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Wednesday, April 3rd, '19

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GRAND SLAM

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us" (Ephesians 3:20)

 

Prosperity preacher Mike Murdock writes of those small thinkers who "simply want enough money to go down to Denny's and buy three pancakes and two eggs. That is their idea of a grand slam in life". Ah, Grand Slam breakfast, how grand, $2.99 or whatever they've raised the price to this year. How pathetic when we gripe about a price increase at Denny's! Well, like Murdock mused ordering a Grand Slam is not a grand slam. Climbing Mt. Everest, boating the full length of the Amazon or winning the Tour 'de France might be nobler goals. The Grand Slam in tennis has something to do with winning the Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon, but I don't know tennis outside of green balls. I do know baseball though. Hank Aaron and Gil Hodges both had fourteen career grand slams. That's 112 runs. (I hit an inside the park homer in little league. No grand slams otherwise.)

 

We're talking here about taking a bigger bite. Eating at Denny's is not an event. One comedian said you never actually plan on going to Denny's; it's just somewhere that you end up. Most places people "end up" in life were not planned, certainly not dreamed for. "Guess I just ended up here in the meat department". (Nothing wrong with the meat department if you are an artist at carving meat.) The grand slam hitter's vision is the far fence. Most fail to look FOR enough or look FAR enough. "Where there is no vision the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18). The grand slam hitter has to take a full swing. Too many approach home plate with their minds already made up that they are pawns for the coach, sacrifices for the team. A bunt is a sacrifice hit. Someone else profits but you don't even make first base. It's time to recapture Adam's original splendor. God is "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think" but notice it is "according to the power that worketh in us". We are power hitters! "For with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37).

 

Going for the fence also means a personal gamble. Swing hard and chances are you will strike out two-thirds of the time...and that is in front of the grandstands and camera. A .300 hitter is a valuable weapon for any club. So you have to forget about fear and failure. Babe Ruth struck out more times one year than anyone in pro ball. But that is the price you pay for setting homerun records. Notice our text says God is able to do above all that we "ask". "You have not because you ask not" (James 4:2). Prayer is a powerful bat. Many have never accessed its might. They petition the Father with measly generalizations like, "if it be thy will", instead of asserted the leverage of covenant promise. Then Paul adds the words, "or think", because faith operates in the realm of vivid imagination. Tiger Woods sees where the ball is going to land on the green before taking his swing. "Imagination gives a preview of life's coming attractions", said Einstein. We would review far fewer failures if we would preview much more success. Remember, you are made in the image of God. That is a wealthy identity. Don't quit ordering Grand Slams just because Mike can afford eggs benedict but do quit settling for a life lived from the discount rack. You are worth far more than that.


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