June 7, 2012

The Person God Is Building
Bible Study, Thursday, June 7, 2012 (1 Chronicles 11:22-23)

In this chapter, we have a glimpse into the lives of the men that surrounded King David.  They are called his “Mighty Men.”  They would be the equivalent of today’s Secret Service.

One of those mighty men is Benaiah.  His name means “the person God is building.”

Each of us is a work in progress.

As long as we are breathing air on Planet Earth, we are still under construction.

As we look at 1 Chronicles 11:22-23, two verses, we find a wealth of information revealing the work that God is doing in each of our lives to build us up into His plan and purpose.

Consider 8 Things About The Life God Is Building Called “You”

1. Your story is far from over.

2. Benaiah’s father had apparently accomplished many great tasks, but Benaiah stood on his own two feet.  Benaiah stood on his own merits and personal accomplishments, not his father’s.

God is building you into your own person.  You do not have to be in anyone’s shadow.  You are greater than your heritage.

Your family history, whether good or bad, does not determine your destiny.

3. Benaiah killed “two lion-like men” at the very same time.

God is building you into a person who can get a lot done.  You can go above and beyond.  You can do twice as much… without complaining.

4. Benaiah went to the lion.

God is building you into a proactive person.

Benaiah did not wait for the lion to show up in the camp.  He went to the lion.

The truth is: lions are coming.  The choice of when we fight them is ours.  You can either fight early or fight late.  Just know, “late” just might get you ate!

Fighting early gives you the use of the element of surprise.

God is building you into a proactive person, not reactive.

5. Benaiah overcame the location dilemma: the pit.

The world says it’s all about “location, location, location.”

Sometimes where we are is the “pits.”

God is building you into a person who achieve great things in a bad place.

6. Benaiah killed the lion on a snowy day.

On a day when others would have slept in, called in, or taken a “snow day,” Benaiah achieved a great victory.

God is building you into a person who does not use something like the weather as an excuse.

You can carry excuses or you can carry an umbrella.

7. Benaiah kills an enemy that is 7 ½ feet tall.  (This is the same height of former Houston Rocket, Yao Ming.)  Benaiah also defeats two lion-like men.

God is building you into a person that taps into and uses God’s strength.  Philippians 4:13.  God is building you into an “I can do all things through Christ” person!

8. Benaiah did not have any weapons; he had a shepherd’s staff.  He did not have the right tools, equipment, etc. to get the job done, but he did have innovation.

Benaiah took the Egyptians spear and used it on him.

God is building you into a person who believes that you have everything you need right hereto do everything you need to do right now.

If MacGyver can do it, so can you!

Closing thoughts:

Benaiah’s submission to God’s building process made him a man utilized by two kings: David and Solomon.  Also, Benaiah’s faithfulness in his humble beginnings put him in a position to be trusted with 24,000 soldiers under his leadership.

God is building you into a person of greatness.

Your greatest days are in your future.

The rest of your life will be the best of your life.

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