Thursday, April 14, 2011

God’s Callings Are His Enablings

By Allen White

Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” Matthew 26:45-46

If you were Jesus, what direction would you go? Would you willing face the betrayer or would you get out of dodge? Jesus doesn’t say, “Let’s get out of here.” He directs them, “Let’s go.” Jesus moves toward His accuser.

The matter was now settled in Jesus’ heart as well as His head. He fully accepted spiritually, emotionally and physically what was before Him. There was no getting out of it or going around it or the other way. God directed Him through it.

Now, before we gear up to lock horns with our enemies, we need to remember the process that Jesus went through. First, He was sure that this was God’s will for His life. Even though it was an overwhelming circumstance, He was assured that this was the path that God chose for Him to take.

How do we get that kind of assurance? God’s Word, the Bible, is the first place to start. Does it agree with God’s Word? God won’t contradict Himself.

In addition to the Word, we should pray, consider our circumstances, and seek out wise, godly counsel. If all of these line up, then we have a good idea of what God’s Will is for our next step.

Not everyone running toward opposition is ready for it. Jesus did not attempt an overwhelming mission on His own strength. After being assured of God’s direction, the second part was receiving the peace that comes through prayer.

God doesn’t give missions that rely on our strength. If anything, God counts on our weaknesses to drive us into depending on His strength. Supernatural results don’t come from mortal attempts. God’s callings are His enablings.

Once we have discerned God’s Will and have tapped into God’s power, then we’re ready to move forward. This isn’t so mysterious. Often God’s Will is as plain as the words on the pages of His book.

What are you wrestling with today? What are you questioning in your life? God has the answer for you.

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