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Protecting your purpose is a lot like having a baby. Similar to a pregnant woman waiting to deliver, you’ll have to shield whatever God has placed within you. Your vision could be anything – such as launching a new business, trusting God for a miracle, strengthening a relationship, or spearheading a ministry.
In Luke chapter 1, God answered Zechariah and Elizabeth’s prayers, and allowed them to supernaturally conceive their son, John.– such as launching a new business, trusting God for a miracle, strengthening a relationship, or spearheading a ministry.
The Bible states:
“Zechariah asked the angel, How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years. The angel answered, I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time” (Luke 1:18-20, New International Version).
that needs to be protected?Are your words, relationships, and habits nurturing or destroying it?
Zechariah’s account reveals that, sometimes, God will silence you — and other doubters in your life — in order to protect the vision that you’re carrying. In the Message Bible, Proverbs 18:21 makes the power of words very clear: “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit — you choose.” Negative words have the ability to kill your confidence, and diminish your faith in God. But you have an obligation to protect what God is doing in you (and through you). The Bible states in Luke 1:24 that “Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.” So, do whatever it takes to protect your “baby.” If that means shutting your mouth, shut it! If that means isolating yourself from certain people, isolate yourself! If that means renewing your mind with the Word of God, renew your mind!
Written by: Marsha DuCille – Publisher/Editorial Directorpublisher @ calledmagazine.com http://www.calledmagazine.com/devotionals/item/138-protect-it
2 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it. 3 Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
5 Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.
God is Love 1John 4:16
O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end[a]—I am still with you. Psalm 139 NRVS
God is Love 1John 4:16 and Jesus Christ is Lord of Heaven and on Earth