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10/26/2010 – “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives” III – Eight Steps to Exercising Extraordinary Faith

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES

Tuesday in the Truth

October 26, 2010

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives III

(Eight Steps to Exercising Extraordinary Faith)

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS

A. Jeremiah 1:5-10

1. Maturity in speech is marked by saying the Word; immaturity is marked by speaking about the circumstances.

2. God touches the mouth – the area that is capable of producing results (it’s not what you think but what you say).

3. The mouth is the production center for life.

B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23

1. There were many fig trees not producing; however, this fig tree was assigned to Jesus. In other words, faith can only be used to perform your assignment. (verses 13-14)

INTRODUCTION

A. The prototype of all faith

1. Genesis 1:1-3

a. God allowed Satan to contaminate the earth to serve as a pattern to believers for changing chaos in their lives to order.

b. For our faith to be effective, we cannot talk about the circumstances or conditions. We are to speak only what we desire from the Word.

B. St. John 10:10 (KJV & The Amplified Bible)

1. Until we, the Church, learn how to use our faith to master the enemy, Jesus cannot return.

2. Jesus’ task is to move us from the life before us to the abundant life.

I. Examples of ordinary people whose lives were transformed by faith

A. Gideon

1. Hebrews 11:32

2. Judges 6:11-16

a. Gideon was performing a dead end job yet God calls him a mighty man of valor. (verses 11-12)

b. God sees our divine potential not our current circumstances. (verse 12)

B. Amos

1. Amos 7:14-15 NLT

C. David

1. Psalm 89:19 NLT

a. Even David’s father did not see his value.

b. Ordinary can take on different forms, shapes and oddness that people cannot recognize the grace of God on your life.

c. God’s calling on David’s life transformed him from an odd shepherd boy to a billionaire by the time of his death.

2. I Samuel 17:28

a. David’s eldest brother reminds David of his position in life. In other words, someone will always try to call you back or remind you of your ordinary status.

b. Extraordinary situations will show up to test your worthiness to move from ordinary to extraordinary (David killed a lion and a bear before confronting Goliath).

1. Additional examples of extraordinary challenges before ordinary people:

a. The Apostle Paul II Corinthians 11

b. The 17 works of faith in Hebrews 11:33-38

c. David was an unknown until he defeated the giant, Goliath.

d. You cannot delay the giants in your life; contending with the giants releases the anointing.

e. Past victories are stepping stones to new victories.

3. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

a. God does not necessarily call the wise and nobles.

b. When God calls you, your calling is not seen in the natural.

II. Knowing your vision – an essential component to exercising extraordinary faith

A. Before you can move from the ordinary to the extraordinary, you must understand your vision.

1. Your vision exists only in the mind of you and God; therefore, vision must be protected because of its delicate nature.

2. Each person of faith story/assignment is different. Do you know what God has said to you; your vision from God?

B. Faith starts where the will of God is known.

1. You cannot move to the extraordinary hearing ordinary.

2. Hearing the Word excites your divine potential.

3. If you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there.

4. Understanding your vision governs how you live. In other words, purpose disciplines your behavior.

 

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