USING WHAT YOU HAVE
Pastor Tim P. Blaisure -10/16/22 – Morning Message
Through out my life I have heard people complain all about what they don’t have and because they don’t have what they think is the right thing for the job they have been given they refuse to even attempt to do the job.
How many things would have been accomplished if people would just use what they have and stop complaining about what they don’t have.
Thinking out of the box is how God works a lot of the time and how people have invented so many awesome things we enjoy today.
Philippians 2:13-15 NLT
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
14 Do everything without complaining and arguing,
15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
I. SAMSON USED WHAT HE FOUND TO KILL 1,000 PHILISTINES:
Judges 15:15-17 NLT
“Then he found the jawbone of a recently killed donkey. He picked it up and killed 1,000 Philistines with it.
16 Then Samson said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, I’ve piled them in heaps! With the jawbone of a donkey, I’ve killed a thousand men!”
17 When he finished his boasting, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was named Jawbone Hill.”
II. DAVID USED WHAT HE HAD TO DEFEAT HIS ENIMIES:
1 Samuel 17:33-37 KJV
“And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.”
III. PETER PAID TAXES WITH WHAT HE KNEW, FISHING:
Matthew 17:24-27 NLT
“On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?”
25 “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house.
But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?”
26 “They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied.
“Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free!
27 However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.”
IV. JESUS PAID THE PRICE OF OUR SINS WITH THE CROSS HE WAS NAILED TO:
1 Peter 2:23-25 NLT
“He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.
By his wounds you are healed.
25 Once you were like sheep who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.”
It is our choice if we use what we have been given to defeat our enemies and to accomplish the task God has put in front of us or to complain about our problems and what we don’t have and stay defeated and live our lives without accomplishments.
What we do here on earth affects others and where we spend eternity.