Thoughts about a tough situation!


I have been praying long and hard about this, and I really feel that this needs to be said! My home church, the place where I learned about what love meant, wondered how a group of “old people” could love a fat kid like me, where I was encouraged to fellowship with believers, and where I had the opportunity provided for me to meet Jesus, is closing it’s doors today! However, as I prayed for the church body, individual friends and family, and the leadership, I felt I needed to write. I am not sure if this is being written for any one or two particular people, but I feel that this is important and that all of you (including those who don’t and never have attended my home church) can benefit from.


For weeks, months, maybe even years you have bought into the lie that “it’s over” when it comes to you doing something great for God; after all, you did (fill in the blank)…and because of that there is no way He could ever use you.

Let me be very clear and to the point: If God were done with you then He would have killed you…but the very fact that you have air in your lungs right now means that HE IS NOT THROUGH WITH YOU!

“But Derek, I screwed up,” you say!

Of course you did! We all do…which is NOT an excuse to go out and screw up your life, but rather a reminder that in the Bible the ONLY people God used were people who had screwed up.

>David committed adultery AND murder (talk about a guy you don’t want to invite over for dinner! Seriously, David would not have been allowed to serve and most likely attend a lot of churches!) HOWEVER, David repented of his sin (see Psalm 51) and today we know him as “a man after God’s own heart!”
>Moses killed a man…and God used him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the border of the Promised Land.
>Paul was a murderer…and God used him to write most of the New Testament.
>Peter denied Christ and chose to walk away from Him…and God used him to preach on the Day of Pentecost where 3,000 people accepted Christ in one day!

I could go on and on, but you get the point…your past does not disqualify you from an amazing future if you are in Christ!!!

God’s not through with you…and…as I so often tell teens and people I talk to, if you don’t let your past die then it will not let you live and one of the consequences of that is you will allow the enemy (Satan) to talk you out of the amazing things God has planned for you.

When we repent of sin (which is the most powerful thing we can do in our walk with Christ) we become unstoppable. And so, if you screwed up…and if you have repented of sin…then STOP believing the lie that there’s no way God could use you! Take a look at I Corinthians 6:9-11!!!

If you feel lost and not sure what to do next, just take a look at Jeremiah 29:10-14

God’s not through with you people of Lifegate! GET UP…GET ON YOUR FEET…and do whatever He tells you to do!


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