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Virtual Bible Study

Schedule: September 27th 2022
Time: 8:00pm EST
Length: 60 minutes
Platform: Zoom

DEVO: Called

We have all been called to spread the Gospel. The question is, have you answered. With caller ID, voicemail, do not disturb and more, we can really hide quite well. Let’s take a look at some of the people God called in the Bible and how they responded. You may find you have something in common.

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Day1: Wrong Number

Exodus 4:1 ~ Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say,  The Lord did not appear to you.”

Exodus 4:10 ~ But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”

Exodus 4:13 ~ But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”

If God had called Moses by phone, I feel that Moses would have said, “you have the wrong number.” 

 

We don’t expect to be called by God often. If we are honest, we probably never expect to be called. Someone else would be a better choice if they had time for it. Have you ever had a guest speaker from a far-off land of mission work? After hearing them speak, you’re thinking, well, sure, they can go because they don’t have a family or a job. We do not know that many missionaries are indeed married. They may even have children and uproot the whole family to go.

If we knew before the missionary spoke a word, we have reasons.

– I’m not qualified
– I don’t have time
– I have a job
– I’m scared
– I struggle to speak about Jesus to people
– I have plans

 

Growing up in the palace, he had a lot of plans. But God overturned the applecart and put Moses on the path of leading a nation. As we can see in our scripture verses of Exodus 4:1 and 4:10, Moses had his excuses of why he couldn’t go. God answered every excuse with the solution.

As we see, God spends the following few verses 4:2-9 removing that excuse by showing Moses His power. 

In verse 10, Moses tells God he can’t speak well. In verses 11 and 12, we see God remove that excuse. 

In verse 13, we read Moses is desperate and says, But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”

Then God got angry – Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well.”

You can almost hear God say, “I said, Go!”

 

Uncommen Questions

Is God calling you to do something?

Are you giving Him excuses why you can’t?

 

Uncommen Challenge

I challenge us all to respond to God’s calling in our lives. If God wants us to do something, it’s in our best interest to do it. Are we willing?

Day 2: Caller ID

Judges 6:36-40 

Focus verse – 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Let not your anger burn against me; let me speak just once more. Please let me test just once more with the fleece. Please let it be dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground, let there be dew.”

Continuing with our phone analogy, this story will fall under the Caller ID category. You can almost hear Gideon, Lord…is that really you? 

I would encourage you to read the entire chapter, or at least verses 36 – 40, and you can see Gideon test God to see if it’s truly His Will. Gideon first says he’ll leave his fleece for God only to make that part wet, not the surrounding ground. God does just that. The majority can identify with the verse. Gideon knows what he’s asking because he asks God not to be angry. But Gideon asks God to make everything but the fleece wet. 

I wonder if God ever rolls His eyes at us.

But scripture simply states, “And God did so that night; and it was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew.”

How many times does God give us His Will for our life in a situation, and we ask for confirmation? Lord, you said to quit my job, but I just wanted to ask if you meant to quit. 

We want God to give us feedback that we are already comfortable with, but not always the case. God is set on reaching the world, and we may be focused on reaching the sofa. 

For us to get on the same page as God, we need to spend time in prayer, reading His Word, seeking His Will, and listening to the counsel of the Holy Spirit.

Now, if you read what happens in chapter seven of Judges, you’d see that Gideon should have asked God how many men He would let him keep. If Gideon knew God would trim his army of 22,000 to 300, I’m sure he would want to confirm that number.

God could have shown Gideon his victory over the Midians, but He wants us to seek Him for every part of the process. 

 

Uncommen Questions

Do you try to confirm God’s input into your life?

Are you still trying to confirm? Or are you on the march?

Uncommen Challenge

I challenge us all to be open to God’s direction for our life even when we feel the need to confirm.

Day 3: Screening The Call

Jonah 1

Focus verse: Jonah 1:3a, But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

Poor Jonah always gets used as a case study for not doing this, and we are going to pile on a bit as well. The reasons we are is that God gives Jonah clear direction.

Jonah 1:1 ~ “Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying.” I don’t think Jonah appreciated getting a word from God, as most of us may wait for a word from God. Some prayers get answered with a gentle reassurance of the Holy Spirit; sometimes, you get a feeling, and sometimes, there is silence. 

Is Dana the woman you have for me to marry, Lord?  

God: Yes, Dana is the one. Go ask her to marry you today at 2 pm.

While that would be very helpful, it would probably scare me half to death. We would get input that we may not like and do a lot of the same. This brings us back to Jonah, hearing the Word from God, putting out desires before God’s. Jonah didn’t like the Word he got from God and tried to run away. Or, as I like to say, Jonah books himself a three-day cruise by running away from God. We have the benefit of reading Jonah’s cautionary tale, but learn from it.

How often would we “screen that call” if God was to tell us flat out what He wants us to do all the time? God told Moses to tell Pharaoh to let his people go. Moses tried his best to get out of doing it. God told Jonah to go tell the Ninevehvites to repent, and Jonah ran away because he didn’t like the Ninevehvites and didn’t want them to be forgiven.

We impede God’s plan when we try to change it to what we would rather than what God wants us to do. 

Stop screening the call and listen to God. After all, we can’t outrun the Holy Spirit.

 

Uncommen Questions

Are you screening a call from God because you don’t like what He’s asking you?

How has it worked out for you?

 

Uncommen Challenge

I challenge us all to be thankful when we get a Word from God and trust that His ways are better than ours. 

Day 4: Leaving A Message

Matthew 28:18-20 ~ And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

In keeping with our phone analogy, we see Jesus leaving a voicemail for everyone, including us. Our focus verse is 18-20, but if we back up two verses, we see who Jesus is speaking.

“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted.”

When Jesus spoke to his disciples, he saw that some doubted him. These men saw Jesus perform miracles, raise the dead, and even overcome death himself. Some doubted. 

To be sure that God was really asking him to do something, we saw him ask for a sign. Here we have many disciples who had many signs and still doubted. As you can see, this isn’t a head condition but a heart condition. When we are called and don’t respond, it’s not about confirming what God is saying, but we may want Him to say something else. 

The rich young ruler was all about following Jesus until Jesus told him he should get rid of all he had and follow him. So he went away, sad, the Bible says. 

I’m so thankful that the great commission is in the Word of God, as we think of this as a suggestion. 

The dictionary defines “commissioned” as the following.

  • The act of committing or entrusting a person, group, etc., with supervisory power or authority.
  • An authoritative order, charge, or direction.
  • Authority granted for a particular action or function.

I don’t see the words suggestion, encouraged, or optional in the text. I understand God sometimes calls us to big things, and we may not want to move on it out of fear. Have a conversation with God to understand as much as possible. The reason may simply be because of God.

Uncommen Questions

Are you waiting for God to confirm something? 

Or is God waiting for you to move?

Do you approach the Great Commission as an order or a suggestion?

 

Uncommen Challenge

I challenge us all to be open to listening to God’s direction in our life and be willing to pursue it. 

Day 5: Called

Acts 9:1-19

Focus verse: Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.

We are on the topic of answering the call. In Acts 9, you will read about Paul’s conversion, and it’s a powerful one that changed the world forever. Paul went from hunting down Christians to killing them to seeking them out to save them. 

We may say that is not me. Paul was heading to Hell just like you and me before coming to Christ Jesus. He just had his conversion recorded for our benefit. I love the whole chapter here, but one verse stood out to me, and it was our focus verse of Act 9:15 “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.”

We have something else in common with Paul: God’s chosen instruments that are called to spread the Good News. This instrument of God is why we discussed the Great Commission on Day 4, so we could drive the point home here on Day 5. 

If you feel unqualified on Day 4 to carry out the Great Commission, we see God use a murderer for His Glory. To help you and me, we see that in the latter part of verse 17, Jesus sent Ananias to Paul “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

To become an instrument of God, we need the Holy Spirit. We don’t need to be qualified to spread the word; the Holy Spirit will give us the words. We don’t need a Master of Divinity to speak of the Good News of Christ. As Paul showed, you don’t need to live a perfect life before taking Christ as your Savior. 

You simply need to answer the call!

 

Uncommen Questions

On a scale of 1-10, how confident do you feel in spreading the Good News of Jesus to others?

If that number is low, pray to God to help you with that. 

If that number is high, when was the last time you shared Jesus with someone?

 

Uncommen Challenge

I challenge us all to listen and respond to the call of God. Will it be scary? Maybe. Will you be blessed? YES!

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