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Fulfilling our Calling
(Pursuing Your Desires)

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Yahweh called [klesis] us before the world was formed that we might be holy and blameless in His presence. “…We are––his workmanship, created in Christ Yahoshua upon a footing of good works, which Yahweh prepared beforehand, that, therein, we might walk” (Eph. 1:4, 2:10). Yahweh offers an invitation to each and every child of His. This invitation is to take a course He has plotted for our lives through Christ, our Lord, Savior and Head. We have been called to fulfill Yahweh’s will, individual tasks specifically designed for us to complete before we go to sleep. The direction for our individual courses was not given to our parents, neither were they written on paper and given to our pastors but rather our courses have been placed upon the tables of our own hearts by way of ruah (spirit). Our course is unveiled through the godly desires stirring within our hearts, leading us onward and upward, if we but heed its call. This article is for the individuals, like David, who daily sought to please Yahweh. The instruction Nathan the prophet gave David was, “All that is in thy heart, go––do,––for Yahweh is with thee” (2 Sa. 7:3).

Our calling is not our destiny. Destiny means, “that which is destined or fated to happen; predetermined events collectively.” The only destiny or predetermined event we have is that we will all die, except for the believers who are alive during the Parousia of the Lord. Even Yahoshua, who had a course plotted for him by the Father, was not destined to take that course but rather he chose it. What we do with our lives before we die is up to us. We have freedom of will. We may choose to follow the unholy desires of the flesh or the holy desires of the ruah (spirit). The ruah of Yahweh is directing our hearts to fulfill the will of Christ. The calling for our lives, which comes from Yahweh, is not going to come to pass unless we decide to obey His voice. If we reject our individual missions, He will need to get someone else to fulfill the missions, as was done with the Israelites. The Israelites, upon entering the land of Canaan, were commanded to destroy the inhabitants. They did not destroy all the inhabitants of Canaan, one of which was the Philistines. Their unfulfilled mission then became a mission resting on the shoulders of the judges, one of which was Samson. Saul and David also were finishing the uncompleted mission of the Israelites who first entered the land of Canaan. Our lives are not predestined, even though this English word is used in many inaccurate Bible translations. The Greek word translated, ‘predestined,’ is ‘proorizo.’ Pro-orizo means pro ‘before,’ orizo ‘boundaries.’ A literal translation of proorizo is ‘having set bounds before.’ Our Father has given us freedom of will, a hallmark of His love for us. He doesn’t want puppets as children.

(Read the Complete article and footnotes in the PDF file.)

(For footnotes, Appendixes and Part 2, read the PDF version.)

(When quoting scriptures, from the Rotherham Emphasized Bible New Testament, I will substitute the Hebrew words
Yahoshua (yeh-ho-shoo’- ah) for Jesus, Yahweh and Elohim for God and the LORD and ruah for pneuma (spirit).)


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