In the Old Testament, before God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, God only spoke to his people on occasion. His word would come through a vivid dream, through a blinding light, through an angel’s visit, a talking donkey.

We rarely hear of these blinding lights, angelic appearances of prophetic dreams now, and here’s why … God’s Spirit now dwells within those who have accepted Jesus as their savior, and he’s continually prompting us. God no longer has to show up in a magical way in our day, he’s already in us. As a Christian, you carry his Spirit with you every where you go.

So, this is what you need to know … GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU. He is prompting your thoughts, guiding your feet, opening your eyes, and stirring your dreams. Constantly. And here’s the problem with something you’re constantly experiencing … You stop noticing it. You’ve stopped noticing how God divinely brings you to the right place at the right time. You’ve stopped noticing how you just wake up naturally in the morning when God stirs you. Now, you just go back to sleep. You’ve stopped noticing how your spirit is stirred to go here, do that, say this, and you’ve been dismissing it all in your busy loud world.

God is still speaking. His word is still flowing through you. His promptings are continual. But continual becomes normal, and normal is so easily dismissed.

Lord, don’t let us dismiss your promptings just because you have been so faithful to continually provide them.

Jeremiah says in Jeremiah 1: 4-5, “The word of the Lord came to me: I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born.”

My sister, the word of the Lord comes to you too! He has chosen you before he formed you. He has set you apart from the very beginning. Will you receive that word today? Will you listen as God speaks to you? Feel that stirring within right now. This is for you.

What does Jeremiah do when he receives this powerful word from the Lord? The same thing we do …

Verse 6, “But I protested, ‘Oh no, Lord God! Look, I don’t know how to speak since I am only a youth.”

He protested. Essentially Jeremiah says, God, you can’t be speaking to me. You can’t see me as anyone special. And he dismisses himself with the insecurity he carried. Lord, I’m too young.

My excuse is no longer that I’m too young. I’m more in the too simple category. Too ordinary. There’s nothing special about me, God. There are others with so much more, surely you would choose them.

What’s your excuse? What dismisses you from hearing directly from the Lord? Why wouldn’t he choose you?

These are YOUR insecurities … not God’s. God is not insecure about you at all. He’s confident in your potential because, honey, he’s the one who formed you in your mother’s womb. He knows what he put inside of you. He knows what you’re capable of because he set you apart with those capabilities.

When Jeremiah protests and dismisses himself from God’s calling on his life because of his insecurities, God interrupts him. Verse 7, “Then the Lord said to me: ‘Do not say, I am only a youth, for you will go to everyone I send you to and speak whatever I tell you. Do not be afraid of anyone, for I will be with you to rescue you.””

And God is showing up right in the middle of your ordinary, routine morning and he is interrupting you! STOP confessing your insecurities. Stop labeling yourself with your doubts. Stop accepting your shortcomings as your identity. That’s not who you are!

Right here, right now, God has asked me to tell his girls this:

You are mine. Stop talking bad about yourself!

Recognize, whatever you put after the statement “I am” is a direct reflection on your Maker. You are what God has designed you to be. You are a reflection of your Creator, made in his image.

Is God too simple? Is God too stupid? Is God too ordinary? Is God too shy? Is God too scared? Is God too busy? Is God limited in any way? Absolutely NOT!

And you, as his chosen girl, you carry his powerful spirit within you that makes you all he created you to be in his image. Now start talking like it.

Be aware of what you put after the words “I am.”

When is the last time you confessed:

I am chosen.
I am enough.
I am loved.
I am equipped.
I am called.
I am forgiven.

Jeremiah 1:9, “Then the Lord reached out his hand, touched my mouth, and told me: I have now filled your mouth with my words. See, I have appointed you today …”

God’s Spirit overcame the exact insecurity Jeremiah had been held back by. When Jeremiah felt he didn’t know how to speak, the Lord filled his mouth with His words. Now, would you dare to believe whatever insecurity has held you back, God’s Spirit which permanently dwells within you, is perfectly equipping you, making you the right person in the right place at the right time for God’s divine purposes.

Now remember, because his Spirit is always in you now, his promptings and filling might feel normal. But this is supernatural. This is holy. This is awesome!!!!!

Now God asks:

My girl, if I have chosen you, will you choose you now? Will you stop dismissing yourself?

If I have declared you are enough, would you just start agreeing with me and see how I’m making you enough with my Spirit?

If I have loved you, will you dare to love you. Stop hating yourself. Stop treating yourself so poorly. Love you as I have created you to be.

If I have equipped you, will you show up and courageously use my equipping. Yes, use what I have put within you. Don’t let it go to waste.

If I have called you, will you answer? Will you say yes? Will you stop hiding? Stop playing little?

If I have forgiven you, will you finally forgive yourself? I don’t want you holding on to that guilt and shame for one more day. It’s time to let it go now so I can bring good where the enemy intended harm.

Young Jeremiah stepped into his calling as a fully equipped, chosen, loved and called child of God. Where God’s spirit led, he went. The words God put into his mouth, he spoke.

Now, it’s your turn. Will you listen closely to the promptings of God’s Holy Spirit, and respond with a confident “I am, Lord.” I am chosen. I am enough. I am loved. I am equipped. I am called. I am forgiven.

I receive your truth, I speak your truth, and I will walk in your truth about who I am in you.

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