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Annointed Beauty Daily Devotions Ministry

What in the world possessed me to go back to school at the age of 30? Oh that’s right, GOD TOLD ME TO.

Last night while completing my reading assignment, I came upon the story of Jesus calling Peter a “rock”. The textbook’s author, Dr. Wilmington, notes how Jesus called Peter a “rock” at a time when Peter was anything but stable. We’re talking about a man who had a temper, was a liar and DENIED knowing Christ three times. Yet, Jesus still called him a “rock”.

Dr. Wilmington also correlates this story to that of Gideon. Despite the fact that Gideon asked for so many signs from God that he was one step away from asking God to stand on one foot, God addressed him as a “mighty man of valour”. WHAT? This man had a degree in uncertainty and a minor in doubt. Yet, God still calls him “a mighty man of valour”.

After some meditation, I realized something that had me leaping off of my seat and shouting HALLELUJAH! When God addressed these men, He didn’t call them by who they were now. He called them by who they would become. (Oh shoot, I feel like dancing…don’t you?) This meant God came down and met them where they were. However, God didn’t end the story there. He called them out of where they were to what they will become. Praise God!

What does this mean for us?

It means that it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, where you find yourself now, what faults you have or what others say you are (we talked about this yesterday in “The Unusual Suspects”). God calls you by what you will become. He saw beyond Peter’s temper and Gideon’s doubts.

This reminds me of one of my favorite songs – Amazing Grace. The chorus of this song always brings tears to my eyes. It states:

I shall forever lift mine eyes to calvary.
To view the cross where Jesus died for me.
How marvelous the Grace that caught my falling soul.
HE LOOKED BEYOND MY FAULTS and saw my needs.

This is God’s specialty. He looks beyond our faults and sees our needs and our potential. It is up to us to walk into our purpose and trust Him to bring us to the finish line. Don’t beat yourself up for having faults! Don’t beat yourself up for failing Him in the past! Don’t worry about the soiled reputation that has yet to go away! God has a history of lifting those who have been brought low.

David was a murderer but God calls him the man after His own heart.
Mary Magdalene was a prostitute but God turned her into an evangelist spreading the message of his ressurection. Hallelujah!

God is in the business of turning misfits into Golden gems. No matter where you are right now, what sins you are still battling with, (trust me, we all have skeletons dancing in our closets) or what you’ve done, God can use you.

Abraham was a liar but God made him the father of many nations.

Jacob was a conman but God made him the father of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Guilt is a tool used by the enemy to keep us from walking into our purpose. He will constantly throw your sins in your face and let you beat yourself up till you die. Thankfully God can loose us from our guilt. All we have to do is confess our sins and decide to walk with the Lord. Great things are in store for you, but you must first let go and let God. Jesus has already called you by what you will become. Are you ready to make it a reality?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Let Him make you a new creature!


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