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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: Don't Be a Quitter!


I had a dream last night.

Someone I know called me just to talk. Then at the end of the conversation, they threw in that they were going to quit their job, but to keep it quiet because no one else knew about it yet. But hereís the deal. Their job was part of a full-time ministry. And now they were going to quit that and do something else, even though the ministry is what God called them to do.

I didnít know what to say, because their decision was made. But I know what I wanted to say. DONíT BE A QUITTER! Has God not saved you? Has God not called you out for His purposes and for His plans? I donít care whatís going on, never, never give up on what God has called you to do!!!

Thatís what I wanted to say. But I said nothing - out of my own discouragement of seeing another Christian planning to use their talents in worldly pursuits.

On another note, I want to say this to anyone working in the secular media. "Come out from among them and be separate says the Lord." This is an in-your-face challenge from one believer to another. If God has gifted you with talents and abilities to work in the media - this is your challenge today - why not use those talents in a full-time way for the Kingdom of God?

Heaven help me, donít tell me itís because you have a house payment to make! God is your provider. What is He calling you to do? Is He calling you to play music on the radio that is the soundtrack for people while they sin, while they party it up and drink and do drugs? If your work is supporting that, you need to think and pray long and hard about what you do.

And this challenge is for all Christians. What are you lending your talents to? Is it possible that God has given you talents to use for His glory and for the blessings of His people, and instead you are using them just to make money?!

I got a call from a friend in Illinois, and he told me about his churchís Sunday night youth meeting last weekendÖabout how God moved in a powerful way, and how the teenagers were stirred by the Spirit of God, and new and powerful things happened in their lives.

My friend, this is exactly what ALWAYS happens when people truly seek God Almighty!!! What is happening at your youth group at church? Perhaps God is calling you to hit your knees and intercede for them! Pray, pray, pray!

Why is there not revival in our local high schools? Why does not the Spirit of God sweep over the place? Where are the Christian teens, standing tall for Jesus at their schools? Are you ashamed of your Father in Heaven? Do you think He lacks the power? Do you think He lacks the skill to turn that place upside down? No. All He lacks is you!

I love the song, ďTake my heart, O God, make it ever true.Ē Oh, what God could do if we would stop lying to ourselves, and let our hearts be true. God is stirring in a secret place within you right now. Latch onto it. Let it flow. Turn off your computer if you have to. Praise Him and seek Him with abandon!

Then you will look and, behold! Your purpose in life!

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david grant06/02/06
Great prophetic word!
Thanks for not submitting this encouragement and not quitting on us.

david grant06/02/06
Oops. Sorry. One "not" to many. Let me say it again.
Thanks for submitting this writing. I enjoyed. it
Sherry Wendling06/05/06
Thank you. You may not get many comments on this one; it cuts like a knife, into the places we're hiding. But the Spirit of the Lord has stirred me through this eloquent and impassioned exhortation, confirming the path of discipline He knows I need to make up for the lost years of 'quitting.' God bless you. Keep on, warrior!
Joe Moreland06/06/06
Great commentary, indeed. It is true that we all have talents that are meant to be used to glorify God. Don't be deceived, however, into believing that that means separating ourselves from the secular world and only working within, and serving, our own Christian comrades. Many years ago I worked in the music industry, and wanted to do exactly what you say here - get out and go to work for a Christian organization that could use my skills...instead I stayed where I was and ended up witnessing to two co-workers who eventually accepted Christ. He can use our talents anywhere - if we are available. This piece is a great message that everyone should read.
George Parler 06/06/06
"Oh, what God could do if we would stop lying to ourselves, and let our hearts be true." Very true. Power points to ponder. Nice job!