‘Now God can use you’
Brethren, I do not reckon to have laid hold of it yet, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and extending myself unto those things which are ahead,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Have you ever made a mistake? Something that you wish you had never said or done? Does it keep coming back to you every day? Relax it’s just the devil trying to keep you in that place of poor self-worth. It amazes me how the human mind works, and believe me Satan knows how to use tragedy and mistakes to keep you down.
Have you ever been to a circus and looked at the massive elephants standing there swaying their trunks back and forth? I’m sure you noticed that the elephants just had small quarter inch rope around their ankle and the rope was staked to the ground. We all know that there is absolutely no way that that little piece of thread could hold such an enormous beast. But it doesn’t start out that way.
When the circus trainers first get the baby elephant they shackle a large chain around the infant elephant’s ankle and place a very strong stake in the ground. As the baby elephant pulls & pulls to no avail, it finally gives up trying to escape. Eventually, the trainer can take the chain off and replace it with a small rope. This smaller rope is much easier for the trainer to handle than that large chain. When the full-grown 15000-pound male elephant pulls on the rope, it feels the resistance to his ankle and stops pulling. Standing there only chained in his mind and the memory of the sensation of restraint.
Satan uses this same tactic with people too, he gets you thinking that you can’t fulfill your dream because you have failed so many times before. That’s called condemnation, you can tell it’s the enemy because it never forgives it pushes you to more hurting thoughts, even thoughts of suicide.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
That’s why we need to put the past behind us and step into the future, daily. So how do you know when it’s God correcting you?
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
When God corrects it is for your benefit, sure it hurts, two words from God can send you looking for a place to hide. But afterwards, it brings joy, because like a champion boxer you faced your opponent head on and confronted your sin, winning a fight with repentance, by putting your pride aside and asking Jesus for your forgiveness.
Now God can use you.
He is: “Shub Nephesh”
“Renewer of Life”