Acts 3:1-10, Psalm 139:13-14, 1 Peter 2:9, Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 1:4-5
Mike Davies exhorts us to live our God given destiny.
It was the American anthropologist Margaret Mead who once wrote, 'Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.'
Due to the routine and habits of life we so often forget that we are individual, unique and special. Actually, God thinks you are awesome.
Both you and I have more potential than we give ourselves credit. If I need to tell you one thing it is this: You are better than you think!
The routing of daily life can be a chore; we can find ourselves wishing we had done more, achieved more, loved more, and for that matter been loved more.
Same old, same old. But this does not need to be. If you feel you are in a rut then I believe that the Lord wants to break you out of your daily cycle.
You may have had a dream, but you have stopped reaching for it. If you don't reach for it - you won't get hold of it. You won't own it. Try and start reaching for that dream once again.
When everyday looks the same you stop appreciating life, you stop appreciating yourself. You sort of become the 'almost person'. I almost got a job, I almost fell in love, I almost got engaged, and I almost sorted out my finances. But instead of the almost person you need to become the unique person that God intended you to be. You need to become the 'breakout person'. Breaking out of old habits, breaking out of despair, breaking out of lack of faith and breaking into the unique person of destiny that God intended you to be.
If you are in a difficult place at the moment remember that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
Edmund Hilary and the Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Following his conquering Everest, Hillary devoted most of his life to establishing schools in Nepal. He wrote of his life, 'I have discovered that even the mediocre can have adventure and even the fearful can achieve.'
The Victorian explorer David Livingstone, grew up with his family in a tenant building, from the age of 10 he was employed at the cotton mill in Blantyre, he worked 12-hour days but he had a dream. He wanted to breakout of the daily routine. He established great things and credited God for everything he had achieved. He became a great explorer and missionary and within all the heartache, poverty and destruction he witnessed he declared, 'There is one safe and happy place, and that is in the will of God.'
The Bible is filled with many accounts of people having a low expectation for the day when they could have reached higher and God had to breakthrough to show them what was possible.
The lame man at the Gate called Beautiful had set his sights on receiving alms as he did day in - day out. But Peter and John gave him so much more. In the name of Jesus they gave him the freedom to walk, to dance, and to run.
The Bible tells us that we are amazingly and miraculously made (Psalm 139:14) and that God chose us to be part of a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). This is totally amazing. We are all in a Royal family. All we need to do is accept it.
In Isaiah, we are reminded that we are the clay and God is the potter. If we allow and make ourselves available He can mould us into anything (Isaiah 64:8).
Whatever your situation, God knows what you have been through. He knew you before you were born (Jeremiah 29:11). My prayer for today is to stand with you in making today the start of a fresh start with God and with your God given destiny.
I believe that for so many we need to make a commitment today to move from the 'I wish' to 'I will'.
Our Lord Jesus broke through, and because of His resurrection in Him and through Him we can do the same!
Let this be the day of your breakthrough.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.
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