I just saw a video of myself preaching and even after all these years, I am still embarrassed and uncomfortable. It is like I am ashamed of the work God does through me. If the Lord is not ashamed to use me, why do I still become ashamed?
Obviously, I know the answer. I preached it in that very sermon I just watched. If God is for me, should I be against myself? If God is for me, should I care if others are against me? It should be a given that we become tormented in our minds to move forward in faith. The essence of faith is struggle. Faith is seeing with the eyes of our hearts, not the eyes in our heads. We need to push through the obstacles and issues while preaching to ourselves, “With God, all things are possible.”
If you are struggling today with yourself and your limitations, let me tell you…you are not alone! I am right there with you and I have been preaching the Word since I was 14. I am now 50. Now I understand why I read two times this morning in Isaiah 41 and Psalm 109, “I have done this.” Whether we interpret the circumstances, gifts and callings as good or bad, God has done it. We need to trust Him for ourselves. I am just thankful that He is not limited by our humanity. He sees us as saved, redeemed, sanctified and as saints. Oh Lord, help us to see what You see and live in the confidence of Your strength. –TL Adamson
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6