God wants to come to you in the most intimate and personal way—to bring healing. He loves you and me.
He wants us healed and made whole so we can step into our God-given destiny—divinely aligned with Him in His purposes in the earth—souls—advancing His Kingdom—and equipped as ambassadors of Christ in our realm of influence….
Jesus was trained in his hometown. People watched him as a carpenter and we all know that the better we know people, the more apt we are to find fault with them. Jesus was a carpenter and the son of a carpenter. Jesus was the son of Mary, and had brothers and sisters.
At first the message of Jesus was received, but then the people took offense. Imagine that! When the people of Nazareth allowed their familiarity with Jesus to breed contempt, they deprived themselves of a great opportunity. Jesus chose to take His message and blessings elsewhere (Mark 6:6).
“But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house” (Mark 6:4 KJV).
We can even judge ourselves unworthy of eternal life and deprive ourselves of blessings we would otherwise receive. (See Acts 13:46).
If you know someone very well or experience something a lot, you may stop respecting them and think you have learned all there is to know. We can learn from anyone and anything around us. God can get our attention in any way He sees fit.
Few of us can live under the microscope of constant attention or criticism. Allow relationships to grow and nurture them. Close relationships will flourish and you will grow closer to one another instead of apart. That’s God’s plan for the family of God.
Familiarity breeds contempt. We live in a world where change is constant. God doesn’t want us to live in a place of contempt—or to get so familiar with someone, that we think we can’t learn anything else from them. A form of pride can rise up that is a trap from the enemy.
God places a restlessness inside us that not only draws us closer to Him, but also moves us to action to be a better person in the world around us.
Someone needs to hear your story. Someone who is about to give up needs to know they are not alone. God wants to move YOU to greatness by partnering WITH HIM. He brings divine alignments for the next assignment.
Familiarity also breeds expectations. People can grow up with a form of entitlement and think the world revolves around them—which results in selfishness. We need discernment from God and eyes to see with a bigger worldview. Everything God calls us to do WITH HIM will advance His Kingdom—pointing people to Jesus and bringing them to the cross.
Anything that draws you away from God and His Word is from the enemy. It is a trap from hell. God made YOU to be great. The only way you will become who God has called YOU to be is to be free set free from the fear of man. It means you may have to step out in some unknown territory. It means you have a desire to obey God—no matter what. When God calls you to do something, it will bless people and offend some.
Jesus made lots of people mad in his own hometown. They listened to him, but he had become ordinary to them. Instead of recognizing Jesus as the Son of God—they went by what they had known and seen in the past. When someone becomes ordinary to us, we can fall for the trap of judging by past experience rather than fully trusting God with the outcome.
With all the radical changes across this nation, and the Bible being fulfilled before our eyes, we can see that we are closer than ever before to the return of Jesus Christ. Keep your eyes fixed on Him, with a steadfastness of heart, and a sold-out mindset that does not budge off of God’s Word. Souls are at stake. Step out and be great with God.
Share the Good News of Jesus Christ to open the door for other people to have an encounter with the Living God. The Holy Spirit empowers us to engage the world around us with boldness and a heart on fire for His passion—souls
Greatness implies a deviation from the norm. If God is calling you to do something with Him, it will take a radical step of obedience—one of stepping out—facing possible rejection, mocking, and some will hear and come to know Jesus. Wipe the dust off your feet—and keep moving forward being led by the Holy Spirit of God. Tell the world about Jesus—He is coming back soon. God created you to be uncommon, to do what others are not willing to do, to stand out in the crowd–to be a world changer!
BOOKS BY Dr. Deborah Starczewski:
GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed and Know Your Purpose)…learn how to move from drama to destiny, from pain to purpose, from a mess to a message, and from trials to triumph through turning to Jesus Christ.
A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)….an up-to-date resurrection story that will keep you turning the pages and give you new hope to believe God for anything. Dare to take your own leap of faith and believe God for greater, for uncommon favor, uncommon breakthrough, and divine intervention!
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…a must read for every leader.
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministriesinc.com and other distributors…also wherever Deborah ministers.
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