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You are not only called into fellowship to know the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in daily communion, but you are called to fulfill God's call upon your life.

There is no human being on earth who doesn't have a calling from God. Now, you may not be called to the office of an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher.

You may not be called to the mission filed, to teach in a Christian school, or to serve and work in a ministry as a full-time employee; but there's a calling that God places upon every human being. Why? Because God has no spare parts.

If you are a member of the Body, you have something you are to do. You are not just stuck out there dangling in space and God says, "Oh, I don't know what I'm going to do with you!"

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are learning what God wants you to do. As you answer the first calling to be saved and the second calling to come into daily communion with Him, then you will discover the calling of what you are to do in life.

Examples of Delayed Callings
Why do people lay aside their call? Sometimes it's because of sin, mistakes, or the mistakes of others. Because of it, some feel they can't pick up their calling again.

Sometimes people try to do what they are called to do and they do it the wrong way and make a mistake. Out of the embarrassment or the predicament that results, they forget about the call, or they don't want to go on with it.

Other people lay aside their calling, not because of their own sin or their own mistakes, but because of the sins and mistakes of other people. They are hurt, wounded and rejected.

Others try to do something for God, and people don't respond to it. Consequently, they lay aside that calling.

Samson had a call to deliver Israel, but he was pulled away from this call by the lust of his own flesh. There are many influencing demonic spirits that try to pull people away from their calling.

Samson fell for it. Delilah satisfied his flesh, but nearly destroyed his life and his call. He ended up with his eyes blinded, grinding meal like an ox.

Here's the good news, though. Samson's hair began to grow again, but his strength wasn't just in his hair. His strength was in his covenant relationship with God. He lost that strength, but it began to return because he recommitted himself to God. The anointing came back.

Let's look at Samson's final feat of victory in Judges 16:25-30. The Philistines called a great banquet celebration to sacrifice to their god, Dagon, for delivering Samson into their hands.
...When their hears were merry...they said, "Call for Samson, that he may perform for us." So they called for Samson from the prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars.

Then Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, "Let me feel the pillars which support the temple, so that I can lean on them!"

Now the temple was full of men and women; all the lords of the Philistines were there. In fact, there were about three thousand men and women on the roof who watched while Samson performed.

Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, "O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!"

And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left.

Then Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" And he pushed with all his might and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.
Even though this was a bittersweet victory, it was still a triumph in that Samson returned to God in his last days. This means you, too, can start over!

Moses made a great mistake. When he looked upon the bondage and oppression imposed upon the Hebrews (his own people) by the Egyptians, he killed an Egyptian (Ex. 2:11-12).

Moses' heart was right, but his actions were wrong. That's the way it is with a lot of people. They attempt to fulfill their calling, but they don't get the wisdom and knowledge of Go on how to do it.

As a result of this sin, Moses fled to the backside of the desert and spent 40 years there. It looked like it was over. Moses at 80 years old was tending his father-in-law's sheep. But his calling wasn't over, because "...the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable" (Rom. 11:29). This means God never pulls them back.

God called Moses to do something. Moses made a mistake in how he was to do it, but the day came when he saw a burning bush that wasn't consumed, which represented God saying, "I'm going to light the fire in your heart again, Moses, and this time, you'll not go in your own ability. You'll go in My power, strength and wisdom to deliver the Children of Israel out of Egypt" (Read Ex. 3:9-14).

Moses messed up, but God gave him another opportunity to fulfill his call. If you've messed up, repent. The accept God's grace and stand up on the inside! You can still fulfill that which God has called you to do!

Source: You Can Start Over by Billy Joe Daugherty
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Billy Joe Daugherty
Web site: Victory Christian Center
Billy Joe Daugherty was founder and pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was also the founder of Victory Christian School, Victory Bible Institute and Victory World Missions Training Center.

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