Susan Rodgers

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Overwhelmed and Underqualified

"Overwhelmed and Unqualified"

That is the title of the sermon I heard at HPC (Healing Place Church) a few hours ago. Mike Haman gave the message, and it has inspired me so much that I’ve decided to blog about it right now before I miss the moment and end up never sharing this with you. The following are some of the things he said:

God calls us to live an inspirational life, but sometimes we are HELD BACK by our feelings of inadequacy.

The enemy loves to destroy our confidence when we aspire to go the second mile.

In Judges 6:12-16 the angel called Gideon a “Mighty Hero” even as Gideon was hiding in a winepress! God sees beyond our weaknesses.

v.14 “Go in the strength you have.”

Go in the strength you have, and God will give you the strength you need. You don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect before you launch out.

Insecurity looks at circumstances. Confidence looks at God.

God always disturbs the comfortable.

TRY. Know that even if you fail, God is still applauding.

Quit telling God everything you’re not. (v. 15)

Be yourself and trust God to be Himself to you. There’s no room for God’s power in your life if you have no weakness.

Make a career out of being inadequate. You can be inadequate, but you’d better not be disobedient.

Trust God beyond your insecurities. Take God at His Word and believe He will supply what you lack.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
“Each time He said, ‘My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ may work through me.”

The timing of this message is perfect for Ben and me as we deal with feeling inadequate to do all the things the Lord is asking of us. I keep saying, “Lord, this is Your deal. Please come and do Your thing, or we’ll fail miserably!” And I, with great excitement and anticipation (and trembling), know He will show up as we step out in faith and obey what He’s telling us to do.

It’s true for you, too! What is it He’s asking you to do? Feel inadequate? GOOD! That means you’ve a great opportunity to allow God show up and do the supernatural in and through your life.

Mike’s definition of the word supernatural: God’s super added to your natural.

By the way, Mike’s book The Second Mile, has just come out. It’s totally worth reading. You can order it by clicking on the word RESOURCES on the HPC website: http://healingplacechurch.org.

6 Comments:

  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
    Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he's called you to be, pray that he'll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.

    I am so excited to see what God is going to do through y'all as you go back to Swaziland! God is faithful -- He's not going to ruin His reputation on you! I will be praying for you all!

    Sarah

    By Blogger Sarah, at 10:36 PM  

  • thank you again Susan for sharing your heart. I needed to hear that (now i need to remember it and walk it each day!)! It's so easy to lose sight of the eternal perspective and buy into "now". Thank you for being such an encouragement! You two are doing so many amazing things here and over there....we just can't wait to hear of more!

    By Blogger Rachael, at 5:39 AM  

  • Great thoughts, Susan! Thanks for taking the time to write them down and share them with us. I still remember what a pastor told me MANY years ago. "God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the called." We'll be praying for you!

    By Blogger Nancy Holte, at 4:37 PM  

  • Thank you, ladies, for your prayers. We sincerely appreciate them, acutely aware of how much we need that hedge of prayer. We all need that. Again, thank you. God is good. I trust Him.

    By Blogger Susan Rodgers, at 10:14 PM  

  • awesome post. totally needed that. miss you friend and love you lots!!

    By Blogger The Youngs, at 10:58 AM  

  • Thanks for sharing that message, Susan. I definitely need to hear that:) It was fun hanging out with you and your family at the aquarium. Hope to see you again soon! In His love, Charlene

    By Blogger Charlene Long, at 10:27 AM  

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