DRIVING FORCE BEHIND GREATNESS

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY
DEVOTIONAL…
DATE : Friday 8 August 2014
THEME : DRIVING FORCE BEHIND
GREATNESS
Memorise:
Therefore I say unto you, What
things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them.
Mark 11:24
Read: Hebrews 11:1-6
1 Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a
good report.
3 Through faith we understand that
the worlds were framed by the
word of God, so that things which
are seen were not made of things
which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a
more excellent sacrifice than Cain,
by which he obtained witness that
he was righteous, God testifying of
his gifts: and by it he being dead
yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated
that he should not see death; and
was not found, because God had
translated him: for before his
translation he had this testimony,
that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible
to please him: for he that cometh
to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : MARK
5:21-6:56 and JOB 18:5-19
Message
How does a man experience
greatness? The starting point on
the path to greatness is the desire
to be great. For one to be great,
you must have definiteness of
purpose; that is, the knowledge of
what you want and a burning
desire to achieve it, backed by
faith in God. Desire is borne out of
need and dissatisfaction with your
present status or lot in life. The
proof of desire is pursuit. What
you pursue says a lot about you.
Your life gravitates towards the
desires of your heart. Desire is
what gives birth to miracles. Desire
inspires and motivates. It was
desire that inspired the Wright
Brothers to fly. Hope and wish are
different from definite desire. The
proof of definite desire is pursuit
irrespective of the current
situations and circumstances.
Definite desire translates into
reality. Wishing will not lead to
greatness, but desiring greatness
with a focused state of mind, then
planning definite ways and means
to acquire it and backing those
plans with persistence which does
not recognise failure will bring
greatness. Psalm 37:4 says,
“Delight thyself also in the LORD;
and he shall give thee the desires
of thine heart.”
Desire is like a living organism. It
is born, it grows, and it can die.
People with a strong desire to be
great know that every setback
along the path of greatness brings
with it the seed of advancement.
You must desire to be great
because greatness is your heritage.
I have come to realise that many
Christians are just living life by and
by because they are complacent
and have accepted the status quo.
Jesus was never complacent. His
desire to succeed in His ministry
was fired by His mission as stated
in Luke 4:18. He kept moving on
to the other side. Beloved, you
must refuse to stay on the edge of
God’s blessing. There exists
greatness on the other side. The
strong desire to fulfil your mission
in life will fire you on to greatness.
If your desire is in line with the
will of God, and you concentrate
on it and do not associate with
small thinkers, you will achieve it.
Another driving force behind
greatness is obedience. Obedience
in this respect simply means your
willingness to do what God has
instructed you to do. Abraham
obeyed God when God instructed
him to get out of his country
(certainty) and go to a land that he
was yet to show him (uncertainty)
(Genesis 12:1-3). Obedience is
doing anything God asks you to do
regardless of its cost and
consequences. God has promised
us greatness if only we will obey
His commandments (Deuteronomy
28:1-13). You should therefore
respect the principle of obedience
if you desire to be great.
Action Point:
Obedience involves faith. Have
faith in God, and He will surely
make you great.

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