Sis, how many times have we thought about our higher calling and disqualified ourselves? Been there, done that. “Me? No way! I’ll never be able to do that! Why would He pick me?” See, God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called! And once we’ve accepted Him into our lives, we are to live out the Great Commission- “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations!” (Matthew 28:19). With the great commission comes greater things than you could ever imagine. Sis, you are simply not made to live small, you’re meant to dream substantially greater things than you could ever imagine! His ways are HIGHER than our ways. His thoughts are HIGHER than our thoughts. In Ephesians 4:1, Paul writes that we are to walk Holy, in a way that is suitable to our high rank, given to us in our divine calling. Sis, God is saying that you are of high rank, the favor of the Lord is on you. You are MEANT to live a life worthy of Him. I may be working an 8-5 job right now, but I choose to BELIEVE that the Lord has GREATER things in store for me. Simply because His word says so and that’s why I bring all the scripture in. His word has already been spoken over my life and your life. Hebrews 10:38 says that His righteous ones will live FROM faith, but if fear holds them back, His soul is not content with them! God is pleased by our faith. If we constantly live in doubt, how will we ever be able to enter in to the will of God? Faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation NEEDED to acquire the things we long for (Hebrews 11:1). So what that scripture tells me is that in order to receive all things promised in our lives we must activate our faith. Be a doer, not just a hearer.Let me stop there.I want to be real with those who are reading this because I believe that vulnerability and openness go a long way. Everything I’ve had on my heart lately are actually the same exact things that the Lord has been dealing with me about. In our mess there is always a message. I’ve struggled to believe that He has more for me than I can imagine. For real though, sometimes I shrink back from the REALITY that my Father gives me. Anyone else felt the same way before? Life feels like a cycle and at this point, we’re just going through the motions. Oh, it’s Monday again? Cool. I need my coffee to survive. Sis, that Monday that we dread is a simple preparation of those big God-given dreams. Surviving means that we are barely remaining intact, just getting by, and just existing. If we are barely surviving now, imagine what we will do in reaction to those things that have been promised to us? We’ll ruin them! We need enthusiasm and excitement for the now. The Lord wants to see our faithfulness with the little or we won’t be able to handle the big! Our lives are not a destination, they are a journey, a voyage, a pilgrimage. If you believe that someday you’re just going to wake up and arrive at your destiny, you’ve got it wrong, sis. A journey with God is full of adventure and a beautiful ride of traveling from one place to the other with Him. Apart from Him we can do nothing, we are useless without Him. I’m not going to lie, I’ve tried it before. I’ve tried to wake up and miss out on spending time with Him because everything else seemed more important. I’ve tried to do life without being in constant communication with Him. It WILL NOT work. It never has and it never will. Before we can try to dive in all our God-given dreams, our lives must imitate Christ in the small.The promise that’s been given to us should never ever be of more importance than the One who’s given it to us. Has someone ever broken a promise they made to you? It feels like betrayal, right? I don’t know about you but I take pinky promises very serious. As childish as it may sound, I’m serious. You know who also takes their promises serious? God. If He takes them serious, so should we. It’s not a promise that we should just laugh off like Sarah did when the Lord told her that she would have a son because she was “past the age of childbearing” (Genesis 18:10-12). Your age, your current status, your background, your ethnicity, your socioeconomic status, etc., has no ability to qualify or disqualify you. So sis, I encourage you to stop disqualifying yourself from the big things, you’ve been made for such a time as this.Stop doubting.

Doubting means that we are hesitating to believe, it actually means that we are fearful of the things that may or may not happen. Crazy, right? Some of us claim to have faith but we are always playing out what-if scenarios in our heads and writing out those plan Bs. Sis, we cannot have any room for doubt in our hearts if we claim to believe in Jesus and that He is faithful. It has to be more than a song we sing on Sunday mornings. If we were to put doubt and faith on a graph, our data would conclude a ZERO correlation. These two can never correlate. Either we believe or we don’t.Dare to have unshakeable faith. He will never ever fail you, sis, so now is not the time to let go of those God-given dreams. Pick up your baton of faith and keep running with it. I hope you are encouraged with all that Jesus has been encouraging me with. Love you all.

In His Love,

Joscelin ♥