Day 209: Inward and Outward (July 28)

Yesterday I encouraged you to become rooted in Him and then go release into the world.  Today, the theme is very similar.  While I was running today, I kept seeing myself breathing in and breathing out.  I kept hearing God say, “Inward and outward”.  I knew He was showing me that the only way to release into the world His song and His words and His movement, is to first breathe in and receive inward and then release outward.

I see Him releasing new things into the earth through us as we begin to develop an ease of breathing with Him.  It’s like this, when I begin to run every morning, the first part of my run is spent establishing my breathing pattern.  Oftentimes, running the first half mile feels more tiresome and challenging, but I’ve learned if I will commit to establishing a steady tempo of running and breathing, then it will begin to become easier and easier.  Every single time, without fail this is the case.  Many times by mid-run I am able to sing parts of worship songs while really connecting to His Spirit.  This is my sacred time.  Always starting with establishing the breath, committing to the run, then moving into the walk of my spirit.

It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.  Every single time.

Today, as we’ve done before, let’s establish a tempo.  You may be asking, “Why does she keep circling around this?”  The answer is simple.  It’s because we are so easily knocked off our tempo during the day to day.  We must establish consistency in returning to that inward place to find Him at the center and then stretch outward into the day.

He has something He wants to release to and through you today.  Are you willing?  It can be humbling to realize that God wants to use you as a conduit of His presence, but He does.  Let that soak into your spirit.  When we stop believing we can’t be used, then we find He’s been dying to use us….Wait, He did die to use us.  You are made to be purposeful.  To be useful.

God, here I am in the secret place.  The world has been challenging my value again,  please remind me of Who You are so I can remember who I am because of You.  Lord, pour into my heart so I can release some of You everywhere I go.  I long to be an open conduit of Your Spirit.  There is nowhere that You cannot be released, so help me to not hinder that in any way.  I am Yours completely.  Use me.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Philippians 4:4-5

But whatever was to my profit, I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for Whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.  I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.  Philippians 3:7-11