"There is a pre-destined path written in the books of heaven for us, however, we have to agree to walk out this path on the Earth. When we begin to understand our high calling, we must receive the grace to walk worthy of that calling, in conduct, in application, and in consecration to it."
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
Dear Friends and Partners
Every one of us is called with a high calling form God, and every one of us has grace provided to walk out this calling. Read with me these three scriptures and as you do pay special attention to the phrase "walk worthy";
Ephesians 4:1 (NKJV) I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (NKJV) as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, 12 that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
Colossians 1:9-10 (NKJV) For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Now, firstly we need to understand that a calling is an invitation. The Scripture tells us that, "...many are called but few are chosen" (Matthew 10:16) Everyone is called, everyone has a destiny, but, because not everyone says "yes" to the call, therefore not all can be chosen.
The Strong's concordance explains that the Greek word translated "calling" is the word 'klēsis' from a shorter form of the Greek word meaning an invitation (figuratively) calling.
There is a pre-destined path written in the books of heaven for us, however, this path has to be agreed to walked out on the Earth. When we begin to understand our high calling, we must receive the grace to walk worthy of that calling, in conduct, in application, and in consecration to it.
Let’s look again at Ephesians 4 in its entirety to get a fuller picture of this. Now don't be put off by reading a whole chapter, you will be so glad you took the time!
Ephesians 4:1-32 (NKJV) I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore He says: "WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE, AND GAVE GIFTS TO MEN." 9 (Now this, "HE ASCENDED"—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. 17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, putting away lying, "LET EACH ONE OF YOU SPEAK TRUTH WITH HIS NEIGHBOR," for we are members of one another. 26 "BE ANGRY, AND DO NOT SIN": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Firstly the good news! Verse 7 "But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift"
You don’t have to come up with the ability to walk worthy of this call. The call is from God and so is the grace to walk it out. The same decision that you made through faith and by faith to receive Jesus, is the same decision through faith and by faith that we use to receive the grace to walk out our calling. You didn’t do anything to get yourself saved and you can’t come up with the power to walk it out either. It is of faith that it might be by grace…
Romans 4:16 (NKJV) Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all
Romans 5:2 (NKJV) through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And, according to Ephesians 4:29, we have a part to play in imparting that grace to one another;
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
It grieves the Spirit of God when we speak anything about each other other than that which would edify and build up one another towards the call of God. When we speak over one another in line with each ones calling, we agree with the Holy Spirit, rather than grieve Him.
Romans 8:26-31 (NKJV) Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Don’t put your mouth in opposition to what God is saying about another person, work with the Holy Spirit in intercession and not against Him to grieve Him. And certainly don’t be a witness for satan, to make accusation against them!
Now, because the invitation comes with the grace to get there, we must understand the path that we have been given grace for.
Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
If you received an invitation to meet the Prime Minister, or the President, or a reighning Monarch, and in the invitation, were the instructions on when the limousine would arrive, and on what day and time it would pick you up, you would need to follow those instruction. You couldn’t just show up whenever and however you wanted to. I write this illustration to emphasise, that the invitation that we have from God as our calling, has some instructions with it.What are those instructions? Well firstly to “walk worthy of the calling…..” Now the Greek word here for “Walk” as explained by Strong's is 'peripateō' from the words; to tread all around, that is, walk at large (especially as proof of ability); figuratively to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary): - go, be occupied with, walk (about).
The word 'deport' is an old fashioned word meaning, posture, stance, to conduct yourself a certain way.
The word for “Worthy” is 'axiōs' which indicates "as becometh, after a godly sort, worthily (-thy).appropriately:" As we read in Ephesians chapter 4, there is a provided grace to enable us to be kind, and build one another up. To be connected as joints in a body, and where those parts join, there is power! Why? Because ultimately, our calling as the Body of Christ is His calling.
Ephesians 1:18 (NKJV) the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Walking worthy is not something you do out of your mind, will or emotions. It is not a soul strength, it is from a Holy Spirit sufficiency that is in you to walk out.
Many times we see the word “let” used, which mean we must choose to walk in His strength and by His power, that is provided. We have to "let" God's grace work for us. We must agree to the path and walk on it.
Hallelujah! Within the call is all the sufficiency to walk worthy of that call. Now rejoice in that and spend some time recieving all you need to walk out what the Lord has destined ahead of you.
Last year we ended our MinistrEmail's with a faith confession, and this year I want to continue that format, with this declaration below. Please read through it first and then release your faith for 2017.
I BELIEVE I RECEIVE THAT THIS YEAR IS “THE YEAR OF FABULOUS OUTPOURINGS FROM HEAVEN” FOR ME!
I BELIEVE THAT THE LORD WILL PERFECT THAT WHICH CONCERNS ME, THAT IS MY PATH, AND I, BY THE SPIRIT OF GRACE, WALK OUT THAT PATH RIGHT NOW.
NO DEVIL CAN HOLD BACK THE LORD’S PLAN FOR MY LIFE, AND I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS AS THE LEGAL CASE FOR MY RIGHTEOUSNESS AND BEING CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF JESUS AS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.
I DECLARE THAT THIS YEAR WILL BE GRANDER AND GREATER – AND THAT AN OUTPOURING SUCH AS HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE WILL OUTWORK THROUGH MY LIFE AND MINISTRY.