The Call of God - Part 4

A Quick Review

Briefly in Part 1 we discussed the general call of God in the life of the believer. This includes a call to peace, a call to be saints, a call to be Holy, a call to Light, and a call to suffer..

In Part 2 we began to look at the specific call of God. We ued biblical examples and applied them to the everyday life of the Christian.

In our last chapter, we looked at the six stages of the call, and the three elements of the call. Because there is much to cover we will not go into more detail since we already covered these topics. So . . .

Moving On

.What happens if we do not follow our God-given call? Simply put, we will never be all God meant us to be. We will have short-changed our purpose here on earth. God has a perfect will for your life. His goals, His desires, His plan for the ages is wrapped up in your call. You, and you alone can fulfill that part of His plan.

We all fit into the overall plan of God in some way. We are each responsible for living out that plan in our daily lives. We each have a responsibility to ourselves, to each other, and certainly to God to be in touch with His purpose for our lives. It is a privilege to be called of God to a specific station in life.But with each wonderful privilege comes pressing responsibility.

Life is full of struggles in case you have not figured that out yet. You will fall from time to time, but there is an important distinction we must make; the difference between falling and failing. We may fall many times, but that does not mean we have failed. We only fail when we - quit. It is okay to take a blow from the enemy. At least you are in the battle.

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We read of Peter walking on the water in Matthew 14:28-30, " And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me."

The Apostle Peter fell. He let down his Lord. His faith wavered. His testimony was shaken, but did he fail? I do not think so. He went on to be one of the greatest preachers in history. What about the other disciples? Not one of them attempted to move beyond the bow of the ship. Not one of them attempted to move toward victory. And then. when Peter began to sink - I can just hear them criticizing Peter's decision. There will always be someone against you. Someone will always be unhappy with your decisions or your stand. Stand anyway.

It is always the ones at the bottom of the pit that jeer at the one standing above the pit, ready to help them out. You can be insulted by their crude and rude remarks, or you can stick it out and struggle with them to get them out of the pit. The world is looking for a change-maker. It may as well be you.

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The waters may toss and turn. The waves may crash on every side, but get out of the boat. That is where the victory is. Proverbs 24:16 gives us this thought, "For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief." Would you allow me to paraphrase this verse? So you fell down. Get back up! If you do not, worse things will happen.

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A Case Study

Let us look at the call of Moses. In Exodus 3:3, we see God calls Moses from the burning bush. The call begins simply by getting Moses's attention - "And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt." It is a curious thing to think that the God of the Universe, the Creator of all that exists, chooses to use man to do His will. That is exactly what God does in verse 10 - " Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt." That is still how He operates today.

Now notice the three elements in verse 10; when - now; where - Pharaoh's palace; what - bring forth the children of Israel.. What a privilege God was giving to Moses. Out of all the ones on the earth, God chose to use Moses for the great task of freeing God's people. But Moses also felt that burden of resposibility that comes with every privilege, and so Moses objects - not once, not twice, but five times. Do you sometimes object to God's work? Moses begins by claiming he has no natural ability.

Verse 11 tells us, "Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?" But Paul writes in the New Testament, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Moses claims in Exodus 3:13 that he has no message. Paul has the message for us today in I Corinthians 15:3, 4. Moses again chides with God telling God he has no authority (Exodus 4:1), but Jesus Himself tells us in Matthew 28:18-20 that "All power is given unto me . . . Go ye therefore . . . ."

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Moses recognized his lack of natural ability. He claimed no eloquence of speech in Exodus 4:10. God answers this objection in verse 11 and 12, ". . . Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go . . . ."

Verse 13 is telling. Moses simply had no inclination, and this probably was his most honest excuse - "And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send." In other words, "Lord, find someone else." Moses forgot, "it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).

Know that when God calls He meets every need.you have. You cannot accomplish what God has called you to do. Remember, "t is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." He will direct. He will empower. He will guide because it is His work - not yours. He has created you just the way you need to be to fulfill His will for your life.

God's will does not happen by chance. Even though it is His work, you still have a responsibility. That is to fulfill the Call. The only way you can fulfill the call is be completely dependent on the Lord. Patiently go through the doors He opens, or patiently wait for them to open ("For a great door and effectual is opened unto me - I Corinthians 16:9). If you truly are trusting God, you will be willing to wait for the open door. it is not your place to pry a door open. it is your place to wait until He throws it open for you.

The neat thing about Moses' call is that once he accepted the call, he could not be shut up. He freely spoke the words of God with power and conviction. He had the ability. He had the message. He was given the authority. God overcame his lack of eloquence. Now he was even inclined to perform the will of God.

So where does that leave you? Maybe it is time to get out of the boat just as Peter did, and accomplish the impossible for Jesus. Maybe it is time you face your own burning bush, and answer the call of God for your life. Maybe it is time you diligently seek God concerning exactly what it is He would have you to do. Wherever you are in relation to God's claim on your life, it is time to get busy and follow.

"Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it (I Thessalonians 5:24).

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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I love to think of Moses and God and their relationship. That is what is so interesting about all the ones the bible tell us about. Each so individual just like children are. How God loved each one regardless of their faults. Moses had his speech impediment yet he went on to serve God. How many were murderers (even Moses wasn't he?) yet God used them and so we surely can't get out of service thinking we are not good enough; can we?

Another great lesson. Up and sharing.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Great lessons from the life of Moses, beginning with the fact that it is God who opens the door to the fulfillment of your calling. Once you walk through, He's got your back.

Concerning Peter, I heard a preacher say that the wind had a specific purpose--to frighten Peter. As soon as Peter did what he had to do, the wind stopped.

Bill, thank you for holding up before us the importance of responding to God's call on our lives. You make me reflect on some of the storms in my life right now, and reminds me to pray that they do not distract from God's call.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

You make a powerful point, Jackie. When it comes to service we're all without excuse. We just need to dig in and do it. God literally never changes. If He cared for Moses, He cares for us just as much, and we have access to the same power - the power of the resurrection. So glad, as always, you were able to stop by!


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for the visit. MsDora. We all have our battles, but when they come, it seems like they could so easily blow us away. Stay Strong. Keep focused - and walk on water. If there's anything I can pray about with you, let me know. I'd love to be able to do that. Have a great Sunday!


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mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

Completely depending on the Lord is the hard part. I think of Peter and his struggles a lot.


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Abrushing1968 2 years ago from USA- Florida

Answering the call of God can be overwhelming. I really appreciate your distinction between man's ability and God's. I have found that God makes a way for his call in your life. If I do a thing in my flesh, or said a another way, something that originates from me and not God, it seems to go wrong. Both Moses and Peter had to learn to do God's will not their own.

The other one is learning to trust God to do what we believe to be impossible. If we are willing to answer His Call, He will do miracles.

I struggle with statement Brother:

" You, and you alone can fulfill that part of His plan."

I will have to chew on it before I dispute it, But off hand, I would hate to think that God's plane depend on me and me alone, surely he has a plan B. LOL! My lack of confidence is not in Him, but in me.

Excellent thoughts Bro, God Bless

ABR


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Abrushing1968 2 years ago from USA- Florida

Oh one more thing, I know its terrible, But whenever I think of Moses, It is Charleston Heston's face I see. Oh well, It shows my age.


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I love reading all the men in the Bible who were called by God and they felt insecure, overwhelmed, doubtful etc. Moses, Gideon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others. And they did a lot of "Ya but-ing" when God called them. But He always said don't worry, I will give you what you need. Just step out in faith. Such a hard thing to do.

Abrushing, at another place Bill tells us that we have to be totally dependent on God to fulfill his call on our life. Without God's help and guidance day by day, we could not do what he calls us to do in our own flesh.

I would like to explore the comment about the difference between falling and failing. You said failing is when we give up. That is true of course in many situations. We could also call it disobeying. Ninevah would never have had that revival if Jonah hadn't finally obeyed God. He failed to fulfill God's call because he had an attitude problem and ran away. God got him into the gut of a great fish to show him to be totally dependent on him and to see that God's way is best. At the same time, we often fail and God teaches us some other thing. Could it be you are speaking specifically about answering God's call only and not in other areas of life? If we never failed at things we would not learn a lot of lessons. Am I making sense?

Love this series but it's been a difficult one for me too. That's okay because it means God's trying to tell me something and making me have to seek Him in His word and prayer.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Mylinda,

Yes, complete dependence is the hard part. It's so against our nature of independence. Still, God see us through. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you!


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good Morning Aaron,

" You, and you alone can fulfill that part of His plan." I may not have worded that exactly right, but I do believe God doesn't have a plan "B" as far as His perfect will is concerned. He has a specific plan, and if we don't carry through, God's perfect will for our lives will never be complete.

That being said, I certainly have missed His perfect will on too many occasions. In His grace, I may even escape serious consequences, but I do believe I have missed His best for my life. God can also get us back on the right path to continue on, too. Feel free to dispute. It helps us all grow.

Charleton Heston? I think he's all many people know of Moses. Glad your knowledge goes a lot deeper.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good Sunday Morning Lori,

Falling - failing. I think it may just be a matter of semantics. When I think of Jonah, I'm trying to say that he fell, but didn't fail. If he failed, the Ninevites would never have seen that great revival as you said. Peter fell, literally into the water, but he didn't fail at his mission as God turned him into one of the greatest preachers the world has ever known. Not sure that makes sense, but in my thinking, i Know what I'm trying to say. Sometimes -most times, my words get lost between my brain and mi fingers.

Keep seeking Him. He has the answers.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Does everyone hear the call of God? Just something to think about this Sunday. What if there are those who simply cannot hear? I always enjoy reading your reflections.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Bill,

I think God has a call or a purpose for everyone. I'm sure many don't hear. But God still speaks in a "still, small voice.". They may not hear for a number of reasons. Maybe they don't feel it's important to listen. Maybe they think it's a waste of time. Maybe they don't believe in God and therefore aren't listening. It takes effort to hear that soft voice deep in your being, and I think many people aren't aware or just don't care. As always, I'm so glad to see you. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.


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sharetheWord 2 years ago from Kingdom of God

Hi lifegate;

The series on - The Call of God- is very inspiring as it is truthful and written by inspiration. The main message throughout the fullness of the Word is "come out of the world my people and Fear God and do His commandments." The more believers do His will the more their hearts are transformed from stone to flesh and the more the Spirit grows within the believer from a mere child of God onto Spiritual maturity.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good afternoon Ben,

I'm glad you found the series helpful, and thanks for adding to the conversation with your thoughts and comments. You so rightly point out that it is a heart matter. Unfortunately many people don't get that. Thanks for making the trip.


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Tamarajo 2 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Hi Bill,

Encouraging message. Enlightening as well the parallels of Moses refusals and the provision in Christ. Also interesting that he makes 5 refusals in reference to his inability and 5 being a number that categorizes issues of grace and God's sufficiency in the Bible, is what enables him for the task.

Great considerations

God Bless


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for coming by, Tammy. And thanks for the added information. I never thought of that, but it's true. Hope you're having a great week in the Lord!

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