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: Previously we have said that although God has destined us for greatness, it comes at a cost. Jesus already paid the price to make us great, but we also must pay some of the price in order to attain the greatness that our God has destined for us. The first price we must pay is the price of holiness and we used the example of Joseph. The second price we must pay is as follows:

2. The Price of Separation: A. The example of Abraham: Another price we must pay is the price of separation. There are many things we must separate ourselves from in order to attain greatness. Abraham's parents originate from Ur of the Chaldeans, an idol-worshipping nation. In order for Abraham to attain God's destiny of greatness, he was called out of his home country to go into Canaan, the land of promise. Because of his obedience, God said to Abraham in Gen. 12:2-3 "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed". Abraham's act of obedience about separation resulted in God's blessing. When we separate ourselves from our past and everything that may represent an idol, we will attract the covenant blessing of God upon our lives. When Abraham left his family to go into the Promised Land, he took Lot with him. The presence of Lot in Abraham's life prevented the fullness of God's blessing upon his life. He had to separate himself from Lot in order to possess his inheritance. There may be things in our lives that represent Lot and until we separate ourselves from them, we may not experience the greatness that God has destined for us.

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 The Scriptures say in Psalm 54: 10 that “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee”. This passage reassures us that our God is a covenant-keeping God. It is true that life confronts us with many different challenges at every stage. We must however constantly remember this promise and many more others that He has given to us in His word. As we walk with God daily, we might be tempted to think that God has forgotten about us because His promises are being delayed.

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Spirit is the force within a person that is believed to give the body life, energy, and power. It is the inner quality or nature of a person; the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; or the soul. Living in the Spirit means living as a child of God. Romans 8:14 says “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father.”

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Although it is true that God has destined us for greatness, it comes at a cost. Jesus already paid the price to make us great, but we also must pay some of the price in order to attain the greatness that our God has destined for us.      
THE PRICE JESUS PAID: The scriptures provide information on some of the things our Lord went through in order to pay the price for our greatness. Isaiah 53:1-12 details the suffering of our God. In vs. 3-7, we read: "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

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Greatness refers to something of a size, amount, intensity, extent considerably above or higher than the normal or average. Greatness is used to refer to something big, for example, a big dog called Great Dane. Greatness is also used to describe something important, pre-eminent, worthy or most worthy of consideration, for example, Great Britain. Greatness is used to describe something grand, imposing, distinguished, or prominent, for example the Great Lakes. Greatness can also be used to describe a person remarkable in ability, achievement, character or someone outstanding, or someone highly competent or skilled, for example, Alexander the Great or Herod the Great.

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