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Inspiration

Lift Up Your Eyes
By Victoria Osteen - Mar 09, 2021
It's easy to allow an event or a circumstance in our life to define us--maybe it's a broken marriage, the loss of a job, a financial setback. We wrongly think, "There's nothing I can do to ever get out of this or make things better." We can get so distracted by our circumstances that we don't see where we're going, and we just give up and get stuck right where we are.

Think about Abraham, the father of our faith. In Genesis 12, God called Abraham to leave his father's home and go to a place that He would show him, declaring that He would make of Abraham a great nation, and that he would be a blessing to people all over the world. But Abraham took his nephew Lot with him, and when they found a place to settle, they had so much livestock between the two of them that the land could not support them. Before them stretched the plain of Jordan, which was well watered and filled with lush vegetation "ike the garden of the Lord." This fertile plain was set against the Judean wilderness with its meager pastures and lots of dirt and stones. When Abraham gave Lot the first choice of the land, Lot picked the Jordan plain, leaving Abraham with the adversity of life in the high country.

It's interesting that right after Lot's decision to take the best land, the Lord said to Abraham, "Lift up your eyes now and look from the place where you are" (Genesis 13:14). He was saying, "Abraham, lift up your eyes and look beyond the dirt and dust, because it's not your final destination. You will be a great nation. Get a vision of what I've called you to accomplish." God was setting the tone for Abraham's life. With the adversity before him, Abraham had this choice to make: "Am I going to believe God, or am I going to get stuck in my circumstances?" He chose to lift his eyes of faith and see the promises of God, and it's something that he continued to do throughout his life.

God is declaring great things over you today, but if you're going to see the fullness of His promises in your life, you're going to have to develop the ability to see beyond where you are right now. God is saying, "Look up. I made you for more." Don't get stuck in your circumstances, but realize that beyond what you see are greater heights, greater victories, greater strength, and greater anointing. You need to know that where you are right now is not your final destination. You're on a journey. Keep your eyes lifted up. God has amazing things in store for you.
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