February 1, 2011


For every time I insecurely say, “Jesus, I am not…”; He says to me, “So what! I AM.” So the next time you think you have an excuse as to why God cannot use you, think of these:

Noah got drunk.
Abraham was too old.
Sarah had stopped ovulating.
Isaac was a day dreamer.
Jacob was a liar.
Leah was ugly.
Judah committed incest.
Joseph was abused.
Moses murdered (So did David and Paul)
Moses stuttered, tended sheep, and died too young.
Barak was a wimp.
Deborah was a woman.
Gideon was afraid.
Samson had long hair.
Jephthah’s mother was a prostitute.
Hoseah’s wife was a prostitute.
Rahab was a prostitute.
David was too young (so were Jeremiah and Timothy)
David had a nervous breakdown and an affair.
The ravens were unclean.
The book Cherith ran dry.
The widow at Zerephath was dying.
Elijah was suicidal.
Elisha was bald.
The axe-head was sunk.
Jeremiah was depressive.
Isaiah had a foul mouth and preached in the nude.
Daniel was locked in with lions.
Jonah ran away.
Naomi was a widow.
Job lost his children, his health, and his wealth.
John the Baptist ate bugs.
Peter had a bad temper, a big mouth and broke his promise.
John was self-righteous.
The disciples fell asleep.
Matthew was a thief.
Thomas doubted.
Simon was fanatical.
Nathanael was cynical.
Martha was a worry wart.
Mary was lazy.
Mary Magdalene was demon-possessed.
The little boy only had 5 loaves and 2 fish.
The woman had Sychar had been sleeping around.
Zaccheus was too short.
The colt that Jesus rode was a Jackass (and some of His disciples are too)
Simon was just a by-passer
Paul was single, a prisoner, and a poor speaker.
Philip disappeared.
Mark quit.
Timothy had ulcers.
And Lazarus was dead.

So…what’s your excuse?
God does not use us because of who we are, but in spite of who we are! “That no man should boast before God.” 1 Corinthians 1:29


  1. that looks familiar.. ;) I loved that lecture.

  2. "and Lazarus was dead" - probably the best excuse out there and God still proved it wrong!!! Love it!
    I hope you post about your outreach weekend soon! :)