The extraordinary in the ordinary


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Jesus and Peter had to pay the temple tax but had no money. So Jesus sends Peter back to his old vocation, fishing. Go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours — Matt. 17:27 NIV.

stock-illustration-10637597-coin-in-the-fish-mouthIf you are in His will, God will provide for your need. Prayer means getting the supernatural into the natural. If you’re working, you won’t have to change your routine, just request the dosage of God’s blessing upon your natural labors.

They call this miracle money, and after 33 years of being a Christian, I have seen God answer like this over and over, in my own life and others. It especially happened when I pastored in Guatemala, particularly when we bought a property and had huge mortgage payments.

define-necessityDon’t buy a lottery ticket. Just pray and believe. The extraordinary (miracle money) came out of the ordinary work (fishing), but it was blessed by God. Prayer is actively seeking that blessing.

10 responses to “The extraordinary in the ordinary

  1. So inspiring…thank you.

  2. I have found that regularly donating a portion of my income to church and charity always keeps me in good financial hands. It doesn’t mean that I’m rich or that things aren’t tight, but it seems like when you give to God he always looks after you. I heard Jon Hunstman, Sr. once said, if you want to be rich find a charity and donate to it regularly. I think rich can be both a financial thing and a spiritual thing. I feel like because I try to be generous to the less fortunate with what little I have I’m “rich” in many ways and have a happy life.

    Thanks, as always, for your posts. I see reading them as part of helping with spiritual fine tuning for me. 😀

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  4. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    I have written about the concept of extraordinary and ordinary based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Pastor Ashcraft took a biblical passage and showed us the same thing. The extraordinary is sometimes so obvious we do not recognize it. What is extraordinary in my life? This question, as Pastor Aschcraft suggested, is likely in somethings we view as ordinary. I need to pause and let it reveal itself to me.

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