Here’s my wish for you … Today, may you be led by what is IN you instead of what is around you. Around you are all sorts of distractions and drama. The invitation to mediocre living is everywhere. But you don’t have to go through life downbeat, down cast and down in the dumps. DOWN isn’t the direction you should be looking or heading. Here’s how I know … because of what is IN you.

As a follower of Christ and daughter of the King, the very Spirit of God is IN you.

Romans 8: 9 says “You, however, are controlled not by the flesh, but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.
A few sentences later in verse 15 it says “You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.”

God’s spirit is in you. Do you get that? His spirit is IN you. The mountain moving, sea parting, chain breaking, prison wall shaking, master of the winds and waves, creator of the Universe, IS IN YOU.

The enemy wants to beat you down and remind you of your failures and shortcomings all so you forget who is in you. He trips you up with an obsession over your weight, your money, your job, your house, your image … all so that you fail to recognize what is most important and what is truly powerful. God’s spirit lives within you.

If you’re obsessing over the size of your butt and the pooch of your belly, then you forget about the power inside of you. You’re so busy hating what you see in the mirror, you fail to see what Jesus died to give you on the inside. If you’re focused on your problems, you miss that you already have access to the power to overcome them all. If you’re wallowing in dark, negative thoughts, your feelings have followed into that pit of despair, and you feel stuck. But all this time, the Spirit of God has given you the power to get on up out of that! Don’t sacrifice your power.

I know I certainly have sacrificed my power at times and failed to recognize the most powerful thing in the entire universe living right inside of me. Every single time that sacrificed power came as a result of a focus on my problems instead of my power. When I play pitiful, the last thing I feel is powerful.

How about you? Have you been focused on your problems? Have you been playing pitiful? Well honey, I learned a long time ago you can be pitiful or you can be powerful, but you can’t be both.

At 19 I had a massive stroke. My newlywed husband lied to my family, telling them it wasn’t anything serious and I was perfectly fine, all to keep them away while I was in the hospital. At the time, I simply couldn’t understand why my mama and daddy weren’t by my bed. But, my wise young husband knew pity would kill me. Pity would paralyze me. Pity would keep me in that bed, never learning how to walk or talk again. Alone, he pushed me and never gave me the option of being pitiful. Today, I am whole because I was offer the power of God and absolutely zero pity.

Why would we ever choose pitiful? Oh dang girl, pity NEVER looks good on you. But power coming from the spirit of the Almighty living within … yassss girl, that is so perfect on you!

Because of his spirit living in you, you should no longer settle for defeat. You should no longer wake up expecting nothing great. You should no longer be okay with mediocre. You can’t settle for a little life when Jesus came to give you a great big, beautiful, overflowing and full life! You can’t sit here in pity over all that is wrong. Not when the spirit of the almighty is in you. Oh heck to the no!

This is why you should be excited. This is why you should get fired up about the new day of life being offered to you today. This is why you should anticipate seizing every opportunity that comes your way and being fully capable of slaying your obstacles, overcoming time and time again, and being more than a conqueror. BECAUSE GOD’S SPIRIT LIVES IN YOU.

You are not controlled by the flesh. Your feelings no longer have to run the show. You are not a slave. You are a daughter of the king and quite honestly, princesses receive good things.

As you go through your day today, remember this truth: nothing you come up against could possibly match the power of the spirit of God within you.

You are not helpless, you are not hopeless, you are not stuck. And if you feel any of these things it is a result of the enemies lies and you bought them. Don’t buy what he’s trying to sell you. A real life princess should never settle for the peddlings of the defeated one.

The same power which created this entire universe is now living inside of you and I believe that means we are POWERFUL.

The same power which raised Jesus from the dead is within you, that means life and healing are inside of you.

The same power which shook the prison walls and broke the chains is packed down deep within your soul, and that means nothing can possibly hold you back.

The same power that turned water into wine is inside of you, that means you have the power to change. You don’t have to be the same woman stuck in the same old patterns and habits. You can change now. Why? Because the spirit of God can change EVERYTHING, and it’s living in you.

Oh girl, don’t forget what is in you. What is around you is just details. That’s just conditions and circumstances. Those pale in comparison to the very Spirit of God dwelling in you.

That spirit does not make you a fearful slave of life, just waiting and wondering what could happen next. No, this spirit brings you into the family, places a crown on your head and says YOU BELONG!

Girl, straighten your crown. Life just knocked you around a bit, but you’re still a daughter of the king. He has claimed you. He has saved you. And his power now lives within you.

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