One of the Greatest aspects of Being Strong and Living Free, “Boldly For Him” is knowing “Who” we are in Christ Jesus and “Why” we are in Christ Jesus. You see each and every one of us has been Hand made by God Himself and given the Breath of Life in order to fulfill, “The Everlasting Call” that has been placed within us before time began. As I shared in my last “Boldly For Him” broadcast this past Sunday that gift and call are, “Irrevocable”.
Romans 11:29 (AMP) tell us “For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable”. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]”
This is one of the most important verses in the New Testament because it clearly shows us that God trusts his gifts and callings in human vessels that have the capability to say, “yes” or “no” to that Divine call. However, God Himself will never change His mind about the gifts and callings that He has placed on an individuals life. I truly believe with all of my heart and from experience in my own life that the enemy will use whatever means he can to get us to, “stall the call” of God on our lives. One of the common “stalling cards” that the enemy uses is fear. In (2nd Timothy 1:6-7 (AMP), the Apostle Paul has identified this stalling card at work in Timothy’s life and he directly hits the problem head-on with this encouragement and admonishment,
“That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination].”
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of a calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
The Lord revealed to me through these scriptures that Paul rightly discerned that Timothy was being challenged with fear in the following areas of his life which were greatly affecting the call of God on his life:
Power = The Authority that God placed on Timothy’s call, and his confidence to wield that authority with courage, boldness, and accuracy.
Love = The Ability to see himself and others through the eyes of Grace and respond accordingly.
Calm and Well Balanced Mind = Being confident of his identity in Christ Jesus, so that he could lead through the “mind of Christ” and not by “the dictates of the flesh”.
Discipline and Self-Control = Staying focused on the teachings of his mentor Paul while not growing weary in the areas of prayer, fasting and those good works that exemplify his faith in action as directed by God’s Will for Timothy’s life and calling as a Pastor.
Like Timothy, we may all face the same challenges that he faced as we walk out the
call of God on our lives. That is why it is so important for each and every one of us to recognize, address and uproot the spirit of fear that maybe, keeping us from answering, “The Everlasting Call”.
Mighty man, woman, and child of The Most High God, I want to encourage you with this Word from Jesus Christ to His Father as He Himself prepared to answer “The Everlasting Call” on His life….Calvary!
John 17:4 (AMP), “I have glorified You down here on the earth by completing the work that You gave Me to do.”
So let me ask you precious one, “What is keeping you from answering “The Everlasting Call?” If you have answered “The Everlasting Call”, are you, “stalling in the calling?”
Like Paul coaching Timothy, I want to encourage you to uproot the spirit of fear that may be lurking in areas of your life that you may or may not be aware of. so that you can, “Be Strong and Live Free Through The Everlasting Call that God Has Placed Within You.”
Apply the following scripture as a declaration of your calling.
John 17:4 (AMP), “I have glorified You down here on earth by completing the work that You gave me_______( insert your name) to do.”
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