GOD CAN USE
THAT PREACH THE WHOLE COUNCIL OF GOD.
2 Timothy 4:2-
"Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."
I hate to have to be
the one who has to say this but preachers have just about quit having
any convictions or rebuking anyone for sin! God is so sick of the
Laodecian church that he is about to spew them out of his mouth!
(1)- God condemns those who compromise.
There are many others but a prime example is the well known evangelist
Billy Graham who always preached a great salvation message but he never
took a stand against the liberal clergy from all denominations and
would organize city wide campaigns with them on his platform. For that
reason all those members of false religion never had a harsh word
against Billy Graham. God said Beware when all men speak well of you.
Luke 6:26- "Woe unto you, when
all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false
God said that if you
take a stand for the whole council of God men would hate you so that is
a measuring rod for where you are in life! Luke 6:22- "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate
you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall
reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's
rewards those who take a stand.
During the time my family and I were on the mission field in Alaska we
took a stand against sin and the Clergy from all denominations outside
the Baptist movement turned on us and wrote articles in the local news
paper telling people to ignore Reverend Tyson and go ahead and live
like you always have. God said in Luke 6:23 that we are going to
receive rewards for taking a separatist stand and for the persecution
from religious leaders who don't agree with our stand! Luke 6:23- "Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for
joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in like manner
did their fathers unto the prophets."
WHO ARE LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
John 16:13- "Howbeit
when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all
truth: for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear,
that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."
Christians who hear the
voice of God can be used to serve the Lord and will be willing workers
when it comes to teaching a sunday school class, visiting the elderly
and the sick, knocking on doors and telling people about Jesus!
There is a good story in the book of Judges 3:4-7 about five categories
of people God can use.
God used these people to free Israel from a wicked king and from
spiritual bondage just as he can do with Christians today who are
willing to serve the Lord!
3:9- God Used The Un-Noticed.
the younger brother of Caleb. We have heard of Caleb but who has
heard of his brother Othniel? You don't have to be the offspring of
some notable Doctor or Professor with a PH.D. to be used of God...
Judges 3:15- God Used The Un-Equal.
3:15- "But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD
raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man
lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon
the king of Moab."
(A)- God chose
Ehud in Judges 3:15 who was a left-handed man.
a left-handed person can be the most awkward man you ever saw but God
chose him for his purpose. You could certainly call him an unequal man.
God chose him to take out a wicked king that had oppressed the children
of Israel for many years.
Judges 3:31- God Used The Uncultured.
Judges 3:31- "Shamgar the son of
Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men
with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel."
Shamgar was the third Judge who
used the simple OX GOAD as a tool. An Ox Goad was a sharp stick used to
prick the hoof of a yolk of oxen while plowing, indicating Shamgar was
a simple farmer without any formal training for the Lord's work but he
took what he had and slew six hundred men of the Philistines and
thereby delivering Israel.
4- Judges 4:4- God Used
No one expected
a woman to be the one God chose but it happened in Judges 4:4-
"And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at
Judges 4:5- "And she dwelt under
the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and
the children of Israel came up to her for judgment."
Judges 4:6- "And she sent and
called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto
him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw
toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children
of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?"
Judges 4:7- "And I will draw unto
thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his
chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand."
Judges 4:8- "And Barak said unto
her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go
with me, then I will not go."
Judges 4:9- "And she said, I will
surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall
not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand
of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh."
It was a shameful thing for a woman to conquer a
male warrior but God used her leadership along with Barak to show the
worldly people that God can and often time uses the weakest vessels to
conquer sin. "But God chose the
weak and beggarly elements to confound the wise...". God doesn't use women in the
dispensation of Grace to pastor churches or to usurp authority over the
man but there are many things a woman can do to serve the Lord. One
primary job for today's woman is to keep husbands out of trouble. If it
were not for Godly women many men wouldn't be worth ten cents!
5- Judges 6:11- God Used
You don't have
to have any special talents to be used of God but you have to willing
to serve the Lord. Judges 6:11-
"And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in
Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon
threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites."
"And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The
LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour."
"And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then
is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our
fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?
but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of
Judges 6:14- "And the LORD looked upon
him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from
the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?"
"And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel?
behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my
from a poor family and he was the least expected to amount to anything
of all his brethren.
6:25- God used Gideon to cast down the ungodly.
Judges 6:25- "And it came to pass
the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father's young
bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the
altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by
"And build an altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this rock, in
the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt
sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down."
6:28- Gideon overcame doubt and fear by trusting in the Lord.
Judges 6:28- "And when the men of
the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast
down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock
was offered upon the altar that was built."
Jud 6:29 And they said one to another, Who hath
done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon
the son of Joash hath done this thing.
Jud 6:30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash,
Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar
of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.
Jud 6:31 And Joash said unto all that stood against
him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for
him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god,
let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.
Judges 7:7- "And the LORD said
unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and
deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go
every man unto his place."
God used Gideon and the faithful
300 to deliver Israel from the Midianites.
To summarize the message, God
chooses the people who are willing to serve him, no matter how poor or
how uneducated or how frail they might be. When the Lord directs a
person into a particular service, he always strengthens them for the
task at hand.
By James T. Tyson Sr.