Are You Ready in an Instant? 2-6-2023


Are you Ready in an Instant?  

I have to confess something to you readers. Lately I have wondered about my calling from God. Not that I wonder if He called me to do something but if I was maybe wrong about what He said. You know, we are only human and even when people tell us something is from God we need to check our spirit to see if it identifies with the Holy Spirit in them as well. So , I prayed and told God it felt like my calling was fading from my vision. It was like a photo that sat in the sun and began to fade in my mind’s eye. Not long after that He answered me in a few ways.

I love it when God does this! He gave me scriptures in answer.

And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.  And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News.2 Timothy 1:10-11

He reminded me that I was called to speak and to preach and to teach to all people, of all walks of life and ages. In my writing I do this, in my speaking before crowds or before one or two people  I am doing this. Then He went on to encourage me more.

I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.  They will reject the truth and chase after myths.  But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. 2 Timothy 4:1-5

I have learned that God gives us the Word to share and not everyone ‘gets it’ when we share but some will eventually understand, as the Holy Spirit gives them understanding. Sometimes we can get all excited and share what we learned in church or in the Word while reading or studying and come up against opposition. We go back and read again, check our facts and trust that God really did this thing and still the people can be ignorant to God’s word for you. It does not mean that you did not understand what God had for you but that it is for you personally.
  Sometimes it just doesn’t matter what other people think.

Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.1 Timothy 4:14-15

When Jesus walked the earth He taught us many things, His disciples share so much with us all the time, the Apostle Paul gives us a ton of information as does Peter. I have to admit I am excited when I read something that feels good, but sometimes we have to feel a rebuke for our attitudes too. Sometimes it is we who are ignorant of the meaning of the Word. With so many translations out there it is no wonder we can get confused, right?

That is why I always want to go back and restudy, check out the original text whenever its available and be sure to seek God in prayer. I study to show myself approved by God at least.

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.  You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.  But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. James 1:22-23

We have to remember to do the will of God we must do the Word of God. Obey, follow directions, love one another, and well, to be certain we need to be forgiving one another, encouraging one another and being kind to one another. You know the fruits of the spirit kind of things? Its more than just knowing what it says, or means, but doing that thing that counts.

When I read about what God wanted me to do it was like cleaning the photo up and seeing it fresh and renewed again! It reminded me when I heard it how it was strong and powerful in my heart and mind that this was truth from God.

What is your calling? Ask God to show you it! Seek God and find out what He chose to gift you with to further the kingdom. After all the main part of all our callings is to share the Gospel, to grow the Kingdom of God and to love one another, encouraging other believers to live like God’s Word tells us to!

That and …. Whatever God has gifted us to do!  Do not neglect the gift that is in you!

In His Love,

Teresa Wilson

Want to read more? Try reading the full book of James, you can do it in one sitting!  Then check out the Timothy’s books! I am sure you will find direction for your days and encouragement for your life! In Jesus’ name!