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  • God's Power In Me

    Micca Campbell February 23, 2016

    God's Power In Me MICCA CAMPBELL

    “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.” Ephesians 1:19 (KJV)

    Each May we look forward to the annual Campbell family kickball game. Lines are drawn and bases placed before the teams are chosen. While I’m always the last one picked, I still give it my all.

    One time I kicked the ball to the third basemen, and took off for first base. In my mind’s eye, I was a blur. As the third baseman swept up the ball and hurled to first, someone called out, “Slide!” So I did.

    Stretching my arms toward the base, I slid through the dirt head-first, certain I had made it. But when the dust cleared, reality settled in. I was nowhere near the base.

    Looking up, I saw my niece standing on the base giggling as she tossed the ball up and down in her hand. There I lay halfway between home plate and first base. Everyone laughed. All in fun, of course, but it still hurt my feelings. I did the best I could.

    Back at the dugout, my sweet husband pulled me into his sweaty chest, wrapped his arms around me and squeezed me tight.

    “Hey. What if I kick the ball for you next time? Then you would be sure to make it to first base. Maybe second.” He proposed the idea with a big grin across his face. Knowing he was stronger, I accepted.

    Next time I was up, Pat got ready to kick while I positioned myself to run. As soon as I heard the plunk of the ball, I took off for first, then second, then third base! Just when I thought I couldn’t run anymore, the cheers of my team beckoned me on. “Don’t stop! Keep going!” As I crossed home plate, everyone applauded.

    Amazed and breathless, I questioned, “What happened?”

    “Dad kicked the ball over the tree line,” my daughter explained. “It was an automatic home run,” she added. Now it made sense.

    If it weren’t for Pat’s powerful kick that day, I would have never tasted the sweetness of victory.

    In a similar way, God provides the power we lack to succeed at life.

    We hear about God’s power and greatness to help us when we lose our job, when our health falters, when we go through a painful divorce or when our dreams are smashed. Yet, the main question we can ask ourselves is, “How do I rely on His power?” 

    The answer lies within today’s verse: “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” (Ephesians 1:19).

    According to Paul, we rely on God’s power to work in us by faith. As Christ-followers, our hope is greater than we know because Christ resides in us. That means you and I have Divine greatness in us. Those who believe in Him experience the wonder of His power.

    No matter how ill-equipped we are, we have the assurance that in our situation God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20, NIV).

    God isn’t limited by what we ask. He can go beyond that. In fact, He does exceedingly greater than what we ask or dream. However, the key is in believing that He can.

    So, instead of doubting what I think God can’t or won’t do, I’ve started believing in what He can do! It’s made a great difference in my life.

    Through His might, I’m able to stop yelling at my kids. I can love that person who rubs me the wrong way. I can patiently wait in traffic if I choose to believe and rely on God’s mighty power in me. Otherwise, I fail miserably. Maybe you can relate.

    Relying on God to do great things through me isn’t any different than relying on my husband Pat’s kick. Because Pat was strong enough to send the ball soaring, I was able to do the impossible — score a home run.

    With God, we can do more than we could ever hope for.

    So, what is it that you need? Ask Him in faith and God will supply the power.

    Dear God, I believe in Your mighty power at work in me. Help my unbelief. In Jesus Name, Amen.

    TRUTH FOR TODAY: 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (NIV)

    Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

    RELATED RESOURCES: If you’re looking to find freedom from fears in your life and unleash God’s power, you’ll appreciate An Untroubled Heart by Micca Campbell.

    Stop by Micca’s blog today to connect with her for more encouragement.

    REFLECT AND RESPOND: Identify an area in your life where you need the power of God. Share any doubts you have (God already knows them anyway). Believe He can do immeasurably more. Rely on His power.

    © 2016 by Micca Campbell. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries 630 Team Rd., Suite 100 Matthews, NC 28105 www.Proverbs31.org

  • True Peace is Possible

    Micca Campbell OCTOBER 2, 2015

    True Peace is Possible MICCA CAMPBELL

    "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

    Growing up, my father had a philosophy when life became hectic. He’d cross his arms over his chest, and in a joking kind of way say, "There will never be any peace until we’re all laid to rest."

    I knew what he meant. Life is hard. And sometimes it’s easy to despair over finding peace when trouble seems to lurk around every corner. When hard times come, many emotions rule my heart and mind. Like my dad, peace is usually the emotion I sense the least when life turns topsy-turvy. But this is not God’s plan.

    Peace is God’s will. Heavenly peace is a state of tranquility or quiet amidst anxious thoughts and emotions. It speaks of freedom from external pressures.

    The kind of peace God gives remains. It’s not something that comes and goes depending on our circumstances. Divine peace should govern our lives in all things at all times. When the things of life haunt us — that stack of bills, new tires for the car, anxious feelings of inadequacy — don’t we long for peace?

    Here’s the good news: We can have that kind of peace. Jesus told His disciples, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27, NIV).

    Jesus is not talking about the kind of peace we feel when a debt is finally paid. That’s relief. It’s not the kind of peace we experience when we can purchase that big house we’ve always wanted. That’s gratification.

    The peace Christ gives is fully satisfying. It’s peace of mind, heart, body and soul. It’s contentment knowing that no matter what happens, you are in the care of the Almighty.

    Sadly, it’s my selfish nature that tries to obtain peace by my own efforts. Perhaps you’re like me. We try to persuade God with promises. We even attend church more often than usual. We think: If I follow all the rules and do the things that please God most, then maybe I’ll find some peace.

    In the end, we’re working at peace instead of resting in it. This reveals one thing: My trust is in myself instead of in God. In other words, I put my trust in what I can do, not what God is truly capable of doing.

    The Bible has something to say about putting our trust in someone other than God: "He who trusts in himself is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe" (Proverbs 28:26, HCSB).

    If we don’t actively seek God’s help when we’re afraid or facing trouble, we’re probably trusting in our own resources and abilities. Therefore, Isaiah warns, "Don’t put your trust in mere humans" (Isaiah 2:22a, NLT). Doing so often leaves us disappointed and defeated.

    In times of doubt and fear, let peace rule.

    Resting in God’s promises give us the hope we need to stay focused on Him and His faithfulness, instead of on our circumstances. One way we can be certain that we’ve really placed our trust in God is when we experience an indescribable peace.

    Let this promise from the Lord reassure you today from Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!" (NLT)

    Dear God, I know peace is Your will for my life. Help me to trust You with my worries and rest in Your care, not my own abilities, when life gets tough. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    TRUTH FOR TODAY: Psalm 29:11, "The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace." (NIV)

    Matthew 6;34, "Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (HCSB)

    RELATED RESOURCES: If you find yourself lacking peace, tangled in a web of worry, Micca Campbell’s book, An Untroubled Heart, can help you find the peace you seek.

    Visit Micca’s blog for a chance to win a pair of Faith Collection Earrings from Fashion & Compassion.

    REFLECT AND RESPOND: What can you do to stay focused on God’s promise of peace when life turns upside down?

    © 2015 by Micca Campbell. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries 630 Team Rd., Suite 100 Matthews, NC 28105 www.Proverbs31.org

  • I Wanted to Give Up Before I Began

    Micca Campbell MARCH 6, 2015

    I Wanted to Give Up Before I Began MICCA CAMPBELL

    "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

    I was sitting in my bedroom working on my weekly Bible study when God spoke to me. While I can’t say I heard His voice audibly, it was the loudest thought I’d ever had. His message was clear: "Speak."

    After a few minutes of panic, I calmed myself by deciding the whole episode was just something crazy I’d imagined. C’mon, Micca, God spoke to you? No way.

    And with that, I put the thought of speaking out of my head.

    As time went on, mysterious things happened that brought to mind God’s word to me … I received unsolicited invitations to speak at ladies’ luncheons, churches and schools.

    Fear filled my entire being, and I thought about graciously declining, but then I remembered Moses.

    Moses had doubts and fears just like me. When God spoke to Moses through a burning bush and gave him the task of freeing the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, he was terrified too. Moses told God he wasn’t capable of taking on such a huge assignment.

    How did God respond? He assured Moses he wasn’t alone. That He would be with him.

    As I revisited this story found in Exodus chapters 3 and 4, God showed me it wasn’t about any commitment on my part, as much as it was about submitting to His plan. With that I decided to obey. "Okay, God. As long as you’re with me I᾿ll give speaking a try."

    Each time I spoke I felt the same — like tossing my cookies. It wasn’t easy! There were so many faces staring at me. I knew they had expectations. And beyond the people in the audience, I felt Satan taunting me with negative thoughts and lies while I was speaking: "Nobody is listening to you. You’re just a simple southern girl. What have you got to offer? Do us all a favor and give up."

    I wanted to give up. So did Moses, but God gave him confidence. The Lord promised Moses He would be with him and help him. God would perform miracles through him. These signs would not only reassure Moses that God was with him, but they would force the king of Egypt to free God’s people from slavery.

    I love that Moses wasn’t afraid to admit his weaknesses to God. How else would Moses have known the Lord would be his help and his strength?

    Trusting in these truths provided strength each time I spoke. That’s not all. Repeatedly, God showed me what He was accomplishing through my weakness and obedience. The most confirming response came when I spoke to a group of college students.

    After the room cleared, a young man approached me. "Excuse me," he began. "When I was in high school, I felt God calling me into ministry. But when it came time for college I ignored that call and chose to study law. After hearing you speak today, God stirred my heart, and I’ve decided to surrender to the ministry. I want to thank you for coming. God used you to point me back in the right direction for my life."

    Wow! I was amazed God invited me to participate in such a beautiful miracle. In spite of my insecurities, doubts and feeble weakness, the Lord used me.

    It was then that today’s key verse, Psalm 28:7, became a reality in my heart: "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him."

    The more I trusted God in my weakness, the stronger I became, and the more I realized this truth: God never commands us to do something that He doesn’t provide the power and help to accomplish.

    Whether you’re called to speak to 10 or 10,000, lead a Bible study group or give a presentation at work, public speaking can be challenging. And you do have a choice. You can say "no" to your burning bush and be miserable, or you can say "yes" and watch the power of God work through your weakness to accomplish His will and bring glory to His Name.

    The Lord wants to reveal Himself to others through you. The key is admitting your weaknesses to God and submitting to His ability to work wonders through you.

    Father, I confess my fears to You. Help me overcome them by trusting in Your presence and power that You make available in every task. Help me worry less about committing on my end, and focus more on admitting my weaknesses and submitting to Your plans. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    TRUTH FOR TODAY: 2 Corinthians 9:8, "And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." (NIV)

    RELATED RESOURCES: Has God put it on your heart to use words to influence others? Proverbs 31 Ministries is hosting She Speaks, an annual conference for writers and speakers. Join us in Charlotte July 23-25, for a unique combination of spiritual inspiration and practical application.

    If you suffer with doubt and fear, Micca Campbell’s book, An Untroubled Heart, offers a remedy for turning fear into faith.

    REFLECT AND RESPOND: What’s holding you back from being all God intends you to be? Make a list, then surrender each item to God. Ask God to help you trust Him in every opportunity to minister in His Name.

    © 2015 by Micca Campbell. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries 630 Team Rd., Suite 100 Matthews, NC 28105 www.Proverbs31.org

  • A Long and Winding Road

    Micca

    "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

    When my daughter was just a toddler she began having reoccurring infections. With every one, she ran a high fever that sometimes resulted in a small seizure. This illness required that she stay on a low-dose antibiotic to prevent infection.

    Sadly, the infections kept happening. Soon the doctor feared that this infection could cause damage to her kidneys. So by the time she was two years old, my husband and I had to make some serious decisions.

    We could keep her on the antibiotics and hope she would outgrow the illness with minimal damage. Or, she could have surgery. There were risks either way.

    Keeping her on antibiotics for a long period of time could make them less effective if she got future illnesses. Plus, we had to consider the risk of her kidneys being damaged. Then there was surgery—which had risks all it's own.

    Faced with a decision that required wisdom beyond us, I kept thinking, "There's got to be an easier way."

    At times the road before me seems long, steep and challenging. I can feel lost. Uncertain. Afraid. Sometimes I'm not sure I have the strength for the journey.

    It's in those times that God wants me to remember I'm not traveling alone. He is my ever-present guide. He knows where the road leads. He can see what lies ahead. And that's not all.

    God also knows my concerns. He knows what I feel. The pain I cannot explain to someone else ... God knows. The fear of the unknown—He knows. And He offers me Himself.

    Perhaps you feel overwhelmed today. You may be experiencing some sadness, loss or worry. You may find that God has called you to a difficult path. "Surely," you think, "God has an easier road for me to travel."

    The truth is, we aren't wise enough to assume another path would be best for us. Maybe the easier road won't make us into the person God intends us to be.

    Perhaps the difficult road is a path of grace—protecting us from the worst.

    Maybe this road is about learning something new about God or ourselves. Could it be the difficult journey is the path that prepares us for a greater purpose or a greater faith in God?

    After much prayer, we felt led to have the surgery. It went well. Our daughter was able to come off her medicine and live a healthy life!

    So, what did I learn? Out of all the possible paths, God knows the best path. Our key verse reminds us, "His ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts." Because of this, we can take the path God has laid out for us today. We can trust, and not fear, in His infinite wisdom and love. And we can be certain that God will never lead us down the wrong road.

    Dear Lord, because You will never lead me down the wrong road, I can trust You when I need to make decisions about my family, my career, and my health. Thank You for Your wisdom and guidance. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources: Discover a faith stronger than all your fear in Micca Campbell's book, An Untroubled Heart.

    Reflect and Respond: God sees a million other connections to your situation than you do. Therefore, He knows the best path to take.

    Seek His guidance through prayer, a godly friend, counselor, and in His Word. Watch for a reoccurring answer marked by peace. Then choose to walk that path.

    Power Verse: Psalms 32:8, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." (NIV)

    © 2012 by Micca Campbell. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries 616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road Matthews, NC 28105 www.Proverbs31.org

  • Hide and Seek

    Micca

    "But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul." Deuteronomy 4:29 (NIV)

    During my childhood, one of my most memorable times was during the long, hot days of summer. Each evening, the neighborhood kids and I went outside after dinner for one last game. At dusk, we would meet at the dead-end street to play "Hide and Seek."

    This was a very serious game. The goal was to hide from your seeker until it was safe to run for home base without being seen and tagged out. That is why we played under the cover of twilight. The darkness kept you concealed as you dashed from object to object until you finally made it to home base - unseen and untagged by the pursuer.

    I especially loved the memories of when I was young enough to still enjoy the game, but old enough to know how to keep from being found.

    It was my dad who first introduced me to Hide and Seek. Although, my father and I played the game with different rules.

    When Dad hid, he would leave clues on purpose so I could find him. Sometimes, I would spy his wiggling toes sticking out from under the living room curtains. Others times, I noticed a lampshade sitting atop a very large stand in the shape of his body. Or I'd hear noises coming from behind the couch.

    For my dad and me, the game was not about staying hidden. It was about developing our relationship.

    Our reunion brought joy and laughter. Mostly, it taught me that whenever I needed my dad, he could always be found.

    The same is true with our heavenly Father. He is not playing a game of chance - that we may or may not find Him. No. God wants to be found, and He leaves clues about His presence everywhere we look.

    Today's key verse assures us that we will find God if we seek Him with our heart and soul. "But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul." (Deut. 4:29)

    When do we seek Him? God's Word tells us to seek Him while He can be found. We should seek God immediately.

    How do we seek Him? With diligence, through prayer, in His Word, and with our whole hearts.

    He will be found in the beauty of creation and within the pages of His Word. As we seek God, we will discover His will, His plans, and His blessings in new found strength as we face adversity, and in the comfort of His presence as we communicate with Him in prayer.

    God isn't playing Hide and Seek with us. He longs to be found by those who earnestly seek Him. The Lord is ready and waiting to reveal Himself to you in such wonderful ways that it will leave you longing for more. It's an adventure you don't want to miss. Ready, set, seek!

    Dear Lord, I long to see You in my daily life. Reveal Yourself to me as I seek in times of sorrow and in times of joy. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources: Discover a faith stronger than all your fears in Micca's book, An Untroubled Heart.

    Reflect and Respond: Have you lost sight of God?

    Seek Him today in His Word and through prayer. Look for Him all around you. Ask God to open your eyes and reveal Himself to you in a fresh and tender way.

    Power Verses: 1 Chronicles 16:11, "Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always." (NIV)

    Psalms 9:10, "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you." (NIV)

    © 2012 by Micca Campbell. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries 616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road Matthews, NC 28105 www.Proverbs31.org

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