in Acts 10 we find a powerful story about a man named Cornelius. An angel appears to him and says "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering." In Luke 21 we see another story where a women's gift catches the attention of Jesus. Does our giving catch Jesus' attention, does our prayer life move heaven to action? Allow this sermon to both challenge and inspire you to step beyond the normal.
What the devil has tried to use as a set back in my life, God will use to set up your life in His Kingdom. Your past can accomplish one of two things. Either you are defined by your past or you are prepared by your past.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
In Acts chapter 9 we see God choosing a very unlikely candidate in Saul. His past was atrocious and his present circumstances weren't must better yet this is who God chose to take the gospel across the world. Is your past more powerful that God's promises for your life? Is your current situation greater than God's power?
If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small ~ Prov 24:10. Are you a person who can remain standing under trail, tribulation and persecution? Anyone can talk about service to God in the sunshine. It’s not hard loving one another when everyone around us loves us. How we respond in tough times truly shows who we are. When we are squeezed, what comes out? True leaders are forged on the battlefield not in the classroom.
In the book Acts the disciples were commanded to wait until they were empowered with the Holy Spirit in order to accomplish God’s purpose. This is reinforced when the disciples chose those to wait on tables, they chose men full of the Holy Spirit. The most menial of tasks required God’s empowerment because the Kingdom of God is far greater than our job title, our God-given assignment is not limited by our title. Are you living and leading from a position of empowerment or out of your own strength?