Testimony Series

My Testimony: Embracing God’s Call

Happy New Year EmpowerMoments family! We have surely missed you! As we kick off the new year, we are beginning with a series entitled “Testimonies & Lessons”. We believe Revelation 12:11 when it says that we overcome by the word of our testimonies. We pray that our testimony and lessons from last year will EMPOWER you to triumph this year! May God bless you and make 2014 the greatest year of your life thus far!

Twenty-thirteen was the year when I finally completely embraced God’s calling for my life.

Prior to 2013, I was doing little to walk in the calling God placed upon my life.  Oh, I had my lists of goals, my research as well as my stacks (on stacks) of journal writings, my independent Bible studies and my folder full of sermon ideas. I had also started a blog to hold myself accountable with my writing, I was enrolled in seminary, and I was more than willing to bring the Word of God at my home church.

But I knew the Lord was asking more of me. Everything that I was doing was “safe”. They were comfortable options for me and didn’t require much faith from me to do. Yet, God wanted me to come out of my comfort zone.

Part of my issue of walking out God’s call on my life stemmed from fear. I was afraid of criticism, of being wrong, of not being successful, of someone thinking I was trying to imitate someone else, of not reaching my goal, etc. You name it, I was afraid of it. So, I didn’t do anything.

Last year, it finally clicked that God Himself placed that calling on my life. I didn’t make it up. I didn’t pick it from a list of options. God – in His all-knowing wisdom – selected it uniquely for me.

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain… (John 15:16 KJV)

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee… (Jeremiah 1:5a KJV)

So, I started walking in God’s plans for me.

Last year, I was asked to minister in the pulpit on a Sunday morning outside of my home church. There was a time where I would have turned down the request out of fear. But I stepped out on faith and walked through the open door. Leading up to the date, however, I was so nervous. Can I let you know that when I stepped into that pulpit, I felt like I was at home? I was at ease and comfortable. The word of God was preached, and the church was so blessed that they invited me back to speak later on in the year again.

In addition to that, I was able to complete my first book that is on schedule to be published early this year. I have so many half-finished books in my room, I could start a library. But, last year was the year that I finally got one done. And I’m not letting it sit on my computer for only me to read. It has been proofread and edited, and now it is on its way to publication.

This was all possible because I realized that what God was asking of me was not too much. Neither, was it impossible. My God would never set me up to fail. In fact, He wants to see me succeed!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

Dear Daddy,

Help me to realize continually that what You have purposed for me is perfectly attainable. Help me to see that there is nothing impossible for me if I am walking in Your will. Help me to let go of fear and walk in faith this year as You continue to guide me through Your will for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to chuck the fear and embrace God’s call upon your lives. Trust Him to take you where you doubt, fear or reasoning will never take you. Trust Him to give you strategies, grace, and favor to walk out what He has purposed for you. No more comfort zone!

Have you embraced God’s will for your life? What has God shown you that you are still afraid to do? Are you willing to put fear over faith and walk into your expected end?

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Tiara Wilkinson serves as the Youth Leader and a member of the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. She recently obtained her Masters in Christian Leadership at Liberty University. Tiara will be publishing her first book “Days of Destiny and Purpose” in the spring of 2014. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.

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12 thoughts on “My Testimony: Embracing God’s Call”

  1. I’m reading this post and it sounds exactly like me, except for the part about enrolling in seminar 😉

    I realized God’s calling on my life a little over a year ago and I’ve been journeying with it, even until this day, but I am more than 95% sure of what He wants me to do and that is to share his message or spread the ‘good news’ according to His word.

    I know I spent too much time playing it safe out of fear, but mostly fearful that I might be wrong about what I think God’s purpose for my life is and concerned that he would not be pleased with how I’m sharing his message or the tools I’m using to share it. I believe that if people were to read the messages of the Bible, they would have the answers to everything they could ever ask God. But I also believe that most don’t understand the messages in the Bible and so neglect it and in so doing, neglect their relationship with our Heavenly Father.

    Using my strong writing and communication skills, I can interpret the messages and share them on platforms that people actually tune into like a blog or Facebook. So my question was if the Lord would be upset about me interpreting His word in ‘plain’ english and then I read 1 Corinthians 19 where I learned that I should speak and teach the word of the Lord for others to understand and say Amen.

    So I intend writing and even speaking the word throughout my messaging hoping that it will bring everyone into God’s love and help us all be prepared for the kingdom of heaven.

  2. Tiara, I love this post. It hits so close to home. I have been saying lately that fear is the devil. It is surprising how much fear and comfort zones can impact your life and keep you from moving forward. God has shown me those two have been an issue in my life that I have to surrender. I am so grateful you shared your testimony; I am excited for your new book and your ministries being birthed! You have encouraged me to get on with my poetry book.

  3. God Bless you!! I’m so proud of you. Your testimony will encourage others in your peer group to live for God a surrendered life. I’m encouraged by your words. Thx

  4. Glad you were inspired, misspiritual! Go ahead and do what The Lord has placed on your heart.

    Thanks for the encouragement, Auntie Ina!

  5. Kudos to you on embracing God’s call, preaching your sermon, & finishing your 1st book! I taught my 1st bible study last yr & I was so nervous! I’m still trying to figure out the bits & pieces of my purpose. God revealed a few things to me here & there but I’m still a little lost.

  6. Thank you for this turning point of an encouragement.This speaks to where I am right now in my life.I pray that I will listen closely as the Holy Spirit navigates me to step into my God-given purpose.I praise God for your testimony!Be blessed!

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