The Bible often compares the relationship that Christ followers have with the Creator to marriage, with Him being the groom and the Church being the bride. Our role in that relationship isn’t to be just any bride, but one of great valor.  

We want God to do what we want Him to do, but we have to understand that His purpose in performing miracles is always to advance His story and purpose throughout the world.  

Just like we check ourselves in a physical mirror, we also need to look at ourselves in God’s mirror so we can improve the things in our lives that aren’t up to par.  

Adam, the first man, was going to sit back and watch as Eve believed what the enemy was saying. Jesus came to set a new standard and modeled active leadership. He didn’t leave us to figure things out on our own.  

Jesus’ style of leadership was radically different from what His disciples were used to seeing. The leaders they knew were stuck on rules and traditions, but Jesus was focused on something else entirely.  

I’d take my darts and hit a balloon with each one, but my prize was always just a tiny plastic Snoopy doll. I was never able to get the big prize I had my eye on.  

When things get messy, remind yourself that as a follower of Christ, God can take you through your messes to a place of confidence and freedom. Your biggest mess can become your greatest message when you surrender it to Him.  

God has provided us with an outfit, a full set of armor, that will allow us to do the part He has set aside for us to complete. But we have to intentionally dress in that armor every single day.