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You know that situation in your life that you need an answer, resolution, a miracle?  In Matthew 9:27-31 caused me to check myself because the rubber just met the road.  It talks about 2 blind men following Jesus.

Follow Jesus, no matter how blind you are in your situation. Set up an ambush to recognize when He is near.  Don’t be afraid to call out to him.

Ask for mercy, it moves in love.

Watch as Jesus comes into your house and straight to you.

Then listen because He has an important question.

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?”  The question that turned many way but for others they got their miracle.

They said, “Yes, Lord.”  Being honest, most of us would say yes, but do we really believe?  If we really believed we would set up an ambush to make sure we recognized His presence, we would call out to Him, we would know when He has come into our house and straight to us.  We would be positioned for our miracle.

What Jesus says next may cause apprehension in your response.

Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”  Okay, so what if they didn’t “really” believe.  I would rather Him say, “Your sins are forgive you are healed,” “Open your eyes and see,” “Arise and walk…but He said, “According to your faith let it be to you.”

Would you be as the two blind men, “And their eyes were opened.”   They got their’s how about you?  At that point if you realize your faith is not all there instead of turning and walking away be like the father of the demon possessed boy and respond, “I believe, help my unbelief.”

It is time to walk through the open door and call to Jesus.

Faith is built in the anticipation of what God will do when He arrives.

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3 years ago…

 

3 years ago I was doing what I am doing today.  The last week of October 3 years ago the Lord gave me a 21 day prayer strategy focused on three sections of Scripture.  It was a bigger prayer call than just little ole me so I emailed my praying friends to see how many would join me.  Thankfully several agreed and we prayed for 21 days starting November 1st.  When it was over several of the my friends contacted me and strongly encouraged me to write a book.  The first few I blew off thinking, ‘Oh, that is so nice of you to say” and thinking, ‘You have no idea how little time I have to devote to that’.  However, the number of encouragements got a little ridiculous so I decided to ask God.  He was behind it all along.  Almost to the day of getting the 21 day prayer strategy 3 years ago it is published and available today.  Absolutely amazing.  The timing is impeccable.  This year on November 1st, a few of my friends and I decided to return to the 21 day prayer challenge now known as The Launching Pad.

I stand in awe of God.  Somehow when I said, “Yes,” He took me at my word.  I had 4 children, home schooling three and somewhere along the way I was giving 20 hours a week to lead our worship team at the new campus, wrote and re-wrote our leadership curriculum, and then baby number 5 came along.  I think back now and really have know idea how this happened except that I said, “Yes,” and God made a way.  He put two very special people in my life to assist and encourage me.  Truly I stand amazed.

On November 1st, I got a text from a new friend.  She invited me to bring the children to lunch.  The children received all the bells and whistles for lunch from balloons to peppermint chocolate shakes!  It was a delight.  Then she pulled me aside and said, “I started your book this morning and was asking God how I could bless you for all you have put into this book and all I am going to get out of it.”  Yes, a tear escaped my eyes.  I was astonished at the impact God had made just on the first day.  She was expecting great things and I know God is going to exceed her expectations.

Many times we do not know what is on the other side of the open door.  I knew it would not be easy but I also knew my God would not ask me to do something unless He was going to help me.  I am so glad I walked through the open door to write The Launching Pad.

Come and take the 21 day prayer challenge www.tatepublishing.com The Launching Pad is ready.

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I came across a verse last night that I wanted to embrace because of the number, 11:1.  But it seemed so arrogant, 1 Corinthians 11:1.  It is Paul talking to the Corinthians, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”  If a believer of Jesus Christ were to say this today people would be all over them about being arrogant.  “Oh, so now you think you are holier than Thou”…”What about that time when you”…”It is impossible to imitate someone you have never seen”.  Or is it?  What is unknown to those who do not have a relationship with God as their Father, friend and lover, it that through relating to God one sees God, hears God, and therefore can imitate God.

Think about it.  Those you spend the most time with, those you know the most, those you have shared experiences with you begin to do things the way they do and some things they do the way you do them.  I will never forget the day when I was checking rooms at the hotel I managed and I saw a couple walking across parking lot holding hands as they walked next door to eat.  They both had beautiful silver white hair and looked so similar they could have been brother and sister.  I could only image the things they had lived, learned and loved during each experience in their life together.  So as we know God as God, as friend, as lover, as Shepherd, as Potter, as Master, we will imitate Him.

What seemed arrogant last night, is probable today.  “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” does not mean that I am perfect as Christ is perfect.  It means in the area that someone sees me imitating Christ they can imitate me.  If someone sees Christ in what I do and say then they will recognize the Father when He makes Himself known to them.

We cannot teach others what we do  not know.  Therefore, as a believer of Jesus Christ is it my responsiblity to remain in the presence of God, relate to Him as His child, His friend, and His Bride.  As I continue to be discipled, knowing His ways, I can extend His love, compassion, provision, and abundance into the lives of others.  I have no reason to be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I can stand and say, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

Today, I walk through the open door and take my place next to my God to learn of all He is so I can extend to others His love, His compassion, His power, and His abundance.  I guess that is truly what has driven me to write and train up other in To Be Like Him.  It is not building a kingdom unto ourselves.  It is building up God’s kingdom here on earth to reveal His glory and the freedom He offers to those who will know Him in such a way as to be confident in saying, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

Have you walked through the open door into His presence to know the ways of God so you can tell others, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ?”

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