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November 2014 A High and Holy Calling!

From My Life’s Journey                                                                                                                                                                       November, 2014  

Topic: A High and Holy Calling!

God’s blessings upon you as you read this last ministry letter for 2014!  I will share a personal experience and what I learned from that experience.  I hope you will be stirred to attend more faithfully to the divine purpose for which God placed you on this earth.  

On Monday, October 27, a heaviness rested on me that I attempted to brush aside by not dwelling on it.  I tried to pray, but before I knew it, I was down on one knee crying and sobbing.  I just hurt.  My mind was drawn to my failings in life and unmet expectations.  As you know, I don’t usually write about these kinds of experiences because I don’t have them often.  The Word keeps me and is rich and powerful on the inside of me, so normally I withstand an onslaught from the enemy with full armor on.  But this time was different. 

During this episode, though, a part of me stood firm.  It was my spirit where Christ dwells.  My spirit arose and impressed upon me:  “What are you going on like this for?”  Although my emotions were gushing all over the place, God held me accountable for getting up.  In about 20 minutes, all of this ended when I pressed toward God by standing in my knowledge of Him and who He is to me.  I also, though, told God that I just needed some encouragement, and I was blessed in special ways on that day and the next.

I share this experience as a backdrop for this letter.  I feel that I was on the enemy’s radar because I walk in God’s call on my life.  As Christians, we face many challenges, butwe must not lose sight that we have a high and holy calling.  We can walk in our calling because of Jesus’ death on the cross.  Our calling cost Him much.  Some might say, “Wait a minute!  I don’t know that I have a calling.  My pastor does, but I’m not sure about me.”  The Bible says that “God 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 Tim. 1:9).  Our call is not based on our works or worthiness; it is based on God’s purposes and His grace which were given to us in Christ before time began.  Yes, before time.

1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”  Now that we are a people of the light, we are only in peace as we walk in the light.  One thing that can make us vulnerable to the enemy is walking in darkness.  The enemy takes advantage of every opportunity to hijack our lives.  This happened to me:  The enemy found a crack in my armor and was able to trouble my soul.  It was only as I ran full speed to my Savior that I was able to break free of the enemy’s grasp.  So for you and me, no darkness … only light!  Walking in sin or error commands a high price from those who have a high and holy calling.  What causes you to drift into darkness?  Unsaved friends, too much worldly entertainment, too much questionable or unfruitful activity, too little time in the Word, too little time in God’s presence ...  Flee the darkness!

Another scripture confirms that we have a high calling: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).  One lesson I learned from my meltdown, as I call it, is that I have a greater stability the more my mind acknowledges God’s high call on my life.  The Word says in Col. 3:2, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” If our minds are primarily on the things of this earth – financial, job, health, boss, children, spouse, or car problems – then we are stuck in the natural, and the heaviness of this life will eventually swamp us.  We are far more than our natural existence, so we must be able to elevate above the natural.  Keep reading; I’ll tell you what I’ve learned to do.

There is a song sung by DeWayne Woods entitled “Let Go, Let God.”  Here is the chorus: 

As soon as I stopped worrying, worrying how the story ends, I let go and I let God, I let God have His way,

That’s when things started happening, I stopped looking at “back then”, I let go and I let God, I let God have His way.

When God drew my heart to this song, my learning came full circle, and here it is.  I must stay in the light as God is in the light (1 John 1:7).  Also, I must keep looking upward toward what is of God, what is divine, what is eternal, and what is truly in my spirit and soul –to fulfill God’s call!  Yes, there are natural, earthly responsibilities to fulfill, but I look at those responsibilities in light of a Kingdom call.  I spoke to God the other day:  “I am destined by You to fulfill a holy call on this earth.  Show me how.  I know You’re going to handle problems that exist in the natural.  I’m not going to stress about anything because you’ve told me to be anxious about nothing; it only brings me down.  So I let it all go, and I’m going to let you have your full way in my life.  I lift my eyes off my circumstances and fix them on You which is where my help comes from.  In the midst of everything, I am thankful and I look upward to You.” 

My friend, one day our natural existence will be over.  Think on what one writer asked: “Can you imagine what it will be like when God calls you by name?” Yes, one day God will speak with us about our divine earthly call.  Be prepared for the conversation.  Since the experience I shared, my life has changed, and I’ve taken a few steps forward – and higher – on my journey.  Will you join me? 

Ever onward, ever forward~

Dr. Iris Barrett