Jess_headToday’s devotional comes from our staff administrator, Jessica Montecalvo.

Practical Application for Effectual Change
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (NASB)
So, the fasting time is coming to a close and what we have done more than anything is ask God what He wishes for this year, in personal lives and corporately as a body.  But now what?  We see above that God gives wisdom (i.e. direction, how-to, instruction) to any who ask, but that is only the beginning.  I believe the Lord has given me four steps to taking what He has shown you and making it a reality in your life.
1. Write it Down 
Whatever He said, write it down (Hab 2:4).  In your quiet time with the Father, whatever He spoke to your heart or put in your view, write it down.  You cannot possibly remember everything the Holy Spirit said (I know, I’ve tried) and the best way to show Him we value His time and wisdom is to record it.  Get a journal, if you don’t already have one, and start marking your journey with God.  It is also a good place to write about your love for Him, what you learned through experience and your dreams.
2. Rearrange
Make room.  Take a step back from your life and look at what you wrote down (what He told you).  Where is the area that is no longer producing fruit that can be rearranged to fit the new thing He spoke to your heart?  I have found that sometimes the the area that stings the most at first often becomes easy to eliminate or rearrange when I look at in comparison to the end result.  Reducing the temporal to increase the spiritual is always worth it.  So, whatever He told you to do, it is for your good and for your development.  He must be number one in our hearts; no room for lesser lovers.  “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15 (NASB)
3. Consider the Cost
 At first, new ideas seem so great that we can’t imagine them to ever become boring or tiresome.  But, even Jesus said to think it through.  Our walk is a series of decisions that eventually lead us to our destiny or away from it.  Where we end up is completely up to us.  Every change we make towards Him will always be rewarding but will also require some measure of sacrifice.  I believe counting the cost is a way to check your heart for that deep dedication or connection to the Father.  All in, everything or nothing.    “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it.” Luke 14:28 (NASB)
4. Follow Through
This is it – where the rubber meets the road, right?  All things may seem good in theory but when the time comes to take a step, well that is quite the different story.  Unless you have gotten your plan from the Lord, rearranged your life to fit it in and checked to see if your heart is prepared for the sacrifice and the success.  If the Lord gave you a directive for this new year, make sure you follow through in what He showed you to do.  It’s part of growing up spiritually; its where dreams become reality.  He is the Lover of our souls, the Giver of our gifts and our Father.  But we must say “Yes” and agree to walk with Him.
I pray as you think these things through, God will guide your heart into a deeper level of revelation of what it means to walk with Him everyday.   All in, everything or nothing.  Lord, we say “Yes” and “Amen”.  

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