GOD IS SEARCHING (part 1 of Holy Ambition Series ~Living on the Edge)

By Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge Ministries.

The God of the universe is looking for regular people to accomplish things beyond our wildest dreams. In this series, from Nehemiah 1 – 6, learn how God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things and the process by which He molds men and women for His purposes.

“Develop a Dislocated Heart”
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Holy Ambition Develop a Dislocated Heart
(Part 1) 2 Chronicles 16:9

Introduction: God is searching…

“For the eyes of the Lord go to and fro throughout the whole earth, that He may
strongly support those whose hearts are completely His.”
2 Chronicles 16:9

… for a select group of people.
The Context of 2 Chronicles 16:9

Past (Context is key) “Success”
2 Chronicles 14 & 15
Asa was a good king at a bad time!

If you will be with Him He will be with you.

If you are not with Him He will not be with you.

A Great Door of Opportunity
2 Chronicles 16:1-6
Asa’s greatest problem was really his greatest opportunity!

Opposition & Opportunity

A Sad Commentary
2 Chronicles 16:7-12
Asa started well, but finished poorly!

The Question:
Will we answer God’s call to make a significant impact at this pivotal moment in history?
🔸Our great door of opportunity
🔸Our vision
🔸What will it mean for each of us?
1. Model it (live it)
2. Focus (consentrasion)

End of 1st Audio
👉Play Audio Part 2👈

The Preview to series:
In the next five sessions, we will examine the conditions that characterize those whom
God strongly supports; those who, over time, develop Holy Ambition.

Our Model = Nehemiah 1:1-4

Verse 1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah: In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year,
while I was in the citadel of Susa,
2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with
some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that survived the
exile, and also about Jerusalem.
3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile
and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem
is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”
4 When I heard these
things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before
the God of heaven.
Nehemiah 1:1-4 (NIV)

Prerequisite #1: A
🔸What is a dislocated heart?
A God-given concern for others that propels us out of our comfort zone.

It is a passionate concern for God’s agenda that supersedes
our own desires for personal peace and prosperity.
🔸What does a dislocated heart look like?
Exhibit A = Jesus
Philippians 2:5-13

Exhibit B = Paul
Romans 9:1-3

🔸 How do you develop a dislocated heart?
1. Honest
2. Genuine
3. Consideration
4. Ask God for one

Discussion Questions:
1. What was your initial response to hearing 2 Chronicles 16:9?

2. What kind of people is God searching for?

3. In what ways are we, as a church, at a crossroad right now? Discuss the
implications for your life in light of Jesus’ words, “to whom much is given, much is

4. What is a dislocated heart and why is it essential in preparation to answer God’s call
in our lives?

5. What specific steps of faith / obedience do you sense God is leading you to develop
a dislocated heart? Who could help you on your journey?

This is just the 1st part (2 Audios) of a 6 part series by Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge Ministries.

I hope & pray it dislocates your heart too.

In Jesus name & for Christ’s sake,

God is on a mission. He’s looking for a very select group of people on the face of the earth, in order to strongly support them – to empower them to do amazing things in them and through them. Would you like to be that kind of person? Would you like to be one He selects? Chip begins this series by telling you how to become that kind of a person.

For more resources, go to LivingontheEdge.org
Copyright © 2011 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

Play 1st Audio to 2nd part in series
For full 2nd part with both Audios go to my post ROAD BLOCK (Part 2 Holy Ambition)

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