Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.29.13

Wow today’s message will knock you off of your feet. Joel and Victoria Osteen hit on a topic that I know applies to all of us, no matter how many degrees, licenses, and certifications we have—there is always an area in our life that is undeveloped or underdeveloped, and we need to expand our thinking while building up our courage and faith so we can be all that God intends us to be.

Don’t just read today’s message and go on about your day as usual. Read it, digest it, reflect upon it, share it with others, and then after outlining your action plan (over several days), put that plan to work!

We can’t be okay with ‘good enough’ because God is more than ‘good enough’; Jesus is more than ‘good enough’—if you feel unsettled in life then guess what? You are trying to accept a position that conflicts with God’s plan for you. Push yourself beyond the state of ‘good enough’ so you can see what ‘greatness’ is all about.

Now are you ready to read today’s message? Then let’s do this!



Develop Your Talent

“That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].”

Colossians 1:10, AMP

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Too many people suffer from “destination disease.” In other words, they’ve reached a certain level or obtained a goal, now they’re coasting in life off of what they’ve already learned. Studies tell us that 50% of people, after they graduate from high school, will never read an entire book the rest of their life. One reason is that people see learning as a period of life instead of a way of life. They think, “I’m out of school. I’m done with my training. I’ve got my job.” But, God never created us to reach one level and stop. Whether you’re 90 years old or 9 years old, you should be constantly learning, improving your skills, and getting better at what you do.

The key is that you have to take responsibility for your growth. Growth is not automatic. What steps are you taking to get better? Are you reading books? Listening to teaching CD’s? Are you taking any courses on the internet? Going to any seminars? Do you have any mentors? Don’t just coast through life relying on what you’ve already learned. You have treasure on the inside. Develop your talent and become all that God created you to be.

Father, help me to develop the talents You have given me. Show me to how to continue growing, stretching and increasing. Help me to maximize what You’ve placed in my hand as I daily give You glory for Your faithfulness in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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