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Do I have to be perfect?
As you begin this devotional journey, the exciting truth I want you to grab hold of is this: God can use imperfect vessels like you and me. In fact, he often delights in choosing the most unlikely people to accomplish his purposes in this world. Everyone around you may consider you the least likely job candidate, but fortunately, God works as his own employment recruiter! No matter who you are, if you will yield your life to God, you can become a vessel God can use.
I urge you to set aside time daily to concentrate on your relationship with your heavenly Father. I hope you will make time with God a genuine priority in your life. The housecleaning will wait; someone else can bake the brownies for a while; your favorite TV shows aren't that important. Nevertheless, hectic days will come. If you can't journal daily, make it a weekly time that takes priority over other activitiesperhaps on Sunday afternoon or evening.
As you begin your devotional time, spend a few moments focusing on God, asking him to show you what he has for you today. Read and reread the Scripture, my reflections, and the questions (they're the same every dayto help you focus). Then be quiet before himlisten. Write whatever the Holy Spirit brings to mind; write your questions to God. There are no right or wrong answers. No one will grade your paper. This is your private conversation with God.
Because you may write things that only God should see, keep your journal in a private place: in your undies drawer, on top of the refrigerator, or stashed under the bed. Just don't hide it so well that you forget where it is or to useit!
Keeping a spiritual journal won't make you perfect and it isn't easy, but I promise you will gain a fuller understanding of the price and possibilities, the challenges and the joys of Becoming a Vessel God Can Use.
ACCEPT the way God made you.
Be EMPTIED of self to make room for God.
Allow God to CLEANSE you even if the process is painful.
Be FILLED and constantly refilled with the Living Water of the Holy Spirit.
POUR OUT your life in ministry as God directs.
[Sisters], think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised thingsand the things that are notto nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from Godthat is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." -1 Corinthians 1:2631
What is God calling you to ACCEPT today?
What is God calling you to be EMPTIED of, in order to make room for him? Is it something painful from your past, your agenda for today, or something you dream of for tomorrow?
What do you need to be CLEANSED of today? Reflect and confess any known sin; ask God to reveal any areas that need cleansing.
How is your life demonstrating the FILLING of the Holy Spirit? How can you actively BE FILLED today?
How is God directing you to POUR FORTH in ministry today? Who has he laid on your heart?
As I studied my Bible, determined to uncover what the heroes of the Bible had in common, I discovered a collection of the most unlikely people imaginable. From homemakers and prophets to prostitutes and murderers, God was able to work through anyone who firmly believed he could and would use imperfect vessels. As I have gradually released my own agenda and turned myself over to Godbroken, imperfect vessel that I amhe has begun to work through my life.
Becoming a Vessel God Can Use Prayer Journal by Donna Partow
Copyright © 2002, Donna Partow
Published by Bethany House Publishers
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