Wouldn’t it be more in character with our wise and loving God to have planned a path for us that fulfills who we are rather than contradicts who we are? To think otherwise is to assume our Heavenly Father has not been actively aware of us in every moment of our lifetime. To think otherwise is to assume our gifts and callings were an after-thought, after God got to know our personality and talents and quirks. No, we serve the God who knows the end before there is a beginning! (Isa.46:10) —Kathy
“Make disciples” (Mt.28:91-20) does not mean: teach others to be dependent upon receiving blessings. Rather, it means to teach others to BE a blessing (like Jesus). The teaching, experiences and writings of the apostles matured, developed and equipped believers to be agency through which the Kingdom would be evidenced in this earth (Acts8:12;14:22; 19:8; 28:23,31;1Co4:20).
There is an indirect teaching in the foundational beliefs of many Christians that whatever God asks us to do will always be very difficult. Therefore, the measure of obedience can become how much we don’t want to do a task. If it is what I hate to do or what I would never want to do or if it is a mandate that is obviously impossible, then that must be what God wants me to do, right? So, people set themselves to callings and tasks they were never meant to accomplish and then end up confused and hurt, feeling no one supported them in their efforts. Or, they are plagued by unbelief, doubting they recognize their Father’s voice thereafter. Or, they sink into suffocating disappointment and fear of failure. —Kathy
God will mold and chip away and apply heat. His purpose is not to get us to heaven but to mold us into the image of Christ. (Gal.4:19) That is why we have apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. He is using each one “for the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, the edifying of the Body of Christ: “Till we all come unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph.4:12-13)
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God will confirm and direct His gifts and callings in our lives. He does not gift us or call us, then say, “Go for it. You’re on your own!” Yet I’ve seen many Christians live stressful lives attempting to walk out their interpretation of an impacting dream, or straining to accomplish a mandate they perceived after a spiritual experience or after being inspired by the anointing on someone else. While it is not wise to ignore God-given dreams or experiences or counsel, it is also wise to have such confirmed. —Kathy
(Kathy is speaking at Kingdom Congress March 4-6, 2020)
As the people of God assemble today may they receive a fresh impartation of God’s grace flooding their being. May the worship and the Word set them in His arms of grace so that they are strengthened and are able to reach beyond the exhaustion of battle, anger, fear and doubt. May they get a deep breath and find new determination to persevere to overcome. “Is not this the God who armed me well, then aimed me in the right direction?” (2Sam.22:33, Msg)