Even when we know we have already been given everything we need to live victoriously, we wonder, Why don’t I operate in the power I already have? Why is my love so fickle? Why do I cower rather than make demons flee? What keeps me from living out an adventurous faith?
I believe living bold comes with practice. First, you know the truth. Second, you believe the truth. I don’t mean just believe it is true but believe it is true for you and in you. Third, you act on it, walk in it, stomp about in the surefootedness of it.
God does not need to be stirred, prodded, or roused as if from a sound sleep. We do. We need to wake up, take hold, and live in the power that is already ours.
No matter what you are going through today or will go through tomorrow, your destiny is greater than your difficulty, greater than your dilemma, greater than your discouragement. And God has given you everything you need to get there.
Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit does not mean we sit back and do nothing. We have to take hold—to engage the power of the Holy Spirit to do all God has called us to do and be all God has intended us to be.
God can use whatever you’ve got, but you’ve got to use what you’ve got. Look what Jesus did with five loaves and two fish. Look what David did with a single stone. Look what Shamgar did with the jawbone of an ox. They used what they had. We tend to pray that God will give us more power. But it could be that He is waiting for us to access the power we already have. Let go of excuses. Take hold of what you have in Christ.
So many of us are equipped to live the abundant life in Christ but don’t even know it. We suit up but then settle in. We resign ourselves to living a mediocre faith. Don’t head to the bathtub with your scuba equipment on. Head out to the ocean of opportunity and experience all God has for you. You’ve already got the gear. It’s up to you to jump in.
What do you already have today—resources, ideas, relationships, passion—that might be a part of how you fulfill God’s call?