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Chosen for His Purposes
By Victoria Osteen - Jan 16, 2015

If you are a born again believer, you have the spirit of God inside of you. The same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you! You are not ordinary; you are a child of the Most High God!

I think about Mary, the chosen mother of Jesus. She seemed ordinary to the people around her, but God chose her to do something extraordinary. He chose her to bring Jesus to the world and shine forth His glory!

Today, you and I have this same extraordinary purpose—to bring Jesus to the world and shine forth His glory! No matter where you are in the world, there are people around you who need what you have. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit inside when He prompts you to shine your light. Don't be afraid to reach out to others, to share a word of kindness or even a smile. Be your best for God. Be an example of His goodness. Be a peacemaker. Be quick to repent when you know you've made a mistake. Love people. You never know what is going on in another person's life when you encounter them. Loving hurting people is what's closest to the heart of God.

There may be a lot going on in your life today. You may be thinking, "How can I reach out to someone when I'm hurting so badly?" The truth is, when we're hurting, that's the best time to reach out to someone and sow a seed of hope into their life. When you take your eyes off of your own circumstances and focus on helping others, God will make up the difference. He'll help you tap into strength you didn't know you had. He'll give you peace that passes understanding. He'll give you joy unspeakable and full of glory!

Jesus said the kingdom of God is inside of you, and it's a kingdom that has no end! There's no end to His strength; there's no end to His joy; there's no end to His peace, and there's no end to His power! That's mean you are fully equipped for whatever you are facing today and for all that God has for you to do. Remember, God chose to live inside of Mary, and He chooses to live inside of you. He chose you and equipped you to be His extraordinary representative in the earth!

"However, as it is written: 'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived' — the things God has prepared for those who love him."  (1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV)

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