Bill Stockham | PentecostalTheology.com
“…God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. [Permanent]” (Rom. 11:29) [Those of us who are really called of God to any sacred ministry have been brought in deep contact with ourselves, we feel our own ignorance, and know our own weakness. We also know the awful responsibility we feel toward the work of the Lord; and nothing but THE AUTHORITY OF GOD CAN PERSUADE US TO UNDERTAKE IT!] “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I AM TOO YOUNG.” But the LORD said to me, “DO NOT SAY, ‘I AM TOO YOUNG.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and SAY WHATEVER I COMMAND YOU. Do not be afraid of them, FOR I AM WITH YOU AND WILL RESCUE YOU,” declares the LORD. Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I HAVE PUT MY WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH.” (Jer. 1:6-9) [Peter was now convinced that our Abba Father is no respecter of persons; that as all must stand before his judgment seat, to be judged according to the deeds done in the body, whom God chooses to call – HE USES!] “Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that GOD DOES NOT SHOW FAVORITISM but accepts from every nation THE ONE WHO FEARS HIM AND DOES WHAT IS RIGHT.” (Acts 10:34-35) [NOTHING IS AS PLEASING TO GOD AS OBEDIENCE, no, not sacrifice and offering, or any other service. We must understand that when God calls us, we must make up our minds that we will delight in what we are called to do. So our Abba Father will be well pleased with us and our services] “But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE…” (1 Sam. 15:22) [Because we are always under our Abba Fathers care, and because He is omnipresent, He is also omniscient (all-knowing); heaven and earth include the whole creation of God, and the Creator fills both; he not only knows both, and governs both, but he fills both.] “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Pet. 1:2-4)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that WE MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE OF OUR ABBA FATHER!