Did you hear God tell you specifically to preach the gospel? I know that I am supposed to be helping people, and have heard recently from 3 seperate people that I should become a minister. One of them, my father, said that God told him He had "called Mellanie to preach" and to tell me so. I have been praying for God to reveal what He wants me to do, and committed to doing it. But is it possible that He would answer through others with something this important?
First of all, did I hear God specifically tell me to preach the gospel? Well,
not necessarily in an audible voice. But when I read the Bible and saw the
Scriptures about preaching the gospel, I knew in my heart, I knew in my soul, I
knew in the very fiber of my being that that's what I was supposed to do.
No you shouldn't depend upon other people saying that. God can confirm through
other people something this important, but He doesn't answer through other
people something this important. He confirms it through other people. So you
need to really hear for yourself in your heart, you really need to know in your
heart "is this something that God wants you to do?" And then, are you connected
to people in a church or in a Bible school where you can get the education you
need, get the training that you need, become a servant and really develop
yourself in growing as a Christian and growing as a leader.
If you're not helping the people right now around you, then God's not going to
give you more of a responsibility of helping a larger group of people. If you
can't influence your brother, your sister, your family members, your cousin - if
you don't influence the people right around you, then it's hard to imagine that
God would promote you and advance you to something even bigger than that. He
talks about being faithful with the little things. And then God will put you
But as far as hearing from other people whether God wants you to preach, No. You
need to hear in your own heart from the Scriptures that you study and if that's
something on your heart, then other people may be able to confirm that, but they
cannot be the ones to direct you. Because you cannot build your life on what
somebody else thinks that God told them. So that's really how we need to do
I’m not happy and I don’t know why. Nothing ever seems to work out for me. I love the Lord but His purpose for my life is missing.
What a powerful question and something that everybody struggles with. “I’m
not happy and I don’t know why.” There are two reasons why people are not happy
in life. One of them is because the Bible says, “Happy is the man that gets
understanding and the man that finds wisdom.” Proverbs 3:13. So the thing that
we need to do is we need to get understanding from the Word of God.
There’s a reason why we’re not happy. We get depressed and sad when we have a
sense of powerlessness, when we don’t feel the power to change the situations in
our life, when we feel powerless over the condition, powerless over our
situation. So what do we need to do? We need to get understanding and wisdom
because that will give us the power that is necessary to do something about our
situation. That’s number one.
Number two, it says in Romans 14, “Happy is the man that does not condemn
himself.” So if you want to be happy in life, you've got to stop condemning
yourself. Stop being a perfectionist. Stop feeling like everything has to be
perfect in your life in order to be happy. Or that you have to be perfect in
your life in order to be happy.
Happy is the one who does not condemn himself. How do you stop condemning
yourself? If you’re born again, you need to realize that in Christ Jesus, there
is no condemnation, and if you’re born again, you also need to realize that God
is not finished with you. And furthermore, God is the God of second chances. If
you’ve failed, if you’ve blown it, get up. God is the God that will give you
If you commit a sin that takes you out of the will of God and then you repent or ask for forgiveness, does that put you back in the will of God?
That’s a great question. The will of God is something that’s progressive,
though. It’s not that we’re either in the will of God or we’re out of the will
of God. Let’s talk about sin and then we can talk about the will of God. 1 John
1:9 says, “If we confess our sin to God, He is faithful to forgive us and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” So, yes, He puts you back into fellowship
with Him. When you confess and repent of that sin, you are back in fellowship
with Him. But being in the will of God is something that we grow into by the
choices that we make day by day. It’s not one day you’re in the will of God and
one day you’re not in the will of God. It’s that as you grow, as you continue to
yield to God’s Word and to God’s way of doing things, you become progressively
more and more in the perfect will of God.
I think what you’re asking is, “Are you out of fellowship with God when you sin
and can you get back into fellowship with God by repenting?” And the answer is
yes. If you confess your sin, He will cleanse you from it and He will restore
you to that fellowship with Him. Even David said, “Lord, restore me to the joy
of my salvation.” So, you can be restored when you confess your sin to God. And
don’t go back into the sin once you do confess it and turn from it.
How do you go about finding out what your purpose is?
We start discovering our purpose by having our minds renewed. Romans 12:1-2
says, “Do not be conformed to this world.” So number one, we’ve got to separate
from this world’s way of doing things. That’s the first step, do not be
conformed to the patterns of this world.
Then He says, number two, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” So what
we have to do is we have to change the way we think by making sure that our
thinking lines up with the Word of God and then He says, “So that you may prove
what is the will of God, the good will of God, the acceptable will of God and
the perfect will of God.” So I’m using the word “will” of God in exchange for
the word “purpose” of God. So He says that we have to have our minds renewed so
that we can prove the good purpose of God, the acceptable purpose of God and the
perfect purpose of God.
And so, where you start is you continue to renew your mind to think like God
thinks. And then, as you think like God thinks, you’re taking one step into
God’s purpose for your life. Then, as you think like God thinks, you’re going to
believe like God believes and then you’re taking another step into God’s purpose
for your life. And then when you think and believe like God thinks and believes,
you’re going to start doing like God does. And when you’re doing like God does,
you are going to step into the perfect purpose of God for your life by doing
things God’s way.
And the second thing I would encourage you to do is what you probably are
already doing, but just to confirm this and affirm this to you, is to start
wherever you are, serving in whatever situation you’re in. You serve people, you
serve God and you serve people in your church. You get plugged into your church
and you start serving there as you probably already are. But escalate that, take
the next step in that. Because as we’re serving people, then the Bible says,
“The greatest among you is the servant of all.” The way Jesus stepped into His
purpose was He served other people.
A third thing I would encourage you to do in fulfilling your purpose is as we
see in Scripture in Luke 3, we see Jesus resisting temptation in Luke 3 and Luke
4, we see God speaking to Him, saying, “You are my Beloved Son and in you I am
well pleased” so He had a true understanding of God’s love for Him. So that’s
the next step in fulfilling your purpose or finding your purpose. He had a true
understanding of God’s love for Him, then He encountered temptation from the
devil and He resisted that temptation by saying, “It is written , it is
written…, it is written.” He spoke the Word, that’s how He resisted the devil
and resisted temptation. And then when He had resisted that temptation, on the
other side of that temptation, the Bible says, He came down in the power of the
Spirit and picked up the Scriptures and began to preach His first sermon in Luke
4 and He said, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me and He has anointed me.”
And from that moment on, Jesus fulfilled God’s purpose for his life.
But notice the process of what He did to get into that. He knew God’s love for
Him. “You’re my Beloved Son, in you I am well pleased.” Then He faced the
temptations that every one of us face. He overcame them with the Word of God and
that was His passageway into His purpose. So if you can get your arms around
those three or four things that I’ve talked about, you’ll be well on your way to
fulfilling God’s purpose for your life as well.