Bible Verse of the Day
Romans 12:6-8 - And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. If the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach; 8 if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.”
Today’s Daily Devotional for Women
In today’s daily devotional, we’re going to discuss how to believe in God’s passion and purpose for your life even when everyone else thinks you’re crazy. Now in the world we live in, society tends to mold us into becoming whatever makes them comfortable; i.e., whatever isn’t too “different,” doesn’t “disrupt” anyone, and doesn’t make anyone “uncomfortable.”
Society tells us to get a job that’s “respectable,” a career that’s steady and where we’re working for a big company and spending time trying to please our boss so we get promoted.
AKA – Be just like everyone else instead of standing out and shining the way God created you to.
But being ordinary and being just like everyone else is not what God calls us to do at all!
Romans 12:2 says Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.
We can NOT go by what the world tells us. We have to go only by what God says. So if God says for you to be loud and different and FIERCE – even if it makes other people uncomfortable – do it! What’s the point of molding into what everyone else wants you to be? They’re still going to judge you even if you’re doing exactly what they tell you to do. You know who won’t judge you? God. Because He created you – knit you together in your mother’s womb – to be your authentic self. So be it!
But here’s the real question. How do you “be it” when everyone else is telling you that it’s too much? It’s not possible? It’s too DIFFERENT and unreliable? Number 1 - You have to believe what GOD says about your gifts – not what PEOPLE say about your gifts.
Romans 12:6-8 says “6 And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. If the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach; 8 if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.”
Your gift isn’t an accident. It’s given to you according to grace. And you MUST use it!
2 Timothy 1:6-7 says “6 Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands.7 For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Use your self-control and your power and the Spirit within you to retrain your mind to speak LIFE into your talents and abilities. When the thought comes in that says “this isn’t good enough,” remind yourself that God has given you your gift by grace and that your gift is full of POWER.
If you still have trouble believing God made you with this gift, read Ephesians 2:10, which says 10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”
God prepared you in ADVANCE to do good works. He masterfully made you with your gifts and abilities to share His love with the world! You are a masterpiece!
A second way to believe in your gifts when everyone else thinks you’re crazy? Keep your mindset right. Because what we think about most is what will actually come to pass.
You have to be very careful about the thoughts you think and the words you say. The quickest and easiest way to believe in God’s purpose for your life when everyone else is saying you’re crazy is for you to THINK your purpose is worthy and that you WILL achieve it.
Colossians 3:1 – 3 says “Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, 3 for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
This means that through your faith in Christ, through His love that surrounds you, you no longer live by the rules of this earth. You are now the daughter of a Risen King. You are ABOVE what’s down here. So keep your mind thinking of what’s above – God’s purpose for your life. The gifts the Holy Spirit has placed inside of you. Don’t worry about what other people are saying down here. Think only of what God says about you up there!
The 3rd way to believe in your purpose when everyone else says you’re crazy - Do not hang around people who don’t support your vision.
This isn’t to say you should cut anybody out of your life. What I’m saying is they shouldn’t be in your close circle. Remember, the greatest sum of your company is what you will become. As the great Dr. Eric Thomas says, some of you need to change your circle of influence.
If you spend 24 hours a day around people who say you can’t achieve your dream, then you’re going to believe them. But if you spend 24 hours a day around other people who believe in God’s purpose for your life, and who are ACTIVELY pursuing God’s purpose for THEIR life, and praying and fasting and worshiping God each step of the way – you will do this as well.
1 Corinthians 15:33 says “Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
Proverbs 13:20 says “The one who associates with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”
Romans 16:17 says “17 Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them!”
The Bible is very clear that the company you keep will affect who you are. So if you want to believe in your purpose – you have to keep company with people who believe in your purpose too.
The 4th way to believe in your purpose is to watch motivational videos and read motivational messages from people who are living in their passion – like Eric Thomas, Joyce Meyers, Paula White, Joel Osteen, and what we send out here on Godlywood Girl. It goes back to what we talked about earlier. The greatest sum of your company influences who you are. So the more motivational messages you listen to that empower your purpose, the more empowered in your purpose you’ll be.
And I want to remind you how SPECIAL you are in God’s eyes with this affirmation:
I am created for a divine purpose. And by saying yes to that purpose, God has abundance and prosperity in store for me. I will soar on wings of eagles. I will run and not grow weak. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And I am made to succeed.
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In tomorrow’s devotional, we’ll talk about how to work hard for your purpose.
God bless you always, sister of Christ.
You are the chosen daughter of a Risen King… And that makes you ROYALTY!
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