“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
– 1 Peter 2:9
My question for you today is, “Who is ready to be just a little bit strange for God?” Do you know what the Bible calls the church? The Bible calls us peculiar people, and that’s ok. It’s time to stop caring about what people say about you. Care about what God says about you. He says, ”I’m on your side, I love you, I’m for you, and I forgive you.” As your provider, he says, “I open doors for you and I’m setting things right for you. I’m making the crooked path straight for you.” As your protector he says, “I’m destroying every assignment against you and every weapon set against you.” If you’re not a little peculiar, you’ve got a little adjusting to do for God, and to develop yourself.
As believers, you can stop hustling for approval. Stop worrying compulsively about what others think. This is what the world does. It hustles for outwardly visible things. I’m not saying that visible things don’t matter to God; they do. Yes, your money, your house, and your job are all important, however, God tells us to focus on His Kingdom and those things will be taken care of. Put your attention on what is invisible, and the visible will appear.
Friend, hustle for sure, but not for approval. Here’s what you hustle for: You hustle for the inner life. Pray more than other people pray. Give more than other people give. Read more than other people read. Make bigger goals than other people make. Make sure you do things that develop you on the inside, and you’ll start to see it on the outside as well!
Father, help me to focus my attention on your Kingdom. Thank you for all your provision for my life.
Do you know how much God loves and cares for you?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.
I am different.I do not know what to say about other Christians. I do not go to church.I am not around other Christians. I mostly stay home. I am a disabled veteran I have health conditions. Drug abuse and some other health problems that happened to me. I think about going to church but have not made it there. Something keeps me home. I do get out to eat sometimes and visit some family. I do not socialize.Mentally disabled. I have a lot of Satanic problems going on. I pray the Lord will release me from this every day.
Please pray for us.