Qualifications Part Two
by Curt Klingeman
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And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28, KJV).
We must always remember that it is Jesus Who qualifies us for the work of the ministry. This is especially true for those who disqualify themselves because of their past. They are the ones who believe their past is greater than their present, and forget that the Lord is greater than our past, present, and future. What people fail to realize is that God is able to use our past as part of our future. That is to say, He can use past failures and devastations as part of our ministry. They do not have to cripple ministry, they can be used to enhance our ministry. Who would be better to restore another who has failed than one who endured the same experience? Even the Apostle Peter disqualified himself after denying Jesus three times, yet Jesus restored him and used him to help establish the church (see John 21: 3, 14-22). How is that for a comeback?
Jesus said, “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men” (Matthew 12:31, KJV). What that means for us is that God made provision for our failures. He gives everyone room to repent from their sins and return to Him if they will just take Him up on the offer. Going back to our example, Jesus declared that Peter would be instrumental in establishing the church before his denial. He knew ahead of time that Peter would fail him, but He still called and used him. Not only does God desire our repentance, He wants us to succeed in spite of ourselves. Sin is not greater than the Blood of Jesus Christ, nor is it greater than the Lord’s ability to restore us. Not only can He restore us, He can raise us up to be Who He has called us to be, so that we can achieve all He destined us to accomplish.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (KJV). When we repent, and ask for forgiveness, God does not give us a do-over, He gives us a new beginning where we do not have to “try again.” “Making up for it,” should be done on His terms. His terms are simple: repent, receive His forgiveness, learn from the experience and move on. Here’s a simple way to move on: ask the Father to show you how He sees you now, then ask Him to show you who He’s called you to be and receive it. Upon receiving it, believe into it. God is faithful, and His Word never fails
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