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Ordinary People, Extraordinary Power
Jan 13 3:31 AM

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Power

Jan 13 3:31 AM
Jan 13 3:31 AM

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

James 5:17-18

Far too often you may not feel up to the task before you. You may not think you have the skills, resources, or ability to complete the assignment you are facing. This is a normal part of the human experience—the feeling of inadequacy. This feeling of insecurity is a tool of the enemy that affects almost every person. It is the dynamic that caused Moses to ask, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11 TNIV)

In those moments of natural self-doubt, be reminded that the remarkable reality of human history is that God uses ordinary people to accomplish his extraordinary purposes. James 5:17-18 says that Elijah was just an ordinary man, but God responded to his earnest prayers and brought rain to the people of Israel.  In Acts 4:13, after God healed a crippled beggar through Peter, the people noted that Peter and John were just ordinary, unschooled men, but it was clear that they had been with Jesus. God can use you despite your weaknesses, insufficiencies, failures, and your past. In fact, God is more likely to use ordinary people so that people will know that only He is the true source of all that is good, lovely, and holy. In 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 we are told that God chooses the most unlikely people, and surprises the world with what they can accomplish.

When you believe that nothing significant can happen through you, you are revealing more about your belief in God than you are revealing about yourself. He is the One who chose you, and in spite of all of your inadequacies, His choice is perfect..  Trust God to work through you to accomplish His good purpose

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Emma King

Awsome Word verry encrouging Thank God for you'

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 6:54 AM CST

Alonzo & Karon Hird

Thank you blessing us with these powerful and inspiring words. We are do grateful and blessed to a part of this great ministry. We wouldn't have it any other way. To God be the Glory!!!

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 7:37 AM CST

Alonzo & Karon Hird

Thank you blessing us with these powerful and inspiring words. We are so grateful and blessed to a part of this great ministry. We wouldn't have it any other way. To God be the Glory!!!

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 7:38 AM CST

Deanna kelly

Amen ????

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 7:47 AM CST

Reginald Stephens

Minister Dickerson , I love all the daily devotionals and today's devotional, along with pastor commentary has ministered to my heart and is purpose driven. Thanks to your ministry and above all thanks to the Shepard!

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 8:00 AM CST

Mina Reel

The New Life devotionals give New Life daily! The devotionals are timely, insightful and inspirational. I am very thankful for the ministers that are sharing with us. Gob bless you all!

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 10:10 AM CST

Mina Reel

The New Life devotionals give New Life daily! The devotionals are timely, insightful and inspirational. I am very thankful for the ministers that are sharing with us. Gob bless you all!

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 10:11 AM CST

Wanshez

Thank you for this word. I'm starting a new job next week and this inspires me to allow God to use me to do his great work, overcoming feelings of inadequacies and self- doubt.

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 10:17 AM CST

Virginia Archer

Awesome word as usually! Thanks for sharing your heart!

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 11:07 AM CST

Contessa

Amen, Thank You!! This is so true!!!

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 9:18 PM CST

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Day 31
Jan 31 12:51 AM

Day 31

Jan 31 12:51 AM
Jan 31 12:51 AM

THE WEIGHT OF THE WAIT

By Marlin and Monica Harris

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;and they shall walk, and not faint

Isaiah 40:31

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Jan 30 12:23 AM

Day 30

Jan 30 12:23 AM
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Streams in the Desert 365 Devotions, Pages 452-453

By L.B. Cowman, Editor

“…there we saw the giants.”

Numbers 13:33

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These giants represent, for us, great difficulties, and they stalk us everywhere. They are in our families, our churches, our social life, and even our own hearts. We must overcome them or they will devour us, just as the ancient Israelites, fearing those in Canaan, said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size” (v. 32). We should exhibit faith as did Joshua and Caleb, who said, “Do not be afraid..., because we will devour them” (Numbers 14:9). In effect, they told the others, “We will be stronger by overcoming them than if there had been no giants to defeat.” 

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Day 29
Jan 29 12:21 AM

Day 29

Jan 29 12:21 AM
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By Marlin D. Harris

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Day 28
Jan 28 12:43 AM

Day 28

Jan 28 12:43 AM
Jan 28 12:43 AM

THE WIDOWMAKER

By Dr. Reggie Anderson

(Content taken from “The One Year Book of Healing: Daily Appointments with God”)

“No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.”

Acts 2:26-27

 As a primary care physician practicing rural medicine in a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee, I have witnessed a lot of healing. Some of it has been through the work of medical professionals, whom God uses to carry out his good work, and some have happened supernaturally—the result of God’s direct intervention.

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Day 27
Jan 27 12:30 AM

Day 27

Jan 27 12:30 AM
Jan 27 12:30 AM

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