Lie # 7 – “God will Never Use You!” – blog
Have you ever heard that lie? I sure have. It usually comes at a time when I am being tempted to sin and it is followed by the thought that since I have already blown it so many times I am of no use to God, so what does it matter if I continue to sin in my sexual brokenness? That is foolishness.
However, if we really look at the people that God used, we find that we have something in common with them … they were all sinners and some of them committed some pretty major sins. Yet, God used them anyway and I want to show that to you through two examples.
Example # 1 is David the son of Jesse. We read in the Bible in two places that David was called a man after God’s own heart. It is first said by the prophet Samuel when he was talking to King Saul after Saul had blown it as a leader. Samuel says;
“But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” 1 Samuel 13:14
Then it was repeated in Acts 13:22 where we read;
“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’”
Now how do I say this politely … God said David would do everything God wanted him to do. However, there were certainly some things the David did which God did not want him to do. David certainly had great faith and even as a young lad killed the giant Goliath when nobody else is all of the Israelite armies had the kahunas including Saul. He was a very great soldier and king, but he also hit the ball out of the ballpark when he broke two of the top 10 Commandments … those two being adultery and murder.
He committed adultery with Bathsheba and put into place the plot which led to the death of her husband Uriah.
Example # 2 is Paul the Apostle. Certainly, it goes without saying that God used Paul is an incredible way. He wrote much of the New Testament, planted churches everywhere he went, lead many people to Christ and was instrumental in spreading the gospel like none other save perhaps Billy Graham.
And yet, Paul said this about himself;
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord … even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy … It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.”
This is the Apostle Paul saying this. He persecuted those who were following Christ and was instrumental in having the Apostle Stephen stoned to death. He also identifies himself in Romans 7 as a wretched man who struggled with every kind of covetous desires.
Please stop believing the lie that God is finished with you and can never use you again. That is simply not true. God knew everything about you before He saved you. He did not save you just to watch you struggle with sexual brokenness and then reject you for not being good enough or strong enough to resist sexual sin.
He saved you so that He could use you in spite of your sexual sin. He saved you so that He could save you from your sexual sins and then use you in the lives of others around you who are struggling as well.
Imagine with me for a moment the impact this thought is having in churches today. With 50-60% of all Christian men being addicted to porn how many of them are feeling they are worthless to God and are not qualified to serve the Lord in their church or even in their family?
Yet we read these words in 2 Corinthians 1:27-30;
“…but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no [t]man may boast before God But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus…”
Listen, it is never ok for us to continue in sin because sin leads to death. However, God can still use you to accomplish His will for your life. He is using me and I know He wants to still use you which is one powerful motivation to keep working on your recovery one day at a time.