Don't sell the Power of God short

At some point in our lives, we all live in closets, and they may feel safe, or at least safer than what lies on the other side of that door. But I am here to tell you, no matter what your walls are made of, a closet is no place for a person to live.

It is easy to look acceptable outwardly, to mask your real self. However, God looks at the heart, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. Unlike people who look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV). God does not look at the outward appearance or even the mask people wear. He looks at what matters, the heart.

We know it’s hard but we need you out here, no matter what your walls are made of, because I guarantee you there are others peering through the keyholes of their closets looking for the next brave soul to bust a door open, so be that person and show the world that we are bigger than our closets and that a closet is no place for a person to truly live.

We all have a need to be redeemed.  Sometimes we think we can get rid of an issue by merely ripping the label off and calling it something else, but there is still the need to be redeemed.  We cannot save ourselves.  When we try, it is like being caught in quick sand, the more we struggle the deeper we get.  However, if we would just focus on God and stop being pre-occupied with our outer image, then everything else in our lives would fall into place.

Let me ask you:  Where in your life have fears caused you to hide from others and even yourself?  Where do you thirst for more and where are you confronting those times that have forced you to hide behind a mask?

Woman, don't sell the power of God short; there are greater miracles awaiting you.  To follow Him who is the Spring of Living Water is to do as Robert Frost would describe when he wrote, "The best way out is always through."  Not hiding, but going forth in faith. We find God in our lives when we are honest with ourselves, with who we really are and with who others really are as well.

As Paul wrote to the Romans, "Suffering is a part of living, but we know that suffering will produce endurance."  And from the strength of endurance comes the core of who we are, character.  And being able to be true to our core will give us hope for the future.