Summary: We cannot afford to accept status quo as a norm. Those people that say it cannot be done will watch others pass them doing God’s work. Let us find MORE!
A CUT ABOVE --- REACHING FOR A HIGHER PLANE...
Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I. WHAT IS STATUS QUO?
A. Existing state of affairs.
Are we happy staying the same old way?
B. WHAT IS THE NORM FOR US?
AN AUTHORITATIVE STANDARD. A MODEL.
Binding guide to control or regulate acceptable levels of behavior.
Be average ---- AVERAGE JOE?
A set standard of achievement that is expected derived from an average of a group.
II. GOD HAS A CALL ON YOUR LIFE AND MINE!
WE ARE NOT TO ACCEPT EVERYONE ELSE’S NORM FOR US AND THE CHURCH.
WE MUST DISCIPLINE OUR STUDY, PRAYER, AND CHURCH ATTENDANCE TO EACH BEYOND WHAT IS THE ACCEPTABLE NORM.
A. Can an attitude of accepting the norm and status quo as the norm become a trap?
B. We can tend to accept where I am is where I am and this is where I shall always
III. ASK YOURSELF WHY DO I SERVE THE LORD?
A. AN IMPORTANT QUESTION IS HOW WILL I SERVE THE LORD?
B. AT WHICH DEGREE OF SERVICE SHALL I BE SATISFIED?
C. WE SERVE BY ABILITY ----
Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; o every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
D. OFTEN WE COMPARE OURSELVES TO OURSELVES AND NEVER REACH THE DISTANCE BEYOND OUR ABILITY INTO THE REALM OF DIVINE ABILITY.
2 Cor. 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
IV. MANY APPROACH GOD’S WILL IN ONE OF THREE WAYS:
1. OUT OF THE WILL OF GOD.
2. PERMISSIVE WILL OF GOD, YOU HIT THE TARGET ENOUGH TO SAY YOU HIT IT.
3. THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD.
A. We cannot accept anything less than the perfect will of God as acceptable.
B. We leave a TRAIL OF TEARS AND HEART ACHES MOVING IN THE FLESH.
C. ASK SARAH AND HAGAR?
V. THERE ARE NO SADDER WORDS OF PEN OR TONGUE THAN THE WORDS: WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN?
A. MY HEART KNOWS ONE OF THE REGRETS OF ETERNITY WILL BE, I WISH
I WOULD HAVE APPLIED MY SELF MORE THAN I DID.
B. The Helevision is hindering a lazy, uncommitted people to a trap of
being the NORM --- staying forever STATUS QUO!
C. MY FRIEND, WE MUST ACCEPT THERE IS MORE THAN THIS!
THE QUESTION IS NOT IS THERE MORE --- THE QUESTION IS WILL I ARISE?
VI. WILL WE DARE TO ARISE TO GOD’S PLAN FOR US?
A. WILL WE BELIEVE GOD HAS A GREATER PLAN FOR THIS CHURCH?
B. GOD IS SEARCHING, HIS EYES RUN TO AND FRO ---
C. CHRISTIANS ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE!
To have sufficient courage.
To be bold enough to do.
Accept the challenge to perform.
Get ready to take chances.
E. Does it make you mad when somebody passes you doing what you said could not be done?
VII. DANIEL, SHADRACH, MESHACH, ABEDNEGO WERE 1000 MILES AWAY FROM HOME.
A. DANIEL WAS BELIEVED TO BE 17 YEARS OLD WHEN HE WAS CAPTURED.
B. DANIEL AT BEST WAS A SLAVE IN A STRNAGE LAND.
C. WHO WILL KNOW WHAT DANIEL DOES?
D. EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING IT? SO WHAT? A LITTLE COMPROMISE?
E. EVEN DEAD FISH CAN SWIM DOWN STREAM?
VIII. LAZYNESS IN PEOPLE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!
Daniel 1:4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as
had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
IX. CLEAR ORDERS TO COMPROMISE?
HOW CAN YOU STAND AGAINST THE LAW AND PEER PRESSURE?
Daniel 1:5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at
the end thereof they might stand before the king.
A. THE WORLD WILL TEST YOUR LOYALITIES!
B. The King ordered meat offered to idols and strong drink.
X. IT IS BEAUTIFUL WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE BELIEVE GOD’S WORD
AT FACE VALUE AND TAKE THE TEST THAT PROVES GOD’S WORD!
Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
A. YOU MUST FIRST MAKE THE CHOICE TO BELIEVE!
B. THEN YOU MUST DECIDE TO STAND BY YOUR CHOICE NO MATTER WHAT.
XI. WHEN YOU MAKE THE CHOICE GOD WILL MAKE A CHOICE TO
STAND BY HIS MAN.
Daniel 1:9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.