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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Don’t Miss This Call

In review f Romans 8:28, it says, “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.” (NLT)

What I’m learning and being reminded of, is that God works in "everything," not just isolated incidents, for my good. This doesn't mean that all that happens to me is good, as evil is prevalent in our fallen world. But God is able to turn every circumstance around for my long-range good. He's not working in my life to make me happy, rather to fulfill his purpose for me. He does this because I choose to love him. He has called me. As a result I have a new trust, perspective and mindset. I trust in God, not in life's treasures; because my security is in heaven, not here on earth. I'm also being taught to not have my faith waver when pain or persecution comes, because I know that God is with me

If I was told that God was going to call me sometime today, would you be excited or scared? Would I let the call go through to voicemail, or would I answer right away?

The truth is, the Bible says God has already called me. Now, it’s not the same as a phone call, except that it is a message directly to me from God and it is personal, one-to-one.

The call of God is my life’s mission, the one he gave me when he created me. But I shouldn't confuse my calling with my career. For example, maybe I’m called to be a teacher, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be in a classroom. Or I may be called to be a writer, but that doesn’t mean I’ll work in journalism or even write novels.

My calling is far more significant than any job. It is an all-encompassing mission that rests at the center of my life and should influence everything I do.

Throughout the Bible, God calls people to fulfill this special mission, such people as Noah and Abraham and Moses and David and Nehemiah and Mary and Peter and Paul. They each had a unique role that supported God’s plan to redeem humanity.

And the Bible says that God has called me to an equally important task.

Paul writes in Ephesians 1:18, “My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God’s people” (CEV).

The greatest of those glorious blessings is my intimate relationship with God. Focus on him, and he’ll talk to you about your calling.

In summary, God causes everything to work together for my good because  love God, and am responding to his purpose for me. Not everything that happens to me will be good. However, God is able to turn every circumstance around for my long range good. He's not working to make me happy, rather to fulfill his purpose for me. He does this because I have chosen to love and respond to him. I now have a new trust, perspective and mindset. I'm learning to trust God, not lives treasures, as my security will be in heaven and not here on earth. My faith is also growing so that when pain or persecution comes, I know that God is with me.

Father I thank you for the reminder that you are working in me to fulfill what you want me to do in this life. You use the things that happen, either because of my negligence or from others to grow me and my faith. I pray this morning that you will help to point out your purpose for me so that I can fulfill it. I also ask for your wisdom and guidance in my work tasks, my leadership and my interaction with others. Help me with the right perspective I should maintain today. Also thank you for what you're doing in my life with my health. I continue to ask for wisdom for the Doctor’s as they help determine the cause of my swelling and with the other things that are being discovered as they run tests. I also thank you for the relief I have been given through their guidance. These things I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen.