World of Faith

Fulfilling Your Calling: Part Four

September 15, 2007
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Welcome back to “World of Faith.” Its been too long since the last entry here, and I wish to apologize for that — I’ve been caught up in several projects, personally, and I also celebrated my 27th birthday over Labor Day weekend. But I am going to be continuing this blog, at least semi-regularly. I’ll be publishing this installment on Friday, Sept. 14th, and I hope to have the fifth and final installment published by the end of the month. In the meantime, I wish to again encourage guest submissions for my blog, “World of Faith.” If you desire to submit a guest blog, then please send it to jbkrems@excite.com, so that I can review it, and be in touch with you. Hopefully one of you my readers will contact me soon for a guest submission, because I’d like to publish one in October, after the conclusion of this series. So please send your ideas, suggestions, and your guest submissions to me personally, and I look forward to hearing from somebody soon.

In the last installment, I discussed the necessity of meditating on the Word of God in order to fulfill the call of God on your life. The Word of God provides 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. Then I discussed what “meditation” means. According to Thayer’s Lexicon, 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, this means that we can find a promise in the Scriptures, stand on it, meditate on it, and by that develop our faith for what we and God agree needs to be accomplished in our life. This is vital because Rom. 10:17 declares, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” And that is a summary of meditation, and if you would like more on that subject, then I encourage you to read Part Four in its entirety.

In this installment I am going to focus on prayer, and how vital prayer is to fulfilling the calling on your life. Prayer is directly related to meditation, but more importantly, prayer is a very necessary spiritual discipline, just as important as meditating in the Word of God, to fulfilling the call of God on your life. If God has shown you something in your life, then you need to pray it out, because by doing so you are effectuating God’s will in your life, praying it out. Paul wrote in Col. 1:9-12, “We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will and with all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” Wow, that is a very powerful passage to meditate on. The first thing that Paul is discussing here is the necessity of prayer in the will of God on your life. This is very similar to what Paul wrote in Eph. 1:18, “I pray that the heart of your eyes may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” The second aspect of the Colossians passage is that the effect of the knowledge of His will through prayer is that we will be able to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.” I discussed the importance of developing godly character and also walking in the Spirit, and thus those concepts are tied directly to prayer and fulfilling your calling and God’s will for your life.

The third aspect that Paul addresses here as an effect of prayer is that it is necessary in order to please God in respects. In fact, the Bible says in Hebrews, “Without faith it is impossible to please God,” and so Paul is saying prayer is necessary to strengthen one’s faith. I will develop this issue further next week, but Jesus said in regards to prayer and faith in Mark 11:22-24, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you PRAY and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” Thus, if God has shown you something that is related to your calling and His will for your life, then you pray in faith expecting God to perform it, because you believe it will be accomplished in your life. This is a HUGE key to prayer and faith, as it relates to fulfilling your calling in life.

Lastly, Paul writes one other key verse as it relates to prayer. Phil. 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” The first key in this verse is that we cannot be anxious as regards to fulfilling our calling. Instead we must pray and give thanksgiving to God in faith, as if we have already received what God has for us (see Mark 11), and by that make our requests known to God, because we know He hears us, and will answer our prayer according to His will with a yes and amen. So, Phil. 4:6 is also a great verse to meditate on in order to fulfill your calling.

Alright, that’s all for this time. Next time I will wrap this series up with an installment on faith, and in the meantime, please send your guest blog submissions to me at jbkrems@excite.com.

God’s blessings to all, Amen.


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