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)
Sometimes I want to scream, “Lord, just how many lions and bears are out there with my name and address?” Jesus knows the difficulty of persevering. I pray a fresh impartation of His grace flood your being now. May His grace strengthen you to reach beyond exhaustion from battle, to reach beyond anger, beyond fear and doubt. May He enable you to get a deep breath and stir new determination to persevere. (2Sam.22:33) —Kathy
Sometimes we consider running away when the lion comes. But if we don’t persevere and defeat the lion in our face today (if we don’t defeat the strong mindsets and the rage that’s trying to rob us of purpose today), we won’t be equipped to face the bear. Then if we don’t confront the bear or the negative attitudes, unresolved offenses, flaws, they will hibernate then cycle back and cause trouble again. (Matt. 24:13) —Kathy