Faith Capsule: Have you been running away from God’s calling?
When it is God’s time to arrest any man for a calling assignment, there is not going to be anywhere to run or hide from God.
Have you been running away from God’s calling?
Regardless of how long you have been running from God, there is nowhere to hide from God.
To run or hide from God’s assignment can be working against the work of God.
Saul (Apostle Paul) was ran against the work of God.
Saul was going against believers to persecute them when God arrested him. The Bible records, Saul’s agenda, “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.”(Acts 9:1-2)
Saul (Apostle Paul) purposed evil but God disposed of his evil agenda when he came under the arrest of Jesus.
Saul took to a dark avenue against God but God showed up with light for his arrest.
He was arrested by a shining light. Acts 9:3 records, “As he journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.” The light of God around Saul exposed him to arrest him, his ears and eyes were open to God’s calling.
Saul could not run or hide but responded to the light of God as stated: “And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’” So he trembling and astonished said, ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’” (Acts 9:5-6)
The arresting light of God re-routed Saul’s lifetime journey.
Saul had his name changed from Saul to Paul.
Above all, the light which arrested Saul empowered him to live his remaining life under unfailing light of God.
With the light on him, he could not misstep in the calling of God upon his life. Paul’s life could not be stopped by darkness.
The light that brought Saul out from darkness gave him new spiritual eyesight.
The light became Paul’s compass as he operated heaven on earth through all his life.
Are you running from God’s calling? With God’s light, there is no darkness to deny light from exposing one that is running or hiding from God. Now is time for you to stop running from God’s calling upon your life.
God will back you up when He calls you. Be encouraged by the word of 1 Thessalonians 5:24, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”
Prayer for today: Ask for God’s light to shine on you that you may fully answer His calling upon your life.
FAITH CAPSULE: Above all, be consistently responsible before God.
Today, allow your character to become your responsibility to claim the promises of God in His word.
Responsibility is to know God and responsible is to meditate the word of God continually.
RESPONSIBILITY IS TO KNOW GOD
In John 8:31-32, the word speaks to all, “…you shall now the truth…” There is no excuse for no man not to know the word of God. Knowing God is a task, a responsibility that must be done to claim the promises of God.
Daniel is an example among those who know God, and he lived his life being responsible to God, thereby, his reward for greatness to the glory of God. Daniel knew God as testified in Daniel 11:32, “but the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits.”
Daniel, by knowing God, he lived a life of responsibility before God, and not defile himself. In his heart, he purposed not to defile himself with delicacies of an unbeliever king. The Bible recorded, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore, he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8)
RESPONSIBILITY IS MEDITATING THE WORD OF GOD
Meditating the Word of God is a responsibility before God that will make man great for God’s glory. God identified the importance of meditating His word when He called meditation for Joshua and it is written for all man.
After the death of Moses, God spoke to Joshua and His words speak to all the importance of meditating His word as stated: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8) Meditating the word of God is communicating with God continually, relating and involving God in one’s life every moment which is day and night.
God is true to deliver as it is written in His word. The importance of meditating God’s word is emphasized greatly in the Bible as stated, “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” (1Timothy 4:15) “I will meditate on Your precepts and contemplate Your ways.” (Psalm 119:15) A man’s continual meditation on the word of God is living a life of responsibility before God to experience failure impossible in life.
Responsibility before God is the price for greatness. In life, think responsible, act responsibly and allow responsibility to become your garment before God. Above all, be consistently responsible before God.
Prayer for today: Asg for God’s hand to come upon you to live life for His glory.
FAITH CAPSULE: Are you avoiding His calling?
Jonah 1, 2
God alone is the Only perfect God. Time is in the hand of God’s control but clock is what man is reachable.
God will call man to His attention regardless of how man avoids God. Jonah attempted to avoid the calling assignment of God but he could not hide but only run. Jonah 1:1-3 records, “Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” Under heaven, no man can avoid God’s calling. Jonah’s effort to run away from God’s calling landed him in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Are you one that is running away from the hand of God?
God does have unfailing means to get attention from any of His creation.
When it was time for God to call Moses there was no way out for Moses to avoid God’s calling. Exodus 3:1-3 stated, “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bushwas not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” Ignorance is not possible for turning aside from God. Is ignorance holding you back to deny or to delay you from answering to God’s calling?
“There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” (Genesis 37:7) “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” (Genesis 37:9) Joseph’s dream was not well received when it was revealed to his brother. Joseph was rebuked by his father and his brothers for his dream. Joseph’s dream was his divine assignment, but the steps to get there were not unfolded at the time of his calling. Our times are in the hand of God. Man, controls clock but God controls time. Joseph’s dream at age seventeen was manifested at age thirty. Who can be like God?
Prayer for today: Ask God to deliver you in His righteousness.
FAITH CAPSULE: Always look up to God that acts for those who wait on Him.
Looking up to God is waiting on God.
Are you looking up to God that waits to act for those who wait on Him?
One that does not wait on God will be living life in worrying.
To become worried and troubled in the face of challenge is the evidence of not worshiping God. Any time man keeps eyes on confronting challenge man is set to misplace focus on God for His divine intervention.
Are you beholding your challenge or you are looking up to God?
Exodus 14:10-12 speaks to the issue of looking away from God by looking into the challenge: “And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”
Do the verses above speak to you?
The miracle of God brought the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt but the Israelites could wait for God by giving themselves to fear of their enemy.
The Israelites were worried and troubled as a result they gave to negative confession.
Solution for challenges demands to focus on God.
Are you focusing on God?
Despite all the powerful teachings of Jesus against fear and worrying, the disciples went ahead and locked themselves up in fear of the Jews. Bible records, “Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19) While they were being locked up in the state of fear, Jesus showed up and declared peace. Jesus the Word of God is the Prince of peace. If you will look up to Jesus as Lord and Savior, He is always around to uphold you.
Faith in Jesus will give peace in the place of trouble for those who keep the focus on Him.
After Jesus had spoken peace into His disciple’s life, the eyes of their mind were opened to see the mark of crucifixion. “When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” (John 20:20) Seeing the mark opened up the disciples to come out of fear. If you will begin to see the marks of crucifixion and believe that the marks were registered on Jesus for us to be able to have life abundantly, the fear about all that is going on around the world will not have its place in your life.
Prayer for today: Ask in for the grace to be opened up and see His presence in the time of challenges.
FAITH CAPSULE: Love should be considered as the anchor which every other gift of God holds on to.
1 Corinthians 13
Love belongs to God.
Love is demonstrated by action but rooted in faith.
The purpose of God’s command is love.
God gave His commandment so that love can exist among man. When a brother abstains from stealing, lying or deceiving his brother it becomes a testimony of love. Loving in God’s way is God’s love. The standard for love is by God’s standard not by any man’s standard.
The book of 1Timothy 1:5 identifies God’s love: “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk.”
Are you living life with love, as commanded by God?
Loving by God’s standard is not common especially in a world where man is full of self. Claiming to love without loving with pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith is empty love. In a world where living life is without good conscience love is evidently not a way of living life. In a world where man is desperately concerned about self, engaging others with sincere faith is a strange thing.
Are you loving by your standard or as commanded by the word of God?
Among the gift of God, love is the greatest gift. Love should be considered as the anchor which every other gift of God holds on to. When love of God is not in place for man, fulfilling the command of God becomes questionable.
Paul the apostle clearly drew out the importance of love in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” It is clear in Paul’s word that though a believer can demonstrate the gifts of God such as: speaking in tongues, prophesying, reaching out to the needy but yet not with love. All demonstration of love but not rooted in the heart is empty and carries no weight before God.
Many know about God’s command.
Few that knows God’s command are ones identifiable by God. The word of God speaks to ears that will hear in Matthew 7:22-23, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” From today, every believer needs to examine and search the self’s heart.
Have you been demonstrating any of the gifts while you are entertain lying, deception, and manipulation? Man can always deceive man but God cannot be deceived.
Prayer for today: Ask God to enable you with grace to love according to His standard.