Do you realize that you make history every day? Chapters of your life are authored by your choices. Each decision adds another page. Every action you take is etched in time. God can’t decide for you. He gave you a free will to choose. That’s why it is so important to make the right choices. You are writing your history right now!
When I look back, one decision I had to make was about moving to Oklahoma. I lived in Texas and didn’t want to leave! But God said, “Lynette, I want 100 percent of you.” It was a little scary because He didn’t tell me what that decision would cost. Nor did the Father show me the path ahead. He just said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5–6 NKJV).
God couldn’t make that decision for me. I didn’t know then what I do now, but I knew Him enough to listen to the Holy Spirit. I knew I had to obey the Lord. Looking at it today, just think what I would have missed! It wasn’t until two years after we moved to Tulsa that Rhema Bible Training College started. Suddenly, our story began to unfold. The plan God had for Kenneth and me came together, and God was saying, “This is ultimately where I have brought you.”
Prepared for Revival
God has a big plan for all of us. I believe we are right in front of the Last Day revival, but for it to come into fullness, we have to be ready. We must do our part and prepare ourselves first.
2 Timothy 2:20–24 (NLT)
20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.
21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.
24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.
This passage of scripture is not just for preachers. It’s for all believers. In verse 21, who does it say that God will use? Those who keep themselves pure. We often want God to use us as we see fit, not as He sees fit. Sometimes we don’t think about correcting areas of our lives because they seem acceptable. Let’s take a closer look.
Polished and Pure
I have a silver tea set that sits on my dining room table. I don’t think about polishing it when it looks acceptable. One day I noticed the sugar bowl had some dark spots on it. I thought it was the only piece in the set that needed polishing. But after I finished, the teapot looked tarnished in comparison!
Air tarnishes silver. What tarnishes our lives? The world. Like my tea set, our lives may look acceptable day to day. But if we notice some dark spots and polish ourselves with the Word of God and commune with the Father, suddenly different areas in our lives look “tarnished.” They don’t look “acceptable” anymore.
I didn’t throw out part of the tea set when it had spots. It was still good. Maybe your life is tarnished. You may have messed up royally, but God is not through with you yet! God wants all of you—spirit, soul, and body—right now. Polish yourself in Him and receive His mercy. Take time to wrap yourself in the Holy Spirit, and He will keep you from tarnishing. Stay close to Him and live a clean life—you will be used of Him!
Be proud of where God has called you. Live a holy life, and let Him use you right where you are. Revival is around the corner!Lynette Hagin
Be Proud of Your Calling
The world needs you to be a minister wherever God calls you. And that may be in a profession. When Ken and I were first married, I worked as a hairdresser. I had a lot of opportunities to minister hope to people. Wherever God places you, He has a ministry for you.
Sometimes our Rhema graduates go out expecting to enter “full-time ministry.” But instead of working in the ministry, they are working a full-time job. I tell them, “Listen, you are still in ministry! You can impact people who may never be influenced by somebody in the pulpit!”
Regardless of what God has you doing, if you want to be fulfilled, give yourself to His plan—100 percent. Be proud of where God has called you. Live a holy life, and let Him use you right where you are. Revival is around the corner!
Visit rhema.org and search for “revival” to stir yourself up!
FAITH IN ACTION
Let’s check up on ourselves and honestly answer these questions:
• Am I prepared for revival?
• Am I hungry for God?
• Am I right with God?
• Am I communing with God—reading His Word and praying?
• Am I willing to be used as the Lord wants to use me?
• Am I ready to obey when He speaks to me?
• Am I living a holy life?
Hebrews 4:14–16 (MSG)
14 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers.
15 We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin.
16 So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
Go to the throne room of God and let Him talk to you. Take the mercy Jesus offers! Accept His help. He wants to prepare you for your future.
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I’ve listened to your fathernlaw
hundreds of times through the years. Obviously you have to.
Thank you for your input. As far as I’m concerned there’s no limit what we could do or have through Christ. Unfortunately my wife doesn’t see it that way. I’m attending a church of her preference. Calvary Chapel. They teach the word of God but they put the brakes on way too early. The occasionally put down preachers that I am very fond of. Not sure what to do.