God has a purpose for your life. He is preparing you for something great. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) says, “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’ ”
I once took a high school sophomore to Duke University, one of the most prestigious schools in the country. I wanted to inspire him to achieve great things. After looking around, he said, “It’s too late for me. I’m too dumb.”
At such a young age, he’d already placed impossibilities upon himself. He didn’t understand the greatness inside him. He didn’t know God had a plan for him.
God has so many good things He wants to reveal to us. It’s just a matter of hearing His voice. John 10:27 (NLT) says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” The only way to know God’s voice is to spend time with Him.
When we do that, we’re saying, “God, I want to hear what You have to say about my life.”
Many people will tell us who we are and what we aren’t. BUT WE CAN’T ALLOW SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T UNDERSTAND GOD’S WORD TO TEACH US WHAT AND WHO WE ARE. We can’t let any voice speak louder than God’s voice.
I have a friend who is an air traffic controller, one of the hardest jobs on the planet. She told me she uses phraseology to talk to pilots. My friend can’t use a lot of words when giving directions. With phraseology, one word lets a pilot know exactly what to do.
God has a word for us about our lives. For some, maybe we haven’t heard that word yet because we’re still in training. We’re learning who we are. Others already know.
God has plans for us and wants to be involved in them. As we spend time with Him, He will show us how to walk out each step.
God will provide what we need to walk out His plan. When my wife and I started our church in Graham, North Carolina, He dropped a big dream in our hearts.
The Gospel of Matthew tells us we don’t need to worry about the big things.
MATTHEW 6:31–32 (NLT)
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’
32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.”
One summer, God told me to walk around the city. A name like Joshua brings to mind how to walk around things. So I began the nine-hour, 23-mile walk.
I walked around Graham seven times and nothing happened externally. Nothing fell down! What took place was inside me. GOD RECONSTRUCTED MY HEART AND LET ME KNOW, “I HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED.”
I told my wife and staff, “We’re not going to have any more doubts. We’re going to fill ourselves with faith. We’re going to act on that faith and dream so big it’s destined to fail without divine intervention. God’s going to show up and do supernatural things!”
God Will Provide
We came across an 82,000-square-foot warehouse. We wanted to buy it, and word spread that we were going to purchase the property. One day we received a call from a 90-year-old man we didn’t know.
This man wanted to hear our story and invited us to his house. He and his wife got behind our vision and wrote our church a check for $253,000!
Receiving such a large check from that man didn’t fit inside the box I had put him in. We place many limitations on others and ourselves. WE MUST LET GO OF OUR LIMITATIONS. WHEN WE DO, GOD WILL SUPERNATURALLY SUPERSEDE ANY EXPECTATION WE HAVE.
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