Accountability

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There will always be those who will tell you what you want to hear. Webster’s definition of accountability refers to “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.” Everyone needs to be accountable to someone, even when it comes to spiritual matters.

Yes, we are responsible for our own actions and must give an account to God for our deeds. But God has also placed ministry leaders in the church in part for this purpose.  Pastors have a responsible to teach the truth to the people God has given them to shepherd. Not to lord over the people but to be an example. (1 Peter 5:2-3 NIV) “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” A true shepherd will nurture, lead, and protect God’s people.

It is important to have someone in your life who will tell you the truth.  Everyone needs someone in their life who will be honest and not feed the ego. It maybe necessary to give people permission to speak truth into our lives. Scripture teaches in Proverbs 11:14 “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”

Just as the shepherd has a responsibility to the people, the people have a responsibility to submit to God’s designated authority. (Hebrews 13:17 NIV) “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” Christians are to obey their leaders and submit to them, and the leader is accountable to God for how they care for God’s people.

It is important that we stay humble at the feet of Jesus. Correction may come through your spiritual leader, or a trusted friend depending on the situation you maybe dealing with. If someone really loves you they are willing to speak the truth in love even if it hurts. Correction given in love is better than insincere acts of affection.

Has anyone ever corrected you in love and it proved beneficial to you?

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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?

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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

 

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Kingdom Assignment

 

 

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What has God called you to do? Where is your place in God’s Kingdom? If your house is anything like mines, everything has a place but it’s not always in its place. The problem with that is when you  look for something and it’s not where it should be then you don’t know where it is.

When I can’t find the item or items I am looking for, I become frustrated and upset. In the Body of Christ, we each have a place in which we are to function.  God has called each of us and He has a plan and purpose for each of us. When we are operating outside of our purpose, it can lead to frustration. We may be doing good works but something feels off, it just doesn’t fit right. Frustrated believers will sometimes do what they see other doing, or do  what they think someone else wants them to do. This is a recipe for frustration and discouragement.

When we speak of calling as in “what has God called you to do?” Often we think of  the ministry gifts that Paul writes about in Ephesians 4: 11-12 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,” These gifts are what is often referred to as the five- fold ministry.

These are gifts (a favor one receives without any merit of his own) that God gives. These gifted people are to use their gifts to edify or equip the Body of Christ. As believers begin to function in the things of God, there will be times of disappointment and we will need someone to encourage, restore, and mend the brokenness of our spirit.  That is why it is important that every believer be a part of a local assembly. You will need a gifted leader who can pour in encouragement and help you to stay strong to fulfill your Kingdom Assignment.

Each of us have been called by God. Jesus says in Matthew 22:14 “For many are called but few are chosen.”  The word called in the original language speaks of an invitation. In the context of this Scripture many had been invited to a wedding feast, but not all attended. Some made excuses. The invitation to salvation has gone out to all and some will make excuses and not accept. For everyone who accepts the called, God wants to use you to fulfill His purpose.

Over the next several weeks, I will be continuing this topic of How to fulfill your Kingdom Assignment.

Evelyn Johnson-Taylor Ph.D.

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The Next Step

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Have you ever been at a place in life where you were waiting for further instructions? You’ve made it this far but now you are not sure how you should proceed. Now that I’ve graduated what do I do? Now that my kids are grown whose needs do I attend to? The person I thought I would love forever has left me. Whether in death or divorce, you never envision life without your spouse.

As we navigate this journey called life, there will be many bumps in the road. No matter how well we plan, things have a way of shifting in an unexpected way. It would be an illness, loss of a job, or simply a twist in our best laid plan.

Some changes we know are coming so we prepare in advance. Others catch us by surprise and often knock us off of our feet. So what do you do? In Ecclesiastes 9:11 Solomon writes “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.” This does not mean that God is not governing our affairs but that there are just somethings that are beyond our control.

I reached an unexpected bump in the road recently when some personal health challenges surfaced. As caregiver for my husband, I know all too well how poor health can impact your vision for life. I am diligent to take care of myself as I know I cannot take care of him unless I am healthy. So imagine my surprise when I found myself in need of care and support for my health.

Maybe you’ve been there, when you just don’t understand what is happening. And you wonder what am I supposed to do now? Well rest assured my friend that the same God who guides us on the mountain will guide us through the valley.  He is our source of provision in consistency and in the inconsistencies of life.

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Interruptions

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What do you do when the best-laid plans do not turn out the way you thought? I had an experience recently that I would like to share with you. We took The auto train from Florida to the Women of Promise  International Ministries conference in Maryland. I had so many things to transport for the conference: packets, bags, books, T-shirts, folders and notebooks, etc. The auto train appeared to be an excellent way to travel. We could pack the car, get on the train, and sleep as we took the 17 hour train ride to Maryland.

We had an uneventful trip, a very nice assistant on the train and things went really well. We had a great conference, and we were scheduled to return home on Monday September 11, but hurricane Irma came through the state of Florida. We didn’t have to worry about whether or not we should evacuate for Irma because we were already out of town attending the conference. Unfortunately, the storm rendered the train tracks impassable and our Monday’s return trip was canceled and rescheduled for Thursday.

Well, that didn’t seem like such a bad thing because I had promised myself that the next time I was in the area on a Sunday morning that I could visit Greater Mt Calvary Holy Church.  I also wanted to tour the African-American Museum in Washington DC and visit a friend in West Virginia. Now, with the train delay I would fulfill all three of those desires.  As a special bonus, I was able to minister the Word on Wednesday night in West Virginia. What a great experience.

Our Thursday train ended up being cancelled as well because of the residual from the storm.  We were told that the tracks were still under water in some of the areas of our route back to Florida.The next available seat they had for us on the train, not a sleeper but a business class seat would be on September 21.

My friend was very kind and offered for us to stay as long as we liked to but we realized we really needed to get home. With a goal in mind, we set out driving with me as the only driver. I figured no matter how long it took we would surely arrive before September 21.

My GPS showed our destination as nearly 1000 miles.  I certainly was not looking forward to that as I had made a decision not to do long-distance driving after experiencing horrible sciatica pain after my last road trip a year prior.

We were looking at nearly 15 hours of driving. After praying we started our journey. I stopped frequently and after eight hours in the car we checked into a hotel for the night. We had been warned about gas not being available on some exits. We were told that the traffic would be heavily congested with people returning to Florida after having to evacuate and that some hotels would be closed.

God granted us favor as we spent the first night and headed out again the next morning. The second night we stopped after seven hours in the car to rest deciding to do the final leg of the trip home on the third day. We ran into minor traffic congestion a few times. Gasoline was readily available and the hotel we chose on our final night had just opened the day before after being closed for a week.

So what do you do when life gives you an interruption?  Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” When interruptions come, I stand on what I know to be true about God. He is faithful and He does not lie. I am confident that this interruption was somehow working for my good. There might have been something that God wanted me to learn, or something He wanted to show me, but nevertheless I must always keep moving forward.

Let me encourage you my friend, because I know life has a way of giving us all kinds of interruptions whether it be a long-term illnesses, loss of job, loss of home, a hurricane, or death of a loved one.  There are all kinds of things that interrupt our lives, but even in that we give thanks.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

It is in those moments of interruption that we must resist the temptation to complain. The key to  maintaining our joy is to not complain when things do not go according to our plans. In the midst of interruptions I have learned to offer God praise.

I had an awesome opportunity to minister to some lovely woman. God provided for our needs as we traveled and when we arrived home there was no damage to our home from the hurricane.

Interruptions are just an opportunity to offer a praise of thanksgiving to an awesome God.  What started as a 6 day voyage turned into a 10 day trip, but at the conclusion of it all, we ended up right where we needed to be.

HOME!

 

Evelyn Johnson-Taylor

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