As I awoke this morning I saw the hand of the Lord touching individuals and placing assignments upon their lives. He has been repositioning many and now I saw Him commissioning them.
It reminded me of when God appointed and commissioned Jeremiah as a prophet to nations,
““I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.””
Jeremiah’s response to this was to dispute God’s choosing saying that he was too young. God answered Jeremiah by saying,
“The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth!”
He is the one who appointed you, even before you were born! This is the time of commissioning. It is He alone that will fill your mouth to stand and speak in the places that He will send you. It is His favor that will make a way for you, not your own strength. He is God and there is no other; therefore, He will be sovereign to accomplish through you that which you could never do yourself.
I remember many years ago being in a worship service and hearing the Lord ask me if I would go wherever He wanted to send me. I wholeheartedly responded with the words, “Here I am, send me.” I had little idea what those five words would release upon my life.
I think that at the time that I spoke them I didn’t truly believe that He’d use me in any significant way. I was a housewife and mother of young children who ministered on a local church staff. But God does not make anyone for insignificance! He put His words in my mouth and now has sent me and given me courage to trust His strength as I have stood before nations.
This was not because I am the most gifted to do this or the most qualified. Actually it is quite the opposite. I am the least qualified but it is God who appoints and commissions, and us who says, “Here am I, send me.”
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
Whether you are called, like Jeremiah, to prophecy to nations or you are called to be His voice in the marketplace, do not fear because He will fill your mouth with His words.
One thing that I have learned in my walk is utter dependency. As a young girl I had terrible stage fright. I remember being asked to sing a solo in a school concert and when it came time to sing it no sound would come out of my mouth. Fear blocked my voice and though my lips moved no sounds came forth. To this very day if I put any dependency upon myself that old fear will return. As I trust Him to fill my mouth then what comes forth is even surprising to me; for it is Him and not me.
Dependency and yielding to His Spirit is key to whatever gift and calling He places upon your life.
Today, my oldest son got behind the wheel of a moving truck to move he and his family from the West Coast of the United States to the East Coast (New York State) to take a key position at a large church. He has been trained and qualified for this position but the anointing will come with dependency upon the Spirit of God. God’s favor has made a way for my son and now God will fill his life with all that is needed to walk in what He appointed him to be even before he was born.
You have been appointed and now many of you have been positioned. Suddenly you will be commissioned! Get ready for the great commission to come upon your life and give you influence to the place and people that He has called you to.
Yesterday a friend posted a photo of her husband plowing their fields and baling hay. As I looked at that photo, each bale became like an individual that had been planted, prepared and now was being sent out. You have been through storms and scorching sun, through winds and waiting but now is the time for you to be sent.
“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Allowing your life to remain in Christ through the waiting and preparation is what positioned you to be chosen. Jeremiah had a choice regarding being a prophet to nations. When God said to him,
““Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them.” (Jeremiah 1:17)
He had a choice! He was chosen and he obeyed the call and was commissioned. Many are called but few choose to follow. You have stood the test of time and said yes to His call. You will go forth as one of the few and see many saved, changed and then, they too, will become one of the few.
Do not be afraid for He is with you! Do all that He has asked you to do and watch the victories come forth.
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