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What Happened When God Called This ‘Closet Christian’ to Crusade Evangelism — Charisma Magazine

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In His Name crusade in Ambo, Ethiopia (Courtesy of In His Name Ministries)

I have a confession to make.

When I heard the call of the Lord to be a crusade evangelist, I had not won one soul for Jesus. I confess this to my eternal shame. I was a closet Christian.

Yet, when the Lord spoke to my heart and appointed me to the mighty task of mass evangelism, I instinctively understood something: He could not use me to preach the gospel to the masses until I could witness to the individual. And so, I started—albeit awkwardly and messily. But, in spite of my inexperience and nervousness, the Lord used me to win the lost, soul by precious soul. Today, He uses me to win both the one and the many!

Why do I share this with you? For two primary reasons. First, when the Lord calls you to do something, I guarantee that you will feel unqualified for the task. You will feel insufficient, unprepared and unable. This is completely natural, dear friend. Our God wants you to step out upon the waters. He wants you to be completely reliant and utterly dependent on Him. He wants you to cling to Him fervently and draw from Him desperately. Why? He wants you to achieve the impossible—and the impossible is only possible if attempted hand-in-hand with Him! In my case, He called a young woman who had not yet won one soul for Jesus to win the masses for Jesus. How typical of the Lord! After all, He called uneducated fishermen to lead the early church and teach ceiling-shattering doctrine. He called a murderer and church-hater to pen the gospel of peace and write a prolific portion of the New Testament. He called a herder of sheep to be the king of His people. In short, He calls us to become what we most certainly are not and then makes us to be what we could never dream of becoming. This is the delight of the master of the universe and the prerogative of the architect of all creation! And so, embrace the uncertainty, push past the fear and take that first step of faith. This leads me to my second point.

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Dear friend, whatever dream the Lord has laid upon your heart, whatever purpose He has called you to accomplish, the important thing is for you to get going. Take the first step, regardless of how small it may seem or how poorly you take it. The Lord will grow you, advance you and, when the time in right and your character is steadfastly grounded in Him, He will raise you up! Take the first step … and then the next … and then the next. For me, starting to evangelize one-on-one was the first step. Perhaps your first step is registering that dream business, applying for an online course, volunteering at your local church or simply spending more time with the Lord in prayer and His Word on a regular basis. You know what that first step is, and if you are unsure, take the most logical one. God loves action. If you take an action step with a sincere heart, doing your best to follow His leading, He will use it for His glory and redirect if necessary. The Lord works with workers and moves with movers. Go forward, and go for it! The Lord is with you.

Listen to the first episode of In His Name on the Charisma Podcast Network, Getting to Know Tamryn and learn more about how the Lord called me to crusade evangelism and how I went about taking that first step of faith. I know it will be a great encouragement to you in your own walk with the Lord. Torch1

Tamryn Klintworth is an evangelist and the founder of In His Name Ministries, an organization winning Africa for Jesus through mass crusades and empowering believers around the world to be used by God. Connect with @tamrynklintworth on Instagram and Facebook.

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Avoid This One Critical Mistake to Advance in Your Calling — Charisma Magazine

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“Where do we go from here?”

The question has become a hot topic for many leaders, teachers, pastors, business owners and people from all walks of life.

Most are struggling in the aftermath of our recent traumatic societal upheavals in the realms of politics, health, church, affecting families, businesses and individuals. Is it just too much?

In the aftermath, many plans have been scrapped or scrambled and people are searching for firm footing to know how to live, work and move forward in this new time.

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Whatever your situation, I find that when you need clarity, this is the time to go back to the calling of God on your life. What has the Lord spoken over you? Called you to do? Who has He called you to be as a son or daughter of God?

God has not been caught off guard. He saw all this coming. He is faithful to empower you to fulfill the call.

Take a breath and remember the things you set out to do when you answered His call.

It’s mission-critical to reconnect with your calling from God.

The mistake most people make is to rush in to put things together in their own strength. This never works for long. To refuse to reconnect is to reject the anointing and power God offers to fulfill the calling.

Your calling is still good, even though the route may need to be updated. He has new things for you to consider in order to move forward that weren’t possible before.

Stay in the dialogue with the Lord. He is ready to unfold some answers to your questions and provide all that you need to move forward—from right here—this very moment.

We know Moses had serious doubts about being able to fulfill God’s call on his life to deliver the Israelites from 400 years of oppression. Big calls provoke big questions! Quaking in his sandals, Moses protested to God:

— “What if they don’t believe me?”

— “I’m not a speaker!”

— “Choose someone else!”

Yet, over 40 miracles were performed through Moses in the time that followed his reluctant agreement to fulfill the call. From the healing of leprosy to the opening of a path through the Red Sea, from raining down quail to feed the hungry to bread falling from heaven for dinner, from bringing water from a rock to stopping a plague, the list trails on testifying to God’s goodness and empowerment for the mission.

Moses was worried in the beginning about being believed, about being able to speak with courage.

Consider God’s response to Moses’ objections in Exodus 4:11-12. I love how the Lord spoke, reminding Moses that God created his mouth in the first place.

“Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you must say” (Ex. 4:12).

When God called Moses to the mission of delivering the Israelites, God’s power was present to fulfill the call.

Is anything less available to you today as you regroup, find your footing and sign up again for that call God has extended to you? Your calling comes with empowerment to walk it out. This is true for the God-ordained lawyer, teacher, entrepreneur, blogger, preacher, trainer, coach, CEO and coffee barista.

“The eager expectation of the creation waits for the appearance of the sons of God” (Rom. 8:19).

Your time of revealing has come. Sign up again with the Lord to march in His power to fulfill your call and just let the world get a glimpse of the God-called man or woman who says yes and steps in with the empowerment of God.

Listen to the following episodes of The Linda Fields Show on the Charisma Podcast Network for practical and mind-blowing ideas to move forward in your calling with God’s empowerment:

How to Reboot Your Dreams With a Fresh Surge of Power From God.

The Crises of 2020 Call for Christian Biz People to Tap Into Divine Revelation.

Advance in Your Purpose.Torch1

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How the Lord Is Calling You to Be His Fire Starter — Charisma Magazine

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Are you feeling lost right now? Struggling with what to do, where to go and how to engage in a life that creates a sense of joy and accomplishment?

Recently I found myself in a place where I did not appreciate or understand how I got there. We have been diverted to an unknown road that seems to have no end in sight. On this road our futures look bleak, preventing our view of both sides of the road to go very deep.

I realized this morning how my lens has been covered over with attitudes of fear and hatred, not necessarily ones that I own, but rather placed upon me to keep me bound.

I want to live again. I want to use my voice again without someone stifling it. I want my joy back, quality relationships and laughter that lightens my soul. I want to live out my divine purpose.

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On the outside I feel trapped, unable to move. Yet on the inside there is a scream to let me go. Inside is a fire burning that I cannot keep contained any longer.

The Lord is saying, “I am making you a fire starter.” Fire starters create things, disrupt things and/or start things. They are the people who change the world, start movements and businesses, and innovate when others are content. They inspire others to be better, seek out situations where their impact can be maximized.

I believe God is sounding His alarm throughout the world to those who are willing to slip out of their slumber and begin creating new things for Him. He is calling forth disrupters who will start movements, innovate and inspire others to step into divine purposes igniting fires wherever they go.

Fire starters hear from heaven and declare truth that will result in repentance, deeper intimacy and divine positioning. Fire starters are those who ignite, breathe upon and fan the flames of revival, restoration, transformation and advancement of the kingdom of God. You are being summoned to become a fire starter.

Answer the call, for victory is yours. It is a now time to release the fire that is within you. Let it fan the flame of the greatest harvest we have ever seen. Listen to A New Level Awaits You on the Charisma Podcast Network now. Torch1

Lois Flewelling is an engaging speaker, teacher and author who flows in the prophetic anointing to empower individuals to walk out in their God-given destiny. She is an international speaker who teaches on how to enter and walk out in your God anointed assignments. Lois believes God is raising up an army of warriors to advance the kingdom of God and her mandate is to equip and train for this season. Go to loisflewelling.com for her books, online courses and blogs.

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