I have noticed, as we are searching for a new home church, sometimes I struggle to let my guard down and receive simply because I don’t know who is speaking. It’s hard to go to a strange church and allow yourself to be vulnerable to God’s touch when you don’t know anyone. Trust is earned. But what God convicted me of last week was, it’s really never about the speaker or worship leader, it’s always about Him, and He can and will use anyone He chooses. I am not going to church to worship others, I’m going to worship Him, and He’s always worth it. 100% of the time.
This is a principle that I already have been taught, but I needed to relearn this during this moment. As a person who is very discerning, it can be hard for me. Hard to look past what I see inside a person and just allow God to move within me. There is a time to focus on the discernment and a time to just go into a place and allow God to minister to me however He chooses, with whomever He chooses. At church, I go to receive and give ministry, and I can trust Him in that.
He will protect me. He will make sure I only receive what He intended. I always ask Him to protect me and my family. I pray over us all the time to be protected body, mind, spirit and soul. It covers all the bases and leaves us free to live life to the full without being anxious about the who’s and what’s. Does that make sense?
My message today is, as you walk with Abba, stay open to Him moving. Don’t get caught up in deciding He can’t use a certain person to minister to you. That, my friend, is really pride. I’ve been so guilty of it, that’s why I really want to get this point across.
We keep stumbling over each other as we walk toward Christ, when we are really meant to be walking together. Partnership and trust is the name of the game. I don’t get to judge who God uses.
He is capable of using a donkey to get His message across. He uses adults and children alike. He uses who He chooses. As you read the story of Balaam’s donkey, use it as a reminder of just who and what God can use.
Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding his donkey, and his two servants were with him. When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road. Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides. When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So, he beat the donkey again. Then the angel of the Lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?” Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.” The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?” “No,” he said. Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So, he bowed low and fell facedown. Numbers 22:21-31