Sign up for duty and ask for the details

Naturally every child of God has a unique and wonderful calling and purpose given by God. Often we embrace the bigger picture but may get discouraged in the finer details.

Recently I had a telephonic conversation with a child of God who is highly anointed for business and in the field for forty years. Although the work ethic was high in the business the general state of encouragement within the team was very low. It’s in moments like these that many of us may ask the Lord the following:
“Lord please remind me why am I here again.”
“Did you really send me here God?”,
“Is it time to go?”

In the midst of our telephonic conversation the Holy Spirit reminded me that He had a greater mission in mind over and above the day to day job description that the business gave. Immediately when I shared this the person was relieved and peace was restored. That is why when taking on new adventures or assignments with the Lord it is important to ask God for the bigger and smaller details. For example: “Lord I know you want me to move to the Canary Islands with my company firm but what exactly do you want me to achieve there for You?”

I really want to encourage everyone in the family of God to ask the Lord for a few more details on your specialised assignment from Him. In this way when it gets discouraging or feels impossible to continue in your sphere of influence these details will often help you to stay anchored in the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Press toward your calling

Dear wonderful family of the Lord

I would like to encourage all of you to continue pushing forward towards the calling God has placed on your lives.

Led by the Holy Spirit I journeyed through a thought and came across a spiritual treasure which I hope will bless your hearts.

The question: What have I done or achieved (or what will I do or have capacity to achieve) with my life that glorifies God (or will glorify God) and that gives (or will give) meaning and purpose to my life or existence? You could be 5 years old or 60 years old, any age for that matter and ask that question.

The thought:

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Before God created you God foreknew you – God Foreknew all things for He created all things (Genesis 1 and John 1), and therefore God created each one of us before conception in our mother’s womb.
He then allowed, in His perfect timing, conception to take place in your mother’s womb and you started to live and form in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-15). You were then born into this world and continued to grow, mature and develop.

At conception God did more than just give you life, He also placed in you talents and abilities which you would naturally prosper in. This means that throughout your years of life you grew in your God given strengths even before you became a reborn Christian. You may not have used your talents and abilities to bring glory to God but you mastered them non the less. Your life experiences and choices contributed greatly to your condition before you received Jesus and your current condition is an extension of the transforming power of a relationship with Jesus. You were predestined by God for a unique purpose and therefore you have all the favour from God regarding your calling. God predestined the things you would do and encounter, (be careful here not to box God into the category of puppet master, rather know and understand God as our Father who gave us all free will which means some things happened by our own doing or the doing of others and not because God chose that encounter for you). God’s plan for your life is perfect and pure and very exciting and to walk in that plan takes obedience. I would like to call this stage pre-spiritual pregnancy.

In your case I’m glad to say that you are a reborn Christian and have started to seek more urgently your purpose in Jesus Christ. This leads us to the moment in time when God conceives in your spirit His calling for your life; I would like to call this stage spiritual pregnancy. In this stage of your life you get a glimpse of your calling (Priest or King – Revelation 5:10, five fold – Ephesians 4:11-12) and an excitement starts to brew in you. During this stage you train more specifically and start preparing yourself for that calling. Pregnancy can take time and can be challenging, trying and testing before you are ready to step into your calling, your spiritual birth.

Once you are ready and you have developed and matured spiritually, emotionally, and your character has strengthened then what I would like to say: ‘spiritual birth’ takes place.

Every son and daughter of God has been given a mandate, and we are a team of highly skilled children of God, who are called for a higher purpose than our own. Skill we have, purpose we have, called we are. If justified by God then we have spiritual approval, even a spiritual anointing to do the work. Trust God in this development process to glorify His name through you. You just have to trust and obey. God glorifies, not man.

Keep pressing toward the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14).

Be blessed and Stay blessed in our Father and Lord Jesus Christ!

 

A willing vessel

Dear wonderful family of God,

As you know there is no age restriction or limit on your willingness to be used to glorify Christ. When I was a young teenager we knew of a family who had a tragic car accident during the school holidays. Sadly, the mother and daughter died. At the funeral there was a powerful testimony shared about the little girl. She was eleven years old when she died but before she died, she shared the Salvation of Jesus Christ with her grandfather. She was a small vessel still maturing in her Christian walk.

At the age of eleven she was willing to make a difference and she radically evangelised her grandfather.

Willingness can be sporadic but it can also be focused. At thirteen a young boy got up at a school assembly and committed his life to Christ. That same boy at seventeen had to write an essay on the topic, “why I should be made head boy”. He wrote that if he was made head boy he would lead his peers to focus on Christ. His heart and vision was to bring radical change to his school for the glory of God. He was voted in as the head boy leader of that school. That young boy is now an adult youth pastor reaching many young people for Christ.

Despite his stature and age, David was willing to stand for his nation against the Philistine giant Goliath in a battle to the death. The key to his willingness was that he chose to truly trust in God and fully recognise who he was in the Lord and what he could do by abiding in Him. He was fully willing but he also knew full well that God would do the rest.

1 Samuel 17:32 “And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

I want to encourage you by telling you that you are able, you are God’s holy, useful vessel made for a time such as now.

Pressing in

Dear wonderful family of God,
 
There may be times in your life where you feel reading the Word of God becomes a “motion”, just a thing to get done each day. I would like to encourage you to share this with God and ask Him to come and restore your heart and your spirit. There was a time in my life where I was just not feeling anything as I read the Word of God. I had been through an extremely trying time and nothing really resonated with me as I turned through the Scriptures. I shared this with the Lord but I was encouraged to keep pressing in, “when you seek me you shall find me ” is what remained in my heart.
 
So I actively chose to “press in ” and pursued the Lord in His Word despite what I was feeling. In this time I just read the word, but what was actually happening in the spirit is that the life giving water of the Word was reviving  me and renewing my mind and heart. Talk about spontaneous and intentional spiritual heart surgery.
 
After eight days and feeling completely numb to the revelation of God in His Word, the Lord met me as I was reading the book of John early one morning, with deeper insight into His Word. Naturally this came as a welcoming surprise and I was revived.
 
I want to encourage you to get excited about the Word of God, to choose to actively pursue Christ despite what you may feel, because the Word of God is life giving and after you allow yourself to take it in there will be a point, well many in fact, where the Lord meets with you.
 
Jeremiah 29:13
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”