14 Calvary Crew Conversation

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14 Calvary Crew Conversation- August 25-31, 2019

An Available Spirit: Cultivating a Spirit of Excellence

Scripture Reference:

Daniel 6:4-5: So, the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”

 Isaiah 6:8: Also, I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Main Idea: Availability is the best ability we can give God. Enthusiasm is common but availability is rare. Daniel was known as faithful. To be considered faithful, we must make ourselves available. When God asks Isaiah, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”, Isaiah replies, “Here am I, send me.”  God is not waiting for you to get it all perfect, but he is looking for an available spirit that says, “Here I am Lord, send me…use me!” We spend a lot of our lives asking where we should go, but God is calling us to go everywhere. Therefore, wherever you are, make yourself available to God.

How do we distinguish and make ourselves more available:

1.      Let Jesus in your boat

 Mark 1:17-18: Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers   of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

The disciples left everything to follow Jesus. Oftentimes, we love the everything more than Jesus. God wants you to elevate Him in your life, and when you do, He can bless your life. You must give God access to your possessions.

Question: Have you allowed Jesus fully into your life? What are some areas that you feel you have not given God complete access to?

2.  Start Thinking Like A Giver

We need to change our mindset from a consumer to a giver. Consumers are all about, “what is in this for me?” We cannot bring a consumer mindset into the Kingdom of God. Instead of being proud of what we create, we are proud of what we buy.

2 Corinthians 9:10: Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.

Question: Where is God asking you to sow seed? What are some areas in your life that have limited your availability to God?

3. Build a room for God

God is standing at the door and knocking, but You have to open it and let Him in. When you build a room for God, you are making room for your miracle. When you make room for God, God builds a room for you. All we need is a desire to build God’s house, and we build God’s house, God will build ours.

Closing Thoughts: If we want to make ourselves available, we have to settle the offenses in our life because it is hard to make yourself available to God when you are offended. An offended heart cannot receive the gifts that God has for their life. Matthew 5:23-24 says, “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” We have to release to receive. You can only grow to the threshold of your ability to look over an offense. Proverbs 19:11 says, “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” God has something he wants to do in your life, but He cannot give you more because more requires trust that what God gives, you will not use to hurt others.

A Call to Action: What are some offenses that you need to settle? How can you enlarge your capacity to overlook offenses and increase your margin for human error?

 


Erica Hilton