A Heart On Fire OLS — Week Three #1

Sometimes in the midst of a study in God’s Word, the Lord reminds us of His hand at work in our lives.

And He speaks in His Word and leads us to think about certain truths relevant to our walk with Him.

This week I was reminded of His call in my life as I studied in Week Three, Day 1 of A Heart On Fire entitled, “Chosen As His Beloved.” The verses focused on the fact that we are chosen of God (Ephesian 1:3-6, Colossians 3:12). He chooses us with great purpose. We are to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has “called” us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9-10). This week the Lord personally helped me to remember His call to me, review His call of me, renew His call on my life, and respond to His call. His call of us is vast. He calls us to belong to Him (Romans 1:6). We are called as saints (Romans 1:7), called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28), called to be His child (Romans 9:26), called to be His holy people (1 Corinthians 1:2), and called into fellowship with Christ, into a partnership with Him (1 Corinthians 1:9).

Our calling and gifts are irrevocable and can never be withdrawn (Romans 11:29). But sometimes when the storm clouds roll into our lives, our vision is clouded to the point that we can’t see and we forget our call. So I believe there are moments in our lives when we need to remember, review, renew and respond again to the great call of God in our life. Focusing on the Lord and His call on our life will help us finish well as we continue to run our race.

Paul’s statement as he looked toward the next difficult step in his own journey with the Lord is almost a summary statement of his own call from God.

But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:24

I believe there are days when we can fall into despair, fail in our walk, and give in to fear, worry, and discouragement. But the Lord will never leave us or forsake us. He promises (Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:20). Focusing on God and His call in our lives will help us follow Jesus through the storm, listen to His Word, run our race with Him, and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

So dear friend, be encouraged today and respond to the Lord’s call in your life. He has a future and a hope for you. Fix your eyes on Him and keep on running your race all the way to the finish line.

If you are studying A Heart On Fire, you have another week now to finish Week 3, Days 1-3.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

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