April 18, 2020 THE ELIJAH LIST Jamie Tuttle
From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
Even in this current time we are in…we ALL still have a call!
Whether it be staying home with family, ministering to loved ones right where we’re at, fervently praying into God’s plans…you get the point. We can all be God-led right now.
Jamie Tuttle writes an excellent word about this and more.
I’ll let you read this for yourself but leave you with this question he asks:
Because you breathe, you carry His call. What will you do today to fulfill this call that God has placed on your life? (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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“Because You Breathe, You Carry His Call” Jamie Tuttle, Cleveland, Tennessee
I want you to memorize a specific confession of faith today and say it from your heart often, starting today and for the rest of your life. That confession is this: “Because I breathe, I carry His call.”
That’s a powerful statement; a powerful confession of faith: “Because I breathe, I carry His call.”
You need to understand that your existence is absolutely not happenstance. It’s not a chance occurrence in the universe. God’s Word says, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them” (Psalm 139:16).
No, your life was not an accident. Your life is not currently an accident either. The Lord God planted you on this earth for such a time as this. The enemy wants you to believe that your life is an accident though. The enemy will try and lie to you, telling you:
• You are a failure.
• You will never survive.
• You never should have been born, or your parents didn’t mean to have you.
That old accuser, the devil, then goes on with his extended lies by saying, “You’ll never be good enough. You’ll never amount to anything. You might as well settle for a passive mentality and accept a lifestyle that your flesh desires but your spirit hates.” But all of these things are lies, and only lies.
Here’s what you need to know to dominate your domain today:
You are not fighting against flesh and blood right now – not even against your own flesh and blood in your own body. No. You are currently engaged in an ancient battle, wrestling against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). You are, right now, engaged in the battle of good versus evil, and you will be in that battle all your life. (Photo via Piqsels)
You were not created to accept what you are in the flesh and deny what you’re called to be in the spirit. You were not meant to live with walls around you – walls that fence you in and limit your opportunities and possibilities. God never intended you to accept your circumstances and call tribulation your friend. He did not engineer you to say or even think that your failures are part of your personality, part of “who you are.” Instead, God fashioned you with His hands and designed you specifically to fulfill His call on your life.
You are alive because God placed you on the earth for such a time as this. You are breathing right now because you have His call on your life. It’s His oxygen that you are taking into your lungs; and because He allows you to breathe it – and indeed sustains and propels every cell of your body by the very word of His power – then you know that He has a plan for you. You possess a calling from God that no one can ever negate or destroy, not even you.
God has good plans for you, and He wants you to carry them out today. He has divinely ordained you to carry them out. At the end of days, you will not stand before God and hear Him say, “I understood it was hard, so We excuse you from your call.”
But you know what you will hear?
When you stand before God, He will ask you, “What did you do with the skills and gifts and talents I gave you? What did you do with the call that put on your life? What did you do to bring people with you to stand before Me in this moment?” We will all hear those very same questions from God, and we will all have to give an account.
Life is a vapor. It is a moment that comes and goes so quickly. Young people often may think, “I’ve got a long, long time. I’ve got plenty of time before I need to be in church and before I need to give my life to the Lord.” And old people often may say, “I’m too old, and I already missed the best moments of my life. I might as well just passively let it go at this point.”
But you know what? Our Creator doesn’t excuse us from His call because of our excuses. Our Creator will still ask each and every one of us, “What did you do with what I gave you?” He will look for the Blood of Jesus on your life, and He will look for the fruit that determines your reward.
Let me ask you this question: What would it look like if the Church left the building?
We often say the phrase, “Elvis has left the building,” and it means that the star of the show is no longer present with us. The show is over. Well, I’m here to tell you today that Elvis has left the building – he has left the church-house! The CHURCH has left the four walls of its building, and we’re going out into the streets! The Church is not made up of four walls and a roof. Instead, the people breathing the breath of life are the Church, and the Church has to be able to say, “I left the building.” This has never been more important! (Photo via Public Domain)
To “leave the building” means to accept the responsibility of God’s call on your life. It means you are stepping out of the doors of the church-house, and even stepping out of the door of your home, and saying to the world:
• “I’m taking on the responsibility of my calling.”
• “I’m going to do what God called me to do.”
• “I am going to be a disciple of Christ.”
• “I am going to prayerfully and willfully win somebody to Jesus.”
• “I’m going to represent Jesus to my family and to my tribe.”
• “I’m going to be a man of God.”
• “I’m going to be a woman of God.”
• “I’m going to be a child of God.”
• “I’m going to be the person who pursues everything that God has placed on my life.”
And the only way you will do that is to recognize that you’re not a waste of time. You have a purpose. You have a call on your life. As it says in Jeremiah 1:4-5, “Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.'”
God assigned you a divine calling when He breathed the breath of life into your mother’s womb and you became a living soul. You are not an accident. Your life is not mere happenstance, and your call has not expired.
Because you breathe – because you are alive on this earth and being upheld by the very word of God’s power (Hebrews 1:3) – you are still in the middle of those days written in His book before any of them existed (Psalm 139:16). It’s time to fulfill your call.
Because you breathe, you carry His call. What will you do today to fulfill this call that God has placed on your life?
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Pastor Jamie Tuttle serves as lead pastor of Dwelling Place Church International. Born in Winston Salem, North Carolina, he was raised in a family of musical evangelists. He began playing drums at the age of 5, which opened many doors for him and ultimately led him to Cleveland, Tennessee. He holds a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis on marriage and family. In 1993, he married Pastor Judy Jacobs. Together they began ministering around the world through their ministry, His Song Ministries (HSM). In addition to leading Dwelling Place Church International, Pastor Jamie also serves as CEO of HSM, which includes Judy Jacobs International, His Song Music Group, Dwelling Room Studios, and the International Institute of Mentoring. Pastors Jamie and Judy have two daughters, Kaylee and Erica.
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