What Do You Have?

Scriptures to Read:

1 Samuel 17 (for background), Psalm 37:1-23, Proverbs 16:1-5, Isaiah 22:23, Mark 6:30-44, Romans 8:16, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 12-31


Devotional:

We all have dreams. We each have a purpose for being on this earth. Sometimes in the season we find ourselves in (motherhood, tragedy, transition…) we have a difficult time focusing on Jesus to lead us toward that dream.

I personally have had a difficult time trusting in His timing and being certain of what He placed in my heart. I have a passion for His Word and to encourage women how to live fully alive, love His Word and discover their own passions.

I felt a nudge from Him a few years ago when I first started blogging. I began to blog about being a new mom and felt called to encourage other new moms. I had a rough experience with motherhood. My first daughter was extremely fussy, cried all the time and didn’t sleep well until about 6 months (sounds like most new parent experiences, doesn’t it?). I remember spending many late nights sobbing as I held my crying newborn. I felt alone and ill equipped for this extremely precious task of being a mom. In the midst of those terrible nights I felt God’s Presence. He spoke life into my situation and when I decided to listen and obey things started changing.

This dream of encouraging new moms has morphed into a desire to teach women and encourage them in any season of life. God’s Word is alive and power for everyone at anytime. David understood this truth.

“David was so well acquainted with God that when the time came to act, he did.” – Wendy Pope Wait and See

In 1 Samuel 17 we see David going from the pasture to the battlefield. He was already anointed King of Israel but he wasn’t going from his pasture to the palace— just yet.

Sometimes the step out of our comfort zone doesn’t look like the straight road to our dream destination.

We may have to face some giants along the way in preparation for God to equip and train us for our calling. David went to the battlefield not the palace– but that was just the beginning. He was obedient. He trusted God’s plan, timing and strength.

If God has placed a desire in your heart to pursue something that may be out of your comfort zone check in with His Holy Spirit. His Spirit bears witness with our spirit (Romans 8:16). You will, also,  have a conviction in your own spirit and a peace. Your heart may be racing and you may be sweating but there will be an inner peace that comforts you– that’s the Holy Spirit (John 14:26,27).

It’s easy to put ourselves down by looking at others who are doing what we want to be doing. “Well, they are already doing it, why does God need me to do it too?” “They do it so well, I could never be like her, doing what she’s doing.” —- You are right. You can’t do what she’s doing. You can’t be who she is. God called YOU specifically, uniquely. No one else can fill your shoes or take you place. Just ask your children or husband or parents. You are irreplaceable.

Just because the calling or dream God placed in your heart doesn’t look like someone else’s, doesn’t mean it’s not right. God gives different gifts to each person (1 Corinthians 12:12-31).

When we know God intimately, like David did, our hearts are changed to match God’s heart. Our dreams change to align with God’s dreams for us. Dreams that greatly exceed our expectations.

The question is, “What do you have to give?” What can you give to serve the Kingdom of God?”

Let’s look at the story of the boy who gave his lunch so Jesus could serve 5,000 hungry people in Mark 6. The little boy didn’t have enough to give everyone, yet He trusted Jesus with what he had. He gave of himself and Jesus was able to bless 5,000+ people with a young child’s small lunch. God can use you just the same. The decision you need to make is to give Him what you have. Trust Him to make your dreams come true. Trust Him to take you to the next level, but first you must be willing to take a step out in faith.

Mark 11:24 tells us that we must first believe then we will receive. First, you need faith, then God will be able to blow your socks off with favor, blessings, peace, grace, power and more! He is faithful and His plans are far better than we could ever imagine. He’s just waiting for us to surrender all to Him. The right heart will produce the right outcome, even if it doesn’t turn out how we imagined (Psalm 37:23).

David sought after God with a fierce passion. Jesus followed after God with complete obedience.

 

 


Questions and Reflections:

  1. Research and Define: conviction, bears witness
  2. What do you have? What can you give to serve the Kingdom of God?
  3. What are the gifts God has given YOU?
  4. How do you find Joy in Jesus?
    1. Describe ways in which you get to know Jesus.
  5. Have you asked God for a dream? Has He shown you, but you feel nervous? Maybe it’s not the season… What could you do now to take that first step out?
  6. Do you struggle to believe first? If so, why do you think this is so?

Memorize and Meditate

Psalm 37:4-5

God’s looking for availability and willingness not qualifications. He just wants your heart above all else. Lets memorize and mediate on this truth.


Pray

Heavenly Father I come to you in the Name of Jesus. Thank you for loving me so much. My hearts desire is to know you, really know YOU. I long to be in Your Presence and be filled, overflowing with Your Spirit. Only You know what the future holds. I commit all I do to glorify and honor You. I surrender to Your ways. I am choosing this day to take a step out in faith, believing that I will step into the calling You’ve placed inside of me. I love you Jesus, with my whole heart. I’m all Yours, Your all mine.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

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