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1FULFILLING YOUR CALLING #2 Praise God!!

I know that our last time together we were discussing about fulfilling your call— and time ran out. But praise God— he is faithful to bring it back! Amen? And there are areas in fulfilling our call that we have to have an understanding and we discussed some things about qualifications in fulfilling your call. And I just want to review them for a second because there are eight that we discussed and the first qualification was to successfully complete each phase of testing. If you cannot complete the phase of testing, you get re-tested. If you can’t pass that phase you will never fulfill the call that God has for you. You will sit and watch everyone else do the things for God and you will be a little seed sower— but you will never fulfill the true calling of God in your life until you are willing to allow God to bring you to the place of testing— and pass those tests! Successfully completing each phase of testing in your life. The second thing we talked about is that we must know the caller. You must really understand that you are called! And if you are called, you don’t want to reject it! The third thing we talked about was to know your call and season. Listen, your call consists of whatever God wants you to do right now. The calling is the call of God right now. I know many people have been prophesied— you’re going to do this and you’re going to do that. That’s wonderful. But God has not asked you to follow a prophesy. He has asked you to follow him NOW! Amen? That’s what moves people out of position. By not knowing their call and their season. Listen, its amazing how God will all of a sudden have you learn something for something specific. See if everybody is chasing prophesies and all other things and their emotions and everything, then you are going to miss what God is trying to teach you right now to fulfill your call. Does everybody understand that? So your call, and fulfilling your call is a process that you are in right now— that you are serving God by even obeying him! So even in the men and women that are in the discipleship house— you are fulfilling the call of God! Why? Because you are learning how to become a disciple— a warrior. You are learning, not only the truth that is going to set you free but free others. See too many people are moving out trying to do things. Without fulfilling their call, without going through the process. And one of the worst things that you and I can do is get ahead of God. Because that is not God’s will. What happens is that you try to get your inheritance in the flesh— and it will hurt you instead of help you. Just like the prodigal son— it didn’t help him, did it. Amen? So you must know your call and the season of your call. In other words, right now— you know my wife came home today— she was exercising a few days ago and was watching the news and a commercial came on something about something— and the Holy Spirit says I want you to go to this. So my wife says, I’ve got to go to this. And I said, Alright— I’ve got peace about it. Go ahead. So I came home today and she went to this— And she came home and she said, Honey I’ve learned so much, it’s phenomenal! And I know what God is trying to do in certain things and whatever and it’s about writing grants and all kinds of other stuff and whatever and certain things that are available to the body of Christ and so forth. And those are things that, it’s like if you don’t know how to play the game in certain areas, you don’t get it. Amen? It’s like hidden treasures. That if you don’t know the combination of certain things, you can’t open the lock. And all of a sudden that’s when the Holy Spirit said, That’s what I’ve called her for right now— I’m training her up to fulfill the rest of her call. And she came home to me, she said, Honey, I’ve just got another full time job. I said, Hallelujah. [Pastor said that in an unenthusiastic manner. And then lots of Laughter.] But I knew in my Spirit— the Holy Spirit said that to me. That this is a part of her training right now to continue fulfilling her call. So things that you are going through even right now — if you are doing something that’s according to the will of God, it’s fulfilling your call. If you are doing something according to your flesh or your desires or your emotions, it is hindering your call. Amen? So that’s what I’m talking about— know your calling and your season. Oh, hallelujah. The fourth thing we talked about is that you must be completely sold out— no matter what. You know most people aren’t completely sold out. I talked to a gentlemen today on the

phone who was a crack addict. But he owns a business with his father— to inherit a business. And he said it’s the most important thing in his life. I said, Too bad. And I said, So what happens when you go to jail? Or you get sick and you go in the hospital. Or you die. What good are you to anyone then? And he said, Well I’ve just come out of prison from being there over a year. And I thought, Man you haven’t learned it yet? So I explained all these things to him but he wanted to be— He’s in charge of three groups and so forth. I guess they do construction and three crews he’s in charge of and his father— I said, So what about your father, isn’t he going to be supportive of you getting help? And he says, Well, I don’t know. I said, Well, man you’ve got to come out of pleasing man and start pleasing God. I said, Don’t you want to fulfill your call? Well, you know— I didn’t waste any more time. I told him what was what and when he is ready to do whatever it takes to give me a call. Hallelujah. But see you have to be completely sold out. Nothing can be in your way. And anything that’s in your way, you are willing to move aside. Or you will never fulfill your call. And what a terrible thing to get in front of God— you know because when we stand before him— I mean its just going to be like a whrrrhhh! And you are going to see everything. When I was before the Lord, I saw everything. Before you could even ask a question— before the thought could even be manifested in your mind, the answer was already given— and you saw beyond. When God speaks something to you, it isn’t about present, it’s about eternity. It’s like a widescreen tv comes on, it comes all the way around you, and you can see everything when he says something. And it rips through your being. And his love radiates. And one of the worst things we can do is stand before Him and see what we missed. I mean it won’t last long. But to see what we missed by not fulfilling our call. Amen? You must be willing to be mentored. If you are not willing to be mentored, you will never fulfill your call! Because if you are not under authority, you have none! And the devil knows and he will eat you up! He will destroy you, your family, your businesses and everything— it may be just a little bit at a time. But you’ll be miserable because you can never fulfill your call. There is just something you know you are supposed to do more. You will try and witness just to make yourself feel good. You’ll try to give money here and give money there to try and feel good— but it will only be a moment of feeling good about yourself. Because that’s what the world does, doesn’t it. It gives a quick little fix— that’s why we used drugs and alcohol. We tried to drown those things of torment. So you must be willing to be mentored. Amen? The sixth thing you must do is resist reasoning. Because reasoning will always move you off course. It will always move you off course. That’s called the “but” ministry. Yeah but— yeah but— but, but, but, but. We are the head not the tail, right. You must also learn dominion. Jesus said something very powerful. He said, All things I have given unto you. So everything he owns is yours and everything you own is his. But the things that you now own, you must know dominion— because you don’t really own them but you have dominion— Anything that’s owned there is dominion. We must learn dominion in the body!! We must learn dominion— Listen, the bible says that the heavenlies are taken by force! There are too many weenies in the body of Christ! Too many woe’s me’s— too many! Too many people willing to give up and fall into the hands of satan. Too many people not willing to give up their life for Christ. Wannabees but neverbees. Watching everyone else fulfill their call and sitting back— in torment. You must learn dominion. And the eighth thing is you must learn to wait— on God! You must learn to wait on God. Those are eight qualifications and the number 8 means new beginning. Amen? New beginnings. Praise God. Would you turn to the— let’s go somewhere. Go to John 5. John 5. Oh hallelujah. Did you ever realize that the more you are out of fellowship, the worse you get? You can watch every Christian tv station— you can listen to every tape— But there is something different about fellowship! Fellowship. God ordains fellowship. Amen? Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with watching tv stations and so forth. But you can’t live off of those areas. They help feed your Spirit. But there is nothing greater than being together in unity where the anointing begins to break the yoke. Where you begin to see yourself! UGHHHH!!! Amen? Why? Because to fulfill the call of God in your life, you

must overcome self— or you can never fulfill it. Is everybody with me? Is everybody okay? Boy is it hot in here. Oh, it’s good to hear the pages turning on a Tuesday night!!!! Oh, you missed that one! We will get to that. John 5:19, would you read it with me. Then Jesus answered and said to them, Most assuredly I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself— Now isn’t that powerful! I mean if Jesus said the Son could do nothing of himself, just think what it means for you and I! We can do nothing of ourselves!!! That’s why self must be overcome. But what he sees the Father do: for whatever he does, the Son also does in like manner. Wow!! For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that himself does: and he will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel. See so there is an area where we must overcome self! Jesus said he could do nothing of himself. In other words, fulfilling your calling has nothing to do with you. Fulfilling your calling has everything to do with Him. If you are in it, then he is out of it. If you’re out of it, he’s in it. Is everybody with me? Because God does not associate with self. Oh, hallelujah. Go to Ephesians 4 please. Praise God. Ephesians chapter 4. Bless your Holy Name. You know you may— First of all let me share something with you— In fulfilling your call, it was prophesied in Isaiah, of course it represented John who was going to come— he said, Prepare the way of the Lord. Prepare the way of the Lord. You know— it’s to prepare so that the way of the Lord can flow through you — is fulfilling your call. See in everything that you and I are doing, there’s preparation. So in fulfilling your call, there is the present and there is preparation at the same time. Is everybody with me? There is present and preparation at the same time. Preparing for the future and fulfilling your call in the present. So in this there is preparation. He said prepare the way of the Lord. Well, let me tell you— first of all, God came through a man, didn’t he. He called himself Jesus. When the Lord exposed himself to Moses— What did Moses– The Lord came down to Moses and said, Listen I have been hearing the cries of my people for 400 years— and I’ve decided to come down. And he did. And he said now I’m sending you. God always used man. Why? Because he created him in his image and likeness. It was lost when sin entered in the fall of man. Now the Holy Spirit— The regeneration of the Holy Spirit and through the blood of the Lamb, God has restored you and I to his image and likeness. But the devil does not want you to know that. So for fulfilling your call, self must have nothing to do with it. Again, if you are in it God is not. If you are out of it, God’s in it. We must be prepared to change at any time. And I don’t mean your clothes. You must be prepared to change. Paul said, I became many things that many could be saved. I went to a biker outreach this weekend. It was quite interesting. I was blessed. I began to weep— I had tears in my eyes. And I sat in this bar in the back— called Fast Eddy’s. A biker bar. Of course they weren’t serving booze or anything. They brought a Christian biker band in there. And I stepped back and I looked and I said, Lord look what you are doing!!! Look what you are doing!! And I saw these people come in— hard core bikers— that loved Jesus. Some of them gave their lives to the Lord. Some of them were freed up and some of them were still bound — and the Lord said to me— because my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge— and I believe that’s why he brought us in there and made connection. And we made a connection with them. And it was powerful. But you know, God said you must be willing to change. You must be willing to change— at any time. You can be whatever he wants you to be. Every character that’s in that bible— is you at every specific time and season! When it’s time to be Moses, you’re Moses! When it’s time to be David, you’re David! When it’s time to be Ezra, you’re Ezra!! When it’s time— you must be willing to change!!! I’ve see in it my life— as I began my walk with the Lord— I began to become all parts of that bible — in every area! When it’s time to become Elijah, it’s Elijah! Why? Because you are being regenerated by the Holy Spirit! That’s why without the Holy Spirit in your life and fellowship in your life, you become religious!!!— bound!!!— to bondage of the letter!!!! And not able to change by the Spirit of God when he needs you the most! You must be willing to change— in whatever it takes at any time. When it’s time to be a carpenter, you become a carpenter! Hallelujah! Hallelujah. Now Ephesians 4, starting at verse 1. Would you read it with me please. I

therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to what? Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called. In other words, be faithful! Be faithful in what God has given you right now! Don’t worry about tomorrow. And don’t worry about what’s your past! He’s the God of now. Fulfill and be faithful right now. With what? Lowliness. Not haughtiness! And gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love. In other words, putting up with everyone’s garbage. Amen? Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, which just as you were called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. And in you all. If you are not willing to allow these changes to come and to be cooperative and submissive to the things of God to fulfill your call— somebody must pick it up. Does everybody understand that? Somebody else must pick it up. Why? Because it becomes a drag to the body of Christ. That’s like a net that has a hole in it. And many souls are escaping because somebody’s not willing to fulfill their call. You must have a desire to fulfill the call of God on your life. You must have a desire. It’s not about becoming acknowledged in your call. Acknowledgment has nothing to do with fulfilling your call. You do not promote your call. Because first of all it’s not your call, it’s His! That’s all he is doing is allowing His will to manifest through you!! Amen? That’s why the bible talks about the gifts of the Spirit. It didn’t say they were the gifts of you. It says they are the gifts of the Spirit. Oh, how people lose that! Then they take out of context what the gifts and calling are — without reservations and stuff like that. That’s got nothing to do with that— But they take that— Oh, yeah the gifts— Baloney!!!! I’ve seen people lose their gifts because they’ve broken covenant with God! Why? Because the gifts are the gifts of the Spirit! Amen? They are not the gifts of man! They are not guaranteed to you if you’re unrighteous. Hello. Now I’ve seen gifts manifested in an individual that’s not right for a period of time— but eventually it will lift. It will lift. Oh, hallelujah. Okay. Is everybody okay? So we must walk worthy. Now let me share a couple of hindrances. We want to talk about some hindrances— besides self. Hallelujah. The first hindrance I want to share with you is called worldly allurements. Things that allure you. Like the love of money. Worldly things that draw you. Worldly. The second thing I want to share with you is— Let’s go to I Samuel 17— to give you more understanding. I Samuel 17. Praise you Lord. To God be the glory! I Samuel 17, I believe it’s 39. I’m not going to go to every single one of these or we would be here all night. Worldly allurements and love of money is the first one. The second one is in 1 Samuel 17:39 — Would you read it with me. So Saul clothed David with his armor and put on a bronze helmet on his head, he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk— He tried to what? Walk. For he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, I cannot walk with these; for I have not tested them. So David took them off. One of the things we must be careful of is using worldly defenses. Worldly defenses and weapons that don’t associate with your spiritual call. Is everybody with me? These are hindrances. Using worldly defenses and weapons that don’t associate with your spiritual calling. David was trying to use something from somebody else, wasn’t he. He was trying to use something worldly to try and defeat something spiritually. Goliath was nothing but a demon! He was an offspring— he was a giant. But God did not use the common weapons, did he. In fact, David grabbed what? How many stones? Five. Five-fold ministry. Hello. And he took one of those and swung it around, which nobody had done before. Nobody tried to approach Goliath with a stone. Everyone came out screaming with a sword that they couldn’t even carry— and they died. But there is something David came out with— he said, You come out with a sword but I come out in the name of the Lord! See David took his spiritual weapon and God turned that spiritual weapon into a stone. And that stone struck right between the eyes— right in the brain— and killed him. Hindrances. The first one is allurements of the world, especially with the love of money. Money is the number one ploy that the devil uses to manipulate individuals. The second with that is, of course, lust. But the second thing is using worldly defenses and weapons that do not associate with your spiritual calling. These are

things that will hinder fulfilling your call. The third thing is discouragement. Man, do not hang around with people that do not have a desire to fulfill the call of God in their life. Don’t get near them! Why? Because those demons will bite you and bring you down. The bible says that bad company what? Corrupts good habits. Get away from individuals that do not want to fulfill their call. They may be a wannabee but they are not a willing-to-do-bee. The fourth thing, unbelief. Unbelief— I just don’t believe it! People don’t realize that while they are being obedient in the present, they are fulfilling the call of God. Many people don’t believe that being obedient in the present is fulfilling the call of God. They are still looking to fulfill the call of God and they are actually missing the call of God because they are not looking in the present! Is everybody with me? Yes, well I’m going to do this — and I’m going to do that! You had better do what is right before your table right now. That’s why Paul said you had better not worry about tomorrow, you had better do if the Lord wills. The fifth thing is worldly possessions. Those are hindrances to individuals. Worldly possessions— people are out there working and trying to make a living because they have so many possessions that they are trying to maintain them and keep them. You must ask yourself, what would you do if you did not have a job right now. What would be the first thing you would be willing to give up? Oh, are you kidding me? I’d do everything to keep that. Is everybody with me? Do you understand this? Worldly possessions hinder people because they begin to work— they get in debt— let me tell you satan’s greatest weapon we know is deception and one of the greatest deceptions he has is— Hey! I’ve got a loan for you!!! Interest free!! Come on, you can write all the checks you want and I won’t charge you anything for five months. And if you are faithful in writing all those checks, I’ll increase your limit!!!!!!! And I would gladly put you in debt for eternity so you can’t serve God— so that worldly possessions are now your stumbling block because you have all of this stuff! Hello. Come on!!! We’ve got to understand these things! These are things that hinder the fulfilling of your call. I love that one where somebody goes out and buys a car— tells me they have been blessed by God! Praise God!! Look what the Lord blessed me with!! Wonderful!!! Do you have any payments? Well yeah— six grand a month! You know— [Laughter]. Oh, that’s a wonderful blessing! I’m glad I don’t serve your God! Oh, hallelujah! People get themselves in debt and they can’t serve God. They are too busy trying to pay off or keep their possessions. What’s the next one? One, two, three, four, five, SIX! Thank you. Six meaning what? Man! Family ties. Woohoo— we had better go to Luke 9. And that way it can be more identified. Luke chapter 9. Oh, hallelujah. Luke 9, I think that’s it. Well anyway— we’ll go there anyway— Luke 9, oh here we go — go to 59— go here — oh, let’s start at 57. Did you bring your Holy Ghost eraser? I wouldn’t want to miss that one! Aren’t you glad we are not religious? Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, someone said to him, Lord, I will follow you wherever you go. Oh, hallelujah. Pastor, I’m never leaving here! Are you kidding, I’m staying here forever!! I’m packing, I’m going with you! And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has not where to lay his head. Then he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, let me first go and bury my father. Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go you and preach the kingdom of God. Family ties— what else did he say? He said, Listen if you want to be my disciple you’ve got to hate your mother, your father, your sister, your brother, your wife, and your children. You have to be willing to leave them to follow me or you cannot be my disciple. It doesn’t mean you throw your family away! Does everybody understand that? It doesn’t mean you pack them up and send them to Jamaica or Alaska. Amen? It doesn’t mean you send them on a permanent vacation. What he is saying is that he must be first! He must be first. God gave us families— to be overseers and to raise them according to the will of God. Not for someone else to. Amen? Now that you know the truth, God will begin to restore things. And as you are faithful, you will see your whole house saved. If you are not faithful, you will watch your house slowly diminish and be destroyed. Hallelujah. Number 7, burdens and weights and sins will be a hindrance. Do you know how many people pick up each other’s burden— Now

listen, the bible didn’t say to carry that burden constantly. The representation of a burden is— pick up your brother’s burden, or your sister’s— is to help them! Not to be sucked up in the ring with them— as woe is me and everything else. Burdens of heaviness are associated with the spirit of oppression. And the bible says that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit to relieve people and heal them from the oppression of the devil. Amen? Weights and burdens and sins. And the eighth one— where we want to start a new beginning again— is false imagery are hindrances. Let me share this with you— in the area where satan’s greatest weapon is deception, he begins to give you— you know the devil can give you a vision, you know. The bible says that he comes as an angel of light. Do you know how many people got down and worshiped the devil because he came— Let me tell you about somebody. I had a guy in our discipleship program and he came in and this guy could not settle down. He could not stop prophesying to everybody! What was he doing? Promoting self. Man, I’ve got a word of the Lord for you— I’ve got a word of the Lord for you. I’ve got a word of the Lord for you! Anyways, I asked the Holy Spirit how he wanted— I kept seeing him associating with this familiar spirit and I would see this thing! In fact, this familiar spirit became a teddy bear to him and he would hold it all the time. Now it wasn’t physical. It was what I saw in the Spirit. And I said Lord, how do you want to go about this-- I don’t want to lose him. He said bring him in the main room and let everyone share what they see. In other words, express— not about beating down, but seeing fruits! The bible says judge by the fruits! So we went around the room and some of the guys said, You know man I love you but you’re always talking that God is talking to you and trying to give me something— and as a matter of fact you never stop talking. And we just went around the room and around the room about and God gave me this and God gave me that and whatever. And you could see that all these guys— they were pouring out love— pouring out love to this man. And this guy kept having— kept saying, I see this and I see that. False imagery. One night— then he began to share with me and began to share with everyone— he said, Listen the Lord woke me up the other night and an angel appeared in my room and I came out into the living room and I began to worship him and he had a big star of David on his chest. Now why would an angel carry a star of David? No way. If it was an angel he would have said, Don’t do that! So I know he was granola’d— nutty and fruity! He was associating with familiar spirits. And what happens is they give you false imagery! False imagery! You know some people will prophesy in your life and it’s not the Holy Spirit! It’s a familiar spirit to bring you off course with false imagery. And that’s why you must know it by your walk and taking time with God! Or you will go flowing off with every wind of doctrine. Amen? False imagery is a hindrance. And when you learn how to overcome that and wait on God, you will find that new beginnings begin to manifest. Is everybody with me? Those are hindrances. You know the Lord says you have a Holy calling. You have a heavenly calling. He chose you! You didn’t choose Him. Oh, hallelujah! Go to I Corinthians 7. Oh, hallelujah! In verse 17. Is everybody there? But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. Was anyone called while circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Was any called while uncircumcised? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters! Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. You were called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it. but if you can be made free, rather use it. For he who is called in the Lord, while a slave, is the Lord's free man: likewise he who is called, while free, is Christ's slave. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of what? Men! Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called. So that’s just like saying, So listen remain in that state in which you were called until that’s fulfilled and then go on to the next. Then you to go the next. Never try to fulfill someone else’s calling. Never fulfill someone else’s calling. You fulfill the calling of God in your life. Remember the final result is the same purpose— expand the kingdom of God and bring home as many souls as possible. Amen? But there is an area— I want to share something very

powerful. Callings are also passed down. Callings are passed down. Jesus was the prime person in the natural realm who was fulfilling the call of God. What did he do? He passed it down. How was it passed down? By the Holy Spirit. Now— that’ why he said something very powerful, he said, And you will do greater things than I. Why? Callings that are passed down should be improved. Any of my successors are individuals that have received the inheritance that God has passed down to me that they received from this office— should improve my calling. Does everybody understand that? So all you men in the discipleship house and women and so forth that are serving in this ministry and you are going to stay and serve in this ministry— then that inheritance and calling is passed down to you in God’s perfect timing and then you should be able to improve that call. Does everybody understand that? Oh, hallelujah. So these things are passed down, aren’t they. In other words, no desire to serve or to call— then you are not called! If there is not a desire in you to serve the Lord, then you’re not called. There are people who will call and say, Yeah I need a place to stay. Are you interested in serving the Lord? Well I really, you know I— He’s not called. See ya! I’m not a mission. This is a place for training. This is a place for Holy Ghost boot camp. Why? Well then maybe you could open a mission. Amen? If that’s part of your calling then what you’ve done is you’ve gained all of this training. The anointing has been passed— what are you going to do? You are going to expand and improve the calling. Something that I couldn’t do here. Does everybody understand that? Oh, hallelujah. Many people are in positions they aren’t called to. And they become religious. Because they are out of their position of their calling. Oh, hallelujah! I want to use an example of Peter. Peter. Peter was powerful. I love how God dealt with Peter. Think about Peter’s calling? What was Peter? He was a fisherman. Then he became a fisher of men. Amen? We are going to go through this. I think this will be good for us. Hallelujah. Go to John 1. John chapter 1. Callings! There are specific areas like we’ve said— callings and seasons. Alright? And if you follow Peter’s life you will see how his calling began to change. But in true reality he was fulfilling his calling. And in the natural sight you may think well his calling changed— No it improved! It grew— more and more and more. In John 1:40. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, We have found the Messiah, which is translated, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, he said, You are Simon the son of Jonah: you shall be called Cephas, which is translated, A stone. The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and he found Philip, and said to him, Follow me. Now we see Simon– and Peter’s brother— all of these were first what? Called. They were called. What were they called to be? Disciples. He said follow me. Amen? Look at Matthew chapter 10. You first must be what? Called. The word called means invited. You must have an understanding and a desire to not only fulfill your call but to realize you have been called. Matthew 10. Is everybody there? Verse 1. And when he what? Called his twelve disciples to him, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. What did he do? He called them, he said, Listen you are my disciples, here it is— there isn’t anything they had to do! He said, man I’ve given you power already! The problem is that most believers don’t know they have it!! Isn’t that what the devil wants you to know— is that you don’t know! That’s what the devil wants. That’s why people are still preaching the baptism of John and not the baptism of the Holy Ghost! What it’s doing? It’s preventing the power of Christ to flow through individuals to cast out devils, lay hands on the sick and raise the dead! Oh, hallelujah. They were called an apostle— an apostle. An apostle is one that is what? Sent. Amen? It says that he called his twelve disciples and he gave them power. What are you doing with the power? This is where you’ve got to sit back— man when was the last time you cast out a devil? Out of yourself? Come one — you’ve go to get those devils out of you! You pick them up daily! People tell me, Well I got up on the wrong side of the bed. No you got up and shook hands with a devil! You invited him in, you both had tea and he took you over. You became desert! Oh, hallelujah. Now look at— this is powerful with Peter. He’s called.

He’s called to be an apostle. He gets— Jesus tells him, Listen the power is yours man!! Then Jesus brings him through some testing, doesn’t he. Go to Matthew 14. Now we’re just following the life of Peter here. Matthew 14:28. Now you know this is where Jesus comes walking on the water. And Peter and the crew are out there on the middle of the lake, or the sea— wherever they were. Yeah, the sea. And everything’s happening. They ran out of gas. And there was no lunch left. Nothing to eat— and there were surfing waves all over the place and all the surfers boogied because— they were too big. These guys thought they were going to die! In fact, they saw a ghost. And the ghost spoke— and said, Be of good courage it’s me! Don’t be afraid. And Peter said something very profound. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water. Oh man, Peter’s growing. And Jesus said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the boat, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. He did not walk on the water to go to the shore. He was not trying to escape the storm. He was not trying to escape the sinking of the ship. He was walking to Jesus. If there was any other intention, he would have drown. What was he doing? Fulfilling his call. And of course when he saw the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and rebuked him. Oh, you little bonehead! You have little faith, why did you doubt me? But you’ve got to give Peter credit man— Hey he walked on water even for a little bit. Amen? While he was fulfilling his call! First of all he was called— he was called to be an apostle— he realized he had power and then the next thing he’s walking on water!! He’s growing! Isn’t he. All of these instances are happening— Oh look at this— Matthew 16, while we are here. Matthew 16:15. And Jesus said to his disciples, But who do you say you that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven. Man, now he’s hearing God! He’s hearing from the father! We are seeing growth. What’s he doing? He’s fulfilling his call. Jesus was training him up! Peter was coming to a place where he wanted to become like Jesus! See that’s part of fulfilling your call, to want to be like Jesus. And of course now in Matthew 17, what happens here is that he goes up on the mount of transfiguration. Now look at the progression of what God is doing with Peter. Called to be a disciple. Becomes an apostle. Walks on water. Confesses Christ as deity. Then he witnesses the transfiguration. Man, you don’t think God was preparing him for something? Amen he was. Now after six days, starting at verse 1, Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them: and his face shown like the sun, and his clothes were as white as the light. Whoa. He got to see heaven on earth. He got to see the most glorious miracle that could be. Better than someone’s leg growing back or something else. The King transfigured and who he is. He got to see Jesus— who he is!!! Does everybody understand that? Man! Then what happens? Well ... he denies him three times. Hallelujah!! Go to Matthew 26. Hey listen, you’re going to go through dry seasons! You are going to go through the wilderness. You are going to go through areas where you think God has left you! But it is actually you who left him. Oh, hallelujah! Matthew 26:65. Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, He has spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? Look now you have heard his blasphemy. What think you? They answered and said, He is deserving of death. Then they spat in his face, and beat him; and others struck him with the palms of their hands, Saying, Prophesy to us, Christ, Who is the one who struck you? Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard; and a servant girl came to him, saying, You also were with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what you are saying. And when he had gone out the gateway, another girl saw him, and said to those who were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath— he swore that he did not know Jesus. And a little later, those who stood by came up and said to Peter, Surely you also are one of them; for your speech betrays you. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I

know not the man. And immediately a rooster crowed. Because the Lord told him that he would deny him three times and then the rooster would crow. That changed something in Peter. That right then and there— Peter realized he had to work out his own salvation. Does everybody understand that? He needed to work it out. He needed to come through. He was devastated. He was tormented. That’s why when Jesus appeared he said, Make sure you tell Peter. Make sure you tell Peter— Have him come. Amen? Now, Peter denies Jesus three times. Now go to John 21. Oh, hallelujah. And Jesus appears to them all— and he was cooking fish on the shore. And they came together and ate breakfast. In verse 14, this is now the third time Jesus showed himself to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. How many times? Third time. So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, Do you love me more than these? And he said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. He said to him, Feed my lambs. And he said to him again a second time, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. He said to him, Tend my sheep. Then a third time he said, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Do you love me? And he said to him, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said to him, Feed my sheep. Now listen Peter had just gone through all of these things. And then he gets commissioned to feed God’s sheep. That was an honor. What was he doing? Fulfilling his call, wasn’t he. But he had to go through things, didn’t he. In every area. Then look at— in Acts 1, what does he do? He leads disciples, doesn’t he. He speaks. Go to Acts 1:15. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and all that gathered the number of names together were about a hundred and twenty, and said, Men and brethren, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David spoke before concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle, and all his entrails gushed out. Oh, hallelujah. So we see here that Peter begins to what? Speak. Publically. Amen? He begins to speak about the resurrection, about the baptism, about all kinds of things of Jesus. So he begins to lead the disciples now. Then he preaches at Pentecost. Now this is the guy who denied Jesus three times. This was a fisherman with a bad attitude. And then in Acts 3 he begins to perform miracles. Oh, hallelujah. Then he was called to minister in Acts 10. What was he doing? He was fulfilling his call, wasn’t he. He didn’t ask the Lord anymore what he was supposed to do. He was led by the Spirit. Led. Not misled. Now the bible says that if you commit your works to the Lord he will establish your thoughts. If you acknowledge him in all your ways, he will establish your steps. You know too many people move without knowing. It’s a terrible way to live as a believer. Moving without knowing. Amen? Oh, hallelujah. Go to I Corinthians 1. Is everybody okay? Look at all the callings Peter went through. The final result was he was called to be a minister of the gospel. I Corinthians 1. Is everybody there? Verse something. Oooo yes. Verse 26. For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, God has chosen, and things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. Amen? But of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, as it is written, He who glories, let him glory in the Lord. You are called— For God’s glory!! You are fulfilling the call of the Lord for God’s glory!!! Is everybody with me? And I want to close at this scripture, Romans 8. Romans 8— fulfilling your call. In verse 27. Romans 8:27, would you read it with me? Now he that searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Now wait a minute— if he is making intercession for the saints (that’s praying in tongues) according to the will of God, that means you are making

intercession not only for yourself but for someone else to fulfill their call. Does everybody get it? See that’s why it is so important about praying in tongues. How many people would you pray for to fulfill their call— in the natural? Come on— you’re too busy asking God for your own needs! So by praying in tongues you are actually interceding for others to fulfill their calling of God! Now, verse 28, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. So things are going to work to the good no matter what! As long as you have a desire to fulfill the calling of God. For whom he foreknew, he also did predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he predestined, these he also called: and whom he called, these he also justified: and whom he justified, these he also glorified. Why? Your glory is in Him!!! Everything— that’s why every blessing is glory to Him. Everything that comes is glory to Him. Fulfilling your call is the ultimate goal of your birth!! You were brought into this world to fulfill the call of God. That’s why you’re alive. That’s why you’re still here. That’s why you are rescued and that’s why you are in this room. Amen? Desire. Be willing to do whatever it takes. Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Him— to fulfill your call. The reward is awesome! Amen? Thank you Father for your word tonight. And Lord in every area of our lives where we have fallen short of our calling, we repent! And we ask Lord that you would put us back on track — that we would not be a drag to the body of Christ, but that we would be an asset to the body of Christ— according to your will and your way, Lord. Lord help us to know our season and calling. Not by reasoning but by trust in you! Again, Master, I apply the Blood of the Lamb on these seeds that have been imparted. Let them grow and bear fruit for your glory. Keep us positioned to fulfill your call in our lives. In Jesus’ name. And everybody said? AMEN!!! ****