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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 Joel Yount:

Several years ago while walking at a park an Eagle had flown right over me carrying what looked like a dead snake. The one thing that amazed me was how low the Eagle was flying as it flew above me. It was as if God was highlighting this occurrence that I had never experienced before.

Before seeing the Eagle and the snake, I had been walking around the park praying and declaring scriptures for breakthrough regarding a situation. Leading up to this time, it seemed as if there was an escalated season of attack from the enemy as someone had attempted to shut the Spirit Fuel website down. However, God stepped in and the individual responsible for that attempt did not succeed. Praise God!

Pay Attention To Signs God Reveals To You

God had stepped in many ways in only he could do. The escalated attacks had ceased. The Lord revealed to me that the Eagle had represented His power and protection coming down and taking the enemy (the snake) out of his place.

The Lord instructed me to send this testimony out today because He wants to remind many of you that nothing is hard for Him. He will send signs in the natural that relate to what is going on in the supernatural.

The prayers and declarations of saying scripture out loud at the park had activated something in the Spirit realm I believe. One important action I had taken before this event was sowing several seeds into different ministries. This act stretched my faith. When I saw what God did and how he turned the enemy’s plans upside down I was amazed. God is turning the enemy’s plans upside down in your own life today! Do something in the natural to activate the supernatural in your life today.

Right now I encourage you to sow a seed of $50, $25, $100, or $500 into Spirit Fuel and name it “Breakthrough” as an act of faith. By sowing a seed today into Spirit Fuel, you will be helping to reach more people on the internet for the Kingdom of God. It takes a dedicated team and resources to maintain the Spirit Fuel platform.


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