Sometimes we can get stuck doing the same things for so long, we begin to believe that’s all there is in life for us. But my Sister, you are listening today by the great design of the Almighty, to come crashing into this truth today … the truth that there is MORE for you. There is more to this life than going through the motions, checking the boxes, earning that paycheck, paying those bills, cleaning your house, and waking up the next day to do it all over again.
There’s MORE. But the enemy doesn’t want you to know there’s more. Hell trembles at the thought of you waking up to see you’re created for more than repeating the same patterns. Hail to the no the devil doesn’t want you to know more is available to you, but God sure does. God wants you to know he didn’t create you for this sad, boring existence of robotic, checked out living.
He woke me up this morning to say it, and he brought you here to hear it … THERE’S MORE TO YOUR LIFE THAN YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING!
Yesterday I had a conversation with a mother of 6 children. This mom had lost herself. For so many years she had been living stuck in a rut of doing all the things moms do, but failing to really live in the process. The desires of her heart had gotten buried. Buried under the extra weight she was carrying. Buried under the daily demands of just keeping up. Buried under the fear, the shame and the regret. Her children didn’t even know she could swim because she had never dared to swim with them. Why? Because swimming required a swimsuit, and her body didn’t do swimsuits.
A few months ago she had a total wake up call. She decided to start doing something different, because what she had been doing had led her to a life of boring routines, hopeless days, missed opportunities, and a soul starving for what it was truly created for. She was starving for living.
There’s a difference between surviving and living. She had been surviving. She had been making it through the days, just going through the motions, while she slowly died on the inside. Maybe this sounds familiar because the truth is, you’ve been doing the same. You’ve been dragging your butt through a miserable existence where nothing ever changes and the desires within you have gone out.
Do you want to know why that feels so miserable? Really, do you want to know why you feel the way you feel when you’re just surviving your days like this? BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT REALLY LIVING. You were designed for living.
Jesus said in John 10:10 that he came so that you might have life and have it to the full. Do you know why he gives you life to the full … so you live it to the full. If you’re not living it to the full, you feel empty inside. The enemy comes and plays in that emptiness and turns it into darkness. Depression sets in. Anxiety comes to dwell. Hopelessness and boredom move in. Then you’re convinced this is just the way it’s always going to be for you.
BUT IT’S NOT. It doesn’t have to be this way for you for another day.
Knowing the story of this mom I spoke with yesterday, and knowing perhaps your story has a whole lot of similarities, I’m reminded of the man in Acts chapter 3 who had spent his whole life begging for money at a gate of the temple. Every day of his life, someone carried him to this gate, and there he sat, asking all who entered the temple for money.
Can you imagine doing the same thing every single day? Can you imagine sitting in the same place, saying the same things, receiving the same treatment, all for the same result every day? Oh … maybe you can imagine that. In fact, I’ve just described your existence. Maybe you’re driving to work right now, dreading going in to sit at the same desk, to say the same things, to receive the same treatment, all for the same result as every day before … a paycheck that never seems to be enough. Or maybe you’re cleaning your kitchen right now after cooking the same food for the same kids that are always hungry and always making a mess. Or maybe you’re waking up to the same man for another day of the same struggles with the same fights, knowing nothing is ever going to change because it’s never changed before.
AND YOU’RE EXHAUSTED.
The enemy has whispered in your ear, telling you this is all there is for you, but hear the voice of your creator right now, because it’s loud and clear … MY GIRL, I’VE CREATED YOU FOR MORE!
How do you experience this “more”? You have an encounter with the power of God and then you do something different.
That’s exactly what happened for this man who had been sitting at the gate of the temple every day of his entire life. Let’s read it together in Acts 3: 1-8 “Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.
Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk!”
This man’s whole world changed with a single encounter with the power of God that moved him to action. He had checked out. He had resigned himself to a position of the one who would always be sitting at the gate, begging … but God had better plans for him.
You may think you are the one who will always struggle her way through life, but God has better plans for you. You may think you’re the one who will always work this unfulfilling, dead-end job, but God has better plans for you. You may think you’re the one who will always be in a marriage where fighting is the only form of communication and you’re just together for the kids, but God has better plans for you. You may think the dreams and desires of your heart will never be given breath, but that’s just you checking out and settling, that’s not God’s plans at work.
Peter and John stood before this lame man and said, “Look at us!” I’m miraculously coming through that little device where you clicked play today and I’m saying, “Listen to me!” Listen, I don’t have any handouts for you. I don’t have magic pills, quick fixes, hacks or shortcuts. I can’t make all of this instantly better for you, but I can speak with the power of God in this moment and tell you, GIRL, GET UP. Get up from where you have stopped. Get up from where you have checked out. Get up from where you have given up. There is more for you!
Notice the order of events in this miraculous healing. It says “Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened.”
AS the man got up, he was healed. It didn’t happen as he laid there. It happened as he got up. And so it will be for you too. You have to get up now, Sis. When God says he has more for you than this boring, unfulfilling existence, you have to respond with action knowing he will make a way if you will decide you’re getting up.
So, what has happened in the life of this mom who had lost herself? She’s lost 50 pounds, she wears a swimsuit on the regular, and she’s stepped out of that boring, safe, lazy life where she once was stuck. She’s no longer just surviving, she is truly living. Living life to the full as Jesus came to give her. And, she’s beginning to dream again.
She has decided she is ready for all God has for her now. Each day she is building momentum towards living the life that is available to her. She’s settling for nothing less and she’s showing up for her MORE. And let me tell you, from the moment she decided to get up, God has provided supernaturally for her breakthrough.
And I promise he will do the same for you.
Are you ready to get up? Are you ready to live, truly live? Are you available for all God has aligned for you? Are you ready for MORE? More is here. Go for it!