Tuesday, 2 July 2013
WHEN GOD CALLS
Identifying some of the characteristics of a divine calling
When God calls, He is more likely to speak first to a person rather than a committee (Nehemiah 2:12).
When God calls, it is not invariable that He has to speak to us with “thunder and lightning” (Acts 9:3, 1 Kings 19:12). The Chief Shepherd often speaks through a ‘still small voice’ to the sheep in His flock with ears sensitive enough to heed His call (John 10:27).
When God calls, He often lays a burden in our hearts which gets progressively discharged as we work out His will for our lives (Nehemiah 2:2, Jeremiah 20:8-9).
When God calls, He opens the doors of opportunity and supplies all the provisions needed to complete the task (Nehemiah 2:7-8).
When God calls, He gives us a vision of a need (Nehemiah 1:3-4) and how we fit into a strategy to meet that need, joining hands with others of like mind (Nehemiah 4: 6, 21-23).
However, a need does not necessarily constitute a call; where our gifting lies also matters.
When God calls, He often uses our intrinsic gifts and talents as well as our educational background and professional training (Philippians 3:4-6).
When God calls, He gives us a personal rhema word which is later confirmed by a prophecy (Amos 3:7), word of knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8) or wise counsel from godly men (Proverbs 15:22).
“Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).
When God calls, He empowers us to do what we could never possibly accomplish through our own strength and wisdom (Ephesians 3:20).
When God calls, He does not expect perfection (Philippians 3:12). But He expects us to be His co-workers (Philippians 2:12-13), eyes fixed on the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, Jesus, (Hebrews 12:2), and constantly striving for excellence (Philippians 3:13-14).
THE POWER OF VISION
By embracing a God-inspired vision, we can live purposefully—by design and not by default.
THE MARKS OF A LEADER
Leadership lessons gleaned from Nehemiah’s life—the six S’s
RUNNING AFTER PROPHECY
When prophets are treated like psychics and soothsayers, offering instant solutions on guidance, then something is seriously wrong with our faith.
Unless we are clear in our minds about our identity in God’s eyes and are committed to living it out, we will not be fulfilled in life.
PLANS AND PURPOSES
Is it possible to know God’s calling for our lives?