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And behold, Elisabeth thy kinswoman, … this is the sixth month with her … And Mary arose and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit; and she … said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb … For behold, when the voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”

I remember my wife’s first pregnancy — she eagerly anticipated feeling the baby move.

Elizabeth, in the Bible, was six (6) month’s pregnant so the timing of feeling her baby was not that unusual. What made it so extraordinary was God’s Holy Spirit.

God often uses ordinary events, adding his Holy Spirit to make them truly extraordinary, so don’t miss it by requiring something completely unique. Open up to the Holy Spirit’s ability to make even the ordinary extraordinary.

Sound bite: God’s Holy Spirit make ordinary things extraordinary!
Prayer: Jesus, take my ordinary life and use it for your purposes, that make it truly extraordinary! Amen.

— fritz@langgang.com
See “Coincidence Or Answered Prayer?” – August 20, 2011

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“Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe…” — John 11:14-15a (Message Bible)

Jesus made a passing comment we should not pass over.

Lazarus became sick and eventually died while his closest friend, Jesus, purposely delayed. Why? Jesus told his disciples he was glad, for their sake, he wasn’t there because he wanted them to believe — implying had he been there they would not have believed — probably because Lazarus would still have died.

The often missing part of Faith’s message is that while having it enables mountains to move and the impossible to occur, it is a gift from God. It can’t be worked up, earned by personal holiness, or manipulated for our personal desires — Jesus said,

“I’m telling you this straight. The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. — John 5:19 (Message Bible)

So when you are told if you had faith you could be healed, it may be technically true but God gives the faith, not you.

Your responsibility is to present yourself to Him, present your need and/or the needs of others, look to him for faith, and act on the faith he provides.

That’s what Jesus did.

— fritz@langgang.com

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For to one is given by the Spirit … the word of knowledge …” – 1st Corinthians 12:8

God works through ordinary people who, simply, believe in Christ and yield to his leading. He does his work through what are called “Gifts” of and by the Holy Spirit.

One such gift of the Spirit is the word of knowledge.

We see it demonstrated in the Old Testament life of Daniel when he was required to tell the contents of the King’s dream to avoid death.

We see it in the life of Jesus when he spoke to the woman at the well, telling her she had previously had five (5) husbands.

God, who knows all, imparts to us a snippet of knowledge we need to accomplish a task. Sometimes it is to minister to another, but often to help us in our need. When given it is usually an idea accompanied with a nagging feeling which is hard to shake, but can be ignored.

These should not be ignored but embraced as a gifts from God.

– fritz

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