This is a guest post written by my incredible wife, Courtney Foster. You can connect with her on Twitter.
Joe spoke to us about traveling the lonely road of life, and related the story of Daniel (in Daniel 6:3-28) to our generation.
He said, “Keep walking so you will know the reward of pressing through.”
Like Daniel, we must distinguish ourselves from others.
Joe also said, “Because our destiny is unique, we must be too.”
- “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV)
How do we become set apart?
The book of 2 Chronicles 7:14 answers that question wonderfully:
- “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV)
1. Seek God’s Face
This just means that we take time to pray and get to know who God really is.
Jesus did this too. Even though He was fully God, He was fully man, and desired to know His Father more intimately.
- “So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” (Luke 5:16 NKJV)
Sometimes we don’t reach our destiny because we spend time complaining about our situation instead of praising God for it, and everything He’s already done.
2. Stand (if alone, so be it)
It really stuck with me when Joe told us that traveling the lonely road doesn’t always mean you’re physically alone, but that no one else can get to your breakthrough but you.
However, we must be careful to not let the reward become our focus instead of our purpose.
- “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12 NKJV)
I find it very encouraging to know that we don’t have to find the strength to walk on in and of ourselves, but in God alone.
- “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10 NKJV)
3. Humble Yourself
Joe reminded us that humility is not a personality, but a characteristic.
- “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:43-45 NKJV)
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