PRAYER: Please continue to pray for our recording sessions this weekend. Prayers for strength, clarity and for the Spirit to move in these recordings.
DEVOTION: “I do thank God that visions have not ceased. The Holy Spirit can give visions, and we may expect them in these last days. God does not will the death of any sinner (Ezek. 33:11), and He will use all kinds of means for their salvation. I do praise God for this Gospel. It is always so entreating. “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth!” (Isa. 45:22) is such an inviting message. Oh what a gospel! Whatever people say about it, it is surely a message of love.” (pg 59)
Prior to this chapter, Smith had told a story about a woman who had had a vision of him reading a passage from Isaiah and her being healed while he read it. Kind of an incredible account.
The one sentence that really strikes me here is…“He will use all kinds of means for their salvation.”
All kinds of means. Meaning that God will use so many different methods to see the lost found. To see the unsaved saved.
What does that mean to you and me? Very good question. What does it mean? Does it mean that God may use us to assist in the saving of the lost? Does it mean that our words and actions may be used in the salvation of the unsaved? Does it mean that our words and actions may alter the course of someone’s life?
Yes. All of the above. You see, our relationship with God is one that walks by faith. One that should be open to the unexpected. Open to options. Open to the possibility of change. Open to so many different things. Open to being open to hearing the Spirit in our lives.
When we get wrapped up in our own little world, our own little desires and “needs” we get sidetracked with how God may use us. Because He can’t use us. Because we’re so caught up in the little thing that we’re caught up in.
Today. Be open. Be available. Pray for the options. Pray that God may use you, your life, your words, your actions to influence and change someone else. Pray that His will is done in your life.
We are second. He is first. Always.