The other day I wrote a devotional on the topic of being called and then sent, and how when we are sent we should not allow fear, anxiety or any other emotion overrun what we know God wants us to do. No matter if people say it is crazy you still have God behind you saying, “Don’t worry, I got your back!” People can say what they want and criticize you as much as they want, but when you know for sure within your heart that it is right and that it is time then you better obey and move in faith. We may not completely understand the call either, but we know that we should move.
“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11 NKJV).
I find it quite crazy and a little hysterical that most people who say you should not do something are often times ones that are very close to you and that have already done something themselves. This to me seems a bit odd at times because those are the ones that should be supporting you the most! For whatever reason they discourage you, not wanting to see you succeeding, their own fears and anxieties and so on, you can be rest assured the devil is behind it trying to manipulate the situation.
The devil knows that the closer a person is to you then the more influence they have over you, especially if they are successful in what they do. He knows that a bit of you looks at them as an idol and will listen to almost ever little thing they say because, hey they are successful! Tricky he is and wise we should be to pay attention to not only what they say, but the advice of others and the word of God too.
“I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.” (Proverbs 4:11).
If you take certain peoples advice about a certain situation, and yet you still feel called and led to pursue it even though they tell you that you should not, there are two ways in which to approach this situation. First make sure that you are in tune with the Holy Spirit and that the calling is something that is Biblically sound. Second, you should make sure that what you want is not led by the flesh, but is a yearning of the Spirit which correlates with the first piece of advice.
There are times we can slip off the right path, but if the yearning continues regardless of what you do and no matter what it increases, then you better move on it before God closes the door of opportunity and gives it to another faithful servant. As I said before we can not allow our emotions or the thoughts of others dictate our move when we feel called and sent, unless everyone is telling you no, then you might want to really pray hard about it.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these of sons of God.” (Romans 8:14).
Ultimately it is up to us and what we feel the Spirit calling us to do and that is why it is so crucial to stay in tune with the Spirit. Reading God’s word daily, meditating on it, spending quality time in prayer and fellowshipping with one another are all ways in which we can stay in tune as well as grow in the Holy Spirit. When you feel called and the door opens then move on it, because when it is time then it is time. God bless!