By God's Grace; I Will Be That Man!

Hubber Michael Adams making a stand for the Lord in the streets of Bellefonte, PA
Hubber Michael Adams making a stand for the Lord in the streets of Bellefonte, PA | Source

The story is told of a young man who attended a preaching service in the mid 1800's. The service was not well attended as snow had dropped a wet blanket on the meeting. Only a few people sat in the old, worn church to listen to a man of no reputation preach the Word of God. Although his name is lost to me, God remembers.

This faithful preacher did not have much to say from the world's point of view even if they had been there to hear him. But his message was bathed in prayer. He was God's appointed man, for God's appointed time, in God's appointed place. There were perhaps three or four, maybe five people there that night brave enough to tread through the snow storm to hear the old man preach.

The meeting was not a particularly well publicized event, and seemed to have little impact on the hearers. Not much is told of the message except as it pertained to the young man sitting in the back. The old preacher made the statement, "The world has yet to see what God can do with one man that is wholly committed to Christ." The words so touched the young man that his response was that, "By the grace of God, I'll be that man!." The young man--Dwight Lyman Moody--and the rest is history.

D. L. Moody did not just make a rash vow. His intent was to live out his pledge on a day to day, moment by moment basis and became known as the evangelist that "kissed the cheeks of two continents for Christ" as his ministry spread from North America to Europe.

God accomplished many great things through this man and his biography is definitely worth reading, but Mr.Moody has been with the Lord now for many years. My question is, who will be that man or woman today for 21st century America? Hebrews 4:16 tells us, " Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace...." My payer is that someone reading this will take up the old preacher's challenge to be that one wholly committed to the cause of Christ. Will you go boldly before the throne of grace and tell the Lord that you will pick up the mantle left behind by D. L. Moody.

You might say, "God never uses people like that anymore. He might if someone would be willing to be so used and spent for Christ. Being used for God is one thing, but being spent is quite another. To be used greatly of God means paying a high price. I do not know what that price may be, but I know it will be required. I also know that the results will be worth every bit of the price paid.

Maybe you think you're unworthy to fill such great shoes. We are, but remember,D. L. Moody was just a man. He had the same struggles, the same sin nature, the same weaknesses, and the same temptations that we have. Do we understand that Moses, Elijah, Paul and others were mere men just as we are?

The rest of Hebrews 4:16 goes on to say, "...that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." In the time of your weakness and your inability God will show Himself strong. It's not you that is working, but the holy God of Heaven working through you.

So...who will go "...boldly unto the throne of grace..." and be that man?" You might find yourself surprised at what God wants to do with and in your life. Who will say with D. L. Moody,"I'll be that man!"

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GrowingDeeper 5 years ago

He is looking for a man to stand in the gap and to make up the hedge. I cant claim to be that man, but I pray that my Mighty God will make me that man. Amen Lifegate! Stand strong and having done all STAND!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Amen. Go for it! God will use anybody that's willing to be used.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Yes, God will use those that are willing to be used to be sanctified, living for God's glory and obedient to God in whatever comes in the way. God doesn't need a scholar, He already has the message to give, He just needs those of us willing and ready to pay the price of service as we say in our ministry serving Christ by serving people.

( oh and I love the pic!)


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Beautiful heartfelt story of Gods mighty power. If one life be changed from one going boldly to the throne Praise all mighty God. God knows what He does. His timing perfect. I enjoyed the read brother and my heart smiles at Gods endless Love. I pray many land on this hub that shines in the Glory of God. You keep on bro and U will. Phis 4:13. In Christ love ya, your sista. up awesome linked out!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Michael, I love how we're always on the same page. I'm looking forward to see how God is going to bless your ministry as you serve Chist by serving people.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Skye, Thanks for stopping by Sista. It s blessing to hear form you. You're so encouraging. Keep on keeping on.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Michael,

It was hard to decide which pic to use. When I thought about someone giving their all to Christ, I thought of you,so I thought it was an appropriate picture.


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Most of the great men and prophets in the Bible were insecure and flawed human beings and often when God called them, they expressed their doubt and insecurities. But they were willing, and God used them for His glory. I think it was Isaiah that God spoke to and said, Who will go for me and Is. said Here am I, send me. And he did.

Think about it, Moses was a murderer, David was an adulterer, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all liars, Jonah was stubborn and rebellious, Samson was vain and a womanizer, Paul was a persecuter of the church. God can use anyone. It's not about if we can, it's about God can through us. We need to step up to the plate and obey God's calling.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

LS,

Thanks for the input and so very well said. I guess that means there's still hope for me. Only God could do that. Isn't He wonderful!


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

A-men! I will be that WoMan! woo hoo! :-) voted up! this was really well written and it brought much joy to my heart! Thank you! Shalom!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Jo,

Thanks for the visit and for the vote. Now--carry on with being that WoMan!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

What an inspiring story! It goes to show we should never measure the results by numbers because to impact that one man was surely an influence that has greatly affected the world. We certainly must just be obedient and leave the results up to Him.

Encouraged by your article. Well written.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TJ,

Yep, that's where it's at--abandoning ourselves so He can work. Tanks for the visit!


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sonfollowers 5 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

Yep, great article. I love the fact that so much came from such a seemingly slow, dreary night. We serve an awesome God. That's for sure. I'm getting ready to start seminary, actually. So I'm startin' down the path! :) Thanks for the encouragement.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

SF,

You're welcome! Stay on the path. You just signed up to be that man!


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Michael Wayne 5 years ago from Des Moines, Iowa

I will be that man.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Michael Wayne,

Glad to hear it! Go and do it!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

I apologize. I had confused two accounts--one concerning D. L.Moody, and the other concerning Charles Spurgeon. it was actually Charles Spurgeon that attended the meeting in the snowstorm. That was the night that he accepted Christ as his Savior. D.L. Moody was however, "that man."


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

And when Spurgeon got home he told his mom that he got saved in a different chuch than the one they attended, she replied that she always hoped he would be a pastor in their home church, the young boy Spurgeon replied isn't that just like God to give you more than you ever asked for.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks Michael, for the rest of the story!

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