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Being sure of God’s call in one’s life

Being sure of God’s call in one’s life

Some believers and servants of God are sure of God’s call upon their lives. Many others are not so sure while some others do not even have any inkling of what role they have been called to play in the vineyard of God. This is one major reason causing confusion in the things of God on one hand while we have the devil wrecking so much havoc in God’s vineyard on the other hand. Time has come for us as believing born again children of God to go back to the drawing table to make sure we all are on the right track and are doing what God has called us to do. The question here for us is this: what and where is our proof of God’s call in our lives? My Bible tells me in Ephesians 4:11-16, NKJV:

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
    At no time did God create His church and position His people at various spots on a ladder. There is no pyramid in God’s scheme of things. This is why His reward or the prize for His high calling (according to Apostle Paul) is the same for every born again believing child of His. In the natural world and in our educational system, we find that some people are in various stages of learning. For some, whenever a teacher is our there teaching, they get whatever is being taught immediately. For others, it takes a little bit of time before they get it while others require a combination of various learning styles and teaching styles before they finally get it. What matters is that at the end of the day, everyone gets it. In the same vein, God has given some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and some teachers. God has a reason for doing this. There are various stages and various learning styles. The apostle has a purpose or a role very different from that of the prophet and so on to play. In the same way, the evangelist has a very different role to play from that of the pastor and the teacher. All these various roles are pointing to the same vision and purpose. This same vision and purpose is for the saints to be equipped for God’s work of ministry. This is all about making sure that the body of our LORD Jesus Christ is built up...  

So many of us believers appear to have found themselves in situations where they have often wondered and asked whether this God there are currently calling upon is still the same God they have known. Others appear to be in what I call a conditioning stage in their personal relationship with the LORD our God. Some others are still in the getting to know and prove God stage. The servant of Abraham was in this particular stage when Abraham gave him an assignment with very specific instructions for him to go to Abraham's people and get a wife for Isaac. Even though Abraham's servant had observed his master's interactions and relationship with God over time, there was need for him to have a personal interaction and proof of the reality of this God. He needed his own testimony of God's grace in his own life and ministry. Watch this:

"Then he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham...26 Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord. 27 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren" (Genesis 24:12-27, NKJV).

Change of testimony:

“And he said, Come in, O blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels" (Genesis 24:31, NKJV).
Whenever the LORD our God proves Himself to you, gives you a testimony, and confirms the ministry He has committed into your hands, everything about you will change. God's favor will automatically surround you and all those who initially called you forsaken will turn around and call you blessed of the Lord. Thank you heavenly Father for Your faithfulness upon Your own! The testimony of Abraham’s servant changed and suddenly, his name changed and he became the blessed of the LORD. COME ON NOW!!!

Again, when Elisha the servant of Elijah found himself in such a situation where he had to prove the reality of Elijah's God for himself and in his own ministry, he called upon the God of Elijah who proved Himself and His reality to Elisha. God's people, it is time for us to prove the reality of the LORD our God in our own lives and ministries by going to the LORD our God in prayer. Watch this:
2 Kings 2: 9-15, NKJV: “And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you? Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me. 10 So he said, You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” 11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over. 15 Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him.”

    While Gideon the son of Joash the Abiezrite threshed wheat in the winepress in order to hide it from the Midianites who were oppressing the Israelites, he had an encounter with God that transformed his life, his self-perception, and ministry. God’s testimony in anyone’s life will always do this. Watch this:

“Then the LORD turned to him and said, Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you? 15 So he said to Him, O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. 16 And the LORD said to him, Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man. 17 Then he said to Him, If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me. 18 Do not depart from here, I pray, until I come to You and bring out my offering and set it before You. And He said, I will wait until you come back. 19 So Gideon went in and prepared a young goat, and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot; and he brought them out to Him under the terebinth tree and presented them. 20 The Angel of God said to him, Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. 21 Then the Angel of the LORD put out the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the LORD departed out of his sight. 22 Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the LORD. So Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! For I have seen the Angel of the LORD face to face. 23 Then the LORD said to him, Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die. 24 So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it The-LORD-Is-Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 25 Now it came to pass the same night that the LORD said to him, Take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it; 26 and build an altar to the LORD your God on top of this rock in the proper arrangement, and take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image which you shall cut down. 27 So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the LORD had said to him. But because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much to do it by day, he did it by night” (Judges 6:14-27, NKJV).

    The moment Gideon had an encounter with the LORD our God, his thinking changed and his demeanor changed. Gideon’s mindset changed from the cowardly Gideon to a bold Gideon. Gideon all of a sudden started having a different testimony having had a personal encounter with the LORD our God. Gideon’s language changed and his began to see himself from a different light based on God’s power. Gideon decided to take it a step further to make sure that God has c omitted this particular ministry and will surely back him up when the chips are down.

Judges 6:26-40, NKJV: “So Gideon said to God, If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said— 37 look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” 38 And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” 40 And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.”

God is no man to lie and neither is He the son of man to repent of His word. The moment you are sure that God is truly the One sending you forth, then, arise like a lion and go forth for the King of kings, the LION of the tribe of Judah, the LAMB of God, the Alpha and Omega, the I AM that I AM is solidly behind you. Let us pray!!!