Pushing for the Calling

How many of you have been told by God that you were destined for a calling?  You went through the steps of walking in that calling until Satan started to  shame you with your personal struggles, and what your present reality is, rather than God’s truth.  That is what has happened to me as well.  When life’s disappointments begin to scream at us from every direction known to man, we start to second guess what it is that God already promised us.  As a matter of fact, when God spoke your calling over your life, the promise was so strong, that you could feel God’s peace over you.  

God is not a liar.  His word will not return unto him void.  However, we are not in charge of the timing.  But, because we don’t see God’s promise coming to fruition right away, we allow the enemy to shame us with doubt and negative views of God.  We detach ourselves from seeing his provision, faithfulness, and goodness while we wait. 

David was on the run from Saul.  He decided to go to the King of Moab and request for his parents to stay with him: “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?”   1 Samuel 22: 3. David was discouraged because of Saul’s pursuit of him.  In this discouragement, he started doubting God’s goodness and promise.  God had already elected him as king.  Somehow his being on the run had caused him to forget that.

“When we push to do the calling God has on our lives, we are rebuking the enemy when he tries to shame us with the weight and reality of our current struggles.” 

Katina Horton

We become cynical, forgetting that God is on a different timetable than ours.  When we are pushing, we are moving beyond and expanding past the point of our limitations.  This can only be done with the help of God.  When we push to do the calling God has on our lives, we are rebuking the enemy when he tries to shame us with the weight and reality of our current struggles.

Sometimes pushing means that we ignore other peoples’ comments about our actions being ridiculous when we know what God has promised.  Even Jesus had to rebuke Satan when Peter tried to interrupt the process of Jesus going to the cross for our sins.  Jesus knew his calling and purpose.  Peter just didn’t get with the program.  Sometimes when nobody else will, we have to encourage ourselves in the Lord.

Blessings,

Katina

Rejoice in the Lord

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.  Philippians 4:4

Dissecting Rejoice

What does the word rejoice mean? Joy is one of the fruit of the spirit.  The fruit of the spirit are all independent of our feelings, although when we are going through things, it definitely doesn’t seem like it.  When we have joy, it is when we focus on God’s goodness, grace, mercy, and all the things that he has blessed us with.  So, when we are rejoicing, it is doing this over and over again until it gets contagious to others.  Sometimes when I listen to praise music, and I bask in God, and who he is to get centered, I get so filled, that I am just beside myself, literally having worship service in my kitchen or living room.  It’s not that my circumstances have changed at all, but God is using the praise music to steer my heart close to him.  So even though nothing has changed, everything has changed.

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Reality

When we go through trials, and unfortunately, this summer has given me my fair share, we will know beyond a shadow of a doubt what Philippians 4:4 means.  It isn’t going to be easy, and it hasn’t been for me.  Sometimes I have to air out my feelings and tell God that I know what he says in Romans 8:28, ” And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”, but right now I am just upset by yet another trial.  After I get it out, then I can praise him.  What I notice is that when I don’t get my feelings out, then there is internal conflict, and when our emotions are split, we can’t be in the present.  I also have to remind myself that God already knows my heart, and since he already knows, what better time to air my frustrations, so that I can move on.  So that I can get to the rejoicing part.

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I have a saying that I like to tell my kids all the time.  They laugh, but it is true:  Every morning we get to hit the reset button on God’s mercy.

 

Blessngs,

Katina