Faith: Confirming Your Calling

Written by Bobby Bledsoe

In my life, faith has helped me to see and experience things one could only dream of. As I began a journey of ministry and church planting, my faith went to the next level. In Matthew 2, we read the story of Jesus being born in Bethlehem and the things that happened to him and Mary and Joseph during that time. There is so much wisdom in this story and as a believer, if these kinds of things are occurring in your life, you’re probably on the right track.

1. You will trouble the kingdom of hell

Matthew 2:3 says, “When Herod the kind heard [that Jesus was born], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” Herod, threatened by this, sought out to find and kill baby Jesus.

Likewise, as we are following God’s call and walking in the ways He leads us, we should trouble the kingdom of darkness. The next time you go through a spiritual attack, allow your faith to be strengthened. Hell has taken notice of you.

We recently started the process of launching our third campus in Manchester, New Hampshire. Preceding our first preview service, I started to feel a spiritual attack. I was both physically and emotionally drained, and we met some unexpected bumps in the road. But we pressed through and saw 50 people at the service – and that’s just the beginning of what we believe God will do through this church. The fog has since lifted and our faith was strengthened knowing that “greater is He that is in me then he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

When we live out God’s call on our life, we can be sure that we will face trials. But when we trust him in those moments, our faith will never disappoint.

2. You will see God’s provision

Matthew 2:11 says, “And going into the house, [the wise men] say the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” There’s a little saying that if it’s God’s will, it’s God’s bill.

In this narrative, we see how God provided. The wise men traversed through political and economic hardships to bring great treasures to Jesus. Joseph and Mary were obedient and God provided supernaturally.

A couple years ago as we took a step of faith to plant our second church in Ellsworth, Maine, we didn’t have anything. We needed a building for our church services and also wanted to start Hope Homes. We looked to God for the miraculous. Around that same time, a business owner heard what we wanted to do and generously gave us a warehouse for the church and two apartments rent-free for three years so we could do the Lord’s work. You won’t get a miracle until you need one, so step out of the boat and watch God do the impossible.

3. You might have a desert experience

Matthew 2:13 says, “Now when [the wise men] had departed, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’”

Here we see the Holy Spirit led Joseph and his family into the wilderness, and not just any wilderness, He led them to Egypt. And as you may know, they weren’t fond of Egypt, but Joseph was obedient. I often wonder what Joseph was thinking when he took his wife and child (whom wasn’t his) and waited in the wilderness. Did he ever begin to think he got the short end of the stick? The wilderness experiences we go through are not meant to hurt us, but to strengthen us. If you find yourself in the desert like Joseph and Mary did, know all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). In fact, later in that chapter we read that Herod sent out a death decree to kill all male babies. The desert place actually was a good place and a place of safety.

When I launched my first church in Bangor Maine, I was in a kind of desert place. I remember being so discontented with everything, I was actually thinking of throwing in the towel. I thought God forgot about me, as I was wasting away selling cars on the car lot for a living, when all I wanted to do was preach the gospel. But in one day my whole life changed, when Brian Bolt flew out and we dreamed together about bringing CityReach to this part of the country – and from there, the rest is history.

Patience and faith are required in the desert place to see the will of God fulfilled.
Pastor Bobby Bledsoe

God is faithful to His children and He will confirm the call He has put in your life. It may not always be as easy or simple as we would like, but as we follow the call and we face opposition, experience His miraculous provision, or walk through a desert season of life, our faith will be strengthened.

Pastor Bobby Bledsoe

Bobby Bledsoe is the lead pastor at CityReach Church Bangor and serves as a Regional Pastor for CITYREACH NETWORK. Pastor Bobby’s passion is to preach the gospel and raise up spiritual sons and daughters to impact our cities with the fire of the Holy Spirit.

2018-01-17T00:21:55+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Church Planting|