// Lynette Hagin
GOD HAS A call on your life! Whether it's in the ministry, workplace, or family, He has assignments and instructions for each step. One of the most important things you can do is learn how to hear the Holy Spirit. As you trust God and act on what you hear, He helps you to be in the right place at the right time.
To help you on your journey, I want to share some scriptures that have guided my life from a young age. I was raised in ministry and knew I was called to ministry. I have held on to these verses for a long time.
PSALM 37:5 (NKJV)
5 Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
PROVERBS 3:5–6 (NKJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Both of these passages of scripture, tell readers to "trust" the Lord. And as you do, God promises to move on your behalf. Proverbs 3:6 in the New Living Translation says, "Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."
Why do we have so much trouble trusting God when we place trust in natural things all the time? When you sit down, do you examine the chair and wonder if it will hold you up? When you're driving, do you wonder if your brakes will work? Hopefully not!
When our oldest grandson was small, he would go to the edge of the platform after the church service and call out, "Poppy!" Of course, Kenneth would recognize his voice, turn around, and little Cameron would jump. He trusted his grandfather so much that one time he was in midair before he said, "Poppy!" Thank goodness Kenneth was quick enough to catch him!
When you call to your Heavenly Father, know that He recognizes your voice. He is always there and always ready. You can rely on Him! Luke 12:31 (NLT) says, "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need."
You may not understand why, where, or what God is calling you to do, but the most important thing to do is trust Him. He will use each and every one of us wherever we are as we learn to have confidence in Him.
One of the greatest examples of trusting God is found in Genesis chapter 12 when God spoke to Abraham. Can you imagine being 75 years old and hearing God tell you to leave your country and family but not tell you where you were going? Yet Abraham was quick to obey. Why? He trusted in God.
God's first word to Abraham was "go" (Gen. 12:1 NIV). Sometimes God's first word to us is "go!" But do we quickly obey? We want to know the whole plan! Some people say, "I'm not going to move until God tells me what I'm going to be doing or where I'm going." Our Heavenly Father does not normally work that way. Why? Because we must live a life of faith!
Kenneth began to work for his father in the early '70s. I grew up in Texas and never wanted to leave. I didn't like to travel.
I was satisfied sleeping on my own mattress in my own house. But God was not satisfied!
When He said, "Move," I asked, "Why?" In every way, moving to Oklahoma looked like a step backward. I told God I needed a word from Him, and He simply said, "Trust Me."
I took the verses in Philippians 4:11, 13 literally, "For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am [Texas or Oklahoma], therewith to be content. . . . I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
As I committed to follow God, even though I didn't understand it, God said, "Lynette, let Me plan your future."
Kenneth and I began traveling in crusades with Brother Hagin. Then one Campmeeting, he said under the unction of the Holy Spirit that we were going to start a Bible school. As soon as he said that, the Spirit of God came upon my husband and me and said, "This is what I have been preparing you for." And look what has come to pass! Now there are hundreds of Rhema Bible Training College campuses across 50 nations!
What if we had not obeyed God? What if I had said no? I thought I was committed and submitted until God asked me to go where I didn't want to go, do what I didn't want to do, and say what I didn't want to say!
I urge you to fully commit to God's plan for your life. He is calling you to a higher place. Trust Him! Stay in His will, open your heart, forget the past, and go forward. The joys that await you will be more than you could have imagined!
[Editor's Note: This article was adapted from Lynette Hagin's 2017 Rhema Bible Training College orientation message.]
FAITH IN ACTION
Trust God to Answer!
Clinging to a ledge with sheer cliffs below, Brenda desperately searched for her contact lens. Her safety rope had snapped across her face and one of her contact lenses had popped out. She cried to the Lord, "God, Your Word says that the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth. You know exactly where my contact is. Please help me find it!"
There was no sign of the lens. Finally, Brenda's rock climbing group descended where a new party was waiting. Someone shouted, "Hey, has anybody lost a contact lens?" An ant was slowly crawling across the face of the rock, carrying Brenda's contact!
Maybe you need an answer to prayer. God answers! But maybe you are God's answer! If you don't know why God has you doing what you're doing, He may be nudging you to carry the "contact lens" or the provision someone is believing for.
Declare this: "God, I trust You! If you tell me to go, I'll go. Thank you for hearing every prayer and guiding me to help others!"