And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
Do you feel like you are having to endure a life that has been handed to you? Do circumstances weigh heavily on you, with no hope of change? Are you looking in vain for someone to help you and lift you up?
When Adam was faced with the profound challenge of his aloneness and he was looking to go to another level in his experience of life, he looked at all the created order around him, but there was nothing suitable to help him.
After he had satisfied himself that he had run out of options, God put Adam to sleep and took a rib out of him in order to make the woman.
This was unlike any of the methods God had used to create up until now. Why did He do it that way this time?
God was showing Adam, that everything he would need to go to the next level would come from him. He would never be stranded because when God placed him on the planet, he came pre-loaded with answers on the inside.
If you’re still crying because someone didn’t want to hire you, affirm your worth, or give you permission to succeed, you haven’t understood the seed of possibility that lies on the inside of you. Your success is on the inside of you; your money is on the inside of you; your wife or husband is on the inside of you
The reason that you haven’t recognized it, is probably this: a seed doesn’t look like much at the start.
Maybe you are still waiting for someone to discover you, or to raise you up, or for the day when Mr Right walks through the door. Don’t wait any longer. The fact that you are reaching for something tells you that it is possible for you. Stop sitting in the little chair that life has assigned you, and start to create your own greatness right now!
Even if what is lying dormant on the inside of you looks unpromising, it is all that is required. Even if the man who is in your field of vision right now doesn’t look as sophisticated as you would like him to be, don’t write him off. Nothing from God comes in its ready-made form.
Jesus didn’t have much to work with when he took the two piece fish dinner to feed 20,000 people. The hallmark of the anointing is the ability to create something significant with virtually nothing.
Like Abraham we are expected to call those things that are not, as though they were. When we are facing challenging finances, rebellious children and failing health, the situation will become whatever we call it.
We also have to clear the land of our lives of every unhelpful and counterproductive habit and behavior.
The half tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim were disgruntled with Joshua when the time came to occupy their allotted land because, even though they were large in number, they only had a small piece of land given to them.
Joshua answered them in chapter 17:15, “If you are a great people, then go up to the forest country and clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and the giants, since the mountains of Ephraim are too confined for you”
While it is human nature to want someone else to facilitate our greatness, or to hand us what we want on a plate, God’s way is for us to make it happen for ourselves! He is confident that we can pull it out from the inside, but we are going to have to put some work in to be consistent, to apply ourselves to the Word and to becoming excellent in our skills; as well as to become tenacious at working on our character issues such as a volatile temper, bad language, impatience or egotistical insecurity.
This is how we clear the forest for ourselves and make room for ourselves and our dreams. Although we have to abandon a quick fix mindset, we can also be encouraged that today is not a day when we are just waiting, but it is a day when we are doing something powerful in progressing the process of manifestation.
Stop looking externally for sponsorship in life. God’s way is for you to make your own way prosperous. (Joshua 1:8)
In fact there are two things in life that are absolutely indispensable: a clear vision – to know where you are going and what you want – and an indomitable spirit, which refuses to worry about what it looks like right now, because the seed of possibility is on the inside.
With these things, you can make it. God is the one who has already empowered you to go to the place of your dreams!