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Monday’s Blog: You Can’t Carry People Through Life

I just returned from a short blogging break. I’ve found that it’s necessary at times to stop what I am doing, take a step back, and make sure I am in the right direction doing what God wants me to do. During my time off with the Lord, God led me to read a powerful book titled “Life Resurrected: Extraordinary Miracles Through Ordinary People” by Jesse Birkey from Reflect Ministry.



Here’s  a brief description of the book:

God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary miracles if they are willing to be transformed.

Being ordinary completely qualifies you for God’s mighty power. No titles, ministries or name recognition are required. But there is one catch—you must be willing to be transformed. Testimonies are a crucial element of transformation. Testimonies give us the hope we need to continue on. We need to know that God still moves in signs, wonders and miracles. But above all else, we need to understand that God specializes in taking ashes and resurrecting them into beautiful life!

“God did extraordinary miracles through Paul …” – Acts 19:11

In Life Resurrected, Jesse Birkey will share some extraordinary miracles performed by ordinary people. He will also take you on his journey of transformation from a life of bondage and slavery to the enemy to a life bursting with miraculous testimonies. While recounting his and others’ encouraging and inspiring testimonies, he provides insight into the ways God wants to operate in and through all of His children.

Start the journey and you too can have your Life Resurrected!

 

God ministered to me in many ways through this book, but I wanted to share one section on Joshua 3:8 that really spoke to my heart.

“Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”

Joshua 3:8

Jesse wrote:
“As I closed my Bible, I thought about the instructions God gave Joshua. I wondered why God wanted the twelve chosen men to actually stand in the river with the heavy Ark before He would move on their behalf. God began to softly speak to my heart. We often stand on the “bank” looking over at our problems and issues saying, “Alright God, I need you to take care of this mess. I need you to perform this miracle and heal me or deliver me, but I am not going to get my feet wet. I am going to stand here where it’s dry while you do the work. After all, there’s nothing wrong with me. There couldn’t possibly be anything I might need to do before you move on my behalf.”

 

One of the reasons I knew I needed to take a break was that I was starting to get overwhelmed and not feel well. As I spent time with God, asking Him to show me what was wrong, He revealed that I had been taking on people’s problems and trying to fix them myself. Through Jesse’s message, God showed me that I was so desperate to see people’s problems resolved that I was losing hope, and it was making my heart sick.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:12

Instead of praying for and encouraging people to seek God with all their hearts, because He has all the answers, I was trying to find the answers for them. But as we see in Joshua 3:8 above, God will perform the miracle, but He requires us to take that step of faith, seek and follow Him, and allow Him to transform us. We can’t carry people through life. We can carry their burdens by helping them and directing them to Jesus, but ultimately they have to take responsibility and seek His will for themselves.

A couple years ago, God used me to help a young woman through a difficult time in her life. As God brought her through that time, and miraculously turned her life around, she no longer needed my help. Soon after, a man who had heard how I helped her, contacted me and requested that I daily feed him God’s Word.  I kindly directed him to the Bible and encouraged him to seek God with all his heart (Jeremiah 29:13). He wanted me to carry him. He didn’t see God as the source of that woman’s miracle. He saw me as the source.

When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?…. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

Acts 3:12, 16

As Jesse’s book explains, God uses us ordinary people to do extraordinary miracles through. But we must remember that the people God uses us to help have to eventually get up, walk with Jesus,  get their feet wet, and allow Him to transform them.

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”

John 5:8

 

Heavenly Father,

We praise You for giving us everything we need to walk in victory. Transform us and fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Empower us to do Your Will. Help us to know when we are stepping in front of You trying to fix people’s problems for them. Help us to step back and direct them to You.
In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!

 

*My newest devotional “Armor of Light: A 7 – Week Devotional on Ephesians 6:10-18” will be FREE  (ebook version only) on Amazon from Tues. to Wed. (6/11-6/12).

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4 comments on “Monday’s Blog: You Can’t Carry People Through Life

  1. Mark Hunter on said:

    Hi Amanda,

    Such a powerful post from you – as always. It resounds with me on many levels echoing many of my own frustrations, concerns, thoughts and prayers. I think i will go and purchase that book you have read. I was drawn to your comment, “Being ordinary completely qualifies you for God’s mighty power. No titles, ministries or name recognition are required”.

    For quite some time now i’ve been prayerfully asking God to serve him. I feel a real drawing towards missionary and ministry work yet find myself with a feeling of being blocked out because of a lack of worldly attributes. Looking at missionary work i was surprised to see one requiring someone with a degree! It can be very unsettling and off-putting to encounter such things. I havent given up hope, of course, because i know i am where i need to be now and i will be where i need to be in the future. Your comments resonated with my feelings.

    I also found myself nodding my head, many times, about what you were saying with dealing with other peoples problem. Thankfully i havent fallen into that pit yet as i am carefully praying for and encouraging a friend through a delicate yet painful marriage seperation (echoing my own history three and a half years ago). Luckily i have avoided the situation of trying to fix the problem and have instead remained a supportive and encouraging friend to him. Through this i have been able to witness very effectively for Jesus. I hope to post an article myself on this because i have been very encourage how God has used me to help him (not to fix him).

    Thank you for a wonderful post – then again they always are.

    P.S. I finally got round to ordering your new book. I already know it will be FANTASTIC. You are a blessing to many, many people through your ministry. Please continue to serve God in this way.

  2. Joyce Glass on said:

    Amanda this was a post I needed to read today. My heart gets very heavy with all the hurting & sick people I hear about or know. Thank you for sharing & your break was well worth it!

    I look forward to checking out your study on the armor of God.

    May God continue to fill you with His words to share through the power of the Holy Spirit!

  3. Amanda Beth on said:

    It’s great to hear from you, Mark! Hope you enjoyed your honeymoon with your wife! :) Thank you for all your support and continual encouragement! You’ve been a huge blessing in my life.

    That doesn’t surprise me about the requirement for missionary work. It seems much of the church have adapted to the world’s system now. But that doesn’t disqualify you from being used by God. What God calls you to do, He will require you to take a step of faith. That is where you will see His provision as He equips you in each step you take with Him. When God called me to start writing, I was just excited to be called to do anything that I didn’t even stop for a second to think about how unqualified I was. I wish I would have saved the first survey I posted on the internet to gather information from other families. It was loaded with grammar errors. It looked like one of my kid’s wrote it. I even had commas after the word “and.” I know I still have a long way to go but it’s encouraging to see how far God has taken me. He’s truly equipping me to do His will and I know He will do the same for you.

    Thanks for buying my book! I pray it encourages and blesses you. I hope you get Jesse’s book. I know you will be really blessed by it. It’s one of the most powerful books I’ve read. I love hearing about people who don’t limit what God can do today. Jesus is still the same yesterday, today and forevermore. It’s great to see His Holy Spirit moving powerfully through ordinary everyday people like you and me. I can’t wait to see what He does through you and your family.

    Blessings and prayers to you,
    Amanda

  4. Amanda Beth on said:

    Thank you for encouraging message, Joyce! I’m so happy this post blessed you. It’s overwhelming seeing so many people hurting, especially when you know God can help them. We just have to keep praying and encouraging others to seek Him. Thanks for your comment.
    God’s blessings to you:)
    Amanda

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