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The Proper Equipment

This is the year both of my kids are in high school. When your children reach high school, things immediately change. They have somewhat figured out their gifts, their talents, their interests. They have selected activities and hobbies that they truly enjoy. It’s very different from the elementary years when they dabble in a sport for a year, only to not want to take it up the following year. I’ve been through baseball season, a few soccer seasons, and even a year of karate while the kids dabbled. Today, my son plays the trombone and my daughter runs. My son is musically gifted; my daughter is a dedicated runner.

Part of the school shopping this year included a new trombone for my son and running spikes for my daughter. They both have gifts in their respective areas, but they needed to be equipped with some items to help them get to the next level. My daughter just used her new spikes for the first time, and it was amazing to see the improvement in her run on the muddy mess of a course this weekend. She was equipped to do what has been placed on her heart.

God calls us each to do something in life for His kingdom. As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 3:5, “It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God” (NLT). God qualifies us. God also places people in our lives to equip us to better serve for His glory.  Ephesians 4 speaks of the responsibility people have “to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (v. 11-12 NLT). Today, consider who God has placed in your life. Does God want you to help equip them for service? Is the Spirit leading you to do something to help them? Are you enabling them to stay where they are at, when you could instead equip them for the road ahead? Pray about this.

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Station Yourself

In life, we find ourselves being stationed in places awaiting something to happen. For some people, this means stationing ourselves outside a ticket place, waiting for tickets to go on sale for a popular concert. Or maybe stationing outside of a shopping center for a big sale is your cup of tea. We station ourselves by the gate in the airport awaiting the airline employees to call for boarding. Our dedicated soldiers station themselves where the officers command, waiting for the next orders.

In Habakkuk, we read about taking a stand at the watchpost. The verse actually then says, “station myself.” When you read over the verse, it clearly tells us that he is stationing himself on the tower awaiting to hear from the Lord.  In the very next verse, we read that the Lord responds.

Many times people consider that the Lord is being silent. I often hear people say they cannot hear God. It is then that I ask, “Have you stationed yourself”? Are you actually in place, ready to listen to the Lord? Our conversation skills are horrible with the introduction to faster methods of communication. We expect instant answers. We listen to others in a way that we are focused simply on responding to what they are saying, rather than simply fully listening to what they are saying. We ask people how they are doing but do not even stand around to await an answer. We are sadly guilty of these things. We are also guilty of not stationing ourselves to listen to the Lord, to hear His voice. With all the noise around, with the busy schedules, and with our focus all over the place, we miss His voice. We blame Him. Today, be intentional to station yourself. Find a watchpost that works for your situation. Keep out the noise. Watch for the Lord. Listen for His voice.

“I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.” – Habakkuk 2:1 [ESV]

Mouse Issues

I have been having issues with my computer’s wireless mouse. Sometimes it seems like it’s working and then I suddenly am moving around the mouse and nothing is happening. It has been a big issue because it keeps happening and delays my work. The frustration level started to get high and the mouse faced the results. I thought banging the mouse would fix the problem. My idea was dirt might have been on the sensor.

For the past week, I have been cracking this mouse thinking it was helping the situation. I blamed the mouse for malfunctioning. Oh how wrong I was! It wasn’t the mouse at all. It was the USB plug for the mouse. I put the blame immediately in one area. In believing the problem was one thing, I neglected to even look at anything else as the culprit.

Life is this way. When we have situations that are problematic, we have the opportunity to seek out the root cause. The Spirit reveals to us root problems; however, a big problem for us is acknowledging the Spirit’s conviction, hearing the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Many times we blame something else because it does not take us out of our comfort zone—it keeps us from being pruned and stretched the way that’s best. We stay stuck because we love to live in denial. Today, be open to the Spirit’s conviction. Do not try to be so fixated on other things that you fail to listen to God’s voice.

“But I tell you the truth, it is for your benefit that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And when He comes, He will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.” – John 16:7-8 [NIV]

Voice of God

One of the topics people discuss with me most is hearing from God. Many people expect to hear from God with an audible voice like in the movies. I guess they assume a voice like Morgan Freeman or James Earl Jones will speak to them, and if they do not hear a voice, God is not speaking. The truth is many people do not hear an audible voice; God speak through His Creation, through His people, through events. Most importantly, God speaks through His Word and His Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is in your gut. You may be doing something you aren’t supposed to be doing and the Spirit will say, “What are you doing? I have better for you.” Perhaps you are looking in the mirror and seeing someone who does not look how you desire, but the Spirit reminds you, “You are Mine. You are My beloved.” Maybe you are sitting in church when you feel this great need to go sit beside someone and pray with them. Or you are at work and you are eating your lunch when God tells you to go share a passage with a fellow co-worker.

God speaks. Often when He speaks, we are not listening. Often when He speaks the noises of the world are so loud we aren’t paying attention. Often when He speaks, we are expecting some audible voice to come from the sky, but He is speaking to you in a totally different way. Today go to that quiet place, the place where you are able to have your listening ears on. Just sit silently. Ask Him to speak. Ask Him to move everything away and let it be all about Him. Just listen.

“This is God’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as God: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’” – Jeremiah 33:2-3 [MSG]

The Best Position

When you are attending a concert or watching a film, you like to get into the best position. You want to be able to hear. You want to be able to see. You aren’t too happy when the largest person in the place is seated right in front of you. You don’t like when you have to watch the entire football game on the big screen because from your seats the players look like ants.

In Habakkuk 2:1, he says that he is going to climb up to the watchtower. He was going up there to wait on the Lord. When he went up there, he was in the best position to wait for what God had to say in response.

You aim to get in the best position at a concert or sporting event. You aim to get in the best position in line to get the new product faster. Do you aim to be in the best position to hear what God has to say? Are you in the best position now?

“I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer my complaint.” – Habakkuk 2:1 [NLT]

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