Sometimes, I’ll just randomly pick up the children’s textbooks and begin reading, not to prep for teaching, but just for the enjoyment of it.
Interestingly, now that I’m a bit older and no one is forcing me to learn lessons to avoid flunking out of school, I find much of what I read pretty intriguing.
Earlier today, I was thumbing through my youngest daughter Kaiah’s history book. I won’t bore you with superfluous details, but one of the chapters touched on early civilizations and how indigenous nations set up trade and agriculture.
Essentially, they would take the natural resources of the land, utilizing their skills and self-developed methods, and produce products both to consume and trade.
Without any “how-to” manuals, trade publications, or high-speed Internet to connect them to the almighty Google, they learned how to leverage the resources available to them in order to create their own methods of surviving and thriving.
It fascinates me to see how little people from earlier time periods had to work with—at least from the perspective of a 21st century woman—and what remarkable things they were able to accomplish.
These days, however, so many of us don’t ever tap our full potential. We don’t use our innate abilities and God-given creativity to do what the Lord has so gifted, anointed and called us to do. Sadly, we are overexposed to information and thus crippled by numerous opinions, ideologies, and methodologies posing as the “only way.”
Far too many intelligent, capable and God-ordained leaders are socially conditioned to rely heavily on what “experts” say. So they end up following outside patterns and aligning their goals with the latest trends, while failing to realize that all they need is already within.
Because of that, they waste time deliberating when they should be delivering to the world what God has placed on the inside of them.
It is IN you, though it is not OF you. In other words, you possess a treasure, but the power to access and activate it comes from God alone.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring 2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT into your cup of inspiration. It says, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”
When you drink down the contents of your cup today, you will recognize that God has placed something so valuable in you, my friend. But it can only be activated by the power of His Holy Spirit. If you heed this empowering word, it will set you free from the bondage of insecurity and fear of walking in your greatness.
If you seek the Lord instead of people, He’ll reveal to you that He has already wired you to fulfill your purpose. So don’t get caught up pursuing the plans of man, or you’ll miss the purpose of God.
It’s time for you to cross over into destiny, but before you do, you need to look “both ways before crossing.”
First, look up and then, look within.
Now let’s pray.
God, I don’t know everything You have set out for me to do, but thank You for reminding me that I possess all the raw materials necessary to fulfill Your will. Help me not to be paralyzed or crippled by insecurity or uncertainty, but instead, teach me to always look to You—the only One with the master plan for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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