Ordinary to Extraordinary

These past few weeks we have been studying how our Heavenly Father takes ordinary People and uses them to perform extraordinarily. Use is a poor choice of words. He actually encourages, invites and allows us to be part of His bigger Kingdom plan.
Our text this week was 1 Samuel 16-17. I encourage all to read it again.
Here are the gems we dug up this week:
1. God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”” 1 Samuel 16:7 NASB
2. Worship drives away the enemy, it brings the presence of God, it gives peace, wisdom and understanding. David was a worshipper.
3. Our Faith is built on what the Lord has accomplished in our lives. From glory to glory He’s changing me.
4. The Lord functions outside of common sense
5. You can’t wear someone else’s armor.
6. In order to slay the giant you have to use what you have practiced.
7. Taking the Giants head signifies removing the evil authority that desires to enslave and rule us. John 10:10
What were the clues to David’s success? If we discipline ourselves the way David did I believe we will walk in victory. We will allow the Father to take us from Ordinary to extraordinary! Here we go:
1. David was a Worshipper. “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”” John 4:23, 24 We need to develop a healthy habit of worship.
2. We must be intentional with our lives. He was not idle but intentional in his times of solitude. He formed a plan that shaped his life.
3. David was Alert. He saw the lion and the bear and responded accordingly. We need to understand and recognize the times we are appointed to live in
4. We must be a people of prayer. David was a Man of prayer
5. We must develop our hearing in prayer in order to become obedient listeners of the Father. Obedient-David was able to take instruction.
6. David Worked, learned and grew as a leader through suffering.
7. David was Teachable. Are we? “But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”” James 4:6 NASB
8. David Confidence was in his Father (God). “But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this uncircumcised Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:34-37


A Little History First:
The Kingdom of Israel split into two kingdoms in 930BC. Israel to the North and Judah to the South. It was in the reign of Rehoboam, Solomon son. The Kingdom of Israel fell in 722BC. The Kingdom of Judah fell in 586 BC. To the Babylonians.
“By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it We hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.” How can we sing the LORD ‘ S song In a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy. Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, “Raze it, raze it To its very foundation.” O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you With the recompense with which you have repaid us. How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.” Psalms 137:1-9 NASB Their inheritance was taken away from them because of their disobedience. Daniel 1:2. The Lord Gave….
1) The land was a gift to the people of Israel and a place of rest from the wilderness. Land always signifies a place of belonging, protection, prosperity, peace and overall well being.
2) The people of God suffer with the Nations He brings into Judgement. I wonder if the judgement of God upon a nation has anything to do with the apathy of the church. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke-Irish statesman
3) We have to give up to go up, let go to grow. We cannot look to our past to define and plan our future. Phil 3. In other words we have to let go in one hand to reach and obtain the next.
4) Daniel 1:8 We cannot become like the world to change it. I believe we misrepresent the scripture, I became all things to..“to those who are without law, as without law, though Paul not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 Daniel and company didn’t allow themselves to be defiled or influenced by the world they lived in.
5) Daniel 1:18. There is always a time of testing before Kingdom promotion Matthew 4. Temptation of Christ. Testing allows Father and us to identify to whom we are allegiant.
6) Disciplining ourselves in the presence of God nurtures discernment and discretion. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NASB
7) The presence of The Holy Spirit in our lives will put us before the authorities. “When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.” Mark 13:11 NASB
8) The power of Praying together is a weapon against the designs of the enemy. It is interesting to note that these men were praying before adversity. It did not “catch them off guard.” They were prepared. Example. Peter and Paul in Jail.
9) We worship the only True God and Him alone. Even in adversity. He stands with us in the fire. I will never leave you or forsake you.
“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4 NASB
10) He purifies us, breaks our bonds and gives us testimony in the fire.
11) The unrighteousness will see God and be saved.
These were Ordinary people living extra Ordinary lives because of their relationship with the Father. That life is available to us today.

What gift are you bringing to the King?

What an amazing Sunday!  Christmas carols, prayer and sweet fellowship. This teaching series is ‘the Greatest gift of all’. This week’s message pointed out three specific themes…

  1. What are you diligently searching for? What hole is in your life? Or desire? Or what emptiness are you trying to fulfill? Are you discontent? Un satisfied? Have you found it yet?

The wise men in Matthew 2 were constantly, diligently, seeking searching the heavens for a sign that the savior was coming.

When it happened they prepared themselves for the journey……

How many of you know, the journey is not short but long. It requires endurance and perservance. We have to roll up our sleeves and get to work. There will be sweat, tears and suffering in the process. Our Heavenly Father said, “He who endures to the end will be saved”. The promise of our Father.

  1. Are you preparing or prepared for the journey? It’s not a sprint but a marathon.
  2. Have you kept your eyes or focus on the star of heaven? Without purposeful concentration and focus we will never reach our destiny. We will live a life of distraction and frustration. Stay focused on the King. Philippians 3
  3. What gift are you bringing the King of kings?

Our lives are the absolute best we can give Him. If He has our hearts\ lives. He has everything!

Hope to see you all next week.

Remember Jesus is the greatest gift of all.
Pastor Steven

A Son before birth?

We had a wonderful time in bible study Wednesday night.  We are studying the book of Hebrews.  This book is packed with spiritual truth about Jesus, who He is and all that He accomplished through His life, death and Resurrection. 
One of the questions I asked our group is… 
Was Jesus a son before He was born? I would ask you the same question.
Think about it and get back to me. You’ll find it to be an enriching study. Until then consider joining us on Wednesday nights at 7pm for prayer, worship and word.

Pastor Steven