“God Gave Me This Song!”

“God gave me this song!”

“Maybe you should give it back. . .”

-Tim Hawkins

Have you ever claimed that God told you something?  I’ve never heard an audible voice from God, but I know that I have claimed God has called me to do something or go somewhere before.  The first example that comes to mind is my claim that God has called me to missions, specifically in China.  On Wednesday at Refuge, Pastor Frank made a convicting statement:

“If you are claiming to get direct revelation from God, then you have established yourself as a prophet and must be tested as such.”

My reason for sharing information about prophets should make sense in just a minute.  First, here are three things that have to do with the identity of true prophets, thanks to Pastor Frank and Deuteronomy 18:18-22:

1.  Receives direct revelation from God that can deal with the past, present, and/or future.

2.  Speaks in God’s name and on God’s authority.

3.  Must be 100% accurate without exception.

I want to clarify that I am not a prophet.  I would really like to go to China.  I have claimed that God has called me to go to China, but if I don’t go, either I’m a false prophet, or God is wrong.  And God CANNOT be wrong.

Jesus says this in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

So Christ has commanded his followers to make disciples of all nations.  Missions should be part of a Christian’s walk with God, whether it is locally or internationally.  Through my circumstances, I’ve learned to adapt to new surroundings more easily than some people.  I feel that my adaptability is a skill that could really help me on the mission field.  Plus, I really enjoy working with teenage girls, and there are a lot of girls of every age in China who have been abandoned by their families.  China is somewhere I would like to go, but if God has other plans for me, I know they will be much better.  I don’t honestly feel a “divine calling” from God to go to China; it would make sense to go somewhere where I could work with teenage girls, but China isn’t the only country with teenage girls.  China is the second country with the most unreached people groups, behind India.  I’m interested in spending some time in both of those countries, and in several other countries as well.

China fits together with my interests.  I know that it is God’s will for me to share Him with everyone that I come in contact with, and I want to do that.  However, I can’t assume that God wants me to go to a specific country because of any “feeling.”  I’m going to Nicaragua this summer, and for all I know, I will become attached to the people there.

Right now, I am open to every opportunity I am presented with in missions, or in anything else.  God can use me however He sees fit, even if it’s not what I expected in the first place.  Now, this blog isn’t just about my journey to China, but my journey in missions and in life.  Even if I don’t go into missions full-time, I know that I want to be involved in short-time missions.  I would still like to share my journey with y’all, no matter what God’s plan is.

I apologize if I just rambled a lot in this blog post.  Everything is still floating around in my head, but I wanted to share this with y’all.  I love you guys!

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My Pure and Holy Passion

Hey!

Thanks for checking out my blog! It’s just getting started, so there isn’t much yet. And I’m still learning how to edit and change and customize something I’ve never worked with before. So, please excuse any rambling, craziness, or overall confusion in the way things are set up.

I’m Emily. I’m a sophomore in high school and I’ve been homeschooled since 1st grade. But I’m a very outgoing and social person. When I was little, I wanted to be a musician. But over the years, my passion to glorify God far exceeded my desire to go into the music business. I went through several years of wondering what I would do when I grew up. And I decided I didn’t have to know; I would wait on God to show me where He wanted me to be.

About a year, two years ago, I began to feel led towards youth ministry and thought it would be really cool to work with teenage girls after college. But this summer is when I really found what God wanted me to devote my life to. At a Global Youth Ministries camp last summer (2010), I really felt God calling me to minister to teenage girls, but I had no other details. When Roger Glidewell, the GYM founder and our main speaker for the week, talked about how a team of college students with GYM goes to China every year, it struck me. I felt this overwhelming sense of purpose. I knew that God was calling me to missions in China. While Roger was talking, one of the things I remembered about China was that there is a one-child policy. Because of many parents’ desire for a son to carry on the family name, many girls are sent to live in orphanages at young ages. I knew that this was where God wanted me, no matter how hard it was going to be.

After this realization and after I had had some time to reflect on everything a little bit, I realized that this was going to be no easy challenge. Chinese is no easy language to learn. In fact, it’s one of hardest. I found it a bit ironic that God was calling me to a place with a difficult language, because I don’t always want to do the things that take more effort or time. But I’ve realized that, as a Christian, I am called to face the hard things.

I would like to share my journey with you. As God teaches me, I’d like to encourage you with what He says and what His Word says. This is my Pure and Holy Passion.

Consumed by the Call,

Emily