Day 207 –
How has God called you?
Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
Every time I read this verse or see it in a devotion, tears come to my eyes and joy to my heart. I can’t help but think about how it reflects my past and guides me to my future.
Each of us has a verse or verses that reflects the calling God has for us.
God’s Word is His way of speaking His purpose into our life. He builds upon our weaknesses, utilizing our tragedies, and strengthens us by His right hand. Eventually, by the work He does in us, on the path He has us on, the Lord will specifically call us to Glorify Him to the world.
We may first hear from God through the nudging of the Spirit during a Sermon, from the wisdom spoken by someone around us, by the reading of His Word, or in the visible manifestation of a miracle. How ever God calls us, we will know it in our heart, it will be One with His Word, and then doors will open in the direction of this calling. At that time we will walk forward by Faith.
But we must be aware and sometimes we just need to remember, before we get to far, we can’t be called if we aren’t saved and we can’t be saved if we haven’t heard the Word. Our calling can be molded but it must come from the Lord. Hearing Him all depends on how well we listen and whether we have laid down our life and lifted up His.
Have you heard His call yet? Are you struggling to figure out what He’s wanting you to do?
Here are 5 simple ideas that I have used to help seek out clarification on His call:
- What struggles has God helped you to overcome?
- Where are you most burdened?
- How have you been gifted by God?
- Seek 5 verses that relate to these areas.
- Pray over and meditate on these verses until one speaks louder than the others.
Join me in following the call and purpose God has for us. This is sure to be an amazing adventure!