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8/29/17 Don't Settle for Mediocre

       “It’s time to enter into the prosperous life that I have provided for you. Become engaged fully in My kind of existence, rather than flirting with the ways of the world. You no longer belong there. If you attempt to live in both worlds, you will eventually find yourself gasping for life and wondering why you have little peace and no power to overcome.

       "Start by remembering what was accomplished on the cross. Study the power of the blood. Observe once again those who have gone before you. Examine who you really are. How far are you living from who you know you were meant to be? Stir up the gifts that you know are part of your life. Shake off anything that hinders you from selling out to My Word completely. Renounce your sins. Embrace a crucified life. Go for it.

       "In your prayer times, allow Me to show those things that are hindering you from becoming all that you have been born to be. Stop listening to the lies of the enemy that remind you of your weaknesses and failures. Listen to My Word. I know who you are because you are in Christ. I understand the power that has been placed in your inner being. I understand My covenant promises to you. Nothing is more powerful than My presence. My Spirit now resides in you. You can rise above anything and are capable of any task because of My presence within you.

       "Why would you settle for a mediocre life when I have a victorious life available to you because of Jesus? Be strong in the power of My might! Stop wallowing in a life that is less than you have been appointed to be. I can’t wait to show you who you really are! You have everything you need to fulfill your calling, if you will only surrender fully to Me. Do it now. Enter into the joy of the Lord!”

Joshua 1:8 NIV

“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Phil. 4:13 AMP 

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

Heb. 12:1-2 AMP 

1) THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.

2) Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

III John 2 AMP 

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.

 

We really have this life backwards. Our thinking is directly opposed to the thinking of our Lord. What we call prosperity is light years from its biblical definition. Still, somehow, it never sinks into the block between our shoulders that it would be wise to consider the Lord’s definitions, including prosperity, as our guidelines for life. They might make us truly prosperous.

I remember a season in my life before I came to the Lord. I was so doped up, full of lusts and booze, that I couldn’t think straight.  My confusion was apparent by the extremely ignorant decisions that I made. At the time, though, I thought I had it all together. Everything I did seemed logical and actually quite wise in my blinded eyes. After my head was cleared by the Lord, I could see how far my life was from any semblance of reason. I couldn’t believe how far I had migrated from the straight road.

That is the way the Lord must see us when we minimize the wonders done for us and in us because of Jesus. Our desires to remain anywhere near our old life must look so foolish to Him. From His perspective, knowing what is available to us, our carnal decisions and desires must appear as foggy thinking. No wonder He is continually goading us to draw closer to Him to receive His kind of wealth.

Turn my heart toward home, Lord,

Jim Corbett