What Is In Your Toolbox: A Three Lesson Series-
Lesson 2-Using Our Tools
We have opened the toolbox so now lets learn to use our tools– Learn to use your tools
Based on lesson 1 -the toolbox is open and now we can do three things:
1. We should be ready to totally commit our tools to God-Give back to him what he gave to you, remember we are acknowledging God In everything we do- Proverbs 16:3 in the Message bible says- Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.
2. Since we are continually sanctifying ourselves, we should be ready to hear Gods wisdom and specific instructions regarding how we use our tools-Proverbs 8:6- New International Version- Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
3. We should desire to Earn God’s approval-we should endeavor to be excellent to do all things well for God- lets look at God’s response to the offerings of Cain and Abel- Genesis 4 verses 3-5 – New International version-3-5- In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.: What we can take the principles of this story and apply it to the idea of using our tools in a manner where God will look favorably upon us. Submission, sanctification, hearing his instructions should assist us in earning his favor.
Let me share the experiences of two biblical figures to enhance our understanding of learning to use our tools.
- The first one- Esau
Genesis 25:27- King James Version-27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.
From this scripture we can observe that Esau spent time using his tools and learning his craft- he was cunning which means he was well skilled, a man of the field- he spent time in the environment or setting most appropriate to give him experience.
2. The second Biblical figure
King David’s use of a sling and a stone-
Lets pick up the story of David and Goliath after David has made the decision to face the challenge – 1st Samuel 17:38-40- King James version
38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
David in this story ,used his tools that were familiar to him– …from this story we can observe that we must USE OUR OWN TOOLS NOT SOMEONE ELSE’S
We have the acronym KISS from the first lesson, I want you to remember this phrase “KISS THE SUN”-SUN
K-KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
I-IN ALL THY WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM
S-SEE YOURSELF USING THE TOOLS
S- SANCTIFY YOURSELF
T-TOTALLY COMMIT OUR TOOLS TO GOD
H- HEAR GOD’S WISDOM AND SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS
E-EARN GOD’S APPROVAL
S-SPEND TIME USING YOUR TOOLS AND LEARNING YOUR CRAFT
U-USE YOUR OWN TOOL NOT SOMEONE ELSES’ IF YOU WANT TO BE EFFECTIVE
N-NEVER LEAVE YOUR TOOLS UNATTENDED-
KISS THE SUN
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© DR. Fay Maureen Butler, 2014, Huldahs House Ministries Inc, Word Press