And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. (Romans 8:28-30, NLT)
Yesterday, I arose very early and decided to spend the quiet moments of dawn with the Lord. If I can be completely transparent, I have not had such quality time with HIM for about a month. My three children are out of school for summer break and I have been pulled in more directions than I can count.
Needless to say, yesterday I desperately needed some encouragement, strength, and a little TLC. It’s amazing to me how the Lord meets us as if no time has passed since we’ve last sat at His feet for the tender loving care and renewal that only quality time spent in His presence can provide.
I pray that this post will encourage you as much as it has encouraged me.
You are on the right track, you are exactly where you are suppose to be at this moment in time. God has chosen you for the tasks that lay before you. Tasks that may seem cumbersome and overwhelming at first sight. It’s time for you to choose yourself, take some time to sit at the feet of the one who has chosen you and called you according to HIS PURPOSE!
Receive this word as encouragement, renewal, and motivation to move forward when your mind tells you to shrink back.
God is mindful of you, He knows exactly what He placed in you and exactly what He requires of you. Yes, you heard it right the first time when He gently requested a certain act from you. And yes, you heard it right the last time when He thundered the same request so loud that you couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks, months, or even years later.
The question is why have you not responded?
What are you afraid of?
When God calls us, He empowers us, enables us, and embodies us by His Holy Spirit to do and say what’s required in order to fulfill the calling, task, or purposeful act He requires of us. Just as the Lord commanded Gideon to, “go in the strength you have” because “I am sending you” (Judges 6:14). He is also calling each of us to start, go, or finish with the strength we have. Only when we take a step in our current state will we begin to receive the strength that action by the Spirit of Faith produces.
Let’s take a look at Judges chapter 6 more closely to see if you can identify with Gideon.
Judges 6:11-16 (NLT)
Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites.
The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”
“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?
And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about?
Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”
Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”
The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”
Notice that the angel did not call Gideon as he currently was, but as God had purposed when the angel announced, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”
I echo that announcement to you today, “Mighty___________________, the Lord is with you!”
Gideon immediately began to look at his circumstances and wallow in a self-induced pity party. I must admit that I’ve been here more often than I would like to admit.
Instead of heeding what God has said concerning who we are, we look at what our circumstances say and align our thoughts, words, emotions, and actions with the circumstances instead of the calling, justification, and glory God Almighty has placed upon our lives.
The Lord immediately responds with instructions to “go in the strength you have” because “I am sending you”.
The government is not sending you, your pastor is not sending you, your family is not sending you, you are not even sending yourself.
The Lord God of the Angel Armies is SENDING YOU, according to His PURPOSE!
When the Lord sends us, He is with us, His Spirit empowers us, enables us, and embodies us . The limitations you have within our own abilities will be fleeting as we adjust our minds to align ourselves with His limitless power.
Final thoughts, you are and I am called according to HIS Purpose.
The only way we will move forward with our chosen calling is to shift our efforts to depend on the Spirit of God, walk according to the empowerment only His Spirit provides, and make a commitment to remain there.
As we remain under the covering of God’s calling we will begin to do and say things effortlessly because it is by the limitless Spirit of the Living God in which we go “in the strength we have”. As we go, we go with the backing of the promise that the Lord is with us and in us to accomplish in accordance with His Purpose our Mighty calling.