Use Me, Lord

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“A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful [witness] speaketh lies” (Proverbs 14:25 KJV).

“Christ is soon coming. We have only a short time in which to work. We are to reflect to the world the glory of God. We are to let Him shine through us to others. We are to be in a position where we can explain the Word of God to those who have not studied it. Many of us do not thoroughly understand the Word of God, because we do not study it sufficiently. We are to live by eating the flesh and drinking the blood of the Son of God—by assimilating the Word of God.

“God has at times sent angels to bear a message to individuals. You remember the case of Cornelius. He was a man who feared God, with all his house. He was praying for light, and the Lord placed him in connection with the light that he desired. God would have us in a position where He can place us in connection with those who have not the light as we have it.

“The angel said to Cornelius, ‘Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.’ [Acts 10:4.] He directs him to the place where Peter is to be found. But it is also necessary that Peter should receive a message from God, that he may be prepared for the arrival of the messengers from Cornelius. By the representation of the sheet let down from heaven, containing ‘all manner of four-footed beats of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air,’ Peter learned the lesson that ‘God is no respecter of persons.’ [Verses 12, 34.] He went with the messengers to the house of Cornelius, and there he found many whom the centurion had gathered together. As Peter spoke the words of God, the Holy Spirit fell upon the whole company and they were converted and baptized.

“We want the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus, that our hearts may be drawn out after those who know not the truth. If the Lord has given you light, you are under obligation to give that light to others. It will be just as precious to them as it is to you. We are not as neighborly as we should be. Sometimes those right around us are under conviction, and we know it not.”

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for being willing to use me for Your glory in whatever way You choose. Bless me to fully submit to Your Holy Spirit that I might learn Truth and be able to efficiently and effectively share it. Please bless me to recognize opportunities to witness to others who want to be saved from the power of sin in their lives. May You receive all the honor and praise for it, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

NOTE: These devotionals began as daily texts to encourage my academy roommate and dear friend of nearly 50 years, until she suddenly passed a few weeks ago (Feb 2023). Now I continue to compile and send them to anyone who wants to receive them and to her family in honor of their mom. First, I pray and look for a Bible verse or passage and find a suitable commentary (or vice versa) and add a prayer. Some days, only a Scripture and prayer are ordered. I might even add a song. If you agree to receive them, then this way I not only honor God but the memory of a very dear friend whom I desperately miss. My personal prayer is that God will bless me to find ways to multiply this gift. So please feel free to forward to your loved ones or to anyone, as God leads you. I’m calling them Barb’s Devotionals.

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