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The Miracle Path
Pastor Steve Schell
Hebrews 13:21
God’s thoughts aren’t our thoughts and His ways aren’t our ways (Isa 55:8), and the longer I live the truer those words become. God’s plan for my life is radically different from my plan. When I follow His plan a miraculous dimension enters the process. I begin walking on what I’ve come to call the “miracle path.” Now, a word of warning needs to be spoken at this point: just because it’s a miracle path doesn’t mean it’s an easy path. It still requires a lot of hard work, but it’s a different kind of work from that which I experience when I’m walking on my own path. Now I work hard at doing what He’s called me to do, but I don’t have to work hard at trying to open doors or get needed resources. On this path opportunities and resources are miraculously provided. You might say the focus on my efforts change from “struggling” to “laboring.”

When I stop and look back on my own life I am faced with the fact that almost none of the major decisions I made, when obeying what I believed God wanted me to do, was the path I would have chosen for myself. Almost never did I end up doing what I wanted to do. In fact, at the time, every step seemed to lead in the wrong direction. But now, in retrospect, I see His amazing wisdom. He was always right and I was always wrong. And even though at times I obeyed Him while harboring a bad attitude, His miracle path has taken me places I would never have imagined. And I believe He has a miracle path for each one of us.

Listen to the author’s prayer (Heb 13:21)
Listen to what he asks the “God of Peace” to do for us. He asks God to restore (“put back into place”) every “good thing” which is needed to do His will. Then he adds, “…doing in us the thing well-pleasing before Him through Jesus Christ…” (literal). Notice he prays confidently that God will work these things in us “through Jesus Christ,” who, because of what He has made possible for us, deserves to receive “glory” forever.

What is he asking?
He’s praying that we will be healed spiritually so that our lives can be brought into alignment with God’s plan, so that we will accomplish what pleases Him, not us.

Spiritual principles
1) Psalm 139:13-15 God designed me in my mother’s womb to serve Him in a specific way
2) Psalm 139:16 My days were numbered and “formed” before I was born.
vs 16 (literal): “My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my embryo, and on Your book all the days were written, they were formed (Ge 2:7), and not one was”
3) Psalm 139:17, 18 God knows me and is constantly thinking about me throughout the day.
4) Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a man are established by the Lord and He delights in his way”
5) Isaiah 55:8, 9 My natural mind will never discover God’s plan by it’s own reasoning power.
6) Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but it’s end is the way of death.” If I refuse to listen to God, my own reasons will kill God’s plan for me. (Also: Pr 3:5, 6). God’s plan is my potential, not automatically my destiny. I must capture it by faith.
7) Isaiah 30:21 “Your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” God is committed to guide us into His path, step by step. He doesn’t explain your future, He leads you choice by choice.
8) John 17:4 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.” Success in life is fulfilling God’s plan for me, not my own.

Two approaches to God
1) God, help me achieve my goals.
2) God, help me discover and do Your will.

When we choose approach #2 is when we put our foot on the “miracle path.”
1) He opens doors no man can shut
• Tempe, AZ
2) Where He guides, He provides
• Roof, telephone pole, 3-phase power
3) His path leads downward
• Humble
• Selfless
• Otherly
• Away from status, wealth, personal safety, idle time

What do you discover on this path?
1) Who you were made to be (living in the sweet spot: your gifts and anointing working together)
2) You stop trying to change yourself into somebody else. You’re at peace with who you are.
3) You stop trying to impress people (the faces who glare at you in your mind, the voices who criticize your every mistake)
4) You stop focusing on your weaknesses and start focusing on your strengths.
5) You discover that your assessment of who you are, and what would make you happy, and what would bring you a sense of satisfaction at the end of your life… was wildly misguided. You were desperately out of touch with who you really are.

At every point where you took God’s downward, miracle path you discovered your real gifts, you found God’s anointing empowered you, you accomplished things that still baffle you as to how it even happened, and you find those who took the other path envy you as you get older.

First steps
1) Learn to take a sabbath, spend hours quieting your mind, listening and journaling.
2) Ask: Have I refused to do something because I consider it “beneath me”?
3) Ask: Do I trust Him to provide where He guides?
4) Ask: Am I willing to risk looking foolish by knocking on an impossible door?
5) Be patient with yourself: faith is a divine work that God must place in the heart.

Questions
1) Have you ever seen God open a “door” which had appeared hopelessly closed? Tell us the part you had to play in the process.
2) Name an area where God is now pressing you to step beyond your comfort zone. What do you think has held you back (fear, pride, shame, criticism by others, too busy, too tired)?

 


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