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Conquering Disqualification
November 22, 2015      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons


How to overcome the sense of disqualification.


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Notes

Acts 4:13 (ESV)

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13 (AMP)

Now when the men of the Sanhedrin (Jewish High Court) saw the confidence and boldness of Peter and John, and grasped the fact that they were uneducated and untrained [ordinary] men, they were astounded, and began to recognize that they had been with Jesus.

Most believers struggle with and are paralyzed in mission by some sense of disqualification:

    - Lack of skill

    - Lots of shame

    - Little recognition

    - Loss of motivation

You are in good company because Gideon, Jeremiah, and Moses all struggled with this

First it must be said that God’s ekklesia, the living body of Christ, is made up of living stones that are all destined for lives of worship and mission - Everyone!

You will be unfulfilled and open to “life-wasting” devilish distractions if you are not walking out lives of worship and mission

Many can’t get engaged though because of an overwhelming sense of disqualification

So how do you conquer this sense of disqualification?

1. Make being with Jesus top on your resume – Acts 4:13

Acts 4:13

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.


 

2. Accept that God uses broken people in process – 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

1 Corinthians 1:26-29

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

3. Repent of a controlling spirit that tries to tell God how He should and shouldn’t use – Romans 9:20

Romans 9:20

But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”

4. Transfer your eyes off of your weakness and onto His sufficient grace – 2 Corinthians 12:9

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

5. Accept by faith His qualifying work in your life – 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

2 Corinthians 3:4-6

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.


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