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Don’t Miss the Miraculous Because It is Wrapped in the Mundane – A Word by Karen Hardin

Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Where I live it has been a very strange winter because it really hasn’t been winter. It is February and the temps are in the 70’s and 80’s. Bushes and early blooming trees such as the Bradford pears are beginning to blossom—about four weeks earlier than normal.

But He has said, “I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up…” What we are seeing around us is simply declaring what He is doing in the spirit realm. An acceleration of new life. New growth. New relationships. New things.

It’s important as we enter this new season when our eyes are open for new insights, relationships and direction, that we don’t miss the miraculous that can be wrapped in the mundane.

Many missed Jesus’ entry into the world because he didn’t come in the package they expected. A king, someone important, would come with fanfare and prestige wouldn’t they? But we all know that God’s ways are higher than our ways and He rarely does things the world’s way. His Word can come as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothing, or as a baby wrapped in a Jewish blanket floating on the Nile. It can come as a shepherd with five small stones or an uneducated fisherman.

Often God’s amazing gifts and insights come wrapped in the ordinary. So we have to be alert or we may miss them.

Over the years I’ve watched on numerous occasions as people have walked away from the very provision for which they prayed. Desperate needs that God met, but in a package that they didn’t expect and like Naaman in biblical times, it seemed unworthy of consideration and so they refused the provision. They missed their answer because they didn’t like the “package.” (You can read that article here.)

Sometimes the ordinary comes in the person sitting next to you. The individual you have known for years. The person that seems the least likely.

But what if they had the insights to the provision for which you prayed, but which came in an unexpected fashion?

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A gift is nothing special if it remains in its package. It is when we acknowledge it and unwrap it that we are able to receive it.

I remember years ago a ministry team that came to the company where I worked and gave a short presentation. One of the individuals was in her twenties as was I. As the team ministered it was apparent there was a unique anointing on her and God gave me insights on where He was going to take her and use that gift. Afterwards I went up to her to encourage her with a word. I could tell immediately that she rebuffed it and didn’t receive it. Immediately I sensed a spirit of pride within her as she “summed me up” as one her own age and determined I had nothing to offer. And so the “gift” God had to impart to her in that word remained wrapped up and passed up. How many times have we done the same ourselves?

We often look for and embrace a “word from the Lord” from those recognized in ministry. But a day is upon us when He is raising up prophets all over the world who are unknown and unrecognized and yet there resides within them His anointing and a word for this hour. Perhaps you are one of those prophets?

There are also those He will send who although not prophets, may have a prophetic word, a gift of prophecy,  dropped in their hearts that if we will simply listen with open ears and open hearts as we go through the day, we will find His encouragement and guidance as we keep our hearts humble. Remember it’s not about the messenger, but the message He wants to impart.

As we enter this season of new beginnings, let us be watchful not only of what He is doing in our lives, but how He may be using others as well or we just may miss the miraculous because it appears mundane.

Karen Hardin



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A word by Dana Jarvis

I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.

Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!

You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.

However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”

I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!


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