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Your Fathers Shoes
By Victoria Osteen - Sep 08, 2017

Do you hear a voice inside of you saying, "There's more in store for you. You can do this. You can do this." It's always pushing you, but you push back because it's the comfortable thing to do, and you let it pass.

You've probably heard Joel say, "I never knew this was in me," referring to his ability to minister. He'd worked behind the scenes at the church for seventeen years and was comfortable doing it. I'll never forget his first sermon and how weak he felt. I was sitting on the edge of my seat and praying, "God, give Joel everything You have" when I saw that he was wearing his father's shoes! Now, Joel wasn't wearing his father's shoes to try to fill them; he was wearing his father's shoes to draw strength from them—the strength his father had ministered in. Joel never dreamed he'd be in the position he was in, but he found strength in his father's shoes.

I want you to translate that image to your own life. We all need to walk in our heavenly Father's shoes. He's going to call you to do great things that are way over your head. God wants you to go beyond your ability and what you think you can do and tap into His ability. Don't shrink back. Don't put limitations on yourself. You have exactly what you need. There's gold inside of you, but the only way it's going to come out is if you stand strong and find it because God is your confidence.

Whenever you feel fear and doubt, just slip those shoes on and say, "God, I know that when I am walking in Your strength, nothing can defeat me. You'll add to me all that I need today. You'll open the right doors for me. You'll give me the ideas. You'll renew my strength. I will not give up."

Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

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