In Sunday's message, I referenced the ominous presence that overshadows our lives. As a child, that presence was with me every night as I tried to fall asleep. Then, in many ways the presence still lurks trying to paralyze me with fear or uncertainty. What ominous presence exists for you? Would you spend some time today considering the possibility that a bigger than life presence could be blocking your blessing?
Let's start by reviewing those voices that speak to our self esteem and self confidence. How loudly do those voices speak in your mind?
Let's move to that expectation of a parent, a teacher, a coach, or even a child that you are still trying to live up to. Could it be that even as an adult, you are driven by or hindered by the approval or disapproval of someone very important in your life or from your past?
How about the ominous presence of God? Perhaps you grew up seeing God as someone who was always looking to catch you doing something wrong. Once caught, you would certainly be embarrassed, called out, or disciplined. Maybe you live in fear of disappointing God based on some perception you might have. How does the ominous presence of God affect you every day?
What about the past? That addiction or mistake? The failed relationship? The financial loss? The ruined project? What from your past dogs you still?
The ominous presence - whatever it is for you - blocks our blessing. The children of Israel in Joshua decided to turn that ominous presence into a source of power for good. God was on their side, and God is on your side. He wants you to inherit the fullness of His blessing. Would you spend some time today writing your thoughts or voicing your prayer specifically referencing the ominous presence in your life? Ask God to take that presence and turn it into good for His glory!!!