One can pick up signs but in the name of serving continue following.

Saul was called and anointed by God but God later moved away from Him because he was disobedient. It is possible for one to start well but due to failure to manage fleshy desires, fall out of favor with God.

Matthew 7:15-18 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.

It is difficult to move away from a mentor you’ve grown under or known for a long time. You can see the signs but continue with him in the name of serving. David grew under Saul and knew he was an anointed man of God, even when David saw the bad side of Saul, he continued to serve him.

Do you think there are man and woman of God today, who started well but later turned to something?

We are called into different functions

Philip preached the Word of God, People were touched and they accepted the Lord, he baptized them in the name of the Lord Jesus but it was only through the laying of hands by Peter and John that they received the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:16-17 The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit. Even though Philip had the Holy Spirit His calling was only for preaching, he never performed any miracles and never felt bitter that Peter and John came and took the glory from him. The different gifts that God gave are for the strengthening of the house of God but so far we are so divided by the different gifts that exist today. If one knows what they are called for, they won’t be bothered by what others are doing.

Jealousy has divide the house of God. Man and Woman of God stand before the pulpit to ridicule one another misleading the children of God. Pastors want to own the congregants as if they are their people and forget that these are God’s people. Whatever role you played, you have planted a seed, let another water it, it’s all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.

Know what you are called for and focus on it.

There are leaders who are ordained for a certain purpose and in the process loose favor from God because of how they handle themselves. Others are called but want to act their calling. There is the perfect will of God and the permissible will of God. Many things happens in the permissible will of God. 1 Samuel 15:10-11 Then the LORD said to Samuel, “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the LORD all night. Saul was chosen and anointed for a certain purpose but later God was not happy with him because he disobeyed Him. Saul was given an instruction to destroy the nation of Amalek but Saul wanted to save the good things of that nation for himself.

God gave Ananias an instruction to go lay hands on Saul, now Paul and after Ananias completed the instruction, we never hear about him. There are leaders who must take you where God want you to be but want to benefit in the process. Acts 9:11-12 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”

God saw it fit.

As mulch as it shocks you that God want to make you great, believe that it’s not your strength that will make you successful but your strength in Him. Judges 6:15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” Others might have failed but that does not mean it’s impossible.

When God gives you a vision, don’t start counting your money and balancing it with the vision. Balance the vision against God’ ability. When God gives you a vision, he also provides for it. This does not it all means mean we must be blind to the realities of this world but reminds yourself that there is you and there is God. Alone you have performed badly but God is about to make you great. Zechariah 4:6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.

Moses, Saul, David, Jonah and Paul did not have the intention of working for God when the Word came on them.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For you see your calling, brethren, 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 the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.

What is the view of people outside church about the person you are following?

As Christians, we are sometimes too quick to dismiss the view of people outside church. If we are true ambassadors of Christ, our behavior should not conflict with what people think God is about. Not that we must agree with them but, people should see church as a good place for the broken hearted. 1 Timothy 3:6-7 A church leader: People outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.

Many people hate church today because of church leaders conduct and because we are blinded by the love for our pastors we often become defensive.

Calling

When saying “Yes” Lord, know what you are signing up for. The main thing of saying Yes, is that you are declaring war with the kingdom of darkness. From that point on, know that the devil will be on your case. Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

This year has been a difficult year for me spiritually. I have served the best way I know how and been taught but there was just so much challenges at church. One thing I keep reminding myself is that these people are not my enemy, they just happen to available to be used in the fight by the devil. 1 Peter 2:20-21 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you. For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

Satan is more concerned about to tomorrow, who you are going to be as it was declared in heaven. He knows this who are going to cause him pain. He is being proactive and will try by all means to delay or to stop you. Focus on the Cross, do not be moved to the left no to the right.