One of a Kind

 

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Conclusion of Kingdom Assignment Series

Never-ever compare yourself to others. When we act as if there is only one path to fulfill God’s plan for our life we are missing it. That way of thinking is not wise. Each of us is unique. Each one of us needs to focus on who we are and allow God to lead us accordingly. While we all have the same purpose, which is to fulfill HIS purpose there are multiple ways to achieve our Kingdom Assignment.

God has called each of us and His will for us is that we live a Holy life. Paul writes in Romans 12: 1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Our service to God is one of dedication to His Word and His purpose. As believers we do not follow the world’s trends. We seek God’s plan and purpose through prayer and reading His Word.

Each of us are to use our strengths, gifts, and passions to represent the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom of God is best represented when we are ourselves and not trying to duplicate anyone else. The Kingdom of God is best represented when we are functioning and prospering in whatever season of life we are in at that moment. When you can embrace who God has made you to be individually, you are better able to be a blessing to others and be part of bringing His Kingdom to earth.

Not everyone will function in the ministry gifts that Paul writes about in Ephesians 4. Some will be used in areas of church ministry and others will not. Notice I used the term “church ministry” because real ministry takes place outside of the church. Do not get hung up on titles, God does not need you to have a title  in order for Him to use you.

In Eph 4: 11 The gifts that Paul writes about are gifts given to a particular person. They are what we  call concrete gifts, (they are what they are) They are not titles. In other words if God has not gifted me to be an apostle, I can’t give myself that title. These gifts are given to the church for: the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  The word perfecting speaks of being complete furnishing, equipping.  These gifted leaders are to equip others to minister. The word equip has its etymology in a word which deals with mending or restoring. On the journey to fulfilling your Kingdom Assignment there will be times when you need a gifted leader to assist in mending, repairing, and in some cases restoring you. Working for God will sometimes include harsh treatment from people you love. You maybe wounded in the battle, but have a gifted leader who can encourage and pour into you so that you can get right back into the fight.

You have a Kingdom Assignment. How God decides to use you in ministry many times is in direct reflection of what you have experienced in life. Whatever you are enduring now, it is part of the process to operating in your Kingdom Assignment. My ministry gift is teaching, and my areas of teaching usually deal directly with what I have experienced in some way or another.  In fact I strongly believe that before God releases me to teach something there is an experience. The experience bring clarity to the message so that I can share it with passion and understanding.

May you be blessed as you move forward. If I can assist you in anyway in fullfiling your Kingdom Assisgnment, please do not hestiate to reach out to me.

Evelyn Johnson-Taylor Ph.D.

 

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Enjoy the Journey

 

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Part III  Kingdom Assignment Series

As you go through life, learn to use your experiences as a teaching tool. Don’t look at them as wasted time rather consider them a time of information gathering.  While you are waiting get busy with Kingdom work. Don’t sit around waiting for the glamour and the lights. Some of your most effective Kingdom work will be done away from the eyes of the public.

As you go about functioning in your daily life, God will use you. The obstacles you encounter along the way will bring you to the place God is taking you. There are valuable lessons to be learned in the process. Learn to use every experience good or bad to proclaim the message of the Gospel.

Our experiences can sometimes be our best teachings, not only for us but for those we share them with. You are called to fulfill His purpose in the earth. We are called to a place of service in His Kingdom. God sees you as who He has destiny you to be. You’re not just an anything; you are the righteousness of God, called to be holy. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV) Our sins were placed on the One who knew no sin. In return the righteousness of God is credited to all who receive Him.

The road that leads to fulfilling our purposes maybe different but the end result is the same.  Our assignment is to fulfill His purpose in the earth. Each of us have been uniquely crafted by God to impact the lives of others.

Whether you find yourself in the place of a stay at home mom, do it to the glory of God. If you can train your children to love Jesus you have accomplished something that is eternal. If you are head of a corporation, lead as unto the Lord. The focus of our calling is to God first and everything else follows. Seek God in prayer, asking Him how He can best use you to fulfill your Kingdom Assignment?

Evelyn Johnson-Taylor Ph.D.

 

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Timing

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Part II Kingdom Assignment Series

Fulfilling your Kingdom Assignment has much to do with timing.  God’s timing is different from man’s timing. David was the youngest of eight sons of Jesse. Bible historians say he was between the ages of ten and fifteen when he was anointed king by the Prophet Samuel. (1 Samuel 16:10-13 KJV)

“Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. ”

David had to wait before he could move into his anointed positon. He was about thirty years old when he became king.  (2 Samuel 5:4). You would think once Saul was dead that David would automatically become king, but it was seven years after the death of Saul before David would reign as King of Israel.

The Scripture records that the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from the day he was anointed by the Prophet Samuel. Even though the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, he was still a shepherd boy. What if David had sat around waiting for his appointment? He would have waited a long time, but instead he continued to work taking care of his father’s flock. During his waiting period David kills a giant named Goliath.

It seemed so unbelievable that this shepherd boy would become a king with all the cruelty he endured by King Saul. When people looked at David, they only saw a shepherd boy, not a king. When God looked at David, He saw more. God looks at the heart while man look on the outward. God saw David’s destiny, the warrior king who would one day rule a nation.

You may still be working a job you don’t really like but that does not mean that you have not been anointed by God.  You may wonder when God when? Let me encourage you to keep moving forward. You may not be on the throne now, but you can function in your Kingdom Assignment right were you are. In your home, on your job, in your community, in your local church. God is using this time of waiting to build you.  There must be a time of preparation, development, maturing, and character building.

More to come on Kingdom Assignment

 

Evelyn Johnson-Taylor Ph.D.

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