There are no shortcuts with God!

Screen-Shot-2012-04-02-at-10.54.09-AMGod’s saved you, loves you and favours you BUT he is not into letting you take shortcuts at the expense of your character and relationship with him. Too many of us presume upon God’s grace and see it as a license to get away with stuff that others are accountable for.

Thank God for his grace, favour and love but don’t think this means you don’t have to take practical responsibility for your life, health, relationships, finances and work.

We are living in a day and age where, unfortunately, some people walk around with a victim mentality, misunderstanding God’s role in their lives, blaming others for their circumstances and in a quandary as to why life isn’t working out as they expect.

Unfortunately, some believers fall prey to this mindset and their lives downward spiral to the point of spiritual paralysis. Life is always moving in one of two directions, towards God or away from God. Interrupt negative momentum in your life by thinking of yourself and life with sober judgment.

Stop making excuses as to why you can’t do something and take responsibility to change the theme of your life. God’s grace is there to empower you. His word is there to fuel your faith and His Spirit is there to sustain you across the finish line of whatever it is you are pursuing in Him.

The Oracle!

Your Call will be Tested!

Ps 105:19 “Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.”

Your call will be tested! At age 17 Joseph received a prophetic dream concerning his future but after the dream, he went through years of his call being tested. His prophecy had to be tested before the promise could come to pass. Often we think because we have received a prophetic word, it will automatically come to pass but the prophecy will be tested.

In those testing times it will feel like the call isn’t going to come to pass because contradiction will be everywhere. It’s in these times that you need to remind yourself of what God has spoken and continue to walk by faith and not by sight. People, family, friends and workmates may not honour or approve of the calling. You may be falsely accused, like Joseph was. You may feel imprisoned by your circumstances and forgotten by those who have influence to make things happen but you are not forgotten by God. God’s favor will be seen again in your life and ministry.

The call will be tested before it comes into fulness. God hasn’t changed his mind about your call. We change our minds because we give up too soon but we must allow God to bring us through the testing of our call. God is doing things we cannot see. There’s a greater level of anointing and authority waiting for you if you come through the furnace of affliction without the lingering smell of bitterness and offense.

Why is the call tested? To prove it and mature it so we become the chosen of the Lord. Isaiah 48:10 says “I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” The word tested in this verse means, ‘chosen and selected from the choicest.’ As we go through the furnace of testing and respond appropriately, God chooses us as selected ones on the earth for our assignment.

Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.”

Insight!

Growing in the Call!

Vision

Having clear vision is a necessary part of growing in the call of God. Vision is a clear and compelling, God-given picture of the future. Vision is a snapshot of the future and the ability to perceive something not actually visible. Vision gives a sense of direction to your life. How vision comes is not important. Some people actually see visions like a scene from a movie. Some people think Spirit-inspired thoughts. Some people hear the voice of the Spirit in their hearts. Some people have vivid dreams. Some people witness an event and get shaken to the core in a way that changes their life. However vision comes, it comes. What’s more important is that we allow God to fulfill the vision through us and around us, rather than striving in our own strength.

Hebrews 11:8 “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out not knowing where he was going.”

God’s vision will never be the complete picture but rather provide enough light to take the next step. Like Abraham, you might not know where you are going but I encourage you to obey anyway. Start walking in the vision and further revelation will be given. Every person must accept the progressive revelation of their call. Frank Damazio speaking of Joshua says,

“God did not reveal to Joshua the full extent of his ministry at one time. He revealed it to him gradually. We first saw Joshua as a warrior, then as a leader, then as a man who caused Israel to possess her inheritance, and now finally as the chief shepherd over the entire nation. God did not reveal the full extent of Joshua’s ministry, because Joshua might have destroyed both his life and ministry by trying to help God fulfill it.”

Ask God for vision then write the vision so it’s plain. Start where you are and move forward one step at a time.

Favour

Grace has been defined as divine, unmerited favour. Favour is not earned but given for a purpose. God’s call upon our lives can’t be completed without divine favour. Every assignment is pre-programmed with a need to depend upon God and his grace to sustain it. God gives favour to people so that their call can be successful. Favour can come in the form of provision, people, opportunities, influence, open doors and even closed doors that protect us from harm. Without God’s favour, our best efforts won’t produce what’s needed. Ask God for His favour and live a life worthy of His Favour.

Power

God’s power enables us to move forward against obstacles to the call. Jesus informed the disciples in Acts 1:8 “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” Jesus knew the extent of the call on the disciples and also the challenges to the call. The power of the Spirit would be sufficient for the task. The Holy Spirit gives us constant companionship and is our helper in a time of need. The Spirit teaches us by giving us revelation, not just principles. The Spirit illuminates the Scriptures to us and brings freedom to us as we walk in the truth. Receiving the power of the Spirit begins with repenting of sin, asking for the in filling of the Spirit and accepting God’s power by faith.

Grow in Vision, Grow in Favour and Grow in God’s power and you will Grow in the Call!

Insight!