On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I was asked to speak unexpectedly at a Church that was not on my itinerary and began to seek the Lord for His word for that church. I was surprised at how quickly God downloaded the message I was to share on destiny & identity. I have frequently spoken messages on this theme, however God put together many scriptures that I was very familiar with in a way that emphasized some key points He wanted to get across. Since that time He has had me speak this word a few times and I believe it is something that is being highlighted to the Body of Christ right now through many as He prepares to launch His people into their destinies.
God’s desire is that we fully understand who we really are in Him, and the extent, weight and greater dimensions of the call on the lives of His saints. The call is immense—full of His kabod Glory, and it is vital to our Covenant Destiny in Christ that we have His revelation on the fullness of the Call in this incredible hour we are chosen to serve Him in. In 2Timothy 1:8-9 Paul is attempting to get this revelation through to Timothy admonishing him firstly not to be ashamed of the testimony of the Lord, but to share with him in the sufferings for the sake of the Gospel, “…according to the power of God, who 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…” The words ‘holy calling’ can also mean a sacred invitation, given to us by God to partner and join with Him in fulfilling a specific work, purposed by Him and given before time began. Ephesians 1:3-5 gives us a taste and scope of the Heavenly call:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him BEFORE the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined (predetermined) us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will…”
Wow! This is a passage worthy of lengthy meditation in His Presence, in pursuit of the fullness of His intentions. The revelation that He has kept us, that He has stored up, and is ready to release all the blessings and promises He has ordained for us, that is our right because we are His sons in Christ, should shake and wake us up out of any place of dullness in our walk with Him! The glory of the inheritance that is ours, He pre-determined before He even formed the world! Psalm 139 encapsulates the depth and weight of God’s thoughts toward us, verse 15-17 again mentions and describes the holy and sublime moments before we were brought forth into the world.
“You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. YOU SAW ME BEFORE I WAS BORN. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!”
God’s work of creating a son or daughter of God is holy as He is Holy; He is fashioning a person in His image with a spirit that He jealously yearns for. The Word tells us in 2 Chronicles 16 that the eyes of the Lord are searching the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are made ready or complete, towards Him. The Hebrew word for show Himself strong means firstly to fasten upon or seize. God is eagerly and earnestly longing and looking for the sons of God, that He may fasten upon and take hold of them!
When was Paul ordained? Was it after he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus? Paul tells us in Galatians 1:15, “But when it pleased God, who separated me (set me apart) from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, TO REVEAL HIS SON IN ME…” Paul experienced a divine intervention where the Lord fastened on and reclaimed him in an appointed time to serve Him in the original intention written for his life.
When was Jeremiah ordained? As a very young man God encountered Jeremiah with the call that had been predetermined for Him before the world was formed, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” The Hebrew word sanctify also means to set you apart, make clean, consecrate, dedicate, make holy.
Romans eight declares that the suffering we experience, or that we will ever experience is not to be compared to the incredible Glory God intends to reveal in us. Building upon this revelation, Paul goes on to say that the whole earth is eagerly waiting and groaning in travail for the revelation of the sons of God (sons refers to both men and woman). Why is the Earth in travail over this? Paul answers, because the Earth will be delivered from bondage and corruption into the Glory, liberty and freedom that the sons of God are prepared to let loose on humanity! GOD IS SEARCHING FOR HIS SONS—sons He knew before time, and THE WHOLE EARTH IS IN TRAVAIL, WAITING IN EXPECTATION FOR THE EYES OF THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS TOBE OPENED TO THE TRUTH THAT THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD, CHOSEN BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD…AND THEY BEGIN TO STEP OUT IN THE HOLY CALL!
In Jeremiah 29 God says that HE KNOWS THE PLANS HE HAS FOR US! These are not simply plans to give us a nice life with all the trimmings, although that can be included, but rather the plans He has for us are targeted toward an expected end that is weighty with Divine destiny that is Glorious. We have each been called to a specific work, a unique assignment prepared for us before we were born—God’s purpose is that we should walk in it and fulfill the call on this generation.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works (labor), which God prepared beforehand (ordained before) that we should walk in them.” Eph 2:10
The Greek word for work means to toil in occupation; by implication an act: – deed, doing, labor, work. To walk in means to live, deport oneself, to be occupied with, TO GO. It is a work assigned to us that we are to be occupied with whether individually or corporately. When God calls, for some, the first tendency is to resist and to make objections—we are too insignificant, we have no platform, we have no money or education, we have no voice, we cannot speak, we cannot write, and on and on we go in unbelief. However, we are no different than the greatest of God’s servants in the Bible. When Jeremiah first heard the call he objected telling the Lord that he could not speak, and that he was too young! But God declared to him that he would fulfill the call because, He would be with him, that He would protect him and that He would put His words in his mouth. Can it get any better or easier than that!
Moses also objected to the call on His life to the point where God began to get angry with Him. The scriptures tell us that Moses pleaded with the Lord to send someone else, saying that he was unable to speak. God answered him by asking him, “Who makes a person’s mouth?” God then gave him the same assurances given to Jeremiah that He would be with him and would give him the words to say!
It would seem that Timothy was also experiencing some fear and intimidation judging by Paul’s exhortation to him. Paul told him that God had not given him a spirit of fear or timidity but rather He had given him POWER, LOVE AND A SOUND MIND. Paul admonishes him—as God would admonish ALL SONS AND DAUGHTERS of God, to FAN INTO FLAMES the spiritual gift that has been given to us, deposited unto our being, woven into our DNA to be brought for the release of Kingdom GLORY, to do great damage to the kingdom of darkness and release captives from spiritual imprisonment. We are to LET OUR LIGHT SHINE! This means to MANIFEST THE FIRE AND THE GLORY WITHIN! IT IS TIME TO SHOW UP, TO COME FORTH AND ARISE! Our Journey after leaving the womb of our mother has been to find our way back to Father God, to the Call and original intention of God given to us before time began.
Don’t resist Him! Allow your Father to re-release in you His great treasures, the gifts and the power of your Divine Covenant Call—the Destiny prepared for you in Christ! All who opened the womb, who were firstborn sons, were holy unto God, separated by Him for Him. This set the stage for coming of the Firstborn and only begotten Son of God—Jesus Christ. All children of God are born again in Christ as Sons of God, indelibly united to THE FIRSTBORN SON OF GOD. THE FATHER CHOSE US BEFORE IN CHRIST, TO BE THE IMAGE OF CHRIST. WE ARE UNITED TO HIM IN LIFE, CALL, PURPOSE AND DESTINY—AN ARMY OF VOICES CRYING OUT, “PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD!”
Preparations are in the works for Christ to complete and fulfill HIS DESTINY to rule and reign on planet Earth—that every knee should bow and every tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD! HE IS OUR COMING KING! IT IS IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING!! JESUS IS FIERCE IN HIS PASSION TO COMPLETE HIS DESTINY, AND OUR DESTINY AND DESTINATION IS DIVINELY UNITED TO HIS IN A COVENANT CALL TO PREPARE HIS WAY!
As His eyes scan the Earth, I sense the Lord is now sounding a loud trumpet, saying, “Will the sons of God come forth and present yourselves before me!” I am also hearing His voice in my spirit saying, “Prepare for the re-release of Pentecost in fullness, gird up your loins and be ready!”
God is setting us up for a Divine intervention, where He will fasten upon us in an encounter with His manifest Presence, and re-release the CALL upon a chosen people who have answered the Call, appointed for this hour. This is a SACRED INVITATION offered to the people of God—to serve His purposes, to unite with Angel Armies to bring salvation and redemption to a great harvest of souls, and to prepare the Bride for His Coming. It is time for bold courageous voices to rise without fear to declare the Works & the Word of God to a captive world.