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Extra-Ordinary

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We are called to be extra-ordinary.

For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. Philippians 2:13

In The Last Day's Newsletter, Leonard Ravenhill tells about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village who walked by an old man sitting beside a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one tourist asked, "Were any great men born in this village?" The old man replied, "Nope, only babies." A frothy question brought a profound answer.

There are no instant heroes... whether in this world or in the kingdom of God. Growth takes time, and as 1Timothy 3:6 and 5:22 point out, even spiritual leadership is a maturing process. 

The disciples were extraordinary: ordinary men with something “extra”.

That something extra is actually something common to all believers, it’s part of our spiritual DNA.  The apostle Paul (very extraordinary) tells us; "For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose." (Phil. 2:13). 

In moving from ordinary to extra-ordinary we must surrender to the work of God with in us and expect great things to happen. This is God “enabling” you. Your desires will match God's desires. Your work will line up with God's work, and greatness will follow for His kingdom and glory. So how does God enable us?

It’s inspiring to talk about being extraordinary, but how do you actual become this kind of person? Philippians 2 answers this questions by demonstrating how Jesus humbled himself and became obedient even unto death. We must humble ourselves before our almighty Father and become obedient to his will, in keeping with Philippians 1:1-16. This is extraordinary.

Parting Thoughts:

  • Ask God to show you your pride and beg God to make you humble. This is not a five-minute prayer but an everyday discovery.
  • Ask God to reveal any area where you have resisted his will.
  • Repent and become obedient.

I know this is very difficult to the “flesh”, but that’s why so few people become extraordinary. You can do this. When you do, according to Philippians 2, God will raise you up and bless you with Greatness…His presence. That’s extraordinary!

Mack

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Life Out Of Focus

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Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God…
Acts 7:54-56

I saw a picture of a man enjoying a day on his sail boat, what was so revealing about this moment wasn’t the fact that he was on his boat as much as the fact that while “relaxing” he was fixated on his cell phone… so fixated that he missed the whale breaching within just a few feet of his boat.

Have you ever missed some really cool things because you were caught up or fixated on the wrong things? I am a master at missing the really cool things… Like for instance, whenever I go star gazing with my family, I can guarantee everyone exactly when a shooting star will appear: it will appear every time I look away! Yep, I’m the worst at seeing shooting stars cause I can’t look up and stay focused long enough.

It’s kinda like my walk with Christ. I can get so caught up in the minutia of life that I lose focus on everything important and end up dwelling on the wrong things. With the snap of a finger, I lose my fixation on Christ and anxiety begins it’s “rusting work” in my life. Life out of focus puts us in a cloud of confusion where we can easily get lost, we need to find a Stephen-like focus.

In the midst of perilous and eminent danger, Stephen did not lose focus. Stephen knew why he was on earth and the mission he was commanded to fulfill. Only with eyes focused on Christ can we overcome the propensity of our flesh to worry and become anxious about the things that matter least.

Final thoughts…

  • Remain in Him. Stephen saw Christ past the circumstances
  • Live with Eternal perspective, this life is only the beginning of eternity with Him
  • Instead of trying to focus less on our problems, begin by focusing more on Him…the problems will begin to fade
  • Start each day off in prayer and in His word. It may seem like a broken record but it’s true, if we don’t start off our day fixated on Him we will struggle….
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