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December 11th, 2007

The People God Uses (1)

God uses people who are available.

“‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said.’ Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:38 (NIV)

Why did God choose Mary to give birth to the Son of God? In His perfect wisdom, God chose Mary because He knew she would willingly make herself available for His use. Mary affirmed her availability by saying, “I am the Lord’s servant.” She honored God by her posture of availability. She demonstrated such a beautiful portrait of being receptive and responsive to God’s will. Mary declared, “May it be to me as you have said.” In other words, she was acknowledging that she belonged to God for His glory.

God uses people who are available. What is your level of availability for God’s use? Often our lives become so cluttered and overextended, that there’s little room for availability. Can you relate? God wants to use you. God is more concerned about your availability than your ability.

What needs to change in your life? What adjustments need to be made in your daily schedule to make room for God? Your availability matters to God. Would you be willing to say, “Lord, I’m Yours?”

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell,
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 at 1:00 am
Category Available, Mary, People God Uses.
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October 25th, 2007

Available

Forgiveness is available to all.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)

One of my best friends died of cancer two months after we graduated from college. We had studied together, prayed together, and played golf together. He was a fellow pastor who had a deep abiding walk with God and a passion for souls. I preached his funeral.

If I have ever prayed for something, it has been for God to provide a cure for cancer. So many individuals have been directly impacted by cancer. Sometimes, it hits really close to home. Perhaps you can relate.

There is another cancer that flows through our entire family tree all the way back to Adam. It is the cancer of sin. Every person is infected and affected by it. Every person suffers the consequences of it. The cancer of sin prevents us from going to heaven.

There’s wonderful news! God has provided the cure. The cure for the cancer of sin is God’s forgiveness. And God has made His forgiveness available to all. But, it’s not automatic.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 (NIV)

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, October 25th, 2007 at 1:00 am
Category Available.
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