The people God calls usually start out feeling ill-equipped and insecure. Indeed, if you jumped up and said, ‘No problem, Lord, I can handle that,’ He wouldn’t call you at all. You say, ‘But I’ve made no mistakes.’ Everybody falls; the winners are just the ones who get back up again. ‘The Lord delights in a man’s way, He makes his steps firm; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord holds him with his hand.’ (Psalm 37:23-24 NIV) When Jeremiah told God that he had neither the competence nor the confidence needed to do the job, God said to him what he says to us: (1) You are not going in your own authority. ‘…You must go to everyone I send to you…’ (Jeremiah 1:7 NIV) Who’s sending you, sponsoring you and sustaining you? God! What more do you need? (2) The message is not yours. ‘You must…say whatever I command you.’ (Jeremiah 1:7 NIV) Don’t antagonise, compromise, rationalise or apologise. Just say what Gold told you to say and He will do the rest: ‘…For I am watching to see that My word is fulfilled!’ (Jeremiah 1:12 NIV) (3) When God touches you, you’re qualified. ‘Then the Lord reached our His hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth.”‘ (Jeremiah 1:9 NIV) Be yourself; you can’t be anybody else! You’re not who others say you are; you’re who God says you are! So you can do what God says you can do. Just get in agreement with Him.
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