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God can use you, not just in spite of your past, but because of your past

God says it was necessary so that you could bring others through it – Gospel music singer Travis Greene. Courtesy Photo.

Many Christians carry around a deep, hidden, and unspoken sense of insignificance, regardless of how confident they appear on the outside.

Regret and shame over failure, sin, and shortcomings weigh them down and make them feel unworthy to be loved, much less used, by a holy God.

Let me tell you something, the grace of Jesus Christ not only covers our past and sustains our present, but also creates for us a future.

Our tomorrow is profoundly secure, and one of the best ways to remember this today is to think about our yesterdays.

We all know Moses who God sent to deliver the Israelites from captivity? His mother hid him until he was three months old, because she didn’t want him to be killed by the Egyptians. But she knew that he might be found, so this is what she did to save him.

She took a basket and fixed it so that no water would leak in. Then she put Moses into it, and placed the basket in the tall grass along the Nile River.

Soon Pharʹaoh’s daughter came down to the Nile River to bathe. Suddenly she saw the basket in the tall grass. She called to one of her servant girls: ‘Go get that basket for me.’ When the princess opened the basket, what a beautiful baby she saw!

The name Moses means drawn out of water. It it not significant that God drew him out of this, so that he could deliver others through. (Exodus 14:21)

Gospel music singer Travis Greene recently shared a sermon saying, you come out of what you came out of, so that you could bring others through it.

“You have been crying about your past but God says it was necessary. That environment you came out of, that home you came out of, that tragedy you came out of, that path and that pain, those tears, God says it was necessary so that you could bring others through it.” He said.

God has a plan for your life and a purpose for your future. No matter what you’ve been through or what’s been done to you, if you’re still breathing God isn’t finished with you yet.

“‘Return home and tell how much God has done for you.’ So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.” Luke 8:39 (NIV)

Luke 8:39 is our mandate. How many people believed in Jesus and are now spending eternity with Him simply because one man willingly allowed his terrible past to become a story of redemption and purpose?

Popular motivation speaker and author Tracie Miles says; People can deny Christ, dispute Scripture and ignore prophecy, but they cannot deny, dispute or ignore God’s transformational power in someone’s life. Our stories of pain, adversity and overcoming in Christ are meant to serve as a testimony of God’s faithfulness and power, evidence that God really can take what the devil meant for evil and use it for good.

God never wastes our pain. Think about the death of Christ – And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

By Samuel Balaggadde.

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