Today's Word: SEP 28, 2023
The “wilderness” represents barrenness, no growth, a wasteland in our lives. You’re doing the right thing, but your business is not increasing, your marriage is not getting better, your health is not improving, you were passed over for another promotion. You’re in the wilderness. You feel stuck, restricted by your environment. In those dry places, you could be discouraged, thinking it will never change. No, get ready. God knows where you are. He’s watching you in the lonely nights, the times you were betrayed, those days when you felt like giving up but you kept going. You were hurting, the pain was real, but you didn’t let it stop you. He’s about to come and throw His arms around you and lavish His grace upon you. You’re going to see increase that you can’t explain, favor that you didn’t deserve, healing that doesn’t make sense, freedom from things that have held you back. Now get in agreement with God. “Lord, I receive it into my spirit. Amaze me with Your goodness. Make me the apple of Your eye.”
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What do your days feel like? Most of us go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed, get up the next morning, and do it again—it feels so ordinary, so routine, even mundane at times. It’s easy to wonder if we’re accomplishing what God wants us to accomplish. Have we missed something? Are we living up to our calling as His child? If we were doing a little better spiritually, being a bit more committed, would we be facing the difficulty we’re in? If we could just get a little closer to God, would we be going through a trial. That’s the way we tend to look at things—from the outside, by what’s going on around us.
But that’s not how God sees us. He looks inside, at what’s going on in our heart. When God sent the prophet Samuel to anoint one of the sons of Jesse to be the next king of Israel, He told Samuel to not look at their appearance. He said, “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). He was saying to Samuel, “You look from the outside. You respond to life from the outside. But I am God of the inside.”
Today you need to know that God didn’t call you by name, He didn’t choose you to be His child, and He didn’t give His life for you so that you would be ordinary. He called you to be extraordinary. You are set apart by God. He has assignments for you to do, and He equipped you for your unique assignment. He has good plans for your life, and He put everything in you that you need for anything He calls you to do. Your gifts and talents, your personality and disposition—everything is just right.
You’re extraordinary today because God chose you to be extraordinary. He looked at your heart and said, “You’re My child. You are blessed and highly favored. There’s no one else like you.” What I love about that is that God has come to live within us, and He’s working from the inside out. He’s working on our thoughts and our actions, because He’s always at work in our heart. David said it like this: “You teach me wisdom in my innermost parts” (Psalm 51:6). God communicates with us in our hearts, and He’s speaking to us through His Word and by His Spirit. So walk in humility because you know the God whom you serve. And remember that He put His power in you to accomplish the assignments He has for you, because you have the living God dwelling within you!READ BLOG ENTRY
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