One Word from God

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Danny Mequet
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There are a few moments in each of our lives that we can remember when one word changed everything. I remember when I asked Missy to marry me, and all I could focus on was hearing the word “Yes.” Regardless of the fact that she hugged me, loved her ring, and was visibly excited, it was not until “yes” came off of her lips that I knew my life would be changed forever.

We can look at a man in the Bible, the Roman Centurion, who understood the power of one word. When the Centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant, Jesus responded, “I will come and heal him” (Matthew 8:7). However, the Centurion understood the authority Jesus held, and he replied, “Only say the word and my servant will be healed” (Matthew 8:8). With a simple word from Jesus, the Roman Centurion received his miracle.

As leaders, we must understand the importance of total reliance on Jesus. We must not trust in our abilities, but in Jesus, who gave us our abilities. One simple word from Jesus will change everything.

3 Keys to Receiving a “Word” from Jesus:

1) Stay in the Bible and in prayer
When you stay connected to God through the Bible and prayer, you stay connected to His heart. This will give you an openness to receive from Him what He wants to use to change the lives of those you are leading.

2) Stay humble
“God opposes the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6b

God wants you to remain humble and recognize that He is your source for everything. When you do this, He will give you favor so that you can lead others effectively.

3) Stay focused
Jesus’ last words to His disciples are found in Mark 16:15, “And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.’”

In order to be used to bring life change to others, we must stay focused on our mission – to reach people and build lives.

Think about it…
• What has God been speaking to you that will be used to help bring life-change to those He has given you influence over?
• Of the 3 Keys to Receiving a Word from Jesus, which one is the most challenging for you? Why?
• Take a few moments and read the story of the Roman Centurion in Matthew 8:5-13 and allow God to speak to you about the importance of total reliance on Him.

Prayer point…
Ask God to help you connect with Him through prayer and the Bible, to stay humble, and to keep your focus on His mission.

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