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Inspiring For Excellence

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As believers, we are called–and empowered- to be the light of the world. Because of God’s Spirit in us, we don’t have to make our light shine. Instead, we must BE who and what we are–light in a darkened world. Jesus declares in John 9:5, “I am the light of the world.” In Matthew 5:14-16, He reminds us that we are “the light of the world.” Yet we are not the source of our light. To understand our new nature as the “light of the world,” we too must understand the “Son!”

 

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16 NIV). We accepted Him as our Savior, and He baptized us with His Spirit. His Spirit within us empowers us to be light in a dark world, and just like the moon, we reflect His light.

 

The question is how brightly do you shine? Are you voluntarily covering up your light with a lifestyle that does not match who you are in Christ? Or are you letting the light in you do what it was designed to do--shine! Be who God has called you to be. Shine!

 

Prayer…

Lord, we thank You for empowering us to live a life that reflects You. Thank You for your presence and Your gift of salvation. Thank You for using us to Be light for others! In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Never doubt the purpose you have in life. You are called and equipped to meet the needs of the world you live in--your family, your community, your faith community, your region...

Focus on taking action to improve the lives of others. One writer calls this "moral purpose." Some writers refer to this as a "calling." Others speak of finding your "Why." Still others call this passion and positioning "moral imperative." However you understand this "gifting," know that God is the source and God is intentional.

 

Serve others with the gifts you have been given!

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Have you ever seen a mountain goat poised on the side of a craggy mountain? I have. On a trip to the mountains in Colorado, I noticed several goats along the way to the top of Pikes Peak. The goats were perched on shallow ledges on the mountainside, or on scattered rocks at the top. Around them trees snapped in half by the harsh cold winds. The air was cold and thin as I breathed it--yet the goats thrived in this environment.

 

The mountain goat has split hooves that wrap around the rocks it stands on, so its stance is secure. It has a long shaggy coat that allows it to withstand winds of fifty miles an hour and temperatures of fifty below zero. The goat lives high in the mountains above its enemies. How does this goat thrive in such an environment? Simply this-- God designed the goat for this environment.

 

God gives us what we need to not only survive but thrive! What He does for the mountain goat, He does for us. He will give us the strength to stand amid adversity, to stand in high winds, to perform with excellence in places others thought we would fail. He will make our feet like the deer’s feet! He equips us to tread upon the heights, to walk above adversity. Be encouraged. God is equipping us for “mountaintop living!”

 

Prayer…

Lord, help us to see Your hand, Your power at work in our lives. Guide us through the experiences You use to shape us into who You designed us to be. We desire to have impact as we serve others. We desire to be all that You  called us to be. We thank You for Your power at work in our lives.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Here is our reality. We serve a God that is all powerful, all knowing, all seeing.

This all powerful God never calls us to do something that He has not empowered us to do. He call us to be strong--to stand with resolution for that which is right, and against that which is wrong. He calls us to be courageous in the face of what may be confronting us. He reminds us in His Word that we can do all things through Him.

Why does this matter? Our strength comes from Him. Our strength is renewed within us because of His Spirit living in us. We can be courageous, not because of who we are, but because of who He is. We can be strong, not because of who we are, but because of Whose we are. We can be strong, courageous and fearless because He has promised to never leave us or forsake us.

Trust in His promise. Experience His presence. Embrace His power daily!

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