Introduction: “But I”… the belief buster.
- Occurs in the Bible a number of times as a reason or as an excuse for not doing what God calls someone to do.
- God never disputes their inadequacy.
- Then and now: “inadequacy denial”
Paul’s letter to the Church at Corinth
- Begins with an inadequacy review
- The turning point: “But God”
But God means this world does not get the last word on who you are or what you’ve become or what you might do.
What God sees:
- “People look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7)
- God uses all people regardless of their status, influence or resources.
- It may involve pain, “but God” will have the last word.
- Instead of commending himself, he cites his own weakness and personal inadequacy.
- Why? “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
The Question: Are you going to say, “but I” or “but God?”
- The answer you choose will determine the life you lead.
Acts 2:22 Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know….you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
- Death cannot keeps it’s hold on you, either…But God
Don’t give up. Don’t stop praying, Don’t stop believing. Don’t stop dreaming.
But God…In the face of discouragement or heartache
But God…when you feel inadequate
But God…when you feel lonely or frightened
But God…when you know you are not smart enough or strong enough, or rich enough