"And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God" (Haggai 1:14, ESV).
Today we kick off our 21-Day Dedication with a BANG! We're starting in the right place; this dedication starts with the Lord. We're asking the Lord to stir up our spirits at the beginning of 2022. Without His stirring, this time of dedication will be of little impact. But (and that's a BIG but!) with His stirring, this time of dedication will not only transform our 2022, it will mark us for the rest of our lives.
Take some time today to simply ask Him to stir your spirit. Spend some good, quality time doing this.
If any of you are wondering what it looks like for the Lord to stir our spirits, I'll give you an example. When you add some cocoa mix to hot water or milk, is there something else you have to do after pouring it into the cup? What is it that makes that water or milk become delicious cocoa? It's the stirring. It's the stirring up of that mix in the cup that results in deliciousness. The stirring brings the full effect of what that powder was made for!
That same effect applies to when the Lord stirs up our spirits. We become more like what He created us to be; we become more like Him. As He stirs your spirit, what do you feel He is calling you to do during these 21 days? I HIGHLY encourage you to follow His leading every day. If one day He leads you to fast, do that. If another day He leads you to pray more, do that. If He leads you to worship more and study your Bible more, do that. If He leads you to shovel snow off your neighbor's sidewalk, do that! Whatever He leads you to do, do it.
We are sowing in the beginning of 2022, and together we will reap a bountiful harvest in 2022! He is stirring up our spirits in preparation for this great harvest. We start this dedication by asking Him to stir up our spirits: stir us up, Lord!
During the 21 Days of our Dedication, we will post what we hear from the Lord here. Make sure to follow along, not only in reading, but in joining us in this dedication to the Lord! We hope these words stir your spirit to follow hard after the Lord in 2022.