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And without faith it is impossible to please God…Hebrews 11:6

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. 2 Chronicles 20:12

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27

God calls people to seemingly impossible tasks. It gives Him glory when I can’t do something, but He can. I can do “all things through Christ who strengthen me,” but often what He calls me to do can seem foolish to attempt (at least to others…and sometimes me) at the time. Imagine what the friends of Abraham, Moses, and Noah must have thought when God called them to what appeared to be impossible assignments. God calls people to walk by faith into the unknown.

If you know God has called you to something, don’t be dismayed if others can’t quickly identify with your calling. In my experience, God is often raising up others with the same heartbeat, but you can’t always see them at the time, so there may be periods when you have to stand alone on God’s calling. That may be for a season, but at times it could be for years. (Consider the case of Noah.)

With that in mind…

Here are 7 ways to tell it may be a God thing:

1. Everyone says it can’t be done…

2. You feel you aren’t qualified…

3. There aren’t enough resources available…

4. It makes no rational sense…

5. People call it (or you) stupid…

6. It would give God all the glory…

7. It honors God and is true to His Word…

I’m not saying this post confirms what you are attempting is from God. What I am saying is that you should not dismiss the call you believe God has placed on your life because it doesn’t make sense to others around you…or to yourself at times.

Are you in the midst of a God-calling?

Has God called you to things which made no sense at the time?

What would you add to my list?

Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years of business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been in full-time ministry for over eight years.  

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R.l. Wilson

commented on Sep 24, 2011

G2G! Good to Go!

Brenda Blakely

commented on Sep 24, 2011

Great thinking. I would add having peace about it and God charting the course by agreement from someone who would be a partner and/or provision of a resource that would have to be a God thing.

Chaplain Shawn Kennedy

commented on Sep 24, 2011

I would also add that you don't feel in control.

Reverend Keith Moreland

commented on Sep 25, 2011

There still are the few that God uses to give you confirmation through prophecies given to you on things that haven't been shared yet.

Sterling Franklin

commented on Sep 25, 2011

haha the 7 provided are great. How often does God amaze us when He wants to do things that we can't do in our own strength

Leonora T. Yee

commented on Sep 27, 2011

I would add that eventhough people around you oppose it,there's an inner feeling in you that it wiill be done because you put your full trust in HIM

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