Well hello iSEE CHURCH, Pastor Chris here from iSEE CHURCH, Brisbane West location. It is my absolute privilege to bring a short devotion to you today inside of our 14 Days of Devotion in the lead-up to our Revival Nights. And my thought today is all around being amazing in your ordinary. And in Acts 4, we read an account in scripture where Peter and John have been brought before the chief priests to give an account as to what happened to the man that we know in Acts 3, and the gate called beautiful where they pray for him and there's this incredible healing that took place. He was laying for 30 years and more, and he got up and walked. And it was an incredible miracle. Now he's standing before the priests giving an account of these two guys for what they've done. I'm going to pick it up in Acts 4:7 it says this;
“They brought in the two disciples and demanded, by what power, in whose name, have you done this? And Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit said to them "Rulers and elders of our people. Are we being questioned today because we've done a good deed for the crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.”
If you drop down to verse 13, it says;
“The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the scriptures. They also recognize them as the men who had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say.”
Well, what an incredible passage of scripture, but let me just quickly describe to you who Peter and John are. Okay, Peter, and John, these guys are fishermen by trade, they came out of fishing straight into ministry. They were both fishermen. John is also the brother of James. And those two dudes that were mentioned in the Bible as the ‘Sons of Thunder’. Come on, I like those guys. That sounds pretty cool but they were also fishermen. These guys were average, ordinary people just like you and I, and that will go on about their everyday lives but I love it what that scripture said that Peter, being filled with the Holy Spirit, did something extraordinary in his ordinary. As Peter and John were walking to the temple for prayer, something supernatural took place. And that's what I want to talk about today. About being amazing in your ordinary. You see, two things I can take out of this account. The first one is this, you need to own your ordinary, whatever your ordinary looks like, own it. Celebrate it. Sometimes we overlook our ordinary, yet God does incredible things in the ordinary, mundane parts of our lives. But I want to tell you, in your ordinary as you own it, and celebrate, and allow God in the midst of it. I'm telling you, whether you're folding washing at home, or looking after the kids or at work, you can do extraordinary things, if you allow the Holy Spirit to come upon you. You see, the second thing I want to highlight in this passage of scripture is that, like Peter, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. I believe, anyone who is filled with the Holy Spirit also has the byproduct of boldness. You see, when you are constantly being filled with the Holy Spirit, there is a boldness that comes up on the inside of you to do things that you wouldn't normally do. And that's what God is calling each of us to do. Is to be amazing in our ordinary. Come on guys, every single one of us, there's no superheroes in the Kingdom of God. There's nothing we can do that makes us great. But, if we allow the Holy Spirit to come upon us, and allow that to be mixed with our ordinary, I believe we're going to see supernatural things take place in our homes, in our workplaces, schools, unis, wherever it is, at the shops, wherever it is. I'm telling you when we allow God's supernatural to hit our ordinary, we're going to see extraordinary things take place. God bless your church, and I hope to see you at Revival Nights real soon.