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Fulfilling Your Calling: Part Three | August 19, 2007

This week I am continuing my blog series on “Fulfilling Your Calling,” and before I get into this week’s topic, I want to review last week’s entry. Also, I want to remind everyone that I am still accepting guest submissions, so please send them to jbkrems@excite.com if you wish me to publish one. Now, last week I discussed the importance of walking in the Spirit, in order to develop the kind of character necessary to fulfill the calling on your life. Last week I emphasized as well that walking in the Spirit is not only necessary to fulfilling your calling, but it is also necessary to living a godly, righteous life before God. It is God’s will for everyone. As a side note last week, I discussed how many people, especially in the 18-30 age bracket, question God’s will for their life. They do not know God’s will for their life, and they do not know how to discover God’s will for their life. However, God’s will and direction for EVERYONE can be found in the Word of God, which is the subject of this week’s entry.

Now, walking in the Spirit is not a vague or ambiguous concept. At least it shouldn’t be. Paul wrote in Gal. 5:16-18 (NKJV), “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” To walk in the Spirit is to be led by the Holy Spirit, and to act in accordance with the Holy Spirit. Its really very simple, and is a privilege that we have, according to the Scriptures, as children of God, because the Holy Spirit indwells and lives within us, and hopefully fills us with His power and fulness so we can serve and obey God boldly.

So, this week I am discussing the necessity to meditate on the Word of God, in order to fulfill the calling on your life. As I discussed last week, the Word of God (i.e. the Bible, the Scriptures), provides for God’s general will and direction for every Christian believer. Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on 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.” We are to mediate on the Scriptures, so that we can obey God and do what is His will for everyone. If you are searching for direction in your life, then you need to start with God’s Word, which provides general direction for all. Further, if you do this, then you will prosper and have good success. I’m not talking “prosperity” here necessarily, but whatever you put your hand to WILL prosper and succeed.

But what does it mean to meditate? I don’t know about you, but when I think of “meditation,” I think of something related to Eastern mysticism. Well, first of all it might surprise you to learn that Christianity IS an Eastern religion. It is not a religion of the West, based on Europe or America. Rather, Christianity was birthed in the MIDDLE EAST, so it IS by its nature Eastern. However, what we really need to know is what the word “meditate” means. According to Thayer’s Lexicon, “meditate,” as it is used here in Joshua 1:8, the Hebrew word for “meditate” is “hagah,” which means to “moan, growl, utter, muse (think about), devise, plot, and speak.” So, if we are meditating on the Word of God, then we are uttering about it to ourselves, thinking about it to ourselves, devising, plotting, and speaking about it, etc. We are in fact seeking to apply it to our lives daily, if we are truly meditating on God’s Word.

On a practical level, how would this work? Let’s say you are believing God for a healing in your body. Before I go any further, I want to make a disclaimer. I believe it is God’s will for you to be healed and whole in your spirit, in your soul, in your mind, in your emotions, AND in your body. Some people are going to disagree with that, but you can feel free to post a comment in which I will discuss that. But — I believe there are promises in the Scriptures that provide for healing in our bodies. Some Scriptures that immediately come to mind that announce this promise are Psalm 103:1-3, which states, “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who HEALS ALL YOUR DISEASES,” and also Matt. 8:16-17, “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and HEALED ALL WHO WERE SICK, that it might be fulfilled that which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and BORE OUR DISEASES.'” So, these passages clearly indicate a promise in the Word of God for healing in our bodies, and I personally believe this promise is included in the atonement, just like salvation from our sins is. In fact, I was discussing these various passages on another blog this past week, in order to encourage in the Word of God the blogger concerning his son who has a mental disorder. The point is we can stand on the promises in the Word of God, meditate on them, and thereby develop our faith for what we and God agree needs to be accomplished in our life, in this case, a healing. This is vital to developing our faith because Paul wrote in Romans 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

So, that summarizes meditating on the Word of God, which is essential to fulfilling your calling. Next week I will continue this discussing, focusing on prayer, and then in part five, faith, without which it is impossible to please God. Amen.

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1 Comment »

  1. Very nice blog Jon, keep up the good work… would like to see your links include Rhema, KCM, Moore Life, Mac Hammond, Rick Renner, etc.

    Comment by Friend from Factnet — September 4, 2007 @ 11:43 pm


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