Brian C. Houston
Global Senior Pastor Hillsong Church
Don’t you just love the Word of God? Filled with eternal truth, astonishing miracles, challenging principles, improbable stories – the Bible is an amazing gift to us from God.
But there’s also something else I love about the Bible and it’s this …
The Bible is full of everyday people who God used to do extraordinary things.
- Who could have imagined that when the Son of God began His ministry on the earth, He would surround Himself with young fishermen, much less a tax collector?
- The prophet Elijah was a normal person just like you and me, yet he shifted weather patterns through his prayers.
- Moses was a runaway convict, tending to his sheep when God appeared to him in the form of a burning bush and called him to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt.
- Rahab was a prostitute. Yet through her obedience and faith in God, she became part of the lineage of Jesus.
Time and time again, we see God take ordinary people and perform the extraordinary in and through them.
Today, I know He wants to do the same in and through you.
I realize it may be hard to believe. Moses felt this way and made excuse after excuse because he felt like he didn’t have what was needed to do the job God had asked of him.
We’ve all been there, placing limitations on the calling God has placed on our lives. But while we may have a perspective limited by what we know and can see around us on this earth, as children of God and believers in Christ, we have access to the unlimited resources of our Father in heaven. And His blessings are designed to multiply in and through us, creating a domino effect of positive impact on the world around us.
You see, for us to experience the extraordinary of God, all that’s required of us is to put our faith in Him and align our lives with His purposes by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG) encourages us, “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”
So, let me ask you: Are you willing to let His Spirit work in you? Are you willing to let go of your perspective and receive God’s hopes and dreams for your life, regardless of what your life’s circumstance look like in this present moment? Are you willing to yield yourself to the plans and purposes He has for you?
My friend, when you answer “yes” to those questions (and I believe you did today!), there’s no telling the extraordinary things God will perform in and through you. He loves you, He is for you and there is MORE He has in store for you!
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