Are you bold, strong and confident? Do you have the confidence you need to walk in authority in your life?
You don’t have to play it small anymore.
Because of Him. Not because of yourself.
God has blessed you.
He’s given you a new perspective.
He’s given you a life that you love.
You have purpose. And God gives you the authority to walk in it.
If you’re comfortable walking in your purpose, then you’re not challenging yourself enough. If you’re uncomfortable, then you’re probably doing alright.
What has stopped you from moving forward? What has made you feel as though you’re not walking in your purpose?
Time to stop making excuses.
Here are 3 tips from Joshua 14:7-13 to help you stay on track.
1. 85 and still rocking it. Yes, you can still walk in authority when you’re 85.
You’re never too old and you’re never too late. Age was never a factor for Caleb.
Caleb is speaking to Joshua:
7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart.
8 But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God.
9 And Moses swore on that day, saying, Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’
10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses,
It’s been 45 years later.
Time is irrelevant to God.
Caleb never told God he would stop following Him if He didn’t give him what he wanted when he wanted it.
You may be asking God to give you what you want. Right now.
- If you’re going through something painful, you want God to take the pain away right now.
- If you want a to sell a certain product, or you want a raise, or whatever it is, you tell God that He better give it to you right now.
- You may tell God that if He doesn’t show you what your purpose is right now, you’re going rely on your own strength.
It’s so true. We all do that.
I know I have.
Instead, pray and say to God, “I’m ready and I’m available. I will continue to move forward, even if I don’t see my success right now. Even if I don’t see what You’re ultimately calling me to do.”
You need to realize that God is not on your timeline.
2. The reiteration of, ‘yet he wholly followed the Lord his God’.
Boom! Wake up call!
Can you imagine the life Caleb had when he was living in the wilderness? Can you imagine walking around Jericho 7 times, waiting for the walls to come down? Can you imagine all the emotions Caleb may have experienced?
But ‘yet he wholly followed the Lord his God.’
That is purpose.
The scripture doesn’t say Caleb was distracted and started to focus on Moses, or Joshua, or that Joshua was his god.
He said, ‘the Lord my God.’ His strength for all that time, was dependent on the Lord his God.
Pay attention to when the Bible has reiteration. It is written three times in this passage of scripture, that Caleb wholly followed the Lord his God.
How many of you want people to say you wholly followed the Lord:
- regardless of what was going on in your life,
- regardless of your finances,
- regardless of what you could see.
Do you feel like a failure?
If you do what everyone else is doing, you will feel like a failure and be unfulfilled.
You may want to be like someone else. But God gave that someone else, the specific gifts, tools, and ability, to do what they do.
God has given you authority and influence in your own life. You don’t have to try and walk in authority in someone else’s life.
Drive with care and caution.
If you have driven on a road with deep, deep ruts, you know how hard it is to turn your wheel and get out of the rut.
Many of you are stuck in a rut of comparison. You wonder if God really hears you or cares about you, compared to everyone else you see on social media.
You look at other people and think someone else is getting blessed and you’re not. You see someone is writing a book, or starting a business. Or that someone else’s husband is fantastic.
You begin to go on a downward spiral of comparison.
Change gears and get out of your rut. God made you unique.
Do you have to be qualified to walk in authority?
There are times when I come on FB Live, and I think, “Lord, I’m not qualified to do this. I’m not qualified to come here and read scripture and share the things You have shown me. I just don’t feel qualified.”
How many of you have said that?
But you know what? I come here because I feel as though God led me and called me to do so.
There are so many of you who have amazing stories and backgrounds.
Things you have triumphed over.
Things you’ve overcome.
Those are the stories that are part of your purpose. That’s what you need to start walking in.
It says in Hebrews that everyone has their own race to run. How exhausting it is to run someone’s race at the same time as yours.
3. Will you still be strong when you’re 85 years old?
God gave Caleb his strength.
Forty-five years later, Caleb says:
10 And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old.
11 I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming.
His strength was the same as it was 45 years ago.
The strength Caleb had the entire time, over the years, never wavered. His strength was from the same source.
I think that’s why they reiterated that Caleb ‘wholly followed God.’
I want to be that person.
I want people to say:
“Jessica wholly followed God. She may have had her moments of confusion or frustration, but she knew that God was bigger than her frustration. She knew that God was bigger than anything else she was dealing with, so she just kept going.”
You’re leaving a legacy behind. What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
Go to Joshua 14:6-13 and read it through. Notice the age, the strength, and the reiteration of words I’ve referred to.
Be a servant of the Lord.
In Judges 2:8. Joshua just died, and it says:
Judges 2:8 Joshua, the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord,
I think it would be such a blessing for someone to say when I die, “Jessica, the servant of the Lord.” I think it would be amazing.
I know it sounds morbid, but do you think it would be a blessing if that was said when you die?
Ask yourself if it is more important for you to serve the world or is it more important for you to serve God.
Take the Plunge
No matter where you are, no matter what you’re doing, no matter how old you are, God can use you in mighty ways.
He’s ready to use you.
He’s the One who gives you the authority to walk in what He has called you to do.
Tell Him you know that following Him isn’t going to be easy.
But it’s going to be the right thing to do.
People will mock you and discourage you, and say you’re doing stupid things. They’re not going to understand.
You have to know that’s okay.
Because being obedient to God, is far better than being obedient to the people of this world.
Are you trying to be a servant of the world, or are you trying to be a servant of God? What is your story? Are you walking in God’s authority? Let me know in the comments.