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Man, who needed a purpose, a mission, to keep him alive, had one. He could be...God's co-worker. -George Washington Carver

The most legendary of all missions, of course, was Jesus'. He came to earth in the form of a baby, grew up experiencing the same heartaches and pressures all human beings face, but He did not sin. And Scripture tells us that Jesus experienced every temptation any human being has ever faced. (See Hebrews 4:15.)

He had to feed a hungry staff, pay taxes, settle disagreements among His disciples, endure the death of His cousin, John the Baptist, and was betrayed by one of His disciples. He put heart and soul into His ministry, and yet even many of His own family did not recognize Him as the Messiah.

Jesus is our supreme example of mission behavior. He knew when to speak and when to be silent. He knew when to challenge and when to forgive. He knew when to rebuke and the right reasons for doing so.

He knew how to control His anger and how to be free from roots of bitterness that could have entangled Him. He knew how to recognize evil and defeat Satan's attacks. Jesus faced what you are facing right now and He had a victorious mission. You can too!

"How?" you ask. "I mean, He was God and I'm not."

Jesus walked and talked with His Father God, and you walk and talk with your Father God. And the power of the Holy Spirit anointed Him the same way He anoints us today: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor" (Luke 4:18).

Romans 8:11 says that the same Spirit who resurrected Jesus from the dead dwells in YOU! And Jesus told us in John 14:12 that we would do even greater works than He did, that the Father would send the Holy Spirit to be with us and help us (see John 14:16).

So you see, the same Holy Spirit who helped Jesus is in you and upon you to help you succeed in your mission. You can do it!

Source: Mission 3:16 Devotional by Carman.
Excerpt permission granted by Albury Publishing

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Carman Domenic Licciardello is an enigma in Christian music, often described as part evangelist, part Vegas Showman. His concerts were more like a rock and roll Billy Graham Crusade than a Christian music event. After all the singing, dancing, clapping and preaching, throngs of people would stream down to the counseling area to accept Christ-many times as many as 5,000 in an evening.

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