Focus verse: "Long ago, even before he made the world God chose us to be his very own, through what Christ would do for us." ~ Ephesians 1:4

 

In order to allow the power of God to freely reign in our lives and flow through us, spilling out in ministry, we must cultivate spiritual habits. Habits are powerful motivators and determine the difference between failure and success in ministry as well personally. 

 

Perceive your true identity

 

God knows you better than you know yourself and better than anyone else will ever know you.  Still He loves you unconditionally.  The Father knows every tear that you have cried and the number of hairs on your head.

 

Psalm 56:8 ~ "Lord, you have seen me tossing and turning through the night.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle!  You have recorded every one in your book."

 

Matthew 10:30 ~ "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."

 

This may come as a great shock to you but God does not love you because you are so lovable. He loves you simply because you are His and He can't help Himself. I love the story of a father coming home from a very stressful day at work. As he fought rush hour traffic, the dad longingly envisioned his favorite chair and the newspaper waiting for him there. What a day!  He desperately needed quiet, rest and relaxation.

 

Finally home, he headed straight for his chair, sinking into its familiar comfort. He had been reading for only a few minutes when his six-year-old daughter came running into the room, thrilled to see her daddy. She leaned on his knees, waiting for an invitation. 

 

Lowering the paper, the dad weakly smiled at his daughter, patted her on the head - then continued reading. She thought for a moment. "Daddy, can I get you a drink?" she offered. "No thanks, honey.  I'm not thirsty," came the quick response. The little girl thought for a moment. "Daddy, can I get you something to eat?" she eagerly asked. "I'm not hungry!" came the short reply.  Not one to give up, the little girl began again, "Daddy, can I..."

The exasperated father crumpled the paper in his hands, abruptly stopping the little girl with his sharp words; "Honey, what do you want?" The little girl looked up into her father's eyes and softly said, "Daddy, I don't want anything.  I love you so much that I just have to do something about it."