We all have an assignment known by our sovereign God. Written with our name on the palm of His hand and revealed to us.
We all have power gifted to us to fulfil our purpose ours is to embrace every living moment of our lives whether it be in the opportunities or in the waiting.
Focus always on the Lord.
Our journey takes us through periods we once thought important and urgent but which have now grown dim in importance.
Hidden times build our character and understanding and are necessary.
Delay is never a negative time it always has value.
Time to absorb revelation and gain clarity.
Or sometimes to have joy restored.
Sometimes to simply be refreshed.
To repossess that place of yielding and surrender to go again.
Every Christmas we are reminded of the time when our sovereign Deity chose to strip Himself of all and confine Himself into the smallness of a baby to become a man on earth.
He does that again in each of us as He chooses to fulfil a story that He sees from before time to end and beyond into eternity.
Each of us is like the gospel story of a disciple who is busy walking in our own life until we are summoned, called by Jesus , “ to come”.
His twelve disciples lay everything down and followed.
Forgive us Lord for the time we spend denying or walking other’s paths wearing other’s shoes finding something else more important and ignore when we should be on with You.
When He had their attention He gave them power and authority.
He equipped them with what they would need so that it is done in His strength and gifting not our own.
A supernatural endowment for exactly whatever is needed.
“ Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
Forgive us Lord when we allow the enemy to convict us that we have to do this in our own strength and volition.
Then He sent them.
Forgive us Lord when we send ourselves on the wrong missions and at the wrong timing.
Lacking success in abundance because we have not waited for You to say “Go”.
He knows when we have given well and He can say “Well Done”
He knows when we are weary and will say “come away with Me”.
“Be still, and know that I am God.“
When in the story Jesus said to His disciples to “come away” The sight of multitudes on the shore at Bethsaida must have felt disappointing but it was just what they needed and therefore their gift and blessing.
Forgive us Lord when we pray away the very thing we perceive as suffering or negative when it is what will reveal a gift or blessing.
The disciples learnt that day that when thy thought they had so little in their hands to offer by giving what they had to Jesus to bless he would multiply it.
Everything their multitude required was provided effortlessly by Him for them just to distribute.
We don’t need more we already have more than enough in Him to satisfy.
We are equipped by Him to minister in our every word, opinion influence and miracle when we offer our little within our hand to be used multiplied in our lives by partnering with Him.
The illustration shows the life brought into this world with an abundance of purpose to fulfil in Our choices to come, be filled with power and to go. Light brought to the world to push back darkness.
Six Scriptures that come to mind:
“And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.”Luke 9:1-2 ESV
“ Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”Zechariah 4:6 ESV
“On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethsaida.”Luke 9:10 ESV
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!””Psalm 46:10 ESV
Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.””Luke 9:12 ESV
“But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.””Luke 9:13 ESV
The song There’s No Other Name. Hannah. McClure