Monday, August 6, 2012

God Equips the Called


Dear Friends,

We hear much today about empowering.  Whole industries have sprung up to empower people in all areas of their lives.  The Holy Spirit will empower us to do the tasks that we have no power to do alone.  He comes to help those who are helpless.  He comes to strengthen and inspire.  In other words, He is in your life in order to anoint you for your appointed task—the task He assigned to you before you were you to know!

God never calls without equipping.  Someone has said, “God doesn’t call the equipped but He equips the called.”  As far as I can see, “anointing” means that you are in the midst of duty, somewhere in the depths of your being comes a great shout of “God confidence”—an “I can do this” sound.  “This is possible,” you realize, where before it looked impossible.  In fact, God is a God of the possible, and being anointed means living in the good of the possibilities of God!  We receive this anointing and empowerment from the Holy Spirit.

For me this empowering often comes when I need words that work—words that convince, convict, or convert the people to whom I am talking.  Words are necessary in the calling He has given me, and I have experienced this empowering by the Holy Spirit over and over again.  It is as if words that struggle to get off the ground take flight and arrive at their destination.  It is perfectly all right for me to bank on Him to give wings to my words.  Whether I am struggling to find a word of encouragement for a single parent, a word of comfort for a bereaved husband, or words for a talk for students, women, a congregation, or a conference, I pray with confidence:

Give my words wings, Lord.
May they alight gently on the branches of men’s minds,
Bending them to the winds of Your will.
May they fly high enough to touch the lofty,
Low enough to bring the breath of sweet encouragement
Upon the downcast soul.

Give my words wings, Lord.
May they fly swift and far,
Winning the race with the words of the worldly wise,
To the hearts of men.

Give my words wings, Lord.
See them now,
Nesting—
Down at thy feet.
Silenced into ecstasy,
Home at last.

God’s work in your hands cannot be done without the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  But you can bank on Him to do it.  If you have the Holy Spirit, you have the anointing.  Remember what 1 John 2:20 says: “You have the anointing from the Holy One.”  Just make sure there is no sin in your life.  Trust in His promise that you have the anointing—and then go for it!

Peace,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor
Just Between Us Magazine  




1 comment:

  1. Jill, I'm experiencing this!!! I started a Scripture Memorizing Club for ladies on my Face Book. And lots of ladies are joining!!! And these verses will help me with all the sin in my life. Here is what I wrote: August's Memory Work; wanna join me??? (((Psalm 51 Verses 1 through 19))) ...pray, pray pray. I'd love the company♥I can send you memory cards off Word. And a memory sheet of the verses. I put them in orderlikefashion♥Take as long as you need. Sometimes it takes me 3 months. Sometimes faster. It's wonderful to have company & people praying. We all have so much on our plate, but to enjoy God is success. Please send me an e-mail at lakejoysingers@myexcel.com & I’ll e-mail them to you♥You can put them on your word & decorate them with photo shop....if you want.
    You can add clip art. or page boarders. You can put them in a zip lock bag in the shower & tape it on with postal tape. And say or sing your verses while you brush your teeth.
    And put them in your pocket & take everywhere with you. Do you want this: "Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." ~Psalm 37:4
    You can quote your verses to God who sees in secret. We need each other. God didn’t make us Christian’s lone-rangers. We are His body the church.
    ~Leslie

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