God uses Ordinary people who are simply willing to be used

Unlikely Vessels

God delights in calling and using those the world passes by and counts as nothing. One old preacher said, “God isn’t looking for golden vessels, God isn’t looking for silver vessels, God is looking for yielded vessels.” I think that is true.

It is amazing what God can do through someone’s life who doesn’t have to have the credit.

You may feel like you do not have much to offer. If that is the case, then you are perfect! When God does great things through you, then He will get the credit. People will know it was Him and not you!

God is looking for yielded vessels that He can use in a dynamic, community-altering way.

Why not say today, “Here I am Lord, use me;” and after praying that simple prayer, get ready. God may bring some amazing opportunities your way to step out and be used for His glory.

Here is some backing directly from God’s Word –

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

1 Corinthians 1:26‭-‬29 NIV

http://bible.com/111/1co.1.26-29.NIV

This is from day 4 of the @YouVersion Plan “Discovering And Enjoying Your Purpose.”

 Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/dG

In Christ, Beetle 

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Jeremiah 32 (conversation with God)

Here in Jer. 32 we see Jeremiah talking (praying) with God & God’s reply…

Picking up in verse 17

“Ah, Sovereign Lord , you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. 

You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the parents’ sins into the laps of their children after them.

 Great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord Almighty, great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. 

Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve.

 You performed signs and wonders in Egypt and have continued them to this day, in Israel and among all mankind, and have gained the renown that is still yours. 

You brought your people Israel out of Egypt with signs and wonders, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror. 

You gave them this land you had sworn to give their ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey. 

They came in and took possession of it, but they did not obey you or follow your law; they did not do what you commanded them to do. 

So you brought all this disaster on them. “See how the siege ramps are built up to take the city. Because of the sword, famine and plague, the city will be given into the hands of the Babylonians who are attacking it. 

What you said has happened, as you now see. And though the city will be given into the hands of the Babylonians, you, Sovereign Lord , say to me, ‘Buy the field with silver and have the transaction witnessed.’ ” 

 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah

“I am the Lord , the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? 

Therefore this is what the Lord says: I am about to give this city into the hands of the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who will capture it. The Babylonians who are attacking this city will come in and set it on fire; they will burn it down, along with the houses where the people aroused my anger by burning incense on the roofs to Baal and by pouring out drink offerings to other gods.

 “The people of Israel and Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight from their youth; indeed, the people of Israel have done nothing but arouse my anger with what their hands have made, declares the Lord . 

From the day it was built until now, this city has so aroused my anger and wrath that I must remove it from my sight. 

The people of Israel and Judah have provoked me by all the evil they have done—they, their kings and officials, their priests and prophets, the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem. 

They turned their backs to me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline. 

They set up their vile images in the house that bears my Name and defiled it.

 They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molek, though I never commanded—nor did it enter my mind—that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin. 

 “You are saying about this city, ‘By the sword, famine and plague it will be given into the hands of the king of Babylon’; but this is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says: I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. 

They will be my people, and I will be their God.

 I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. 

I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. 

I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.

 “This is what the Lord says: As I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promised them.

 Once more fields will be bought in this land of which you say, ‘It is a desolate waste, without people or animals, for it has been given into the hands of the Babylonians.’ Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, because I will restore their fortunes, declares the Lord .”

Jeremiah 32:17‭-‬44 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jer.32.17-44.NIV

God ever wanted & still desires is for people to fear (respect) Him.

Glory where glory is due.

What Does God Offer (Building a foundation-21 day groundwire link)

Here are just a few things God offers to everyone 

  • A Relationship- Psalm 139:17-18, Jeremiah 29:11
  • Adoption as a Child of God- 1 John 3:1, John 1:12
  • Salvation- Romans 10:9, 13
  • Eternal life- 1 Corinthians 15:54-57, John 14:1-3, John 3:36, 2 Corinthians 5:8
  • Holy Spirit- John 14: 16-17
  • Fruit of the Spirit- Galatians 5:22-23

This is just part of a larger portion that explains what God offers. For more go to:http://twentyone-gw.com/video/video-1-2/

Online CHAT

​https://groundwire.echoglobal.org/chat/Groundwire_Facebook

I’ve gone to this link and several other links groundwire has.

The one at the top enables anyone to reach someone who cares & is just waiting to casually chat online, listen and offer helpful advice.

In this day and age where many  if not most people, use their phone to text (message) this resource offers help 24/7 not in an office, not through an appointment but anytime and anywhere you are.

It is my hope others will find this helpful too.

With Love, Beetle 

To reach a coach now go to:

https://groundwire.echoglobal.org/chat/Groundwire_Facebook

Under His Wing ETERNALLY 

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 

 I will say of the Lord , 

He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 

You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord , “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Psalm 91:1‭-‬16 NIV

http://bible.com/111/psa.91.1-16.NIV

Eternally HIS, Beetle 

21 -Grounding Your Faith- From Groundwire 

This post is dedicated to a 21 day adventure I am taking in my faith journey . 

It all started here:

http://twentyone-gw.com/          That link is where I signed up with “groundwire” to start.

They give a 2 min. video each day.

This link takes you to day 1: http://twentyone-gw.com/video/video-1-2/

I am not sure how all this will transfer to my blog but hope it is a resource for anyone who wants to ground & gain ground in their faith too.

In Christ , Beetle 


Each video is attached to an online journal that digs deeper into scripture and helps you find application to every day life.

There is also a relationship component with 21 and you are assigned a coach that prays, encourages, and cheers you on throughout the process.

Click here:                                                    👉http://twentyone-gw.com👈 to start your journey . 

Jeremiah 31

Look back at the end of Jeremiah 30

Look out! God ’s hurricane is let loose, his hurricane blast, Spinning the heads of the wicked like dust devils! God’s raging anger won’t let up Until he’s made a clean sweep completing the job he began. When the job’s done you’ll see it’s been well done.
Jeremiah 30:23‭-‬24 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jer.30.23-24.MSG

Now Chapter 31

“And when that happens”— God ’s Decree— “it will be plain as the sun at high noon:

 I’ll be the God of every man, woman, and child in Israel and they shall be my very own people.”

 This is the way God put it: “They found grace out in the desert, these people who survived the killing. Israel, out looking for a place to rest, met God out looking for them!”

 God told them, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love! 

And so now I’ll start over with you and build you up again, dear virgin Israel. 

You’ll resume your singing, grabbing tambourines and joining the dance. You’ll go back to your old work of planting vineyards on the Samaritan hillsides, And sit back and enjoy the fruit— oh, how you’ll enjoy those harvests! 

The time’s coming when watchmen will call out from the hilltops of Ephraim: ‘On your feet! Let’s go to Zion, go to meet our God !’” 

Oh yes, God says so: “Shout for joy at the top of your lungs for Jacob! Announce the good news to the number-one nation! Raise cheers! 

Sing praises. Say, ‘ God has saved his people, saved the core of Israel.’ “Watch what comes next: “I’ll bring my people back from the north country And gather them up from the ends of the earth, gather those who’ve gone blind And those who are lame and limping, gather pregnant women, Even the mothers whose birth pangs have started, bring them all back, a huge crowd! 

“Watch them come! 

They’ll come weeping for joy as I take their hands and lead them, Lead them to fresh flowing brooks, lead them along smooth, uncluttered paths.

 Yes, it’s because I’m Israel’s Father and Ephraim’s my firstborn son! 

“Hear this, nations! God ’s Message! 

Broadcast this all over the world! 

Tell them, ‘The One who scattered Israel will gather them together again. 

From now on he’ll keep a careful eye on them, like a shepherd with his flock.’ I, God , will pay a stiff ransom price for Jacob; I’ll free him from the grip of the Babylonian bully. 

The people will climb up Zion’s slopes shouting with joy, their faces beaming because of God ’s bounty— Grain and wine and oil, flocks of sheep, herds of cattle. 

Their lives will be like a well-watered garden, never again left to dry up. 

Young women will dance and be happy, young men and old men will join in. I’ll convert their weeping into laughter, lavishing comfort, invading their grief with joy. I’ll make sure that their priests get three square meals a day and that my people have more than enough.’” God ’s Decree. 

Again, God ’s Message: “Listen to this! Laments coming out of Ramah, wild and bitter weeping. It’s Rachel weeping for her children, Rachel refusing all solace. Her children are gone, gone—long gone into exile.” 

But God says, “Stop your incessant weeping, hold back your tears. Collect wages from your grief work.”

 God ’s Decree. “They’ll be coming back home! There’s hope for your children.”

 God ’s Decree. “I’ve heard the contrition of Ephraim. Yes, I’ve heard it clearly, saying, ‘You trained me well. You broke me, a wild yearling horse, to the saddle. Now put me, trained and obedient, to use. You are my God . After those years of running loose, I repented. After you trained me to obedience, I was ashamed of my past, my wild, unruly past. Humiliated, I beat on my chest. Will I ever live this down?’ 

“Oh! Ephraim is my dear, dear son, my child in whom I take pleasure! Every time I mention his name, my heart bursts with longing for him! Everything in me cries out for him. Softly and tenderly I wait for him.” God ’s Decree. 

“Set up signposts to mark your trip home. Get a good map. Study the road conditions. The road out is the road back. Come back, dear virgin Israel, come back to your hometowns. 

How long will you flit here and there, indecisive? 

How long before you make up your fickle mind?

 God will create a new thing in this land: A transformed woman will embrace the transforming God !” A Message from Israel’s God -of-the-Angel-Armies: 

“When I’ve turned everything around and brought my people back, the old expressions will be heard on the streets: ‘ God bless you!’ . . . ‘O True Home!’ . . . ‘O Holy Mountain!’ All Judah’s people, whether in town or country, will get along just fine with each other. I’ll refresh tired bodies; I’ll restore tired souls.

 Just then I woke up and looked around—what a pleasant and satisfying sleep! “Be ready. The time’s coming”— God ’s Decree—“when I will plant people and animals in Israel and Judah, just as a farmer plants seed. And in the same way that earlier I relentlessly pulled up and tore down, took apart and demolished, so now I am sticking with them as they start over, building and planting.

 “When that time comes you won’t hear the old proverb anymore, Parents ate the green apples, their children got the stomachache. 

“No, each person will pay for his own sin. 

You eat green apples, you’re the one who gets sick. 

“That’s right. The time is coming when I will make a brand-new covenant with Israel and Judah. It won’t be a repeat of the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. 

They broke that covenant even though I did my part as their Master.” God ’s Decree. “This is the brand-new covenant that I will make with Israel when the time comes. 

I will put my law within them—write it on their hearts!—and be their God. And they will be my people. They will no longer go around setting up schools to teach each other about God . They’ll know me firsthand, the dull and the bright, the smart and the slow. I’ll wipe the slate clean for each of them.

 I’ll forget they ever sinned!” God ’s Decree.

 God ’s Message, from the God who lights up the day with sun and brightens the night with moon and stars, Who whips the ocean into a billowy froth, whose name is God -of-the-Angel-Armies: 

“If this ordered cosmos ever fell to pieces, fell into chaos before me”— God ’s Decree— “Then and only then might Israel fall apart and disappear as a nation before me.” 

God ’s Message: “If the skies could be measured with a yardstick and the earth explored to its core, Then and only then would I turn my back on Israel, disgusted with all they’ve done.” God ’s Decree. 

“The time is coming”—it’s God ’s Decree—“when God ’s city will be rebuilt, rebuilt all the way from the Citadel of Hanamel to the Corner Gate. The master plan will extend west to Gareb Hill and then around to Goath. The whole valley to the south where incinerated corpses are dumped—a death valley if there ever was one!—and all the terraced fields out to the Brook Kidron on the east as far north as the Horse Gate will be consecrated to me as a holy place. 

“This city will never again be torn down or destroyed.”

Jeremiah 31:1‭-‬40 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jer.31.1-40.MSG

Living adopted by Him under a new covenant, Beetle 

Down but STILL lifting Him up

Down but STILL lifting Him up

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 43 NIV

http://bible.com/111/psa.43.5.NIV

I will give thanks to you, Lord , with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 9:1 NIV

http://bible.com/111/psa.9.1.NIV

Although our sins testify against us, do something, Lord , for the sake of your name. For we have often rebelled; we have sinned against you.  You who are the hope of Israel, its Savior in times of distress, why are you like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who stays only a night?  Why are you like a man taken by surprise, like a warrior powerless to save? You are among us, Lord , and we bear your name; do not forsake us!

Jeremiah 14:7‭-‬9 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jer.14.7-9.NIV

Remember ,  where there is a shadow there is a light -Bob Hartman (Petra, “Road To Zion”)

https://youtu.be/fFHX55W6mSQ


Jeremiah 30 “Hold On During The Hurricane”

This is the Message Jeremiah received from God : “ God ’s Message, the God of Israel: ‘Write everything I tell you in a book. 

“‘Look. The time is coming when I will turn everything around for my people, both Israel and Judah. I, God , say so.

 I’ll bring them back to the land I gave their ancestors, and they’ll take up ownership again.’” 

This is the way God put it to Israel and Judah: “ God ’s Message: “‘Cries of panic are being heard. The peace has been shattered. Ask around! Look around! Can men bear babies? So why do I see all these he-men holding their bellies like women in labor, Faces contorted, pale as death? The blackest of days, no day like it ever! A time of deep trouble for Jacob— but he’ll come out of it alive.

“‘And then I’ll enter the darkness. I’ll break the yoke from their necks, Cut them loose from the harness. 

No more slave labor to foreigners! 

They’ll serve their God and the David-King I’ll establish for them. 

“‘So fear no more, Jacob, dear servant. Don’t despair, Israel. Look up! I’ll save you out of faraway places, I’ll bring your children back from exile.

 Jacob will come back and find life good, safe and secure. I’ll be with you. I’ll save you.

 I’ll finish off all the godless nations Among which I’ve scattered you, but I won’t finish you off. 

I’ll punish you, but fairly. 

I won’t send you off with just a slap on the wrist.’ “This is God ’s Message: 

“‘You’re a burned-out case, as good as dead. Everyone has given up on you. You’re hopeless. All your fair-weather friends have skipped town without giving you a second thought. But I delivered the knockout blow, a punishment you will never forget, Because of the enormity of your guilt, the endless list of your sins. So why all this self-pity, licking your wounds? You deserve all this, and more. Because of the enormity of your guilt, the endless list of your sins, I’ve done all this to you. 

“‘Everyone who hurt you will be hurt; your enemies will end up as slaves. Your plunderers will be plundered; your looters will become loot. 

As for you, I’ll come with healing, curing the incurable, Because they all gave up on you and dismissed you as hopeless— that good-for-nothing Zion.’ 

“Again, God ’s Message: “‘I’ll turn things around for Jacob. I’ll compassionately come in and rebuild homes. The town will be rebuilt on its old foundations; the mansions will be splendid again

Thanksgivings will pour out of the windows; laughter will spill through the doors. Things will get better and better. Depression days are over. 

They’ll thrive, they’ll flourish. The days of contempt will be over. 

They’ll look forward to having children again, to being a community in which I take pride. 

I’ll punish anyone who hurts them, and their prince will come from their own ranks.

One of their own people shall be their leader. 

Their ruler will come from their own ranks.

 I’ll grant him free and easy access to me. Would anyone dare to do that on his own, to enter my presence uninvited?’ 

God ’s Decree. “‘And that’s it: You’ll be my very own people, I’ll be your very own God.’” 

Look out! God ’s hurricane is let loose, his hurricane blast, Spinning the heads of the wicked like dust devils! God’s raging anger won’t let up Until he’s made a clean sweep completing the job he began.

 When the job’s done you’ll see it’s been well done.
Jeremiah 30:1‭-‬24 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jer.30.1-24.MSG

And now my friend we live in a time period where we read & can choose to believe Christ came from the seed of David. “Their ruler will come from their own ranks.” we read and read in the New Testament of Christ . 

What times we live in, full of hate & false Prophets and yet we are able to hold in our hands & hearts God’s Word ,  which shows true prophecy of things that have come to pass and things that are yet to still happen.

Only trusting.

In Christ, Beetle 

Jeremiah 29 part 2 (Real Prophet vs. False Prophets)

Click here for 👉Part 1👈

In Jeremiah’s day there were false prophets against any and everyone who had a different message than they did, however God intervened with Jeremiah & God prevailed…

“So why haven’t you done anything about muzzling Jeremiah of Anathoth, who’s going around posing as a prophet?

 He’s gone so far as to write to us in Babylon, ‘It’s going to be a long exile, so build houses and make yourselves at home. Plant gardens and prepare Babylonian recipes.’” 

The priest Zephaniah read that letter to the prophet Jeremiah. 

Then God told Jeremiah, “Send this Message to the exiles. Tell them what God says about Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Shemaiah is preaching lies to you. I didn’t send him. He is seducing you into believing lies.

 So this is God ’s verdict: I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his whole family. He’s going to end up with nothing and no one. No one from his family will be around to see any of the good that I am going to do for my people because he has preached rebellion against me.” God ’s Decree.
Jeremiah 29:27‭-‬32 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jer.29.27-32.MSG

Trusting God’s Word ,  His leading in the darkest times.

In Christ, Beetle