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God Works With and Through People

(This post is taken from notes of a lesson in a leadership teaching series first presented in September, 2004.)
God chooses and uses people — not perfect people, just people.
God used them in spite of their problems, not because of them.
God uses people with flaws, for instance –
 
A man with a weakness – Noah
A henpecked man – Abraham
A carnal man – Isaac
A conniving man – Jacob / Israel
A jealous crowd – Jacob’s ten sons
A man married to an idolater – Joseph
A murderer – Moses
Mr. Milquetoast – Aaron
A sharp tongued woman – Mariam
A second fiddle – twice – Joshua and Elisha
A harlot – Rahab
A heavy duty doubter – Gideon
A Foreigner – Ruth the Moabitess
Children – Samuel and Jeremiah
A spoiled brat – Samson
An adulterous pair – David and Bathsheba
An unsuccessful man – Amos
A loudmouth – Simon Peter
Two hotheads – James and John ben Zebedee
Tax cheats – Matthew and Zaccheus
A political radical – Simon the zealot
A thief – Judas Iscariot
A Soldier – Cornelius
A slave owner – Philemon
A Church in Error – Corinth
A wavering man – John Mark
A stubborn man – Barnabas
A religious bigot – Saul of Tarsus  (Paul)
Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth.           Romans 14:4
 
Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?           Acts 11:17
 
Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.             James 4:11
 
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another ; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another .
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.               John 13:34-35
 
This is my commandment, that ye love one another , as I have loved you.         John 15:12
 
These things I command you, that ye love one another.          John 15:17
 
And this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his son Jesus Christ, and love one another , as he gave us commandment.           1 John 3:23
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another .               I John 4:11
Love one another, even if you don’t like each other very much.
 
Be polite and kind.  Let god handle the corrections.
 
God uses people with flaws, for instance –  you!          And me!

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