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Graceful Perseverance: The Assignment (part 1)

Posted September 10th, 2017 @ 09:09am

Each of us have been created for a deeper purpose, a deeper calling in this life than what appears to be obvious. In the beginning He created heaven and earth.  Genesis is the story of the beginning when everything was perfectly made. Genesis teaches us that God created heaven and earth and everything in it was divinely hand crafted through His perfect hands. On the sixth day: Thus the Heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array (Genesis 2). And 2,000 years later His promise still holds true: humans and all living creatures remain beautiful and unique in the eyes of God. And when He created each of us, His plan was beautifully designed and set in place. What a wonderful maker, what a wonderful Savior. How majestic is his promise for us even today.

We are all like sheep and He is our shepherd, a dependable guide in our lives. I've learned after 55 years to follow His commands. The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters. He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name's sake (Psalm 23). People are like sheep. Some sheep are harder to train than others. Some sheep are evil and choose to do wrong in their lives. Some sheep choose not to follow the master of the universe, the one who knows every hair on our heads. The one who knows our thoughts before we do. The one who knows our wants and needs long before we do. The one who knows the desires of our hearts. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

He's the one who knows His glorious plan for our lives all for His divine purpose. The Lord has kept this promise to each of us for over 2,000 years. Why would He fail us now? Why would he abandon and leave his sheep now?

Some of us know without a doubt what our purpose is in this life and some haven't got a clue why they are here. We all walk through struggle and troubled times, but some of us are confident in knowing the Lord is right beside us and yet others refuse to trust in something they cannot see. In a time when I lost my third son, long before his time, I asked the Lord, "Where were you when my son died?" He answered, "The same place I was when my son died on the cross...right there."

Many go through struggles never believing or trusting that they don't have to go it alone. These are the broken people who never find their way out of darkness only because they are lost sheep and do not have a relationship with their shepherd, Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior. He's the one who can bring them out of darkness. He's the one who can save them. He's right next to each of us in the midst of every single moment of our lives just as a shepherd keeps an eye on his flock both day and night.

Some of us know that God has an "assignment" specifically designed for each of us. Do you know your assignment while you live out your life here on earth before returning to your eternal home? Have you grown deeper and deeper in a relationship with the one and only true God so that you are filled with the Holy Spirit and believe with all of your heart and mind what the Lord has summoned you to do while you are here?

I have, but it has taken me years of consistently following the Lord. There were times I turned away from the Lord and tried to control my life my way because I believed it was a better plan than His. Fifty five years later I am still here but still not fully understanding, but joyfully embracing the Lord's plan for my life. I still have so much to learn in my Christian walk. But I do know the assignment He has chosen for me. My assignment isn't about me at all. It's a selfless assignment. He gave me a story and has asked that I courageously and with conviction tell my story for His glory, not mine. He has anointed me many times in my 55 years. A few weeks ago I was once again shown my assignment as the Lord proclaims it. I was anointed, my soul renewed through hands-on prayer by Dr. Gemechis Buba on August 13, 2017 in the presence of my husband and with the church family by my side.

The Anointing - Dr. Buba anointed me with oil in the presence of many other Christians. The Holy Spirit equipped me with a deeper understanding of what I am to do for His glory. He equipped me with a deeper level of courage, perseverance and conviction, nothing of which I have earned, but by His daily grace He continues to anoint me so that I can face this fallen world and pursue His will for my life and for His glory.

Join me next week as I share with you the beautiful Holy Spirit anointing that changed my life on Sunday, August 12, 2017 when Dr. Gemechis Buba laid praying hands on me at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, Minnesota.

Blessings until next week,

Debra Pauli

"Unstoppable Believer"

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