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You Got What It Takes - 4

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

What if God Called You?

Call also means to contact or to attempt to contact. Have you ever phoned someone and they didn’t pick your call? How did you respond to their non-response? It can be a little frustrating because you had an important message you wanted to share; and though you tried to communicate with him or her, it seemed he or she was either too busily occupied in something else to talk to you at the time of your call, or he or she missed, or ignored, your call altogether.

"He is not answering my calls."

That’s the way it is with our Creator. He is our Father, and He wants to hear from you.

In our previous conversation, we talked about crying out, or calling on our Father. Today, we are asking ourselves, “What if God called Me?” Check out this fabulous fact. God has been calling you for a long time now, but you have not responded to His call. God gave us a spirit-life the moment we were born. Our every breath testifies to the evidence that we have a body (which perishes at around 100 years) and a spirit-body, or soul, which goes out of our physical body of clay once our days of breathing on earth expire.

That soul part of us is created in the image of God. That’s the part that can hear when God calls us. However, the flesh, the clay part of us, is at war with the spirit-part of us; and this causes great internal struggles of who to listen to: the body which focuses on satisfying its carnal desires, or the soul which yearns to have a fulfilling relationship with its Maker.

The great man of God who wrote over 60% of the Bible’s New Testament, Apostle Paul, struggled with this very issue, as every human being on the planet does. To the young person reading this blog right now, YOU ARE NOT ALONE in your struggles.

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Because we are flesh, we have desires to satisfy what the flesh wants: sexual affection, strong appetite to satisfy hunger, self-preservation, or a selfishness that thinks only of its own survival in the world without acknowledging that everybody needs somebody—that relationships with others is more important than what you can acquire or keep for yourself. The flesh often protects its image, or ego, by puffing itself up as being somebody more important than any other body, and living lies to hide its weaknesses or flaws. No one is perfect, yet many ‘bodies’ try to project that they are perfect and have no shortcomings.

Apostle Paul wrote: “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice, but what I hate, that I do” and “For the good that I will to do, I do not do, but the evil I will not to do, that I practice (Romans 7:15, 19). What the apostle was describing here is that inner struggle he had with his spirit-body (soul) wanting to do what is right in the eyes of God, but his clay-body (flesh) made him do what was wrong in God’s eyes.

You may be at a crossroad now in your life with that same internal struggle. Sexual desires, if not tempered or tamed by the Spirit of God in you, will lead your body into acts of disobedience to your Creator. The desire for wealth can also move your body into taking risks that oftentimes lead to spiritual death. Selfish ambition is a leading cause of broken relationships and rejection in your life. Ambition is not wrong, but the way you decide to go about ‘getting your way’ can break the hearts of those who love you; or cause you to be blind to the ones who want to help you. You can’t “see” your helpers because you are looking only in a mirror at yourself. Until you allow your spirit-body to will (to make) your clay-body to crash that mirror to pieces, you will never build a life of quality and abundance and peace (wellness).

Be still, young one, and know that God created you; so He knows you better than you know yourself. And despite all the mistakes you’ve made, or how badly others have treated you, our how lowly you esteem yourself, He’s calling you to give you an important message. Yes, God is calling you: Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me (Revelation 3:20). To “open the door” means to answer the call of God. To answer the call of God is to simply be still; get quiet and respond, “Yes, Lord, I am here. Come into my heart and dwell in [dine with] me. I am ready to listen.”

Did you just do that? Did you answer His call?

There was a woman with a “spirit of infirmity” (read Luke 13:10-13). A spirit of infirmity can be anything from a physical illness which renders the body unable to use its motor skills properly, like in speech or paralysis of the limbs, or in her case, she was bent over and could not straighten up her back. This “spirit” can also be emotional, in such cases that traumatize a person—such as experiencing a great loss when a loved one dies, or when a relationship ends, or a hideous act of violation of your human rights in cases of rape or incest; or homelessness, or the trauma of seeing the bloodiness of war or experiencing the aftermath of the destruction of natural disasters (floods and earthquakes).

There is also psychological infirmity. It cripples the mind into not thinking clearly (not discerning the reality) about whatever situation you find yourself in with thoughts that have no truth in them whatsoever: “Everybody here hates me.” “I’m not good enough.” “Everyone wants to be around me because of my money.” “Everyone wants to use me for something then throw me away.” “I must prove to everyone that I am the best.” “If I do this or win that, then everyone will respect me.” “I can’t . . . .” And on and on and on.

The spirit of infirmity has only one goal: to cripple you from living your dream which is God’s plan for your life. Jesus saw that spirit in the woman. Jesus sees you. Jesus knows you. Jesus loves you just for who you are with all your imperfections and infirmities. And He called her to Him. What did she do when He called her? She answered His call. What was the important message Jesus had to tell her? "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” When she received this message, she believed it. Then Jesus touched her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.

God is calling you. He wants to give you an important message. He cares about everything which concerns you; and only He can perfect it (Psalm 138:8) with His touch. You receive His touch by answering His call and believing His genuine message tailored just for you. And, after answering His call, you will be loosed, made free from that infirmity, to finally realize this one truth: You don’t need to prove yourself to anyone. All you must do is glorify God—display (reflect, project) the glorious nature of God (your Creator) in you.

A most remarkable thing about the nature of God is, even when you give up on yourself, He doesn’t give up on you. He’s still calling . . . .

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