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Jeremiah felt your pain. In chapter 20, he cries out against God, blaming God that he had to deliver these messages of woe. He goes so far as to accuse God of deceiving him: You have deceived me, Yahweh, and I let myself be deceived, you are stronger than I and have overpowered me. I have become a laughingstock the whole day, the whole of it mocks me. ...


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I think there's a strong difference between what you do and who you are. You don't want to "have the call of God on your life", but you still want to share the Gospel and tell others about Jesus. It sounds to me that the "call on your life", as far as your vocation, is to share the Gospel with other people. That's an excellent, and very admirable place ...


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I don't know exactly what it is that you think God wants you to do that you don't want to do. But let's assume for the sake of argument that the premise of your question is completely correct: God wants you to do X, but you don't want to do X. It's not at all uncommon that we do not "feel like" doing what is right. I don't feel like working eight hours a ...


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A typical reformed response on this statement would be like that found in Matthew 22:14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” A typical reformed expositor writes: The gospel call goes forth far and wide. It reaches ever so many. Most of them are like the man in the parable: they hear but do not heed. In comparison with those many that are lost ...


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We have Scripture by which we can test these revelations. “The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the Lord. “Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? (Jeremiah 23:28-29) God calls ...


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In Latin the word vocare meaning "to call" gave us the English Word "vocation." A vocation is synonymous with a career (Remember vocational guidance?) in many people's minds, and it betrays the roots why someone feels "called to ministry" Both Protestants and Catholics would use these terms interchangeably. Bibically, there is much precedence for this. ...


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Many Christians are indeed given a special calling from the Lord Jesus Christ. In Eph. 4:1, the apostle Paul wrote, παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς ἐγὼ ὁ δέσμιος ἐν κυρίῳ ἀξίως περιπατῆσαι τῆς κλήσεως ἡς ἐκλήθητε which is translated as, Therefore, I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthily of the calling (κλήσεως) in which you are called (ἐκλήθητε). ...


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Where did the idea of being “called to preach” come from? The gifts imparted to those in the early church would constitute an assumption of "calling" or divine assignment. The direction of the Holy Spirit was clear and unambiguous. Acts 11:12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we ...


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This statement, by itself, is in line with the main strands of Reformed theology,1 when the word "call" is understood to mean external call. The Scriptures, therefore, in the most explicit terms teach that the external call of the gospel is addressed to all men. (Charles Hodge, ST, 3.4.1) [External calling] comes to both the just and the unjust, the ...



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