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December 16, 2021 7:00 am
Listen closely, as Adrian Rogers explains our greatest ability is available God takes ordinary people and does extraordinary things through ordinary people and gives glory to himself.
One of the greatest secrets I've ever learned is this. And I want to learn it. I learned that God didn't want me to do anything for him. He wanted to do something through me and what we need to do is to make ourselves available to God and say, dear God, I'm tired of being inhibited. I want to be inhabited, and I want you to inhabit my humanity, and I want you to live your life through me. Welcome to Leavenworth featuring profound truth. Simply stated by the master teacher and Adrian Rogers know many of us struggle to believe God can use us as we are, what little we have to offer. But the truth is, God does extraordinary things through ordinary people who want to give glory to him first Corinthians chapter 1 gives good news to those who struggle with feelings of inferiority.
If you have your Bible turn theorists would begin in verse 26 as Adrian Rogers concludes a powerful message on inferiority today.
Were you talking about this matter of inferiority. I was happy I God just can't use me. God can use him.
God can use our God can use them. But God can use me. We just feel inferior. While I pray God today that God will use this message to remove that thought from your heart and from your mind that I want to say that God can use you and God can use you now and God can use you where you are and God can use you. What you have and this is material that you definitely need to hear and get etched in your mind and upon your consciousness of how God takes ordinary people, and God does extraordinary things with alternate people and I want us to begin reading here in this grant is chapter 1 and verse 26 for ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty and base things of the world, and things which are despised, God chosen, yea, and things which are not to bring to naught things that are that no flesh should glory in his presence for of him are ye in Christ Jesus. God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption that according as it is written E that Gloria let him glory in the Lord will imitate what God's plan is and it is a tremendous plan. It is a wonderful, wonderful planet. Here's God's plan and here's the crux of my entire message by listening. God takes ordinary people and does extraordinary things through ordinary people and gets glory to himself.
The understand that God takes ordinary people, and God does extraordinary things through ordinary people, and thereby God gets glory to himself.
Now the very first thing I want to know this is what I'm going to call God's simple people. These are people. They never saying they never preach a sermon they never get the name of the bulletins they don't get the lead in silent prayer in the nursery and goes about God's little body things that are not to bring to naught things that are things of the world. Things are so important that the Bible says these things are just passing away. These are the people. The Bible says that God's chosen. These are God's simple people. Now, having said that, I will say several things to put it in context.
Number one he does not say not any mighty, not any noble goal you see that he says not many. He doesn't say, not any thing God for PhD's that love Jesus thanked God for the movie stars that love Jesus thanked God for the millionaires that love Jesus, thank God for the All-Americans and love Jesus thanked God for the beauty queens that love Jesus thanked God for an under whomsoever much is given of the same shall much be required. The apostle Paul was one of these mighty he was one of these. Nope, he was a Pharisee Hebrew of the Hebrews. He was one of those learned men of this generation and he was used of God and God took that brilliance and used but before God could use a set I count all these things, but done that I might win Christ right he laid them in the dust before the Lord Jesus Christ and I'm not saying that God does not use people who are extraordinary people. Thank God he does. I saying that once it is that I am not putting a premium upon laziness are mediocrity or have heartiness when I say that God uses ordinary people out.
You misread me. If you thought that if I'm talking about just being lazy and indifferent and expecting God to use you but I am telling you, dear friend, that there is a way in which God is going to give glory to himself by choosing people just like many of us who think of ourselves as being quite ordinary and sometimes thereby thinking that we're going to have to quote sit on the sidelines." While the superstars do their stuff not so my different God has been looking for people just like the ordinary average person that comes to church on Sunday morning. Now. So with thinking. First of all, about what I will call God's simple people. Now the Bible says God is just make up his mind that is going have to use no God chooses God actually goes after these kind of folks. These are the ones that God chooses now. The second thing what you notice is God's special power.
Now look, if you will, in verse 30 you will find out here's the way this thing works. Look in verse 31 of him that is of God, are ye in Christ Jesus.
That's where I am.
I'm in Christ Jesus.
God, that is Jesus is of God made unto us wisdom, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. You see, I am in Christ. Christ is in me and if I don't have wisdom who does have wisdom. Jesus and he is in me.
If I don't have righteousness go as righteousness.
Jesus and he is in me. If I don't have scientific patient who has sanctification Jesus and Jesus is in me and so he is made unto me wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption that is all I need. He supplies I maybe ordinary. He is extraordinary he is in me, and therefore he does something through me. One of the greatest secrets I've ever learned is this. And I want to learn appear. I learned after I was already in the ministry is quite simple.
It's very important.
I learned that God didn't want me to do anything for him. He wanted to do something through me both as more than a turn of phrase that is more than just some slicker way of saying something that is a fundamental basic truth is I want to get down your heart. You see, God wants to do something through your people say will either serve God and my poor little awake way I feel. I say will he doesn't want you to serve him in your poor little awake way he wants you to serve him and he is mighty glorious dynamic way for the Bible says it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure is that it is God that worketh in you. God works through you and what we need to do is to make ourselves available to God and say to God, I'm part of being inhibited. I want to be inhabited, and I want you to inhabit my humanity, and I want you to live your life through me when I say nevertheless I live yet not I but Christ lives in me and the life I now live. I live by the faith of the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. God had chosen the weak things of this world to confound the might and then he goes on to say base things. I remember this word base means ignoble of low degree without pedigree from the wrong side of the tracks.
Illustration was a man in the Bible whose name was Gideon game was on the threshing floor because the Midianites had invaded the land and he was threshing wheat really in the backside in the corner even afraid that he might be seen because he was afraid that the Midianites might come in pouncing and so is like the threshing wheat and an angel of Jehovah appears to him and the angel addresses and with this salutation. Hey Viola bowel mighty man of valor. Now there's anything that Gideon was not. It was a mighty man of our Gideon was a chicken with acamprosate. He was afraid he was in fear.
He was hiding out and the angel Lord calls him a mighty man of valor and then to abuse all that he says I have chosen you to deliver my people from the hand of the Midianites you're going to be my general value Gideon at that time remonstrated with the Lord to remind the Lord of this he said to the Lord. He said my family is the poorest in Manasseh and I am the least in my father's house. Now I was saying is this all other tribes in Israel. Manasseh was the worst of all the families in Manasseh, my family support and all the kids in the family. I'm the runt of the litter what he was saying as you have gotten to the bottom of the bar.
You can use me, but I believe God was like yeah I think you just mellow enough I can use you and you remember the story, God will even let you have a big arm and right. We only have one 300 million. And God took a nobody general a nothing Army with the Midianites, and who got the glory God got the glory. Have you ever read in the Bible. The Bible says and the spirit of the Lord clothed himself in getting this close himself. God Gideon like I'm wearing the suit and it wasn't getting it was God in Gideon and God took an ordinary man and God did extraordinary things to a nondairy man and God got the glory to himself now. The Bible also says that God has chosen those things which are despised by means of things that look down upon removal and little David came against Goliath reader will then assign the materials Goliath that great blasphemous giant. He was defying the armies of Israel were 9 feet tall.
Nobody was going out to fight Goliath. David said, is not a cause. Why doesn't somebody go and remember finally David went not rehearsed the store because your member store but David was a teenage boy. The Bible says he was running with her countenance. That means I take it that hello peach fuzz on his chin having start to shave yet and here was this lawyer called me in brazen arm demon possessed and David went out against. He said to David when I get my hands on you.
I am going to feed you to the thousand in the beast of the field.
That is when I get my hands on you. I'm going to break your little pieces and feed you to the pigeons but David said to him you come to me with a sore spear. She but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts. But God of the armies of Israel, whom thou has defied this day will the Lord deliver you and mine hand, and I will smite you and I will take your head from you and I will give your carcass to the host of the beast of the field and then he said this, that all the earth, are you listening may know that there is a God in Israel I pay attention Alaska? What would happen that day.
If the Philistines had a giant and this really had a giant and Israeli giant went out and meet the Philistine giant. What without approval, not a thing in the world. Just another Super Bowl. No Super Bowl. That's all highly hearsay champion and here's their champion and they go out with safe patches of strong but I suppose I junior high school team goes to New Orleans employees.
The Bears and they say we're coming in the name of Jehovah and they win the battle.
What he think people knew all my must be God around here somewhere. Right. David said I am going to do this, that all may know that there is a God in Israel. And when it goes against Goliath and death and wins the victory, everybody says to God be the glory. Amen. You see, that's what God is about taking ordinary people and doing extraordinary things to honor people and then getting Lord himself and then God says he takes things which are not to bring to naught things that are already told you these are gosling nobodies are really somebody's there people and nobody else knows about people that ordinary people that they they they never did mention, but God knows about these precious people years ago there was a Sunday school teacher who was burdened for a boy, a teenage boy in his class that boy 19 years of age, was working in a shoe store by Sunday school teacher went into lecture store the witness to let boy the Sunday school teacher was scared if he never do anything like that was stammering lips he witness he laid a trembling hand on the shoulder of a shoe clerk and shared Jesus Christ shoe clerk was ready to receive Christ. He was saying.
The shoe clerk then made application for church membership of the church refused and they said he didn't know Billy was was Dwight L. Moody, another of the world famous evangelist in the same category with Billy Sunday Billy Graham, why don't Moody began Sunday school work as a layman in the city Chicago hundreds and thousands of kids were transformed by the ministry of why don't Moody. He became so proficient so well known that he was invited overseas. He went overseas and he was speaking at a church of a very elegant erudite and intelligent British or named FB Meyer Frederick Brotherton Meyer Moody spoken my church and not open his mouth before Meyer felt he made a terrible mistake because Moody murdered the King's English was set up like a movie that he could pronounce Jerusalem into syllables.
He was a man with a heart on fire for God, but he was he was on trying and Meyer. This Englishman was sitting up there bumping his finger think it will be over. What a colossal mistake I made well.
Finally, the service ended. Meyer was glad it was over, but later Meyer was having Tay with one of the ladies and he said and and how goes it with you and she said wonderful brother.
My she said says Marie has been here, God is set my soul on fire for souls and she said I have one every girl in my class to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Meyer testified he said that day I learned the language of the soul. I learned something supernatural. Meyer came to the United States to preach he was preaching a Bible college, and FB Meyer said this, are you discouraged are you ready to quit. Are you ready to throw in the towel. He said if you not willing to give everything to Jesus Christ. Would you at least come this far. To be honest with God and tell God that you're not willing but would you tell God this all God now knows I'm not willing but I'm willing to be made willing would you please come let Paul was a man out there. Wilbur Chapman, youngster had a lot of ability but it was about ready to quit. He said God that is me, God, you know that I've been ready to quit and I haven't been willing to God. At least I'm willing to be made willing old God make me willing.
And God made him willing and Wilbur Chapman became a dynamic evangelist preaching the gospel of Christ across America when he needed more help.
He called at YMCA clerk that I referred to earlier, whose name was Billy Sunday to be as helpful Sunday open up the tent take down the tent take the offerings pass out the hymnals do the counseling and so for later when Chapman got out of evangelism.
He turned everything over to Billy Sunday Billy son even took Wilbur Chapman sermon notes and prepare sermon, but God's hand was upon Billy Sunday and Billy Sunday preached in great great power and many souls were safe early Sunday came to Charlotte, North Carolina, 1924 and help revive a crusade in Charlotte North Carolina should chart out of that revival crusade in Charlotte North Carolina. There was a prayer meeting the got started that continued for decades. They said those businessmen as they met together, they settled God.
We want you to send a another revival to Charlotte North Carolina that not only will shake Charlotte that will shake the world where Jesus Christ and God answer that prayer became out of the sun crusade sent Mordechai Hamm, Charlotte, North Carolina man with white hair mandatory still hot heaven sweet. Send like judgments.
You and Jesus save and in that crusade, a boy from a dairy farm, tall, lanky teenager blondish hair came full skinny kid gave his heart to Christ. His name was Billy Graham. Billy Graham has preach the gospel of Jesus Christ for kings and princes and presidents nationwide television and radio girl globe of the gospel behind the Iron Curtain. Only God knows how many souls of come to faith in Christ to the ministry. Billy Graham, an amazing chain of events. But I remind you, it started with a Sunday school teacher, but few of us know many of never even heard the name of Mr. Campbell that led Dwight L. Moody to faith in Jesus Christ. He's one of those will nobodies and milligrams household work Billy Sunday is a household word.
Meyer is a household word Kai Hamm were Mr. Kim, don't you have a sneaking suspicion that God knows Mr. Campbell's name to those you Sunday school teachers and God knows you are just as you people in the sacrament knows those people in the nursery. He says not a cup will be given in my name to one of these little ones to lose your reward onto different God is keeping the school. What a wonderful thing that is to me that God takes the nobodies who are really God's somebody's and God uses them in an extraordinary way. Now listen listen God simple people.
God's special power. The last thing you want to see God's sovereign purpose.
Why does God do this will look at your will.
In verse 29 he tells us why doesn't Pierce's sovereign purpose that no flesh should glory in his presence aggravated peacocks in heaven that no flesh should glory in his predecessor is my safest vibrancy will save us by works well for by grace you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God not of works lest any man should boast. Why does God use ordinary people and give them extraordinary power that no flesh should glory in his presence. No superstars in heaven. What you say I have more ability than someone else. Good on the moons are much as been given.
The sanction must be required by Tatar frame when God comes to judge you. God is going to judge you whether or not you feel that place that had the and what is that place Ray is the only Tay the highest place in the world is not being Billy granite is not being the pastor. The church is not writing a big book, the highest place in the world is the center of the will of God for you where related I have news for you, dear friend, if you want to be used of God you can be used of God, that you may not be used of God, the way you want to be used of God that doesn't matter if you're willing to be used of God the way that God wants to use. That's what matters right you will choose a place of service. If you make yourself available to him. You want the greatest ability as it is available is available so many times my prayers just simply this, Lord Jesus, and habit. My humanity and do what you want to do in me just inhabit my eye, I yield myself to you here God to do to me to say to think what you will me to do the same thing poking and folks no matter whether known or unknown, mighty or weak based on the if you're there you are used mightily of God are you listening to me.
Don't you insult the grace of God by saying that God can't use you.
God is been looking for somebody Joss line you he made you and God's people said and is now in prayer. I want you to say to God. God, I thank you that I am who I am. I am what I am by the grace of God, and I think I thank you for those things that I call strengths. I thank you for those things that some call weakness. I thank you Lord that I am who I am, by the grace of God, and now Lord, I present myself to you inhabit my humanity live your life through me, Lord, be thou, Lord, in me exalt yourself through me whether I'm known or unknown what I'm successful and successful in the eyes of the world be uniquely go in the what a powerful message and encouragement from God's word today and maybe as you listened.
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