The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.’ Hebrews 11:27 NIV

When you have a dream, there are certain things you must be willing to give up. You can’t keep all your options open; you have to narrow your focus to what’s most important. John Maxwell says: ‘Many people do the opposite. Rather than focus on their dream and let go of less important things, they want to keep every option open. But when they do, they actually face more problems because decision-making becomes overly complicated…at first it’s fun to have so many possibilities…But as time goes by, you can’t make progress because you spend all your time preserving options rather than moving forward…When you expend your time and energy on the few things that make a difference…tasks that aren’t exciting or immediately rewarding take on added value. Each activity becomes an important piece in that bigger picture.’ When God gives you a vision He doesn’t show you the whole picture up front. He does it in stages so you won’t get overwhelmed. For example, when He shared with Moses His vision for delivering Israel, Moses had to wait for each part to download. By faith he left Egypt. By faith he kept the Passover so the enemy wouldn’t touch the firstborn of Israel. By faith the Israelites walked through the Red Sea and their enemies drowned trying to pursue them. By faith he kept the Israelites moving for forty years through the wilderness until he stood, an old man, overlooking the Promised Land. What kept Moses going even after God told him he’d never enter the Promised Land? Simply this: he stayed focused on doing the will of ‘Him who is invisible.’

SoulFood: Lev 13:38-14:57, Matt 10:1-10, Ps 96, Pr 3:5-6

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011

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