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Discipline: People exceptionally talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routing and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.
Daniel was an Israeli captive that had been carted off to Babylon- probably somewhere in his middle school years. Imagine, a tween, and being taken from the family you love. But even as a young boy, he had a strong faith that sustained him as he grew in a society that was not conducive to God-fearing men and women.
When the king called for Daniel to be on the king's diet plan, Daniel refused. He kept to a strict and disciplined diet and would not eat the king's food. This proved to be a very wise choice, as Daniel and his three friends were much stronger and healthier because of it.
Daniel was a disciplined learner and had incredible amounts of wisdom and skill in all maths and sciences.
He was smart, young, handsome, had a good attitude, was highly regarded by the king ...and the high officials were jealous! They looked for grounds for complaint against Daniel, but found none. The only thing they found was that he had a strict routine in prayer and was focused on obeying the laws of God.
(You're in pretty good shape if that's all they have against you!)
The high officials solution? They created a law that said you could only worship King Darius...or be cast into the den of lions. Of course, that did not stop Daniel. He went straight to his house, where he had the windows open toward Jerusalem, and prayed three times a day "as he had done previously."
He was an example of what disciplined prayer should be. He persevered in spite of opposition, difficulty or inconvenience. He stuck to his routine, even when no one was watching.
How does your Discipline play out in your life? Are you routined even when those around you are not? How could a disciplined prayer life strengthen your spirit? What would happen if you found a routined time to pray each day, like Daniel?
Command: People who are especially talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.
They are direct and decisive.
They love exerting control in situations that seem out of control.
Israel - 12th Century BC. The Israelites are now in the Promised Land. They have gone through the cycle of falling into sin > Being punished by God > Repentance > and Coming back to God.
The Israelites were in serious crisis. The massive army of the King of Canaan was at their door. With a well-trained army and 900 iron chariots, Israel was no match for them. But they had a secret weapon...a woman named Deborah.
Deborah is one of the 12 judges who helped turn this nation's heart towards God and deliver them. First- a woman judge in those times was extremely rare, but Deborah was a good one! She held court under a tree and the people of Israel would seek her out as a fair judge to settle their disputes.
When news of Jabin's army came in, Deborah recruited General Barak. (Does that name sound familiar? It should! The US has a president that was named after this General.) General Barak was reluctant at first to go into battle, but said he would if Deborah would go with him. "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go." Vs. 8
Deborah chose a strategic day for battle. First, it was a rainy day- which would bog down the iron chariots. Second, her army took the high ground- again, a strategic move because the chariots got stuck in the mud and were useless in climbing Mount Tabor.
In our day and age, a female leading a general's army would be rare, but imagine it in 12th Century BC! There must have been something extremely convincing about Deborah's ability to command an army!
People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.
Elijah the Prophet.
The prophet Elijah urged the people of ancient Israel to turn from their sin and return to the true God. He is best known as a man of prayer. James uses Elijah as an example of prayer in James 5:16 "Then pray for each other. Do this so that God can heal you. Anyone who lives the way God wants can pray, and great things will happen.17 Elijah was a person just like us. He prayed that it would not rain. And it did not rain on the land for three and a half years!"
Elijah had such intense Belief that he boldly went into the wicket King Ahab's palace and pronounced judgement that it would not rain until he gave the word! And it doesn't rain for 3 1/2 years!
Elijah's Belief allowed him to be a bold, direct-to-the-point prophet of God. And by speaking prophecies of God- he made fierce enemies!
Hie greatest miracle involved a contest with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah on Mount Carmel. Elijah called on God and God sent fire to swallow up the sacrifice he prepared.
History always repeats itself. We still have our "Ahabs" and "Jezebels." Our culture has its idolatry...though more subtle than in Elijah's day.
And we still need men and women of God to boldly declare God's message of hope to a dying world. We need men and women of strong Belief to pray!
Paul was an apostle of Christ. He first appears in the Bible at the stoning of Stephen.
Paul could not stop. He was all things to every man. He did not want to know anything save Christ crucified. He had incredible determination to get to Rome and spread the gospel.
Achiever: People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
I am: a hard worker
I will: set the pace for production
I bring: intensity and stamina
I need: freedom to work at my own pace
I feel strong when: I am competing tasks
I feel week when: I experience a lack of diligence
Balcony: tireless, strong work ethic, leads by example, go-getter, hungry
Basement: unbalanced, overcommitted, can't say "no", burns the candle at both ends
Jesus is the Ultimate Achiever
Jesus proclaimed the ultimate checklist when He said, "It is finished." These 3 words derive from the Greek root "telos" which means: end, completed, accomplished, achieved...the debt has been paid.