Good Morning Ladies (and few gents),
Today’s devotion included below “It’s Time to Put Your Foot Down” is a reminder from GiG Sharon that, “…just because God gives you a promise that does not mean it is automatically yours? Nope, you have to believe it and take hold of it to make it yours!” Furthermore, “The key to experiencing the abundant life of relationship with Christ is obedience, and most people don’t even like the word. But it is the pathway to the faith you long for.”
GiG, what does it take to go from ordinary to great?
By asking this question, we can get a multitude of answers that span two points of view: secular or biblical. In Acts, chapter 4, Peter and John give us a glimpse of what it takes when they are called before the Sanhedrin.
As most of you know, the Sanhedrin were priests who had special influence and were often close relatives of the high priests. I’d like to draw your attention to one verse in particular.
“The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
Knowing that Peter and John were unschooled, the council was amazed at what being with Jesus had done for them.
GiG, a changed life convinces people of Christ’s power. One of our greatest testimonies is the difference others see in our life and attitudes since we have believed in Christ. We all know that talk is cheap, but a testimony of a changed live (action), now that’s something.
God's ways are quite different from man's. Worldly wisdom says that extraordinary people and abundant resources are needed for great tasks, accomplishments, or feats; yet the Lord often chooses the small and insignificant to achieve His purposes on earth.
I don’t know about you but I just love that God specializes in using people who aren't naturally qualified to accomplish His tasks. Nope, He isn't looking for impressive people; He wants willing ones who will bow in humble submission. Oh, but don’t get it twisted; being weak and ordinary doesn't make us useless. Rather, it’s just the opposite. It positions us for a demonstration of divine power in our life.
May we be encouraged today with this—the next time someone questions your ability; don’t forget to consider that your lack of ability, talent, or skill could be the ideal setting for a great display of Christ's power and glory. But remember, all it takes is to be willing to submit to His leading and venture into the scary yet rewarding territory of faith and obedience.
Yup, He will do great things in and through us.
God’s Got It…so you can know the TRUTH—God stands before time, outside of time, and inside of time because He introduced time.
Have a “Take That” Thursday, October 4, 2018—God takes insignificant people and delights in making them great.
Called to serve and encouraging others to thrive
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