Hebrews 11 : 30 - 40, By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented -- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. NKJV
If you’re a follower of Christ, then God has placed a divine calling on your life. Even so, as we seek to know and to fulfill the plan of God for our lives, we begin to undergo a transformation. The passages that I used today are representative of the transformation that God wants to demonstrate in us and through our obedience to His calling.
When we read about the heroic actions of the great men and women who have gone before us and how God used their simplistic faith to impact their world, we can begin to see what can transpire when God moves on ordinary people to do extraordinary acts in His name. God uses humans, along with our weaknesses, our shortcomings, and our frailties; then, He mixes them with our faith to show the world His greatness.
If we will allow God to use our vessel, He can challenge and uproot corruption and injustice in our society, so that others will be able to lead a more peaceable life. Can you imagine what this world would be like if there were no Christians? I can’t begin to imagine how corrupt and evil the earth would be without obedient believers. The story of Noah’s day in Genesis 6 gives us a glimpse of what it would be like if there were only a few righteous souls on the earth today.
The world and the satanic forces that you face daily, and which war against your stand of faith, can cause you to view yourself as insignificant and unimportant. Nevertheless, you must reject the opinions and accusations of the world, lest you give into the pressure and allow others to squelch your faith and your impact on the world.
God has you on this earth for a divine purpose. It is your responsibility to God to see that you fulfill that purpose with all that is within you. God still performs the extraordinary through ordinary believers. Remember, you can do ALL things through Christ because He will give you the strength.
Now Go Change the World,
Pastor Asa Dockery
Pastor Asa Dockery