You Have It

Monday

“The perceptive find wisdom in their own front yard; fools look for it everywhere but right here.”  Proverbs 17:24 MSG

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ”.    Ephesians 1:3 NIV

In Christ, God has already given you what you need to fulfill His call for your life and it starts in your own front yard.

Are you looking everywhere but “right here” for what you should do today?

A better question is “how should you live today”?

The answers you are seeking are not found by looking at others’ lives or comparing yourself to them. They are not discovered by wishing away your life or wanting someone else’s.

This is your life.  If you want to change it, change it.

If you want to change the dynamic in your home, change it.

If you want to learn something new, study it.

God will not call you to live someone else’s life,  He will call you to fully live yours.

You don’t need more stuff, you need a clear vision.

Ask Jesus to open your eyes to your own “front yard” and wisdom He has placed there to live the life He has created you to live.

What is holding you back from fully living your life?

What has Jesus put right in front of you?

What do you need from Him to do it today?

One Small Stone

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David believed that God could use a small stone placed in the hand of a young boy to change the momentum of a critical battle. He had faith that God could use a small thing to conquer a big enemy.

“Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.”

1 Samuel 17:49 NIV

It is not the size of what is in your hand but the size of the God in your heart.

God has chosen you.
He walks with you.

You can fearlessly face the giant before you because God is in you.

You already have what you need, step out and use it.

Don’t place your faith in what you have, place your faith in God.

He will use the small thing in your hand to do the big thing you have been praying for.

What small thing has God placed in your hand?

What is God asking you to do with it?

Something Small

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David believed that God could use a small stone placed in the hand of a young boy to change the momentum of a critical battle. He had faith that God could use a small thing to conquer a big enemy.

“Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.” 1 Samuel 17:49 NIV

It is not the size of what is in your hand but the size of the God in your heart.

God has chosen you.
He walks with you.

You can fearlessly face the giant before you because God is in you.

You already have what you need, step out and use it.

Don’t place your faith in what you have, place your faith in God.

He will use the small thing in your hand to do the big thing you have been praying for.

What small thing has God placed in your hand?

What is God asking you to do with it?

Tree By Tree

  

I was talking to my friend on the phone last week and she shared something that encouraged me so much that I wanted to share it with you (with permission, of course):

“I was looking out my back window into the forest, thinking how beautiful it was.  I was also looking at how dense it was and that I could not see my way through.  It made me think of how often we can not see a way through, but God can.  We don’t even know what is on the other side.  Is there a cliff, an ocean, a valley?

That day on Feb 13th, in Streams in the Desert, the verse was Joshua 17:18.

“The forested hill country will be yours.”  

All I could think about is how?  

It said, “God instructed them (the tribes of Israel) to clear the forest.”

It also stated, “Gain wealth from the terraced slopes that are now hidden by the forests.”

I realized that God was saying to clear the forest it needed to be tree by tree, action by action.  I also loved that by doing this God will bless you with the territory you are discovering.

To gain His will it is tree by tree.

I have been waiting a lot.  So, for me, it meant to take action.  To do!  I can not stay in my camp among the forest waiting while I tend to that.  It is time to knock a few trees down, and as I do, I also realized things will become clearer.  God is going to show me the way.”  – Renee Evans

Maybe you can’t see your way through today and can only see the great forest of discouragement before you.

God is telling us to take hold of His will by taking action and cutting down one tree at a time.

Dealing with one issue at a time.

Reconciling one relationship at a time.

Being obedient to Him one day at a time.

Trusting Him to make a way where you can see no way.

It is time to take back your territory from the enemy tree by tree. To get out of the place you have been camping and begin to take hold of the land God has given you.

Rise up! God has already given you what you need to do it. 

What is the first tree that God is asking you to cut down?