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)
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?
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.