of a 40 year journey that should have only taken days, or hours.  But it took a lifetime for some.  And it was not an option for others because of their disobedience.  How much longer must you walk around your blessing before your feet hurt?  My feet are bleeding and my whole body is racked with the pains of this journey.  I need to get there.  I mean like right now.  Lord, I change my thoughts over to you.  I come into agreement with Your plan for my life!!

The important thing to remember is not that the Lord rescued the Israelites, but this was the early stages of their relationship with God.  These Red Sea moments were just the beginning.  The instance happened in the 6th book of the bible.  There were 60 more books that came after this watershed moment in the lives of the children of Israel!!  60 more books that detail other countless highs, lows, triumphs, failures, miracles and blessings.  Without steps of faith today and yesterday, tomorrow’s blessings can never come.  There are people waiting on our obedience for their blessings to flow.  We are being used to be someone else’s blessings.  Our gifts, talents, accomplishments, pain, suffering, etc. are the healing that someone else needs to survive.  Hezekiah Walker’s song “I need you to survive” speaks to this so succinctly.  Our lives are full of many different Red Sea and Promised Land moments.  There are more than 1, more than 2.  The exciting thing is that the Lord loves us enough to give us many.  He loves us so much that he wants to pour blessings upon us daily.  All we have to do is align our thoughts with His and believe.

Lyrics to Hezekiah Walker’s song “I need you to survive”

I need you, you need me.
We’re all a part of God’s body.
Stand with me, agree with me.
We’re all a part of God’s body.

It is his will, that every need be supplied.
You are important to me, I need you to survive.
You are important to me, I need you to survive.

I pray for you, You pray for me.
I love you, I need you to survive.
I won’t harm you with words from my mouth.
I love you, I need you to survive.

It is his will, that every need be supplied.
You are important to me, I need you to survive.

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for this day and the opportunities that you give me to use the gift of free will to choose you.  I thank You for every moment, tear, and laugh for my testimony to Your goodness.  There are so many moments that I forget that is it about you Lord, but you never forget about me.  Thank You for keeping me on your mind and in your details.  In Jesus name, amen.

Scripture Readings:

Rom. 12:2 (NLT) – Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Joshua 3 (NLT) –

The Israelites Cross the Jordan
Early the next morning Joshua and all the Israelites left Acacia Grove[fn] and arrived at the banks of the Jordan River, where they camped before crossing. Three days later the Israelite officers went through the camp, giving these instructions to the people: “When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD your God, move out from your positions and follow them. Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you. Stay about a half mile[fn] behind them, keeping a clear distance between you and the Ark. Make sure you don’t come any closer.”

Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do great wonders among you.”
In the morning Joshua said to the priests, “Lift up the Ark of the Covenant and lead the people across the river.” And so they started out and went ahead of the people.
The LORD told Joshua, “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites. They will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses. Give this command to the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop there.’”
So Joshua told the Israelites, “Come and listen to what the LORD your God says. 10 Today you will know that the living God is among you. He will surely drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites ahead of you. 11 Look, the Ark of the Covenant, which belongs to the Lord of the whole earth, will lead you across the Jordan River! 12 Now choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 The priests will carry the Ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.”
14 So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan, and the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. 15 It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, 16 the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea[fn] until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho.
17 Meanwhile, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant stood on dry ground in the middle of the riverbed as the people passed by. They waited there until the whole nation of Israel had crossed the Jordan on dry ground.

 

Rev. 12:11 (NLT) –

And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
that they were afraid to die.

4 Responses

  1. Cynthia Fields
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    What a beautiful reminder and revelation!

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  2. Katherine Harvell
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    This really blessed me. Thank you Lord for the gift of obedience.

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