World of Faith

Fulfilling Your Calling: Part Five | October 6, 2007

Welcome once again to “World of Faith.” Again I want to apologize for the delay of this entry. I had hoped to present this entry last weekend, but because of my busy schedule, it got delayed. This will be the fifth and final installment for the series, “Fulfilling Your Calling,” and later this month I will debut a new series, “Being Set Free.” I believe that one of the benefits of the atonement that we often forget is that we have been set free not only from sin, but also from sickness, disease, and any manner of torment, addiction, or bondage that might beset us. And so that is the next topic that I will explore here at “World of Faith.” Again, in the meantime, I’d like to encourage my readers to submit guest blog submissions. If you desire to submit a guest blog, please send it to jbkrems@excite.com, so that I can review it, and be in touch with you. Also, you can send your ideas and suggestions for future topics to that same e-mail address, and I look forward to hearing from some of you in that regard soon.

Before I get into this entry, I want to review a bit from my last entry on prayer, which is vital to fulfiling your calling. 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.” The first thing that Paul addresses here is the necessity of prayer in the will of God on your life. Similarly, 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.” In previous installments I discussed at length the importance of developing godly character and walking in the Spirit, and so I encourage you to read all five parts of this series for greater detail. The third aspect Paul addresses in Col. 1:9-12 is that prayer is necessary to please. In fact, the Scriptures in Hebrews that both prayer and faith are necessary to please God. This is such an important aspect to fulfilling one’s calling that I am devoting this entire installment on the issue of faith. So, without further delay, let’s look at how vital faith is to fulfilling your calling.

I think the most vital Scripture that pertains to faith, as I alluded to in the paragraph above, is Heb. 11:6 (NKJV), “Without faith it is impossible to please [God], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” If we are to fulfill the calling of God on our life, we must not only believe that God IS, but that also God rewards those who diligently seek Him. This is what is meant in Matt. 6:33, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things [rewards] will be added to you.” So, faith is vital to fulfilling our calling. In fact, we cannot simply have faith. Jesus said in Mark 11:22-24, “Have faith in God. For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask for when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Some versions of the Bible translate verse 22 above as “Have the God-kind of faith.” This would imply that God has faith, and that is indeed what the Scriptures teach concerning that issue. God does indeed have faith, because according to Heb. 11:2, God framed and created the worlds with the Word of God, by speaking faith-filled words. In fact, words are simply containers, and they can either contain faith, or they can contain doubt and unbelief. If we desire to fulfill the calling of God on our life, we must speak words of faith about it, and not whatever circumstance or problem that we may face. If we’re speaking the problem, or if we’re speaking the circumstance, then we’re not in faith in regards to God’s calling on our life, and that does not please God.

Another key aspect to faith, as it pertains to fulfiling one’s calling, is that faith calls things that are not, as though they actually exist. Heb. 11:1 (NKJV) states the following: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen.” I don’t know about you, but if you’re like me, seeking God to fulfilling His calling on your life, then you have not “arrived” at the destination yet. You have not fully inherited everything that God has for you in your life. You might have received in the natural a foretaste of what is to come, but your full inheritance has not manifested yet. This is what Abraham went through according to Heb. 11:8, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called out to go to the place where he would receive his inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Well, God knows, and that means we have to walk by faith, and not by sight — because God knows where He is leading and taking us, and we don’t — thus we must exercise our faith in an invisible God and His plan for our life. Further, we know that Abraham called things that were not, as though they were. As regards to God’s precious promise to Abraham, Rom. 4:17-21 says, “As it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nations,’ in the presence of Him whom he believed, God, who gives life to the dead, and CALLS THOSE THINGS THAT DO NOT EXIST AS THOUGH THEY DID; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body already dead… and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced (or assured) that what God had promised He was also able to perform.” WOW, that is a lot to unpack. The first thing we see here is that God made a promise to Abraham that he (Abraham) was called to be the father of many nations. However, the problem and circumstances said that Abraham was too old to have a child, and Sarah was also barren. But Abraham and Sarah, contrary to their circumstances, believed what God had said, and His promise. Abraham was not weak in his faith with unbelief, but because Abraham gave thanksgiving and praise to God (he glorified God), Abraham’s faith was strengthened, and thus he became fully convinced (or persuaded, or assured as in Heb. 11:1) that God would perform His word. That is exactly what God expects of us as well, if we desire to fulfill God’s calling and promise on our life. In spite of the circumstances, we must believe and have faith in what God has shown us. We must praise God for it in advance, and thank God as if we’ve already received what is promised us. This is what the Scriptures mean where it says that we inherit the promises through faith and patience. We must continue that attitude of praise and thanksgiving, so that our inheritance, which has already manifested in the spirit, will manifest in the natural. Amen.

Lastly, I must comment on how to cultivate our faith. Rom. 10:17 makes clear, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Thus, there are two steps to cultivate faith. First we must be hearing God, and second, we must be hearing God specifically in His Word, the Scriptures. What Paul is emphasizing here is that we must let the Word of God dwell in our hearts. We must get the Word in our spirits, because the Word is seed, and it will produce in our lives the calling, inheritance, and destiny that God has promised us.

Alright, that covers it. Next time, later this month, we’ll start a brand new series on being set free. If you want a foretaste, I suggest you read Psalm 103, on your own, and we’ll start there at the top of the new series. See you then. In the meantime, feel free to send your comments, thoughts, and suggestions, as well as guest blog submissions to me at jbkrems@excite.com, and I look forward to hearing from you.

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