GOD OR MEN
by Rev. Toni Brown
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Get up and get dressed. Go out, and tell them whatever I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them. For see, today, I have made you immune to their attacks. You are strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall. None of the kings, officials, priests, or people of Judah will be able to stand against you. They will try, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you, I, the Lord, have spoken." Jeremiah 1:17-19 NIV
Be faithful in your calling and your Christian walk. The Lord (ADONAI) let Jeremiah know that if he followed God's lead, and was faithful in what He had called him to do, He would equip him and He protect him. We cannot be defeated if we realize that we must operate in the authority that comes from God alone. When He gives you a Word for someone, or gives you an assignment, it is by His authority and His power that it is done.
If we decide to be more concerned with how others will respond to His message or the mission He has given us, we will not achieve the purpose that God has given. The Lord (ADONAI) does not call the equipped; He equips the called.
You cannot be a manpleaser and a pleaser of God.
"For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ." Galatians 1:10 NKJV
We, as the body of Christ, must speak the Truth as well as live the Truth. There is no in- between...We must not compromise the gospel, in word or in deed.
God has purpose for you, and the purpose is not for you to just go to church and go through the motions. God has a divine purpose for your life, and it is not for you to just get up each day, go to work and follow your everyday routine in life. God says, "Before you were formed in your mother's womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;.." God has sanctified you (set you apart for His purpose).
'Get up and get dressed,' He said in the above scripture. And He is saying it to you. Get up and get dressed in the 'whole armor of God.' Do not be afraid of the assignment and mission that God has planned for you. Do not be afraid of people's reaction. Either you have faith or fear, but you cannot operate in both.
Are you ready to do the Kingdom work that God has assigned you to do? Are you ready for Him to take you to the next phase of your life? Are you ready to step into His divine purpose for your life? Are you ready to do great and mighty things for God? Are you ready for the criticism? Are you ready for the persecution?
God says that He has made you 'immune to their attacks.' You can make it, if you have chosen to please God and not men.
If you feel inadequate for the assignment, then good!!! Then surely it is God calling you to the assignment, because, "..God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised, God has chosen; and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence."
God is not impressed by our abilities, because He is the One who gives ability. What God is looking for, is some one who will be obedient, and desire to serve Him and trust Him,only.
Can He call on you?
"Also, I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' Then I said, 'Here am I! send me." Isaiah 6:8
If Jesus (Yeshua) was more concerned with the popularity of men, than He was with His purpose from God, there would be no salvation for us...There would be no deliverance for us...There would be no grace and mercy for us.....
Choose God or men...
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