07/29/18 CHOICES – Calling Over Comfort

Calling over Comfort:

  • Comfort lives in an arena of certainty.
  • Calling lives in an arena of faith.
  • In order to walk in your calling, you may have to sacrifice your comfort.


The Passover meal and ritual not only served as protection for the families, but also as preparation for their journey.


Elements of the Passover:

  • The Food
  • Dressed for Travel
  • Sandals on their feet
  • Staff in hand


When we call on God, He responds with a calling. 

When we call out to him for our protection, He gives us purpose. 


Exodus 13:17-18 NLT

17 “’When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”


18 So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle.’



Ephesians 6:14-18 NIV

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,


15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.


16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.


17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.



Has God called me?

John 15:16 NIV

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.


Romans 8:28 NIV

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.


1 Thessalonians 5:24 NIV

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.


Philippians 3:14 NIV

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


2 Thessalonians 2:14 NIV

He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.


2 Timothy 1:9 NIV

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.


1 Peter 2:21 NIV

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.


Ephesians 4:4 NIV

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called.


1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”


1 Corinthians 1:9 NIV

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.



Ephesians 2:19-22 MSG

‘That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.



Exodus 15:13 NLT

13 With your unfailing love, you led the people you have redeemed.  In your might, you guide them to your sacred home.