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I was talking to the Lord today and telling him that like Gideon, I don’t question the call he has placed on my life but I do need a sign that he will help me fulfill the call and join me in the battle.
Gideon’s fleece was not about the call but whether or not the Lord would be with him in combat.

God showed up and Gideon gained the confidence he needed. So much was his confidence that he drastically reduced his army and put his faith in knowing that with God on his side the battle was already won regardless of man’s strength.

As soon as I breathed this prayer I looked at my phone. The time was 12:34 PM. This may not mean anything to anyone but me but there have been multiple times in my journey that I have needed the confidence that God was with me.
Amazingly he has used this sequence of numbers to remind me he is with me. A wink, if you will, that he’s got this. The “sign” has come to represent JAMES 1:2-5 for me.

In essence, 1-2-3-4 got me to locate the passage, including verse five.

The passage reminds me:

1. Troubles are opportunities for God to show up.

2. Ask for wisdom and God will provide generous insight.

3. Put my faith in him and not in my own abilities.

Talk about a sign! Let’s do this!

I was given a coffee cup once that said, “Make it happen.”

No pressure right?

I have learned that I am certain to experience plenty of pressure if it depends solely on me to make it happen but if I have God on my side, the yoke will not be a burden but a blessing!

So now what?

God has a sense a humor.

The following passages came to me shortly after having reread the passage in James.

I was reminded that I need to be careful that I am not so heavenly minded that I am of no earthly good.

I need to pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on me.

It’s a partnership. God does his part and I do mine according to his strength and direction.

Do you see the humor in the verses that God led me to?

An empty stable stays clean—but there is no income from an empty stable. Proverbs 14:4

Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Proverbs 14:23

Faith without works is dead. Our faith has legs only when we get to work. We have to take action.

That excites me! I love being in the game. I love the battlefield. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words!

God will give us a promise and a calling. He builds our confidence with winks and wonders from on high. Our role is to put our faith to work and start filling the stable! It’s time to get to work!


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