‘Because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God.’ Ephesians 1:11 NLT
God’s will isn’t simply for you to survive, but to thrive (see Psalm 35:27). Satan will attack you, but he can’t separate you from God’s love or keep Him from blessing you. Satan will lie and say that he can, but he can’t. Imagine his frustration over that! When you know God has promised you something, it gives you strength to overcome things others can’t. All the water in the sea won’t drown you as long as it doesn’t get into the boat. It’s what you allow in that hurts you! So guard your heart. Keep your vision alive and it will keep you alive. If you want the prize, be willing to pay the price. The reason many of us fail is because we trade what we want most for what we want now. No; the greater the challenge, the greater the reward that awaits you beyond it. Paul the apostle had his eye on the prize when he wrote, ‘My dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.’ (1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT) The only thing life owes you is an opportunity to grow. Moses walked away from a palace, Elisha walked away from a farm, and Luke walked away from a medical practice in order to follow God. It’s what you’re willing to walk away from that determines what God can entrust you with. So keep turning the pages, keep pushing ahead, tighten your grip on your God-given purpose. What you don’t have now can be yours in the future if you keep growing, stay focused, and remain faithful.
SoulFood: Job 8–10, Lk 1:19–25, Ps 57, Ecc 7:13–15
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018
“The question is not so much did Jesus exist but who was He? And if He was Lord and He is who He says He is, then what’s our response going to be to Him?” Peter Brookshaw.