MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Wednesday in the Word
October 27, 2010
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives III
(Eight Steps to Exercising Extraordinary Faith)
A. Knowing your vision – a key aspect to exercising extraordinary faith.
1. To complete your assignment in life, you must first know your assignment – what did God say to you?
2. If you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there.
3. Understanding your life’s vision governs your life. In other words, purpose disciplines your behavior.
A. Jeremiah 1:5-10
1. You can gauge where you are spiritually by your speech.
2. Your mouth is the production center for your life.
B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
1. Faith is used on situations impeding your assignment. (verses 13-14)
2. The God-kind of faith involves a time element. (verse 20)
a. The prototype for how faith works is in Genesis 1:1-3 (how God uses His faith).
· Hebrews 11 Observations
1. Hebrews 11 archives the lives of regular, common, everyday people who heard a word from God that transformed them from ordinary to extraordinary.
2. These ordinary people endured 17 extraordinary acts of faith in Hebrews 11:33-38 symbolic of the unlimited potential and nature of developed faith.
I. A closer look at the life of Gideon
A. Hebrews 11:32
B. Judges 6:11-16
1. God appears to Gideon where he is hiding. (verse 11)
a. In other words, God knows where to find you when He is ready to transform your life.
2. When God addresses you, He speaks to your divine potential. (verse 12)
3. Gideon is characterized as the least in his father’s house because of his faith in the true and living God among a tribe of idolaters. (verse 15)
a. God calls you out to be the solitaire in your family. (Scripture reference – Psalm 68:6)
4. Gideon gives excuses but God gives promises. (verses 15-16)
C. Gideon has a series of interactions with God in just one day. (Judges 6:17-40)
1. Gideon prepares an acceptable offering to God. (Judges 6:17-24)
a. In other words, God is with Gideon in spite of his ordinary status (faith will transform you when understand the Lord is with you).
1. Psalm 127:1
2. St. John 15:5
3. II Corinthians 3:5 (KJV & The Amplified Bible)
2. Gideon destroys the altar of Baal and builds an altar to God. (Judges 6: 25-32)
3. After Gideon’s interactions with God, God’s glory is upon Gideon and there is now a sound of victory on the inside of Gideon (there is a sound of victory on the inside of you when God’s ability is upon you). (Judges 6: 33 -36)
4. Gideon asks God twice for signs that He is with him and God answers him each time. (Judges 6: 37-40)
a. Extraordinary challenges will befall ordinary people on their path to extraordinary.
D. The route to an extraordinary life begins with an understanding of the power and anointing of God.
1. One person, Gideon, with an extraordinary anointing, changes Israel’s history. (Judges 7)
2. God tells Gideon he has too many people with him. (Judges 7:2-7)
a. There comes a period in life when God wants you to know His ability (you and God are the majority).
b. The Lord glories in bringing up the underdog. (Scripture reference – I Corinthians 1:26-29)
3. God gives Gideon the criteria for eliminating the number of men that is with him. (Judges 7:5-7)
a. The faith process involves a natural element of confessing the Word and a spiritual element of looking up to God to perform the supernatural.
b. You, with bold, extraordinary faith and God can change your situation in one day.
c. Hebrews 13:5-6, The Amplified Bible
II. Eight steps to exercising extraordinary faith
A. Find the promises in the word of God; this releases the power of God to experience supernatural results.
B. Make the final choose to believe the word of God regardless (insulate yourself from alternative paths). (Proverbs 14:12;16:25; St. Matthew 14:28)
C. Daily sow the word of God into your heart. (Romans 10:17)
D. Keep your thoughts in line with the things of the word of God. (Psalm 1; Joshua 1:6,8)
E. Release your faith by speaking the Word. (St. Matthew 8:8)
F. Act like the word of God is so (corresponding actions). (I Samuel 2:3)
G. Offer praise to God continuously for the result (this is called the sacrifice of praise/thanksgiving). (Psalm 107:22; 116:17)
H. Wait patiently (keep doing what you have been doing and do not fret). (St. Mark 4:29; Psalm 37:7)
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