Cautious Living

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When God puts something in your heart,  He has a purpose for it.

He has a purpose for you.

I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.”

“The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that!”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:25 MSG‬‬

It’s criminal to live cautiously with God-given purpose.

Cautious Living is a crime in God’s eyes.

He loves you passionately and wants you to boldly get to work on the visions, gifts, and callings that He has given you.

You may be asking God to give you more…but He may be asking you, “What are you doing with what I’ve already given you?”

What purpose has God planted in your heart? 

What does it look like to multiply what God has invested in you?

Pray like this

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“Father, Reveal who you are today.”
Matthew 11:2 MSG

Understanding who God is impacts how you pray. Talking with a good, good Father is very different from talking to a distant divine judge.

How you see God impacts how you pray.

Jesus said to talk to your Father who loves you and ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

The most life-transforming moments happen when God reveals who He is to you. The moments that you realize that He is proud of you, loves you with an unwavering constancy and is yearning to spend time with you.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg of who our Father is. A lifetime of loving Him will barely scratch the surface of His love.

Jesus said to ask for this.

Ask God to reveal Himself to you today.

You don’t need a lot of words.

You don’t need a lot of time.

You need to ask and be ready to receive.

Be ready to be amazed.

That is it.

That is everything.

How is God revealing Himself to you today?

Impossible Thanks

  

After looking around at overwhelming lack of resources, Jesus looked up and gave thanks.

“A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him…

…Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. John‬ ‭6:2,3,11 NLT‬‬

Instead of focusing at the impossible situation before him, He focused the will  on his Father in heaven. 

Instead of looking at the enormity of what He needed, He gave thanks for the little that had been provided to him.  

Here, Jesus is faced with the most difficult of  situations and He gave thanks to God.

I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t come naturally to me. When I look at my overwhelming lack of resources to do what God has placed before me: I panic. I try to figure out the logistics. After looking around at overwhelming lack of resources I have in my own power, I break down.

I need Jesus to show me how to look at the impossible situation before me, look up and give thanks for it. 

Being thankful to God is one of those amazingly things that can change everything. It changes your outlook and your attitude. It opens your heart and makes room for the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) to grow.

Jesus walked the earth as a heaven sent teacher showing us what it looked like to live connected to God. He demonstrated how to look up and give thanks instead of looking down and giving up.

Jesus went to the cross as the Savior to make it possible to live connected to God. He made the way to know God and to walk with Him everyday.

Jesus took your sin on the cross so that you can live a transformed, Spirit empowered, God blessed life and face the impossible situation before you with impossible thanks.

May your week be filled with moments of life transforming thanksgiving, game changing miracles, and the heaven sent resources to do what God has called you to do. 

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.”

‭‭John‬ ‭6:11-12‬ ‭NLT

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Say

  

You don’t need a lot words for your prayers to be powerful.

You don’t need a lot a time.

No matter what version you read, the Lord’s Preyer is only a few short sentences.

Only Jesus could so simply such power principles into a few short sentences.

“So he said, “When you pray, say,

Father, Reveal who you are.

Set the world right.

Keep us alive with three square meals.

Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.

Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.”

(‭Luke‬ ‭11‬:‭2-4‬ MSG)

Understanding who God is, changes how you pray.

Jesus knows God.

He also knows that the most life changing, life transforming moments happen when God reveals who He is to you.

Prayer – life changing, life tramsforming prayer– comes from those moments.

Say:

“Father, Reveal who you are today”.

That is it.

That is everything.