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

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