If you feel unprepared for what God is asking of you, I can relate. I’ve been struggling with the same feelings. What God whispered to my heart might help you take the next step forward in your adventure with Jesus, too.
Recently, God showed me a new calling through reading His Word and years of waiting. I was thrilled He would choose to use me, but honestly, I was a little nervous at the scope of His assignment for me.
He had been teaching me how each of us has a specific dwelling place with Him — a promised land — so it made sense when God asked me to help others by writing, speaking, and doing a podcast on empowering others as they go on their Jesus-led adventure. But I kept thinking to myself, Why would anyone listen to me? I don’t really have the credentials to speak and write on this topic. I need more education so others can be confident in me and listen.
I was reminded of Moses and his response to God’s call in Exodus 4:10-12:
But Moses replied to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent—either in the past or recently or since you have been speaking to your servant—because my mouth and my tongue are sluggish.”
The Lord said to him, “Who placed a mouth on humans? Who makes a person mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say.”
I had quickly turned from a vision only God could orchestrate to focusing on my lack of abilities to fulfill His calling in my life. Instead of trusting God’s character and watching Him do this awesome work through me, I shifted my mind to where I doubted myself and eventually Him. I listened to the enemy and began to believe it was on me to figure out the plan.
I had forgotten that God is not only the promise maker but the promise keeper. He calls us to join Him in His work and then equips us to do what He asks.
God not only calls us on a journey with Him, but He leads the way, fights the battles, and does the work through us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
But often what happens to us is we start to allow the enemy to keep saying one thing. It may play out in different ways in our minds, but the nagging root question boils down to this: Who do you think you are?
That’s what I had allowed to keep swirling in my head and heart. And I answered that question with a phone call to the admissions office of a renowned seminary. I kept this idea of attending seminary a secret for a while. I asked a lot of questions, and they mailed me a course catalog. I researched the cost of time and money. I wrestled both with how to accomplish my calling and whether to attend seminary to become more educated to fulfill this calling.
I kept allowing that question, Who do you think you are?, to roam around my mind when I should have been answering back, “I am His, and He is able.”
God is always so gracious to give us little nudges of direction, whisper His love to our hearts, and clear up our foggy minds when we feel overwhelmed and get off course.
I sought guidance in the Word when God spoke one word to me: Peter. I quickly skimmed through 1 and 2 Peter, then the Gospels, and then I found my answer in Acts 4.
Acts 4:13 particularly stood out to me:
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men who had no special training. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
No special training. Ordinary people. Who had been with Jesus. That’s how the Lord loves to work through us.
He wants to set up our situations so anyone who could hear or watch us would know it must be the Lord.
The Holy Spirit turns those of us lacking knowledge wise. He makes the fearful courageous. He replaces lies with the truth. The Holy Spirit uses our weaknesses because He is strong. He answers the question, Who do you think you are? with the reminder that we are His.
What I really wanted was a sure thing. I wanted to know that what God was going to do through me would be well received and accepted. I wanted to feel secure with letters behind my name. I wanted to succeed in my calling, but His plan was that I simply walk in it.
Now, I rely day by day upon the Holy Spirit’s teaching as I spend time with Jesus. I ask for motivation to continue to take each new step. I do things I think are hard or might take too long, so God can teach me how to dwell with Him as I guide others to do the same. I know and need His help and look to receive it.
God is glorified when we obey Him. We can be a part of His mighty wonders and miracles with others exclaiming, “Only God!” when we trust how He wants to work through us.
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Liz Giertz says
Needed this today! Thanks for the (in)couragment!
Michele Morin says
The timing was perfect for me, too, Liz!
God’s calling comes with God’s equipping–we know this, right? But then we hear the challenge that feels outside our own strength (which it is!), and we forget everything we ever heard about bringing glory to God because the work that gets done is clearly HIS! Prayers for you.
Thanks, Stephanie, for the clear message today!
Bonnie Barr says
Thank you, just what I needed to read at this moment, at the crossroads of my life. I have recently left my almost 30 year nursing career, partly for my health, my dear hubby’s health, and the desire to try and write.
An idea, a thought, a feeling – that perhaps I might be able to put together words and ideas that somehow would bless others and to reveal His unending love for us.
I’m learning that: discipline in sitting down and getting those words out, not so easy, hearing the enemies obnoxious voice telling me I have no talent, no giftedness in words, and why bother? And I may be nurse but I have no journalist, degree in fine arts in literature and surely I need to have that first before I could even think of putting pen to paper.
I have time – which I treasure, a lovely home office my husband encouraged me to renovate and I he is my biggest cheerleader.
Your message, your honesty and of course, His words will go with me today as I have another go at it. May you be blessed because of your desire to share the sure knowledge of The Original Writer.
Blessings aplenty to you, and the other dear ones in your life.
Michelle Moore says
I love this. I recently finished my degree in human services and psychology that I received because I wanted to help people. Last month I started a brand new job doing just that and have found myself overwhelmed with the emotional drainage I feel sometimes when hearing peoples stories. I keep hearing “ You don’t have to do this” “Why are you here!” And “You can just quit.” But I know it’s the enemy wanting me to give up on myself before I’ve really even gotten started. I know God has a plan and purpose for me in this position and I refuse to give up too early. I look forward to listening to your podcast too. I’m thankful you were obedient because I needed this encouragement today.
GAIL Hinson says
I so Needed to hear this today! Thanks for your encouragement!
This post is literally an answer to my prayer this morning. Thanks for reminding us of the truth of who God is in a week where I’ve been focusing to my own detriment on the inadequacy of who I am. Thankful for your vulnerability and faithfulness to share what he has given you!
Irene Bandeen says
Bravo, Stephanie! Walk on in faith!
God spoke through you to me today! “Who do you think you are? I am his, and he is able.” This week God has been nudging me on to help a Vietnamese friend and college srudent in my town to pay for her current semester of college after her parents cut off communication and have not paid. Either she raises the money in 2 weeks or she is withdrawn and sent home. She is a young Christian and her heart is in God’s hands. I want His will for her, and this is a stretch for me to reach out to others for monetary help on her behalf. He has been encouraging me to keep moving forward with fundraising, but the enemy whispers doubt as well. Thank you for this encouraging post! Blessings!
Pearl Allard says
Stephanie, this is timely. I needed this reminder and especially appreciate that you were obedient to actually NOT go through any special training other than God’s. (I think it makes your message far more relatable – at least to me!) I’m at a decision-making place in life right now and am grateful for your reminder that God is also the promise keeper.
Well done, thank-you for sharing……
I hope that you all have a blessed day,
Beth Williams says
My favorite Idiom is “God doesn’t call the qualified He qualifies the called.” He won’t give you an assignment without first equipping you for the task. He just asks for our obedience. The problem is with the devil. He is crafty & whispers lies of not good enough, not talented not educated enough. We have to fight those lies with the truth of God’s word. We are made in His image & have the Holy Spirit to help & guide us. Like you pointed out Peter & John were ordinary men speaking boldly for Christ. Their boldness could only come from God. If they can speak like that then there is nothing we can’t do with God’s help. We need to join God in doing His will. When He call us to something He will equip us for the job. Praying for your pod cast to go well!
Adria Wilkins says
This post came at just the right time.
I have listened to several of your podcast.
They have been an encouragement.
Nancy Ruegg says
“God not only calls us on a journey with Him, but He leads the way, fights the battles, and does the work through us by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Thank you Stephanie for this rallying call. We CAN be confident in his equipping to do what He asks!
Yeng Lukanen says
Thank you for raising up a hallelujah for so many of us who share in a similar struggle.
I face the fear of, “but what if I’m not good enough.” with each contract I sign on but greater is He. Today, I borrow your reminder that “I am His and He is able.”
Recently, the book of Ruth has been on my heart and I’m eager to see what God is telling me as I re-read it.
I look forward to your podcast. ♥️
Kendra Woody says
Today is March 3rd and somehow I missed reading this earlier when it was posted last month. But! I am glad God worked it out for today.
My heart has been heavy with “what’s next?” I am 50 years old and I work part-time at a church as their bookkeeper. I do like the job- But, I can not see myself doing this till I retire! I feel God has been pushing on me to write- Write?!? Are you kidding me? I have always been a much better communicator face to face opposed to typing my thoughts on a keyboard. My question I keep asking myself over and over… Is this the enemy or just me being practical? What are my fears? What more do I want? I am a very creative person, that I do know, and I thrive when in those moments of tapping into my creativity. I think I am afraid to be wrong and fail.
Thanks for sharing your heart with us! 🙂
carol Heine says
I like reading your comment because they indicate me in my walk with God. I to have a creative person but I get a little farther away and I have to check to see if it is reusable or not.