“’And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.’ And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:29-31
From the Father’s Heart:
called, beloved, kept (Jude 1:1), and purposed,
you get to choose how much you’ll be used
by showing up,
by believing that I can,
by obeying the promptings,
bottom line: BY believing Me,
by keeping your eyes on Me and OFF the things you tend to put your focus on: like what you think you are able to do and what people might think… and all the many, many fears.
I have not given you the fears (2 Timothy 1:7),
But I have given you the faith.
Choose the path of faith/belief/trust. Choose the path of obedience.
Be willing to be used. Believe that I CAN. And go. Taking the courage and the confidence that comes from knowing that you are called and chosen, throw off all doubt and all fear. “Draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that you may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16), and go do. Go be the voice.
Change lives with your boldness. Make people long for Me and thirst for what you have and hunger until they go and find it for themselves. Equip them unto righteousness (Romans 10:10). Take the message (whatever I give you) and raise up an army of change. It’s a “you” message, an “IN Him you can too,” a message to “get low, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him” (Luke 9:23), to then BE followed,
to be a follower to be followed and thus naturally be a leader.
Be the message, that you may say, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19, 20
(Don’t forget that you can hover over any scripture reference and read the verse in a pop-up window.)
-Lord, where are You asking me to show up? to believe You over my fears and thoughts of my inabilities (those thoughts that I’m supposed to take captive because they do not line up with what You say about me in Your word – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)?
-What is Your path of obedience for this day so that I may do today well?
-Who have You put in my path that I am to influence and equip? Lord, help me to follow You in ways that others can follow.
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