“Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most.And get rid of this ‘play-it-safe’ who won’t go out on a limb.”Matthew 25: 24,26,30 MSG
Today I want to challenge you to break through the self-imposed limitations you have placed on yourself.
Don’t settle into a place of complacency or sink under the dark cloud of “things will never change”. Neither are from God. In fact, Jesus came to transform how you think and challenge how you see yourself and your future.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
Isaiah 55:8 NLT
Jesus came to give you direct access to a divine perspective founded in unrelenting love and sealed by unbelievable sacrifice.
When you connect to God through Christ, every accepted limitation you have in your life is challenged.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
Romans 12:2 NLT
It starts in the mind. God wants to change the way you think.
He wants to challenge your accepted life patterns and limiting thought patterns.
When Jesus challenges how you think, He is challenging how you trust.
He is asking you to follow him into a new place, new ways and a new future that is beyond your capability to comprehend.
What limitation is God challengingyou to bust through?
What thought patterns are you living with that are not from God?
What is God asking you to trust Him with today?
Be brave, lose the limitations.
You don’t have to be brave unless you are facing something that requires it.
Being brave means that you are facing something that requires more than a step of faith, it requires a walk of faith.
It means not making your decisions based on what is but on what can be.
Being brave means getting up every morning and keeping your word when you don’t want to. Stating your boundaries and holding to them even when you don’t feel like it.
Choosing to believe new truths instead of old lies every day.
That is being brave.
“I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage!”
Joshua 1:9 MSG
Keep holding onto Jesus.
“The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army;”
Habakkuk 3:19 AMPC
God knows what you are facing today.
He will give you what you need.
He will stand with you, fight for you and pour courage into you so you can to get back up when you fall down.
Get lost in the music of heaven.
Let Him remind you that you are His.
When you worship, your circumstances don’t change but they will not have the same effect on you. Instead of causing fear to well up, worship will pour out of your heart.
Because you are God’s, your circumstances will not stop you from going forward but they will be a catalyst to your new life in Christ.
Don’t look to the world to give you what you need. They don’t have it.
Look to Jesus.
Ask Him to be your personal bravery and give you strength to climb the heights facing you today.
Have a wonderful day spending time with Jesus and drawing from Him what you need.
You don’t need more stuff.
More things will not bring satisfaction or peace.
More stuff will not make your relationships better.
Dealing with the daily conflicts that happen in your relationships will make your relationships better.
“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.”
Proverbs 17:1 NIV
Peace never comes by ignoring the conflict but only through dealing with it.
Don’t stuff your feelings, deal with them.
Push through the uncomfortable space of it.
Be brave and talk.
Speak the truth in love.
You can’t do it on your own – you need God.
The peace that will permeate in your home is the peace starts with you and God.
Get your heart right with God then deal with the hearts of those you love and live with.
Do the hard work of communicating all the way through so that you can enjoy the blessed moments of life when you are at peace with God and at peace with others.
You don’t need a luxurious environment to possess luxurious love.
Don’t be passive with love and don’t look to possessions to solve your problems for you.
Look to Jesus to give you what you need today to break through and possess peace in your most important relationships – those in your home.
Someone needs you to be kind today.
To preach without words.
To listen without judgment.
To speak the truth in love.
To serve without complaining.
To be brave.
To be real.
To be available.
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season;”
2 Timothy 4:2 NIV
Be available for God to use you anywhere, anytime with anyone and He will.
Where you place your hope is important.
If you put your hope in yourself, you will be disappointed – you are human.
If you place your hope in another person, you will be disappointed – they are human.
If you place your hope in hope itself, it is a powerless, empty idea – like a wish.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:5 NIV
Put your hope in God.
Jesus is real, bigger than your situation and does more than just offer you hope, he offers you the truth to walk in. He teaches you how to walk in it.
He empowers you to be brave, to see his vision for your life and rest in his loving arms while you wait.
My prayer for you today is that you would be filled with the Holy Spirit and walk in his truth. I believe that your questions will be answered and the path will open up before you when the time is right.
May your hope quotient be full and heart secure in Jesus as you tackle the daily tasks of living and bring glory to Him in everything that you do today.