Fasting | Day 18
Excerpted from Jentezen Franklin's 21-Day Fasting Bible Study
"Alas, Sovereign Lord," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am too young."
But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, 'I am too young.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:6-8
If you look hard enough, you will find that there are clues to your assignment everywhere. Finding your assignment in the kingdom is critical. You are treasured. You are valued. If it was true for Jeremiah, it's true for you. Before you were in your mother 's womb, He knew you, called you to an assignment, had a plan and a purpose for your life. We all become pretty good at believing in other people's call and other people's assignments and other people's potential, but we don't see it in our self. We call it humility, when, in reality, it's the spirit of intimidation and fear that causes us to feel unimportant. In God's eyes, you are treasured and valued. He knew you before you were in your mother's womb.
The first step in finding your assignment is understanding God can talk to you. We need to know that God is still speaking today, and He is still calling people to be a part of His kingdom purpose. He speaks through church services, through preachers, He will speak through circumstances, and through other people. And He always speaks through His Word. You've got to learn to listen and hear God's voice. That's how He puts dreams in you! He will speak to you.
I get amused hearing people say, ''I'm going to take a course on how to hear God's voice." When I call my mother and hear her voice on the other line, I know it's her. I don't have to take a course on recognizing her voice. When you know God, you know His voice. It's that simple-and it is important. You get to know Him by spending time with Him and listening. The more you listen, the easier it will be to recognize His voice. Jeremiah begins chapter one saying, "The word of the Lord came to me saying ... "The Word spoke to Jeremiah, and The Word is still speaking today. Listen for Him. He knows how to talk to you.
A true assignment from God will showcase your inferiority and your limitation. It will be bigger than you are and make you feel incapable of achieving it. Don't focus on your weakness; God gets glory out of what happens in spite of your weaknesses. God said, "My power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
You're not here by accident. You were created for purpose and for His glory. Start believing your assignment is so much less about your ability and so much more about your availability. It's not your responsibility ... it's your response to His ability.
Think About It
- Rate your confidence level in knowing your calling in Christ on a scale between 1 and 10, with 10 being "I know exactly what I am supposed to do" and 1 being “I have never thought about having a calling."
- Rate your ability to hear God's voice on a scale between 1 and 10, with 10 being "loud and clear" and 1 being "never ever."
- Based on today's study, what can you do to move those numbers closer to a 10?