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Daughter of the King - born from above in 1989.

Deborah grew up in a military family and moved to Florida in the early 1970's.  She began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her writing.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hope for an unequally-yoked spouse: Jesus is Calling… Part 2 – Heed the Call

This is a continuation from my previous post - Jesus is Calling... Part 1 - Hear the Call.  This week I focus on what to do once you've heard the call.

God has a plan for each of us. There are as many different types of callings as there are people, but two things are common: God’s timing and God’s choosing. If your spouse is unsaved, you can begin praying now for them to have ears to heed the call.

Romans 11:29 says this: “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Once you hear the call and heed the call – it cannot be taken away from you. So be it!

There are many examples in Scripture of those who heeded the call of God on their lives:

Go to Judges 6 and take a look at a young man named Gideon.  The Lord Himself, (the Angel of the Lord) sat down under a tree and appeared to Gideon saying, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Gideon was a little indignant when he said that many bad things had happened to Israel, and no one saw miracles take place like they did back in the good old days. But now they were impoverished because of the Midianites. The Lord said to Gideon, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” After a little bit of tug-o-war and skepticism, Gideon finally surrendered to his call.

In Acts, Paul (or Saul as he was known) encountered Jesus in a far different manner. One could say he was “knocked off his high horse” for Jesus, literally! Saul was blinded and given a hard question to ponder: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” After the Lord told him Who He was, he fell down trembling and asked Him what he should do. The Lord gave him specific instructions, and later told Ananias (of Saul), “…for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings… For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Now that was a call that he wouldn’t soon forget!

Jesus Himself calls out to us many times and in many ways. A vivid picture of this is in the book of Revelation, when in Chapter 3 Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” This call is personal and private. You must answer the door in order to see Him face to face.

In Matthew 20:16 Jesus is teaching on the parable of the laborers. He said, “Many are called, but few chosen.” The whole of the matter is this: Will you heed the call of Jesus? Don’t expect it to come in a certain manner, but always be ready to answer. Your calling might be the very thing that brings someone else into the eternal family of God.

Finally, Peter tells us to be sure of our calling: “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble.”

“There comes the call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him…God is working out His purposes.” (Oswald Chambers - My Utmost for His Highest)

Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion. It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.



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