Speak Forth the Word, Watch the Lord Perform It
One Sunday morning I was getting ready to teach and I was struggling because I knew that mornings sermon was intense. I was nervous not knowing how it would be received by the congregation. I knew that it was what the Lord place on my heart to teach them but I also knew that it would be hard for people to hear.
All through worship I pleaded with the Lord for grace and favor with his people and the Lord spoke Jeremiah chapter one into my heart. I quickly found it in my Bible and read it. I set my face towards the message the Lord spoke to me that day and preached without fear or reservation. I know I found freedom to teach the Word inhibited as a result of this lesson from Jeremiah. Those in the congregation who chose to plant the seed that was spoken and sown, difficult as it was, also experienced freedom through that message. That sermon, yielded fruit among those who heard it because of obedience to what the Lord told me to do.
This lesson from Jeremiah was a turning point in my life. Since then I have operated with this as my mission statement: Simply speak forth the Word of God and place all dependence upon performance on the authors shoulders. I have found incredible liberty in this. Jeremiah 1 has taught me so many things and as I reflect over it, I decided to share this revelation so that others can find such freedom. Each verse holds special meaning for the mission the Lord gave me. As I walk through it I pray that His word also speaks to you and your calling.
Lesson #1 - God loves me. God created me, set me apart and consecrated me for his special purpose.
"The word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations" (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
One could say that destiny makes the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Destiny is not a preordained path chosen for you, that will be accomplished whether or not you cooperate with it. Destiny is a special calling upon your life that the Lord purposed for you before you were born. It takes full collaboration on your part. God loves you so much that created you with destiny in mind. He took great care informing and equipping you to carry it out his plan for your life. He has also been speaking it to your heart, placing a desire in you to pursue it. When you operate as God designed you, you will experience incredible joy.
If you look at the great men in the Bible, you will see that they were fully aware that they had a destiny to fulfill. They knew God had a plan for their lives. Like Jeremiah, David knew the intensity of God's love for him that is why he wrote Psalm 139, he knew that the Lord created him in the womb with a purpose in mind. Isaiah also spoke of his calling in Isaiah 49, "Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name." (Isaiah 49:1). Jesus operated in his purpose while on this earth and knew what he came to do. "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." ( Luke 4:18-19 ). Lastly the Apostle Paul wrote that he was called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God many times in the epistles. Recounting his mission to everyone he ministered to. A mission that was set apart for him alone. All of these men overcame extraordinary circumstances because they were sure of their calling. They had a destiny, they knew God loved and chose them for a specific purpose. The end result, the world was blessed.
When the Lord spoke this to me that Sunday morning, I knew that I had been set apart to teach the Word of God without fear. I knew the Lord loved me and delighted in seeing me operate in this way. He has called me to be a prophet to his beloved church speaking forth the Word in love, but also in fullness with no apologies. I took great comfort in knowing that this was what I was suppose to do in life... simply put, seek the Lord, teach the Word and watch him perform it.