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CALLED, TESTED and PURPOSED by GOD by David Wilkerson

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    by David Wilkerson

    The apostle Paul says of God, "Who has saved us and called us

    with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to

    His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus

    before time began" (2 Timothy 1:9).

    Simply put, every person who is "in Christ" is called by the Lord.

    And we all have the same mandate: to hear Godīs voice, to proclaim

    his Word, to never fear man and to trust the Lord in the face of

    every conceivable trial. Indeed, Godīs promises apply to all of his

    servants. That is, we donīt need to have a message prepared to

    speak before the world. He has pledged to fill our mouths with his

    Word at the exact moment itīs needed. But that will happen only

    if we trust him.

    Paul tells us that many are appointed as preachers, teachers

    and apostles, and that theyīre all going to suffer for that reason.

    He counts himself among those: "I was appointed a preacher,

    an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also

    suffer these things" (2 Timothy 1:11-12). He was saying, in effect,

    "God has given me a holy work to do. And because I have that

    calling, Iīm going to suffer."

    Scripture shows that Paul was tested as few ministers ever have

    been. Satan tried to kill him time after time. The so-called religious

    crowd rejected and ridiculed him, and at times even those who

    supported him left him abused and forsaken. But Paul was never

    confounded before men, nor was he ever dismayed or put to

    shame before the world. And, interestingly, he did not burn out.

    On every occasion, he had an anointed word from God to speak,

    just when it was needed.

    Paul could not be shaken - and he never lost his trust in the

    Lord. Instead, he testified, "I know whom I have believed and am

    persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him

    until that Day" (1:12). Simply put, "I have committed my life fully

    to the Lordīs faithfulness. Live or die, I am his."

    Beloved, you may be facing battles and the heavens may seem

    as brass to you. But the Holy Spirit is faithful to restore you and

    raise you up. He will see you through every dark night, so donīt

    let the devil break you down!

    NOTE FROM Lou:

    Even Paul went through troubles that were far beyond his ability to endure:

    2 Cor 1 NIV
    We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts, we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
    Last edited by Lou Newton; August 6, 2020, 11:12 AM.