Bold Confidence for God-Sized Tasks

 

“On the day I called, you made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3

 

May you be encouraged today in BOLD confidence to run past any FEAR and go do God-sized tasks.

 

Today.

 

Don’t wait for the day when you feel fully equipped.

 

You will forever have that excuse, that fear, that hesitation, and all the feelings of inadequacy, until you step out in faith and find Him faithful to do in and through you all that He has promised.

 

“When God does a miracle, you believe Him for bigger and better miracles the next time. That’s how you steward miracles—you up the ante. You keep leapfrogging by faith until one day you look back and can hardly believe how far you’ve come with God’s help.” Mark Batterson, Chase the Lion, p. 97

 

Believe the truth of God’s word that tells us clearly that it is in our weakness that He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10) and that we have been granted everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

 

 

Our weakness is never to be used as an excuse, no matter how real it feels or how LOUD it roars and complains against the assignment of God. It is rather to be boasted in, that the glory of God may shine through our lives.

 

Step out in faith on the waters of obedience.

 

 

Step out and walk in bold confidence in Him Who is able to do exceedingly beyond all that you can ask or imagine, through you! (Ephesians 3:20)

 

“By definition a God-sized dream is bigger than you are. You don’t have the time, talent, or treasure to pull it off. Without divine intervention it’s destined to fail.” ….p. 95

 

 

What God-sized task is before you today? Take a step of faith today.

 

-What God-sized dream do you currently have on your heart? Write about it and ask God for more vision.

 

–Be in the Word today and do what He says. What truth did He highlight and call you to? It is those who hear and act upon the word that build their house upon the rock and can withstand the storm (Luke 6:46-49).

 

 

Step out in faith in Him.  Trust Him.

 

 

“.. for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).” 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10 Amplified Bible

 

 

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Obedience Frames an Abundant Life

“He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.”
Psalm 23:3

 

 From God’s Heart:

“My mission of love is to find willing hearts to be My hands and feet and passion, for My Name’s sake.
Obedience will frame an abundant life.”

 

 

Jesus came that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). And He “is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” (Ephesian 3:20), but it is within the confines of a life of obedience that our beautiful life masterpiece is painted.

 

So many people want the abundant life and yet resist a life of pure obedience. We fool ourselves if we think we will find it any other way.

 

“If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing,..” 1 Timothy 6:3, 4a

Will He find us faithful and willing? Or in seeking the comfortable life where everyone agrees with us, will we give way to fear, be neutral, and therefore unfaithful? Setting our sights on everyone completely agreeing with us will keep us ineffective, but too often we fall into that ‘silencing’ trap.

Charles Spurgeon wrote more than a century ago, “The present age is so flippant that if a man loves the savior he is a fanatic and if he hates the powers of evil he is a bigot.”*
Let’s make a fresh, new start. Today, for new LIFE.

 

Here is your personal invitation. CHOOSE not to wait any longer; surrender all and obey. Give Him your yes. It begins here in the secret place** and is lived out in the holy mundaneness of days.

 

Ask Him to give you a heart that loves Him, His Word, and yearns for His Presence more and more each day. It is a prayer He will gladly honor and is truly what is needed above all else.
Know (experientially) Jesus, a Risen Savior.

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few (Matthew 9:37).

 

May we all walk in a manner worthy of Him (Eph. 4:1, Col. 1:10, 1 Thess. 2:12) and allow Him to guide us in paths of righteousness.

 

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:2, 3

 

 

*quoted from Adamant: Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions by Lisa Bevere. Great new book!
**see this idea repeated here in Will You Answer the Call? 

 

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Is it Wrong to Pray for Our Wants?

 

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will lead you to desire what He desires.

 

Recently I was longing for some confirmation, and as soon as the thought, “I wonder if I could just ask for it?” crossed my mind, it was immediately followed by the mocking taunt, “Gimme, gimme, gimme!” as if it was shameful to always be wanting and asking for more for myself.

 

 

In keeping with the childlike faith theme this past week, I was struck with this thought to ponder :

 

Isn’t that the attitude the Lord wants us to have with Him as His children?

 

Is it wrong to be in a constant, dependent childlike “gimme, gimme” attitude when He alone HAS all that we need and says, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)?

 

Shouldn’t this be our posture, rather than a childish self-sufficient, independent attitude of “I can do it myself”?

 

I think that it delights Him as we come to Him in childlike faith, asking for our needs and desires and for more of what we are so dependent upon Him to give.

 

We are instructed to ask.

 

Ask, seek, knock (Matthew 7:7).

 

You do not have because you do not ask (James 4:2). (But ask for the right reasons: “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” v. 3)

 

Ask whatever you wish and it will be given (John 15:7, 1 John 3:22, 5:14, 15).

 

Ask anything in My name and I will do it (John 14:12, 13, 14).

Ask.

 

And because He does His work through us and longs for us to have all that we need for that work, it is not only okay to ask for a lot for ourselves, it is necessary.

God has called us all to God-sized tasks. May we never try to accomplish them in our own strength or with our own finite power, energy, or resources when we are in relationship with One Who is infinite and promises to provide.

 

Seeking for ourselves becomes an overflow of His goodness to others and produces change.

 

As the Lord puts His desires upon our hearts, may we not allow the enemy to shame us for asking for what we need and want and long for. Resist the enemy’s lie that it is selfish. All that we ask for and what God provides us will be poured out to grow others’ faith. Have it to give.

 

Be free to be a “gimme, gimme” dependent child of God.

 

Never be satisfied. Want more.

 

What do you want?

And what does God want you to want?

Ask.

 

Come to Him AS a child.

 

 

 

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Resolve to Obey

When the answer to our prayer comes, how often do we neglect obeying our part in the miracle, only to then miss out on the very thing we have been praying and longing for?

Ten leprous men stood at a distance and “raised their voices, saying ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ When He saw them, He said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests,’ And as they were going, they were cleansed.” Luke 17:12-14

 

We don’t have to completely understand the why of the instructions of the Lord before we obey them.  His directions may be as incomprehensible as “go wash in the pool of Siloam” after we’ve already allowed ‘spit’ in our eyes (John 9:6,7). Was that not risky enough? Now there’s more? (See Part 1 here if you missed it)

 

Oh, to fully trust the Instruction Giver and act in blind faith.

 

We all want to minister to people, to touch lives for Christ, to fulfill our purpose, and He gives us the assignment, the words, the faith, and promises to be with us.

 

He has done His part and now we have to act:

 

Will we be bold and speak that encouragement?

Will we risk the awkwardness and pray for that person?

Will we write the encouraging or the hard words and share them?

 

Will you __________? (Fill in your own experience, a right now opportunity that you have.)

 

Will you do what He has asked you to do? Or will you continue waiting and longing for your eyes to be open for ‘vision’ and ‘sight’ before you will obey?

 

Do what He has instructed you to do.

 

Do the last thing that you heard that you have not acted on. If you don’t remember, ask Him.

 

And take courage and faith

and BLINDLY do the thing

 and SEE with clearer vision the next step of obedience.

 

May we trust Him more. There are consequences to obedience.

 

He has purpose behind everything He asks of us.

 

Yes, even as ‘He applies clay to our eyes and asks us to go wash’.

 

Let’s resolve to JUST BLINDLY OBEY,

that the works of God would be displayed in us to the glory of His Name (John 9:3).

 

 

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Will You Blindly Obey?

 

Sometimes the miracle finally arrives but we have to take a step of obedience for it to be fully accomplished.

 

There was a man blind from birth who had been waiting for a miracle for a long time, both he and his family.

Passing by, Jesus saw him. And having answered his disciples that this man’s condition was not caused by sin (neither his nor his parents’), but that the works of God might be displayed in him, Jesus “spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, …” John 9:6

 

The miracle had suddenly burst on the scene, but it wasn’t immediately FINISHED and done.

 

There was something that Jesus called this man to do to partner with Him in the miracle:

 

Jesus said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam..” John 9:7

 

 

Here’s the question to ponder today: Would we go?

 

If we are honest with ourselves, how often do we long for God to move in our lives, to work miracles, to ‘fix us,’ and to use us, but we refuse any instruction that we don’t understand or even feels slightly risky or ‘inconvenient’?

 

 

We like what He does. We long for it. We welcome it and wait for it and pray for it.

 

But how often does He enter the impossible situation, executing His part (part one of exactly what we have been waiting for), but then we fail to obey what He calls us to do to join Him in the miracle?

 

And we therefore miss the miracle, continuing to pray and wait and long for it, rather than obeying the clear instructions that we have already been given.

 

“So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.” John 9:7

This blind man followed the instructions and reaped the benefits.

 

 

Let’s step up and take ACTION on what He asks us to do

 

and blindly obey.

 

 

See Part 2 of this post here.

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An Invitation

Come, Beloved, Come.

 

Delve into My Word,

living and active (Hebrews 4:12),

rich

and MOVING, not static or stuck.

 

Want to get ‘unstuck’?

 

Here is where to START and finish

(and all the in between parts).

 

But it’s so hard to believe, that the answer would be just that simple, isn’t it?

 

Like the instructions “go and wash” for Namaan to be healed from leprosy seemed too offensively uncomplicated (2 Kings 5:10-15), what you desire feels like such a tall order, that you neglect the simple solution.

 

Go wash yourself in the Word… mind, body, soul….BELIEVING it!

 

Stretch

and then stretch a little farther..

belief, faith, BEYOND..

 

and take Me at My Word..

 

Mix it with FAITH (Hebrews 4:2)… what a cleansing concoction!

 

Church, what if you just believed that, took Me at My Word, and stopped trying to make it so complicated?

 

Oh, the things you and I could do, the baggage we could leave behind, the healing we would find…

 

Press.

 

Stretch a little farther.  Come, taste, and see, that I Am GOOD, I Am Enough, and I Am all you need, the answer to your questions and every problem.

 

What do you want?

 

whatever your answer is presently, the real answer is:

 

You want Me, and I am right here present.

My banner over you is love.

 

 

(reposted)

Lead Them to Jesus

 

As we draw nearer and nearer to His heart of love for us, we will walk in a faith and bold confidence that bears fruit and allows Him to pour forth His love through us to others.

 

“Conduct yourself with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity (redeeming the time).” Colossians 4:5

 

What if we took that instruction to heart?

Imagine asking the Lord throughout your day’s encounters with people, “Is this an opportunity?”

And as we honestly think about that question, of course it probably is, and then asking,

 

“So how can I make the most of it?”

 

May we choose to fix our eyes upon Jesus and be obedient to Him rather than obedient to our fears.

Which will it be?

 

People need Jesus.

Above and beyond all the other ‘stuff,’

every person we come in contact with NEEDS and hungers and thirsts for Him, whether they realize it or not.

 

 

Give Him.

Give of His truth.

Give the love of Jesus.

Introduce them to the love and power of a personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe.

 

And ‘teach them how to fish’ for themselves. They can pray, they can read the word, they can find healing, they can have their own access to a Living God Who longs to give good gifts to His children.

 

This will probably require us to take many more risks than we are currently taking and require a lot more faith.

And in response God says,

“I have faith for ‘it’!

And I live in you, so you have it too. That goes for anything! Borrow My faith.

I have faith for it ALL.

Go for it and trust in Me

and ‘swing for the fences’.”

 

May we take our eyes off of ourselves and our fears.

And may our fear become faith

because we have our eyes on Him and on His perfect love, which casts out fear.

 

 

 

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Draw Near

 

Do you long to go deeper with God?

Do you long to truly know the power and freedom and authority and the abundance that He has promised to you as His child?

Do you long to not just go through the motions or live in maintenance mode?

 

What are you willing to ‘spend’?

What are you willing to sacrifice for the fulfillment of those desires?

 

Or does that question uncover the fact that you really don’t want it as much as you thought.

 

This, most important thing, we want easy and free, don’t we?

 

We will pay money for other programs, put in some effort and maybe even sweat a little, but this, we want to just happen without setting aside any time or putting in any effort (1 Corinthians 9:24, 25).

 

 

Or, on the other hand, do you lack any desire at all for this most important thing in life and for all eternity? Do you find yourself too busy running after this ‘world’ or the next thing or the next place you want to be in life or the next assignment deadline on your calendar, that you have little time for the things of God? If so, pray for Him to change your longings and desires.

 

Not that we attain a deeper relationship with the Creator of the universe by our striving, but His word does say, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8).  We have an ongoing invitation to initiate with God, and yet we tend to continually neglect it day in and day out.

 

 

Contemplate how you may be ‘running away’ from His calling, His assignments, His invitation to draw near.

What is keeping you away?

What distractions or lies of the enemy are stealing from this great privilege and power encounter with the Living God?

How are you perhaps even avoiding it?

 

May we choose not to run anymore.

 

He is always near. Slow down, lay aside all the distractions, and take the TIME to draw near and find Him there, so close, and let Him love you well.

 

Be built up in His love.

 

“Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus,

By this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies), that is, through His flesh,

And since we have [such] a great and wonderful and noble Priest [Who rules] over the house of God,

Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.”  Hebrews 10:19, 20, 21, 22 Amplified Bible

 

 

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