You Can Do Hard Things
The following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome." — Acts 23:11
So this is crazy. Paul just got done testifying about Jesus, and then the following night, Jesus shows up. In detention, Paul is lounging in his bed, and Jesus is standing next to him, assuring him that he has done the right thing and he will need to do more of it.
So here is a thought for you today. If you want to see Jesus, then start acting on his behalf. Just start doing what he wants you to do. Don't do what you want to do. Do what he wants you to do. And then let your desires and actions align with his. At first, this is hard because you have desires and actions that don't always align with what he would do. But the more you do it. The more his desire becomes your desire. And as you act, you will see Jesus show up at times, maybe just like he did here for Paul. And when he does show up, he will assure you in those moments that you're questioning what you just did. Do you think Paul wasn't lying in his prison bed thinking to himself — "Maybe I shouldn't have come to Jerusalem?" And then, right at that moment, when he was questioning himself, Jesus shows up and says — "Take courage, I have more for you to do."
ASK THIS: What is Jesus asking you to do today?
DO THIS: Get er' done and do the hard thing.
PRAY THIS: God, help me to lay aside my desires for your desires. And give me the courage to do it as well. Bring on the hard thing.
PLAY THIS: Jennifer Nettles - I Can Do Hard Things.
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