The Last shall be First!
God takes great pleasure in raising up those considered by many to be the "least likely." In 1 Cor. 1 v. 26, 27 Paul said that "not many mighty are called by God, but God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty." God wants to raise up the weak and make them strong, He wants to make the last to be first and He wants to make the "least" to be the "greatest." He gets all the glory when He raises the "least likely." Maybe thatís the way you feel today, that you are a "nobody." God wants to make "somebodies" out of "nobodies." He did it with Joseph. He did it with Moses. He did it with David and He wants to do it with you!
In Ezekiel 17 v. 24, God said that "all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken it and done it." God wants people to see His power in your life, especially people that think that they are the next ones to be promoted. He wants to bring down those who are "high trees" Ė those that have lifted themselves up and think that they are kings of their own kingdom. Their are so many pastors who think that the people that are in their congregations are "their" people. How sadly they are mistaken! They belong to God!
In I Samuel 16, God was about to raise up a "nobody." God sent a Prophet by the Name of Samuel to Jesseís house. God told him to anoint one of Jesseís sons to be the next king, to take Saulís place. All the other brothers (trees of the field) thought that they would be the next king. God was looking to raise up the "least likely." After God told Samuel that He had rejected all the other brothers, Samuel asked Jesse if he had any more sons (v.11). Jesse had to scratch his head and remembered David. Samuel said that they would not sit down to dinner until he came. This is the favor that God can give to a "nobody." God had Samuel anoint David right in the midst of his family. God wants to prepare a table for you right in the midst of "your" enemies (Psalm 23 v. 5). Some of your enemies could be members of your own family, even your church family, reminding you of your past. In v. 18, David is referred to as a "mighty valiant man and a man of war, before he ever defeated Goliath! He was anointed before he defeated Goliath! All the pressures that you have been through have built up the anointing of God in your life. You are being prepared right now for your destiny. It may not seem to be true, but you have to remember that every attack that came your way was permitted by God. God controls all! All things were created by Him and for Him! All demonic forces were created by Him and for Him! The attacks and pressure that you have gone through have brought you closer to Him and as a result, He is able to anoint you so much more! You donít realize how much power and anointing has been "built up" in you, over time. So, be encouraged, God is making room for you i.e. to bring you into destiny and use you to the "fullest." He wants to raise you up out of "nowhere." All He wants from you today is to enter into a covenant with Him and agree that He can, with your cooperation make you who may be considered the "last" to be the "first."
Stop grading your relationship with God by your performance. God wants you to repent of your sins and draw closer to Him. He can give a new beginning at any time. Receive this "new beginning "today in Jesusí Name.
In I Samuel 17, all David had was God, but He is all that he needed. No body agreed that David could defeat Goliath, not even his own brothers (v. 28).If nobody on this earth agrees that Jesus can raise you up out of nowhere, by all means agree with Him. If He be for you who can be against you. David not only defeated Goliath, but the all Philistine army was routed, as a result of Goliath being killed! Look what God can do with one person! He can do mighty exploits with you in these "last days." God said in Daniel that His people would do exploits in the last days (Daniel 11 v. 32). God also said that the least shall be anointed like David, also in the "last days."
In Judges 3, it is recorded that every time that the Jews rebelled against God He caused their enemies to increase attacks against them. After they repented he raised up a deliverer or a judge to rescue them! On of these was a man by the name of Ehud. He was left-handed and was sent by God to the enemy king, by the name of Eglon. Ehud strapped his dagger on his right leg. The enemy didnít check his right leg, as he was left-handed. Ehud told the king that he had a present from the LORD for the king and wanted to talk to him alone. When Ehud got the king alone he stabbed him with the dagger which killed the king and Ehud was able to escape. Do you see what God can do with one person? Ehud rescued a whole nation by one act of obedience to God! There is no telling what God can with you if you let Him! Turn your flesh over to the Holy Spirit and make your number one prayer to be conformed to the image of Jesus! When you do this God can really bring you out of nowhere! He doesnít care what your background is. He calls those things that are not as though they are. He knows your end from the beginning. He keeps seeing your success, through Him, even though the devil and his two legged helpers may try to remind you of your past failures. You have to remember that you are a new creature in Christ, old things have passed away and all things are become new! (2 Cor. 5 v. 17) He didnít bring you into this world to fail!
Remember how God used "little things to do great things." Look how God used one rod to open the Red Sea. Look how God used a jawbone of an ass to kill 1,000 enemies through Samson. Look how God used a stick to make bitter water sweet. Look how He used another stick to cause an axe head to swim up to the top! Get pass your past failures, repent and be the one that God can show forth His glory through! Be humble and let Him raise you up for many to see! Praise Him!
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