Your Calling Is Calling

When you die, there will be a tombstone with your full name on it. Your birth date will be on the left side and the date that you died on the right side. But it’s that little dash in the middle that determines what you did with your life. That little dash determines everything. Did you fulfill God’s plan for your life or fulfill Satan’s plan for your life?

One of my favorite verses is John 17:4 (Message) – “I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do.”

I truly believe you are here on Earth by assignment, and God is fully expecting you to carry something out during your lifetime. Years ago, I heard the Lord say these words, “your calling is calling”. You don’t have time to waste any longer. Your life is precious. Every single day you live is a day recorded in history never to be relived again. David actually wrote, “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away.” It’s time to pursue God’s calling all the way.

#1 PICK UP THE CALL!
Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t answer my phone much. OK, hardly at all! I would much rather send a text message than talk! And I never answer my house phone! In fact, when people are over and the phone rings, they’ll say, “Aren’t you gonna get it?” The truth is, I don’t even hear it anymore. Why? Because I’ve ignored it for so long.
You may have ignored God’s calling on your life for so long that you don’t even hear Him calling anymore. Other people may see gifts and potential in you and they’re saying, “Aren’t you going to do something with that?” But you don’t even see it anymore.

Don’t let your past keep you from answering the call.
Don’t let other people keep you from answering the call.
Don’t let finances keep you from answering the call.
Don’t let past failures keep you from answering the call.
Don’t let satan talk you out of answering the call.
Don’t let “busy-ness” keep you from answering the call.
Don’t let shame and guilt keep you from answering the call.
Don’t let insecurity keep you from answering the call.

My cell phone has a little button I can push when it’s ringing that says, “BUSY”. My old phone said, “IGNORE”. Don’t ignore God’s call anymore. Determine to not be too busy to take the call of your life! Your decision to ignore God’s plan or pursue it affects you forever. And you are the only one who can make this decision. The first step in pursuing God’s plan for your life is to DECIDE today that you will “pick up the call” and not ignore it any longer.

#2 PRIORITIZE.
Someone once said, “Don’t prioritize your schedule; schedule your priorities.” If you want to fulfill the very purpose you have for being born you have to make time with God the #1 priority of your life! Time with the Lord is THE VERY THING that has brought the most healing to my life. It’s built my confidence where I was terribly insecure and inferior. It’s healed my heart where I was so brokenhearted. It is the most precious thing in my life, and it’s the easiest thing to neglect! Unless you make it a priority and actually SCHEDULE ALONE TIME WITH GOD, you just won’t do it!Spending time alone with God (just you and Him) is the #1 way to discover His next step for your life. Paul spent time alone . . . after the Damascus Road experience. Moses spent time alone on the backside of a desert. Joseph spent time alone in a prison. Jesus spent time alone in the wilderness before He ever launched his earthly ministry. Jerry Savelle (Dad) spent 8 hours a day for 3 months in his guest bedroom studying the Word before he ever stepped out in ministry. Keep in mind, when you pursue God, you are pursuing your dreams!
Whether it’s 8 hours or 10 minutes a day, the key is in consistency. Don’t feel bad if you only spend 5 minutes a day, stick to those 5 minutes and watch what God will do in your life. Spending quiet time with God will cause you to get closer to Him, more comfortable with Him and more sensitive to His voice.

#3 PREPARE.
Bobby Knight said, “The will to succeed is important, but what’s even more important is the will to prepare.” What are you doing right now to prepare for what you believe God has called you to do? Are you researching? Are you reading books about it? Are you taking any lessons? Are you attending a class? Are you saving money for it?
Preparation takes effort! You have to invest in your future. Make time to learn, to grow, to expand your thinking. Get on a quest to feed your faith more today than you did yesterday. Success isn’t something you arrive at – it’s something you prepare for! You have solutions and opportunities at your fingertips. You just need to expose yourself to new things, new people, new books, and new places. Your calling won’t just happen. You have to go after it!
John Wooden said, “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.” My dad said that back in the early 1970’s when he was working for Kenneth Copeland, the Lord told him to “prepare” because the day would come when Mr. Copeland would ask him to preach with him. So, he did. He prepared messages, he prayed over the people who would “one day” come hear him preach . . . and he was ready. Months and months went by, but one day, his phone rang in that little hotel room in Jacksonville Beach, FL and Mr. Copeland was on the other end saying, “Are you ready?” And he was. He prepared for his calling and when opportunity came, he was able to seize it.
Answering God’s calling is not an event, a one time moment, a special occasion, someone laying hands on you, it’s a daily choice and it shows up in your daily routine. Prepare now for tomorrow.

#4 PLEASE GOD – NOT MAN!
When it comes to your calling, you have to decide whose voice is the loudest. Remember, Satan works through people to drag you out of God’s plan for your life. He doesn’t come in a red costume and pitch fork. He comes “disguised” as an angel of light. He smells good, looks good, feels good, tastes good and sounds good! And he can be very convincing and manipulating in his efforts to get you to forfeit the plan of God for your life.
You have to make up your mind that you are going on with God no matter what. Always keep in mind that you will stand before God on Judgment Day and give an account for your life – not their life. You have to do what is right for you!
Col. 3:22 says, basically – don’t be a man pleaser but a God pleaser! Realize the seriousness of “your calling calling”. Determine that if there are attachments that you need to let go of, then you will develop the inner strength to do it. Don’t go another week, month, or year being held back by wrong relationships or ungodly influences. Determine that pleasing God is a life and death matter to you . . . because it is.

#5 PENCIL YOUR DREAMS!
Habakkuk 2:2 says for us to write the vision, make it plain upon paper so you can run when you read it. Write the vision. Write the vision. Write the vision. It’s been said that dreams not written down are just wishes! I feel so strongly about this. It’s been proven that people who write their dreams and goals are more successful than those who don’t. You must put pen to paper. Don’t keep your dreams in your head.
Imagine building a house without blueprints. You don’t just see it in your head and build it. You have to write it out. You have to see where you’re headed. When you stop dreaming, you stop living. The average person who retires dies within 3 years after retirement. Why? They stopped dreaming. If you don’t have a vision in your heart – then you are just existing. God wants you to dream. Determine that you are not going to waste another year of your life wandering and wondering what to do. Think, pray, read, listen and  then write down what you have in your heart. You cannot underestimate the power of writing your vision. Yes, it may change over time . . . that’s why I said, “PENCIL your dreams.” The point is: write it down.

#6 PERSEVERE!
For some reason, I think we have this idea that once we discover the true purpose of God for our lives that everything will kind of fall into place. If we’re in the will of God and we’re not running from God, then shouldn’t it just work out? Shouldn’t we just have “that peace”? I’ve discovered in my own life that you better learn to fight for your dreams! Ecclesiastes 5:3 says, “A dream comes about with much business and painful effort.”
Don’t get it in your head that success or walking in your calling will be easy! If it were easy, everyone would be successful! Peter Daniels says, “Success is the willingness to bear pain.” Just because a door is closed, don’t assume it must be God closing the door! Daniels says, “Kick it open!” He tells a story of a guy who wanted a loan for his dream. He went to one bank and was turned down. He went to another bank and was turned down. Ninety-eight banks later, somebody believed in his dream! Now, he’s made over a billion dollars! How many of us would have gone to 4 banks, been denied and said, “It must not be God! I guess I missed it!” Your calling is calling! You don’t have time to waste! Persevere! Fight for your dreams!

#7 PROPHESY YOUR FUTURE!
What’s coming out of your mouth has everything to do with what happens in your future! Proverbs 18:21 says, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.”
Think about David facing Goliath. He prophesied Goliath’s defeat and his own destiny before he ever released the stone. In 1 Sam. 17:42 we see the story of David coming up against the greatest barrier or obstacle of his life and everyone made fun of him and said he couldn’t do it. Verse 44 says, “The Philistine (which represents Satan) said to David. . .” In other words, SATAN TALKS TO US! It goes on to say, “Then David said to Goliath . . .” In essence, you need to TALK BACK TO THE DEVIL!
You need to do it out loud! You need to declare what you are believing for out of your mouth! Some things will not happen in your life until you begin speaking them out loud. Yes, you will feel ridiculous. I have faith goals that I spoke out loud just this morning as I walked around my house and they look absolutely impossible. But that’s exactly how God spoke this entire world into existence – with the words of his mouth. Faith is the substance of things you hope for; it is the evidence of the things you do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Remember, anything God wants you to do will be impossible. If it were possible, then it wouldn’t require faith.

#8 PROCRASTINATE NO MORE!

You can be your own worst enemy by procrastinating on your calling. Evangelist Dwight L. Moody was asked which people gave him the most trouble. His response was, “I’ve had more trouble with Dwight L. Moody than any other man alive.”
Sometimes, we tend to think that there’s a perfect time to do everything – so we wait. If you wait for the perfect timing, you’ll wait forever. If you’re waiting for all the money before you step out, if you’re waiting until you feel anointed, if you’re waiting until you feel forgiven, you’ll wait and wait and wait and ultimately, miss out on God’s plan for your life. Don’t wait for the 1st day of the month to start reading that book. Do it now. Don’t wait for your birthday to start the work out plan. Do it now.
Don’t wait for 2 more semesters before you take that class. Do it now. Don’t wait until all the conditions are perfect! Do it now!
We’re talking about your future. Your calling. Your dreams. Don’t let another year go by without doing something to pursue your calling. Time is going by. Days are going by and you’ve got much to accomplish. Someone once said, “You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.” Your calling is calling. I’m pretty sure you hear it.

  1. Amanda

    Thank you.

  2. Irene

    I hear my calling calling me. Thanks and God bless you for this sincere and timely message.

  3. Sandra Hussain

    Dear Terri,

    Thank you. I thirst to study God’s Word. I started to thirst for God’s Word during the last 3 months. This is how I logged into your dad’s website and subsequently listen to your messages also on internet. I am blessed by you and your dad’s messages. God is teaching me through your father’s messages and yours. God has given me a desire to teach His Word and I am preparing myself and waiting for His calling.

    Thank you Terri
    Sandra from Sri Lanka

  4. Dee

    Hi Terri,
    I saw you teach on a Christian station last night on tailor-made temptations and thought ‘what a breath of spiritual fresh air!’. So I naturally went straight to your website today to view some more of the messages God has given you. Really love the above Word as I have really began to feel my calling calling me louder than ever and your message above has given me some biblically guided clear, simple and accessible starting points. Thank you and God bless.

    Dee

  5. clara jacinto

    hi Terry
    thank very much it makes my heart feel good
    My God bless you
    Love clara

  6. Stacey Trumbo

    Hello Terry,

    I enjoy hearing a fresh voice. You make things so simple that even a little kid can understand what you are saying. Thank you for making the message understandable. I have heard this message from your dad, it’s been great you really bring it home for me.

    Thank you
    Stacey

  7. R Randle

    Awesome. This truly hit home for me. I watched you two days ago. I knew who your dad was, but I had never seen your program or heard of you before, but I feel that you will be very instrumental in helping me pursue my calling. I related to so many of the points that you made in this teaching, especially procrastination. Thank you so much.

  8. Crystal

    Terri…Wow!

    What an absolutely awesome article. God is so faithful. You know I’ve been running from God a long, long time. I knew I’ve had a call on my life since I was 14 and I never answered. I’m now in my mid forties and decided to obey God. As I’ve been spending time with Him in His word, He is making things so clear to me. I have a daughter in her early twenties and I was telling the Lord that I wanted to help her financially, but I don’t have the money. The Lord spoke to me so clearly and told me, “teach her how to stand on my word.” I thought to myself, how am I going to do that? Well, my story is long, but let me tell you I am having opportunity upon opportunity to share with my daughter the faithfulness of God and the importance of watching what you say, speaking only those things you want to come to pass in your life and she’s getting it. Just today she was sharing somethings with me and she told me the Lord told her, “listen to your mother, that’s why I gave her to you as your mother” Wow! That blew me away, because earlier that morning prior to her phone call the Lord had reminded me that I was to teach her to stand on His word.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your article only confirmed what I already knew. My calling is calling!

    God Bless you!

  9. scott

    Thank You

    Needed the encouragement today, not only encouragement but the truth.
    May God continue to bless you your family and your ministry.

  10. benjamin

    Thanks

    very inspiring. challenged to study more and prophesy more

  11. Xanthia

    Thank you & God bless. I have given up so many times over and watched many years go by. I have many impossible dreams. I can’t afford to waste one more year converting dreams to wishes, then giving up again. This is my year for success, 2010. Praise the Lord!

  12. toyin

    Thank you!!!! for this article and for allowing God to use you…. Watched your program for the first time on TV yesterday and i’m so so blessed by the articles on this site.

  13. Emily

    Terri,
    You are a brave and precious person.

    I am very grateful that I discovered your ministry on Daystar TV!

    Your trust in the Lord as your share your heart with your listeners is a wonderful inspiration to all of us to be as brave and answer our call!

    Thank you and God’s best on you and yours! Emily

  14. Crystal L

    Terri,

    These (8) subjects are absolutely key to me pursuing my destiny, which I’ve been on for over 7 years now. Each point made within these was exactly what I’ve been doing and even things I’ve slacked off of over periods of time, however, the refreshing is that God always sends his Word to accomplish what he wants for our lives. Thank you for reiterating what God has continued to speak in my life for all these years.

  15. Jane

    The Lord is good.Thank you so much Terri for this inspirational message.Its like a wake up call for me.A friend of mine told me so much about you today and I said let me have alook at your website and fall on this subject and i know its not by accidents.God has got a plan for my life but I still cannot figure it out,but i know that I now that I ned to spent more time in His presence and i will come out with the purpose for my life.I was just telling myself I need to read this message again and again.Because I dont know whta direction to take in life.

    Thanks again and may God almighty richly bless you,

  16. Roger

    Terri
    I miss my calling when I was in my teens but now in my late
    Forties I herd it again back in July(2010) my dream were shater
    Walk into a local church n had a very peaceful feeling come over
    Me some thing I had felt in along time, that when I new I was
    Put the wrong things frist in my life when it should have been
    God should have beeen # 1 all along,I became a member of my
    Church and atten a men retreat an my life is getting better every
    Day ,God has a vison for me and ,deep down in me I feel as tho
    He wants me to become a pastor and help people find him, not
    Miss this calling ,looking into schools and reading the bible
    And all other books about God that I can

    Thank you for sharing n God bless you and family

  17. suzy walker

    Terri, i love the way you make it so easy to understand, I have had a dream of running my own fashion boutique and now i am finally doing it!..God told me He that i would long make use of and enjoy the works of my hands! He is so good and Kind and so gracious and i love Him for sending such beautiful messengers like your self, who make the journey so much easier…Thankyou and i pray that God will continue to Bless you with His supernatural FAVOUR for 2011 xx Suzy

  18. Danielle

    Hi Terry!

    I love you and your dad so much! Your messages have had a profound impact on me and changing me life. I pray God will keep bringing you from glory to glory! You are the best father-daughter duo I know of! Thank You for being obedient to God and letting your light shine!

  19. Barbie

    Exactly what I needed to Read! So Profound and well written. Thank you!!

  20. Alina

    Love the article, thank you for answering God’s calling for your life

  21. Coco

    Hi Terri,
    Your message was unbelievably timely for me, now.
    Thank you so much for responding to God’s call in your life.
    You are truly a blessing and I know a lot of people will be blessed with this article.
    You are a blessing!

  22. Jarika

    That’s amazing! Everything in this post stirred something up within me, especially: “Remember, anything God wants you to do will be impossible. If it were possible, then it wouldn’t require faith.” That BLEW my mind, because I’ve felt that way. Now I know that it’s okay when God sends me on a mission impossible, all things are possible with Christ. Thanks for this!

  23. angella

    TERRI your messages speaks directly to me you make everything simpler to understand thankyou

  24. Teresa Ann McClung

    Thank You Terri for your teachings. I always feel like you are speaking directly to me. You have been such an inspiration to me. I am a mother of 5, a ministers wife, and business owner. Your messages have helped me become more focused, more goal oriented, and more organized. I have recently began ministering again…. I love It !! I would not have stepped back into things if it had not been for your messages. I have even started writing again. I am so excited about the future now!! Wow, God is so good !!!

  25. Andrews Keemetswe Moleme

    By just reading your message – I am Blessed, Empower and Ready to begin “Answering-My-Calling” because my “Calling-Is-Calling”.

    Thank you very much for inspiring me. God Bless In Everything You Do and for the Souls you touch.

    Klerksdorp, South Africa

  26. Mary

    Hi Terri, I have a praise report…I just had one of my dreams “manifest” this month, I got to visit London, England three weeks ago! In my home office I have a “Destination Dream Board” and I placed a picture of Big Ben that I cut out of a travel magazine and pasted a picture of me & my family underneath the Big Ben clock. Since 2011, I’ve started collecting everything I found on England–it really helped that the Olympics were held in London in 2012, so I had tons of London pictures & phrases that I was cutting & pasting on my dream board. Every time I would look at my destination board I would always confess, “Thank you Jesus for my trip to London!”.
    To make a long story even longer! Lol, My family members got together last Thanksgiving; and I was talking to my cousin who lives in London, and he asked me, “So when are you guys coming to London to visit me–you can stay with us!” So I said, “how about next summer!”. So we got to stay with him & his wife for a week and didn’t have to pay for a hotel or a car rental. Praise The Lord for His favor! I’m a big believer in Habbakuk 2:2, and now I have my faith and dream board ready for some pictures of beautiful Bora Bora! :)
    May God bless you & your ministry, and please say hi to your wonderful father Mr. Jerry Savelle for me…his teachings on Favor have changed my life too! Thank you so much!!

  27. Jupiter Jim Landers

    Terri,

    You are amazing. I was at my Mom’s house the other day and was flipping through the channels and ended up on CBN station and I caught the end of one of your sermons talking about how Ray Kroc was 52 before he bought his MacDonald’s franchise and how Colonel Saunders was 66 when his restaurant closed and needed to start selling that secret recipe to other restaurant owners. I then followed you onto YouTube and love your messages. Positive and uplifting and not too long on each subject!!!!

    Thanks for helping us all to follow our dreams. God gave us those dreams and a calling for a purpose!

    Sincerely,

    Jupiter Jim

  28. Pamela Otten

    I happened to come across a youtube clip of you speaking in France. I had never heard of you, but enjoy learning from Andrew Wommack. I saw him interview two French women and something rose up in me. Something familiar and exciting. Then while researching them on the internet I somehow found you speaking in France. There was an interpreter onstage with you. That is what I see myself doing, interpreting in French for pastors. I don’t know where or how, but I know God is calling me to do this. I am taking steps toward this goal. Thank you so much for the encouragement and for your ministry. I am 58 years old and on my way to something very exciting.

  29. Rickie Singh

    Hi Terri

    What an inspirational message ! My 10 year old daughter, Chelsey aspires to be just like you, I can only pray that she succeeds. You are an awesome mentor.

    Rickie (Cape Town, South Africa)

  30. LaTonya

    I felt the power of God and this is exactly what I needed. Thank you!

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