Called to Step Out

“By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going.” 

Hebrews 11:8 MSG

God is calling you to step out of your comfort zone today.

To get where God has called you, you have to leave the place you are.

Maybe God is calling you to leave the shelter of some strategic comfort zones:

  1. life as you know it
  2. habits that hold you hostage
  3. mindsets that mold your world

The good news is that for every comfort zone you step out of, Jesus has a promise for you to step into and His love to guide you. 

God has a rich inheritance waiting to be claimed by you.

It is the inheritance of an unhindered relationship with Him every day.

It is more than a new plot of land, in Jesus, it is a new way of life.

Abraham left his country behind to go after his God-given destiny.

May your courage grow as you bravely choose to step out of your strategic comfort zones one “step of faith” at a time.

What “way of life” needs to go by the wayside today?

What habit is holding you hostage?

What mindset is holding you back from going after what God has called you to?

He Leads

“GOD, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.”

Psalm 23:1-3 MSG

Life is unpredictable.

Every day brings the unexpected and unplanned for.

The good news is that you have a Shepherd, someone to guide you through it. He sees ahead, helps you walk through the rough spots, takes you where you need to go and protects you along the way. Dangers may loom, predators may attack but you are not alone.

You have a shepherd and his name is Jesus.

Are you tired and worn out?

Like a good shepherd, Jesus will lead you to quiet places to restore your tired soul.

When was the last time your spirit was rested refreshed and at peace?

Is your soul starved?

Jesus will lead you to green pastures that will feed your hungry heart. He has made you with intentional and unique ways of refilling yourself when you’re empty. When was the last time you spent time doing what fills your soul?

Are you feeling lost? 

God will guide you to the right paths to take. He has created you on purpose for a purpose and will guide you to it.

When was the last time you asked Him to show you the right path for this season? Sometimes we continue on an old path from an old season until we look around and say, “I’m not in the right place”. Jesus is the present God who will give you updated guidance to get you on the path you are meant to be on today.

He will lead you through the hills, the valleys, the deserts, and all the while, in the middle of it all, will provide a place for you to rest, refill, refocus in Him.

Jesus is the good Shepherd and He will lead you to what you really need today. 

What do you need?

Refuge and Fortress

“I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge

and my fortress, my God,

in whom I trust.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Jesus came so that you could live so close to the Father that the shadow of His love would cover you.

He went to the cross so that the presence of Almighty could be a refuge from the storm raging around you and a fortress of peace to run to when you are weary of fighting.

Jesus defeated death and cleared the way so you could be free to live fully in the power of God. He is the door into the refuge of God’s presence and the key to open it is trust.

Are you trusting Jesus today or are you trying to do it all yourself?

Real Love

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God is interested in you being real and authentic today.

He does not expect you to be perfect, He sets you free to be real.

Jesus loves the real you.

Not the one you think you should be but the person you actually are.

“So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you”.  1 Peter 5:6,7 MSG

Let go of the image of who you think you need to be and embrace who you are today.

Jesus does.

What would happen if you let go of  your “image” and asked God to help you love yourself as you are, where you are with what you have? 

I Want to Remind You

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I just want to remind you that you are loved.

You are loved today wherever you are: at home, in a hospital, doing online school, on a Zoom meeting, doing the dishes or distracting yourself on YouTube.

You are loved whether you are doing good or not so good. Whether you feel you have a handle on all the anxiety or you feel like the anxiety has a hold on you.

Jesus loved you at the worst you have ever been, He loves you where you are today and will love you where you are tomorrow.

This is the relentless love of God and I am praying that it will give you the courage to do whatever you must do today.

May the God of uncontainable love drench you in His presence.  May His awe-inspiring grace recharge your hope and fill your faith with the courage to trust Him. May you never forget that He has you in the palm of His hand.

Pray For Absolutely Everything

 

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That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.”

Mark 11:24 MSG

My friend, you can pray for absolutely anything and everything, big or small. In fact, the more you invite God into your world the more opportunity He has to impact it.

I am continually amazed that God wants to be a part of my world, wants to join me in my day, walk with me in the midst of chaos or the solace of solitude.

I hope you are having a fantastic day and whatever you are doing that you invite God to be a part of it.

 

What God’s Love Does

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“But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.”    James 1:25 MSG

Jesus loves you so much that just a glimpse of it is powerful enough to start an avalanche of transformation in your heart.

It changes you. It gives you hope. It makes you want more of His love and He wants to give it to you.

It moves us to action.

Intentions do not lead to freedom, obedience does.

Whatever Jesus is asking you to do – do it.

Even if it scares you (especially if it scares you).

Forgive the person who doesn’t deserve it.

Give a gift to a person who isn’t expecting it.

Take a walk and ask Jesus to fill you with the truth of His overwhelming love for you with each step you take.

Speak the truth in love.  If you love them, you must tell them the truth.

What is the truth of God’s unearnable, unending love inspiring you to do today?

It doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be done. 

Grab your glimpse and go after it.

Envy

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Envy is the lie at the heart of comparison.

It whispers with an incessant voice:

“you are not enough”,
“you don’t have enough”,
“you could be enough if only….”

Envy robs you of enjoying what you do have and who God has created you to be.

When you believe the lie of envy, you immediately trade abundant life for an abundant lie.

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God does not envy. He has everything, He is everything. He is not lacking in any area and He has made all His resources available to you in Christ.

In Christ, you are enough.

You are embraced, loved, cherished, equipped, empowered and complete.

You have been given access to all that is in God in Jesus.

God’s plan for your life is not to be consumed by envy.

Confess it, take it to the cross, leave it there.

Begin to take hold of the fullness of who you are in Christ and leave the emptiness of envy at the cross today.

Don’t waste another second on it.

Right In Front of You

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One of my favorite moments documented in Jesus’ life is in Mark 10:22.

”Jesus looked at him and loved him.”

Jesus saw the man who was right in front of him and loved him Before the man obeyed or disobeyed – Jesus loved him for who he was right at that moment regardless of the outcome of their relationship.

That is how God loves.

Jesus loves you that way and He wants to love others that way.

My friend, you are not where you are by mistake.

You are loved by the God who created you and wrapped you in His amazing embrace.

There are things that only you can do.

There are people in your life that only you can love and touch today.

The circle of your influence begins at your fingertips – those within your grasp today.

You are where you are for a reason that has more to do with who you are here to love than what you are here to accomplish.

Who has God put right in front of you today?

How are you going to love them?

Pause the Panic

This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.
Matthew‬ ‭6:7 MSG

Panic is defined as sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety. When you experience it, it makes you want to do something to solve whatever it is that is causing the panic. Very rarely is that action wise or right (unless it is getting you away from a dangerous physical situation and it gets you out of there).

All kinds of things can cause panic to rise within you and when it does, I am going to ask you to wait.

To pause.

To breathe.

To pray.

To go to God first instead of trying to immediately fix it.

When you go to God with your panic, he knows what to do and what needs to be done.

He knows how to calm your heartbeat and clear your mind.

Why?

Because he is your Father and he knows you. He knows why it is happening and why you are responding to it that way.

He also knows how to lead you down the right path, not just the first one that presents itself.

He knows if there is a higher way, a better way or a healthier way to deal with it.

Pause the panic and pray.

It doesn’t have to be a long prayer to be a powerful one. Your Father in heaven loves you and knows what even a one word prayer like “help” means.

Prayer trumps panic every time.

What is causing you to panic right now?


What does pausing the panic and praying instead of reacting look like to you?