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What God Has Planted in You Is Enough

Last week I got to travel to Arizona for some ministry time and what God did was spectacular! His presence, His goodness, and glory were overwhelming. I’ll still be processing and meditating on this for weeks and months, but I’m excited to be back and sharing something here today. Thank you for being a part!

I shared the one word God impressed on me for 2018 is empower. I am certainly seeing that play out beyond what I could have imagined both in my life and in ministering to others.

I’ve been drawn again to the story of Mary, mother of Jesus. She received the word from heaven maybe not understanding fully what it would cost, but she was still able to say, “Be it unto me according to your word.”

Being in the presence of Gabriel had to be an awe-inspiring event. Hearing the powerful words God had sent him to speak was confusing (as noted in scripture) but I’m sure, also exhilarating.

Yet, when the moment passes and you’re left to yourself, you can begin to wonder what the real impact of it all is. Will you and when will you see any fruit from your experience?

Luke 1 gives us the answer because Mary ran to her barren relative that God had helped to make pregnant,

Now at this time Mary arose and hurried to the hill country, to a city of Judah (Judea), and she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, her baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered by Him. And she exclaimed loudly, “Blessed [worthy to be praised] are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! —Luke 1:39-42 (AMP) (emphasis mine)

All Mary had done was receive the word of God. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in her but she didn’t look any different yet. No one would have known and Elizabeth had only been greeted, nothing more.

Mary’s voice carried the weight of an encounter with God’s greatness and that in turn empowered others! Elizabeth’s baby leaped, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered.

Jesus wasn’t fully formed, birthed, ministering, doing miracles, etc. It wasn’t His voice that Elizabeth heard, yet within her, He was the Word taking on flesh because Mary had said “yes” to God.

You can wait until you feel competent or confident enough, but the day may never come. You need to take your experience with God through His scripture and presence, knowing that it isn’t the full measure of expression, but that there is still power at work in you to empower others.

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen. —Ephesians 3:20-21 (AMP)

Infinitely beyond…according to the power at work within you.

What He’s conceived in you will naturally grow and expand, but be aware and expectant that He is loving through and reaching out to those around you now.

Be encouraged: His word/Word, even in its smallest form, carries tremendous power and glory! It transforms not only you, but those around you.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you ever felt you needed to wait until something “bigger” happens for you to impact others?

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