Monday, 21 March 2011

Bringing the Extraordinary into the Ordinary

Recently, we've been hearing about becoming a people who are extraordinary and while it's something we are getting our heads around, its not a new concept.

God has always loved it when His people move into the extraordinary. People who want God's will to be at the forefront of what they do, what they request and where they go have been blessed mightily by God.
Solomon had the opportunity to ask God for anything he wanted, and in 2 Chronicles 1, he asked for Wisdom and Knowledge so that he could lead Gods people, "for who is able to govern this great people of yours?"
As a result, God gave Solomon wisdom and knowledge, "along with wealth, riches and honour, such as no king who was before you had and none after you will have."(v12)

The passage below talks about the visit of the Queen of Sheeba to Solomon.

2 Chronicles 9

1 When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. Arriving with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all she had on her mind. 2 Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her. 3 When the queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon, as well as the palace he had built, 4 the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, the cupbearers in their robes and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the LORD, she was overwhelmed.
5 She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. 6 But I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard. 7 How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! 8 Praise be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on his throne as king to rule for the LORD your God. Because of the love of your God for Israel and his desire to uphold them forever, he has made you king over them, to maintain justice and righteousness.”

9 Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, large quantities of spices, and precious stones. There had never been such spices as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

10 (The servants of Hiram and the servants of Solomon brought gold from Ophir; they also brought algumwood and precious stones. 11 The king used the algumwood to make steps for the temple of the LORD and for the royal palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians. Nothing like them had ever been seen in Judah.)

12 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for; he gave her more than she had brought to him. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.
From the NIV

The Queen of Sheeba was overwhelmed by the wisdom of Solomon, but not just in the replies he gave her, it was the ordinary things that she marvelled at- the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, the cup bearers in their robes and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the LORD.

You see, when you bring God into your daily life, it makes a difference, it makes sense. God does things in us when we invite Him into the small things, when we decide to give Him the things that we've previously held back from Him. God is in the detail. God really wants to be involved in what you do, and wants you to be the best person you can be.

Being the best person you can be is what the "Engaging the Spheres" conference is about this Friday and Saturday. If you want to see this city transformed by the Kingdom of God, this is a great place to start.

Pray that each of the Facilitators will be abundantly blessed as they bring the Extraordinary into the city. If you don't know what to pray for each one, ask God that His will be done in each of their lives.

Pray for Simon Thomas, Fergus Ryan, Seán Mullan, James Featherby, Rachel Blanshard, Paul Mooney, Andy Bowie, Noel Brennan, John & Linda Latham and Jerome Westbrooks. Ask God to do amazing things in each of them this week.Ask God to give them a fresh anointing of His Holy Spirit and ask God to enable each of them to be Extraordinary people.

Have a blessed week!

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