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New Stock in the Storeroom

I don’t particularly enjoy shopping. Seemingly, one of the many differences between males and females is the difference between how we view shopping. Tracie likes to recreationally shop by going into several stores, looking at several items, comparing several prices and then making a decision. I don't like to recreationally shop! If I haven’t decided what I am going to buy before I go into the shop, rarely do I even venture into the shop! I personally believe that Internet shopping is the second best thing ever to happen to Christmas…!

Things you Need to Know to Make a Difference

Here are some things you need to know if God is going to use you to make a difference in the world. These thoughts are right out of the prophetic word from Isaiah 49:1-7 (Click on link to read the passage). These verses ring so clearly in my heart and experience as I seek to be faithful to the call of God on my life.

Do you know that?

You have been formed by God. 

“The Lord called me before my birth from within the womb he called me by name” – Vs. 1

Many times in scripture a name that is given speaks to the identity and character of a person. God has been forming your character since before you were born so that you can fulfill the purpose he has for you.

You are a great force within His Kingdom.

“He made my words of judgment as sharp as a sword. He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand. I am like a sharp arrow in his quiver.” – Vs. 2

The words you speak carry respect, you are protected by His hand, you can never depart from the shadow of His presence and you are a secret, special weapon that he wants to use to attack darkness.

You are a funnel through which God’s goodness flows.

He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, and you will bring me glory.” – Vs.3

Your primary and only purpose is to bring God glory. Through you people will see the goodness and glory of God.

You’ll have to live by faith even when you feel like a failure.

“But my work seems so useless!  I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the Lord’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.” – Vs.4

There are a variety of factors that culminate at times to make us feel like our labor is in vain, but thinking we were too successful brings with it great danger to our ego. As we reflect on our past and our future, the only healthy way to do so is through the context of trusting God.  It is only as we trust that we find reward.

Your futureis bigger than you know or can imagine.

“You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” – Vs.5

What a sad reflection on many ministry efforts that they “never do more”. God doesn’t just want us to bring restoration, but transformation …taking His message of salvation way beyond what we could imagine. God wants to expand our influence beyond what we believe is possible.

You will experience God’s favor.

“Kings will stand at attention when you pass by. Princes will also bow low because of the Lord, the faithful one, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” – Vs.7

God is ultimately and actually in charge and one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. A person of influence honoring a person of God is not about us or for our ego, but for the honor and glory of the great God we serve.

Suffering Happens...

...It just does.

It is a part of the fallen, broken, and groaning world that we are a part of. Suffering takes many forms – markets fall, people get sick, jobs are lost, quarrels ensue, marriages break, loved ones die, tears flow, violence hurts, anxiety attacks…and a million other incidents and accidents remind us that the world is not as it should be.

In the midst of suffering many questions are raised about why God allows suffering to happen. While this is a huge theological question, debated by brilliant minds over the centuries, scripture reveals to us that God has a purpose for us in the midst of suffering. I believe that there is a redemptive purpose in all suffering… the hard part is finding it!

Three Declarations

As I have been flipping through the pages of scripture this week, seeking to further understand the incredible story of God’s passionate love for us, I have come across three declarations that help us to understand this epic adventure.

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