But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. Jeremiah 1:7-9 (NIV)
You Must Go
Do not make excuses for why you cannot go and do what I ask you to do for me. You are not too young. You are not too old. You are not unqualified. You are not unprepared. If you were on your own nothing would make you ready. If you had to rely on yourself nothing would make you able to go and do all that I ask of you. But, you are not on your own. I am with you. I will help you. I will go before you. My hand is on you. My favor will rest on you. Do not waver. Do not go to the left or to the right. Do not run ahead. Do not lag behind. Follow me to where I lead you to do what I will ask of you. Will you go and do all that I ask of you? Yes Lord, I will.
Do not be afraid. Do not be timid. I am calling you. I have given you an assignment. I have given you a mission. What I am asking you to do for me you cannot do by yourself. You would not have asked for this assignment. You would not have dreamed up this mission. I am guiding you. I am leading you. Take comfort in that. I will strengthen you. I will help you to know my will. I will help you to walk in my ways. You will fulfill the purposes and plans that I will give to you. Yes Lord, I will.
My words will be in your heart. My words will be on your mind. My words will burn like a fire within you. My words will overflow your life. It will be your joy and passion and desire to speak the words that I give to you. You will shine brightly for me in the world. You will be witness. Nothing will be able to stand against you because I will be with you to help you on every step of your way. You will bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. Will you allow me to use you? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I have given you a bunch of excuses for why I am not able to go where you guide or do what you ask. No more excuses. No more I am only, “this or that.” Prepare me for whatever you want me to do and I will go and do it. Amen
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