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Have you ever felt like there has to be more to life than your current circumstance?

Does your Spirit scream, “This version of my life is not the same as the vision on my Spirit?”

If you answered yes, then keep reading.

Many of us are currently suffering from what I would l like to call misguided complacency.  We automatically attribute our wilderness experience to God’s will.  Somehow we have managed to convince ourselves that we are in the position we are in because God wants us to learn some colossal lesson.  The truth is, maybe we should have learned that lesson a long time ago and have moved on by now.  For example, scholars have said that it was only supposed to take the Israelites 11 days to travel through the wilderness, yet it took them 40 years.  It took them an additional 29 years to learn what should have taken them a little over one week.  How many of us are sitting in situations long past our expiration dates?  Many of us are holding the keys to cures; the keys to deliverance; the keys to inventions; and the keys to a lot more.  However, we are still trying to crawl to first-base, while God is trying to tell us to go for the homerun.  With that said, I must say that there are times when God calls us to be still, but I don’t think those moments are as frequent as we proclaim.

As children of God, we are called to be world changers.  In John 17:15, Jesus said, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one, (NIV).  Our purpose is to affect change in the world around us.  However, we cannot impact the type of change necessary if we are not in the positions that we need to be in.  Don’t get me wrong.  God could use us where we are.  He could also transfer our assignment to someone else.  Do not be fooled.  God does not need us.  He desires us.  There is a vast difference.  The point that I am trying to make is that we don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to live up to our potential.  When we do not live up to our potential, we will always have a sense of nonfulfillment.  Our Spirits will always cry out and reach out towards that which it was created to do.

The question now becomes, how do we live up to our potential?  The only way to answer this question is to pray!  We need to ask God to reveal to us where we are and where we need to be.  We need to determine whether we are in a wilderness season and whether we are there beyond our expiration date.   If we have exceeded our expiration date, we need to ask God to reveal to us which lessons He would like us to learn in order to move on.  The Bible says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much,” (Luke 16:10, NIV).  If we can’t handle being a secretary, God won’t promote us to CEO.  If we can’t be honest being an employee, God will not make us a boss.  We need to evaluate our current situations and see how we respond to factors such as stress, conflict/resolution, finances, etc.  Promotion comes only after mastery of our current level.  In school, one isn’t promoted from middle school to high school until he has demonstrated that he has mastered the skills learned in middle school.  The same is true of our spiritual lives.  We have to be prepared for promotion.

The most important nugget to take away from this is that above all things else, God wants us to trust Him and only Him.  So, regardless of where we might find ourselves, God wants us to trust thatHe will guide us and take us to where we need to be.

Today’s Prayer:

Lord, please reveal areas in our lives for growth.  Help us to embrace our current situations, but not talk ourselves into complacency.  If we have exceeded our expiration date in any area of our lives, please reveal our deficits to us and allow us the wisdom, courage and strength to grow.  Open doors of opportunities and close doors that should have never been opened or no longer needs to be opened.  Thwart any plans of the enemy.  We love you.  We praise you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!!!

 

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