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God Wants to Use You
Brett Anderson ©2002

PSALM 5:1-17

HAVE MERCY ON ME, O GOD, ACCORDING TO YOUR UNFAILING LOVE;
ACCORDING TO YOUR GREAT COMPASSION BLOT OUT MY TRANSGRESSIONS
WASH AWAY MY INIQUITY AND CLEANSE ME FROM MY SIN.

FOR I KNOW MY TRANSGRESSIONS, AND MY SIN IS ALWAYS BEFORE ME.
AGAINST YOU, YOU ONLY, HAVE I SINNED AND DONE WHAT IS EVIL IN YOUR SIGHT,
SO THAT YOU ARE PROVED RIGHT WHEN YOU SPEAK AND JUSTIFIED WHEN YOU JUDGE.
SURELY I WAS SINFUL AT BIRTH, SINFUL FROM THE TIME MY MOTHER CONCEIVED ME.
SURELY YOU DESIRE TRUTH IN THE INNER PARTS;
YOU TEACH ME WISDOM IN THE INMOST PLACE.

CLEANSE ME WITH HYSSOP, AND I WILL BE CLEAN;
WASH ME, AND I WILL BE WHITER THAN SNOW.
LET ME HEAR JOY AND GLADNESS;
LET THE BONES YOU HAVE CRUSHED REJOICE.
HISE YOUR FACE AWAY FROM MY SINS AND BLOT OUT MY INIQUITY.

CREATE IN ME A PURE HEART, O GOD, AND RENEW A STEADFAST SPIRIT WITHIN ME.
DO NOT CAST ME FROM YOUR PRESENCE OR TAKE YOUR HOLY SPIRIT FROM ME.
RESTORE TO ME THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION AND GRANT ME A WILLING
SPIRIT, TO SUSTAIN ME.

THEN I WILL TEACH TRANSGRESSORS YOUR WAYS, AND SINNERS WILL TURN BACK TO YOU.
SAVE ME FROM BLOOD-GUILTINESS, O GOD,
THE GOD WHO SAVES ME, AND MY TONGUE WILL SING OF YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
O LORD, OPEN MY LIPS, AND MY MOUTH WILL DECLARE YOUR PRAISE.
YOU DO NOT DELIGHT IN SACRIFICE, OR I WOULD BRING IT;
YOU DO NOT TAKE PLEASURE IN BURNT OFFERINGS.
THE SACRIFICES OF GOD ARE A BORKEN SPIRIT;
A BROKEN AND CONTRITE HEART, O GOD, YOU WILL NOT DESPISE.

But then moving on, on Sunday I was at this church where they were having a youth service and I was really just blown away by these two testimonies that these two high school girls gave about how God had worked or was working in their lives.

The first girl stood up and shared about how she was on a Christian camp and received prayer and while they were praying for her her one leg grew like an inch or two. Now that's a pretty hard testimony to refute. Obviously with my doubting mind (and I was chatting to one of my buddies this week and he had a similiar scepticalness) I think wow that's cool but it would be so cooler if I was there and had seen it with my own eyes. But yeah it still sounds pretty cool.

But the testimony doesn't stop there - I think it was the next year that she got M.E. which I'm not even going to try and guess the Latin of but I think it's that disease that is commonly called Yuppie flu - no energy etc and she was in bed for a year and at the end of that year she went on the same camp and again she was miraculously healed...

And so Wow I was basically just blown away cos that is not the kind of thing you can really fake all that easily - skip school for a year and not be able to really have adecent life and then suddenly Bam! Back in the real world jumping and running and kicking and stuff. So I was mightily encouraged.

The second testimony was from a girl who was suffering from similiar type of symptoms and was eventually diagnosed with some form of Arthritis or something and that's where her story ended - no miraculous healing or having everything all sorted out and stuff - and her testimony was as hardcore as the girl before because she totally challenged the church to trust God (from a point of no healing) saying that it comes in God's time and that you can't just trust in God when He's healing you but it has to be all the time and wow ja just again blew me away again.

That is it really - that's what I wanted to share - I was so challenged and encouraged after having a tough far from God (my fault) woe-is-me kind of week and then just being reminded once again to go for it. To hand over the low times to God and really just be filled with the Holy Spirit (His power).

It amazes me that despite my stupidity and laziness and judgementalness and messingupivity (probly not going to be found in the Oxford Dictionary!) God still Loves me firstly and then still chooses to use me... the opportunities keep coming, the fruit keeps being shown. God wants to use His children to accomplish His will on earth. God wants to use me.

God wants to use YOU! Are you allowing Him to? Or are you stuck in a woe-is-me-I'm-too-bad (you're not!) kind of mode? Are you looking at the obstacles and barriers in the way? Got an sms quote this week that said "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal" [Henry Ford] Your goal should be Christ and His will in your life...

So ja even when you seem down and out, God is very much there for you [Psalm 34:17,18] - EVEN if you are one of those 'very spiritual types' like a pastor or youth leader or committee member who is 'supposed to have it all together' - it's okay when you don't... really... but just share it with God, and with people if they are available and He will lift you up and get you going again...

"...even youths will grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." [Isaiah 40:30-31]

God bless you as you aim to be Faithful In Serving Him And a special thankx to all my friends who particularly this week put up with me or encouraged me and were there for me (especially you Dunc - I love you man!) love brett anderson

To eternity and beyond...