Called By God
by Vicky Jeter
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Called By God
Why do people treat you wrongly? Who are you that the universe would spend so much time trying to destroy you? The experiences in your life cloud the reasons why you were born and you get caught in a fight/flight battle instead of a focus on the purpose. You become focused on the mini battles instead of seeing the bigger picture.
In the life of David we know he experienced the very same feelings. As a shepherd who became king, his life struggled too. Overcoming hurtful experiences while dealing with his own personal growth he wrote Psalms of struggle and victory and left them for us to relate to and to not get discouraged. I believe with all my heart he also wants us to learn what it means to keep the faith.
In the course of everyday life we experience many ups and downs. ItŐs not easy to live in this day and age but when we know that God sees the bigger picture we can have faith that He is guiding our path. The complexities of our world and the attitudes of fear and anger keep us in battles that will not be solved quickly. The way to finding your own inner peace is learning how to stay out of the battles and not getting attached emotionally when you do have to enter a battle.
Who are you and why are you here is the question we often ask ourselves in the journey we walk? When you were given life it was a gift from God to share with the earth your talents while at the same time learning the importance of drawing closer in oneness to Him, in working out your own salvation. Remember salvation is the result of a relationship with God. You can only receive it by it becoming a reality. It becomes the result of your intent and not by accident.
To simply focus on your talents without working on your relationship with God is what disconnects you from GodŐs pure love and keeps you in a struggle. Drawing closer to God, knowing how to pray for His help and the power of faith is the link to Oneness with Him. If you are not connected then all your talents cannot be fully empowered. ItŐs like having a rocket built to launch, fueled up and ready to go, but you send it in the wrong direction. You cannot put the cart before the horse as the old saying goes. You cannot walk forward if you donŐt have your feet firmly planted on the ground. You cannot drive a car to the correct destination if you donŐt have a plan. God is the reason you are here and you need Him as your director.
Many people have done amazing things in our world. Many have earned incredible amounts of money but itŐs not what we have that is as important as what we do with what we have. When you understand that God made you on purpose and you see that you are actually called to join Him on a plan that will help the world, it is then you see the importance of putting God first. He will help you grow in your own faith, He will help you discover your talents and then He will send you in the direction where you can share with the world.
Think of a mighty oak tree for a moment. The soil the seed was put in could have been barren for many years. It might have appeared to the human eye that this field had nothing to offer. A seed may have been blown by the wind or planted on purpose but no matter what a seed died in order for new life to come forth. We have to die to our own beliefs that we have no direction, no reason for all that we are going through if we are going to set in motion the plan of our lives.
God put His son on this earth for a reason. Jesus was called by God to be the seed of new life. Nothing is by accident but in fact was planned by God, to become a reality in His timing. The mighty oak tree that stands in the once barren field is now surrounded by many trees and gives a home to thousands of birds and various animals. The song from the branches lifts the spirit of people who pass by. It is a song of joy and hope and cannot be fully explained. It leaves us with something deeper that puts in us a seed that life is truly a plan by a loving Father and He never leaves us alone. We see the end result and we glorify God for giving us this amazing tree full of life but there was a day when there was no hope of anything ever occupying that field. Our life has to begin with a believe that we were no accident.
Your life is more than your struggles but while living you donŐt see the bigger picture. Today we see the completion of DavidŐs life but he didnŐt have access to this. He was living the day-by-day experience and often he didnŐt understand why things were happening. When you understand that this is how life is for all of us you also see the importance of having faith in God and praying for His guidance.
David needed faith more than ever in the continuance of his life. This is a powerful message for us right now. Not to worry, not to think our life is worthless, but to know we are called by God and in the timing, when the walk has progressed we will know more about why we have been called by God. If we worry and take on a mindset that depresses us we will lose our joy and oftentimes this changes how we see things. When you look through clouded lenses you cannot see the joy all around you, today, and you may not see what God has to reveal to you. Taking on hopelessness or a pity party can actually send you down a long road of no return. Many people have been on the right track but something happened and thru despair they began walking in a different direction and never returned to the path of GodŐs intent. DonŐt let this be how your life ends. Take back control and put, on purpose, God in the pilots seat.
Our vision is affected by our mindset, by how we understand life and things that come to us in the journey. If our vision is like a smoke screen and we cannot see any further than what is in front of us, then we will have to clear the smoke first. Getting depressed with your life only delays your ability to engage in the path God has prepared for you. God has given us provision by explaining the need for faith and hope. When we have faith we donŐt let things knock us down so quickly. We learn to put our hands in GodŐs and know He knows the way thru the storm. Each time you do this you grow with understanding that God has your back and He is working a bigger plan that is not visible at this time.
You are here on purpose and you are not an accident. You didnŐt come here to lose at life but in fact all your struggles are simply to put muscles on your walk. God allows you to walk your choices but He never leaves you. God knows you are unique and your understanding at the time makes your choices. They are not to destroy you but to help you grow, having victory not only over the details but victory in your thinking.
When you know God is on your side, you know His love for you is Unconditional Love. It is a love that has no conditions and it is always and forever with you. If you knew who you were from the beginning you might not wander off so quickly. But one of the main reasons you donŐt know is because your purpose in life requires you to walk a path of your current choices in your current situations and where God placed you on this planet in order to fulfill why He called you. God is magnificent and He holds in His hand the reason for your life until you can take it back and finish it. He waits for you to be ready to take it and when you are He will guide you to finish. If you didnŐt have the struggle and create a new understanding of faith and hope, you wouldnŐt be prepared to embark on the journey of a lifetime, your calling. Put away doubt, break away from the battles that have put a ball and chain around you, and take GodŐs hand. I promise you He has so much waiting for you in this life that will bring a joy unexplainable. Get ready because your life has just begun to bring enormous blessings and joy your way.
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