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A number of years ago my wife and I had the privilege to sit under the teaching gift of a very prominent minister. Among other things, this minister would often encourage us to locate ourselves. Occasionally, I can still hear those infamous words in that minister's voice: "Locate yourself."

Although he is no longer with us physically, his influence still, and always will, have an outstanding impression upon my life.

My understanding of that statement says to me that it is important for us to take an in-depth inventory of where we might be at any given time, make the necessary adjustments, then get on in our walk with the Lord.

It is imperative that we do that from time to time. To get where we desire to be at any given time, with the least amount of obstacles, is important in fulfilling God's plan and purpose for our lives.

Now, I realize that many times the road that we will travel is laced with things that most of us had no intentions of ever dealing with; nonetheless, you must still locate yourself.

It is necessary to take a realistic view of where you are, where you want to be, and what it will take for you to experience the desired results.

One of the keys in successful map reading is to, first of all, pinpoint where you are. The next step is to find out where you want to be, and the third step is to find the best way possible to navigate to your destination.

For most of us, the way of resistance is unavoidable. In fact, there will be numerous obstacles that will speak contrary to the preferred outcome.

Those things are diametrically opposed to where we want to be, and the direction that we know we are supposed to go. But, in the end, we win.

Throughout this whole procedure, you must still locate yourself. If you do not know where you are, you won't have a clue how to get where you want to be. And you certainly won't know when you get to your destination.

If we try to use the world's system to get where we want to be and to locate where we are, we are "up a creek in a boat with no oars." The scriptures exhort us that the world has been crucified to us and vice versa (Gal. 5:24-26, 6:14-15; Rom. 6:6).

Anything full of the world's mentality and methodology is something we should never endeavor to embrace.

The father of our faith, Abraham, experienced exactly what I am sharing with you. He dealt with numerous obstacles, disappointments, and setbacks.

In fact, much of Abraham's delay of the promise was self-inflicted. His encounter with Hagar resulted in misfortune. That situation is still being played out today. I believe that a great deal of what we see in the Middle East today is a result of Abraham's decisions.

The key in locating yourself is not where you have been, but where you will eventually be. What we have experienced or will experience has nothing to do with the potential that is on the inside of us.

Your experience has nothing to do with God's promises to you. Our responsibility is to believe the Covenant that God has made with us and act according to the Covenant.

Abraham's experiences didn't stop him from continuing to believe God's Covenant with him. The book of Romans is explicit concerning this:
That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants—not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations"—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations; as he had been told, "So shall your descendants be." He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb.

No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was "reckoned to him as righteousness."

But the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him that raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
(Rom. 4:16-25 RSV)
It is essential that we take a good look at where we are, where we want to be, make the necessary changes, and get on with what God has promised us.

Much like Abraham, you have the power within you to accomplish everything that God has spoken to you—if you will simply locate yourself!

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Anthony N. Wade
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Anthony N. Wade gave his life to The Lord Jesus Christ in 1973 and along with his wife, has been serving in ministry for decades.
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