Categories: Inspiration

Many of you are familiar with our story over the past few years. You’ve either heard it in person, in a sermon, or in my writings. You are aware of how we went through a desert season in our lives and I’ve shared some of the effects of that, both positive and negative.

I am teaching a class in the school of ministry at our church and as I was preparing to go to the student orientation last week I dug out my briefcase. Now, I haven’t used my briefcase in a few years so there was quite a lot of dust on it. I took it from my office to the kitchen to clean it and was joking with my wife and her friend that was there visiting, I was saying that I had to wipe the desert dust off my briefcase. There was a lot of dust that accumulated during our time in the desert. We laughed about it but the Lord spoke to me about that throughout the rest of the week and the weekend.

Some of you need to dig out your briefcase and wipe the dust off of it. After I wiped the dust off of it I placed my books and my bible in the briefcase and off to orientation I went. As I thought about this and let the Lord speak to me about it here is what I want to encourage you with. I placed those books and my Bible in the briefcase. The books represent what I’m called to do, the Bible represents the promises of God for my life.

Maybe you’ve been through a desert season in your life. Maybe you’re in the middle of one. God wants you to take out that briefcase, dust it off, place your calling and His promises back in it, pick it up and begin to carry those things with you again. 
It’s time to take inventory of what you have laid down. It’s time to pick those things back up and begin to run again. Pick it up, wipe the dust off, and march forward.


Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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