The Darkroom Process

2014 Passion Conference

Are you confused about your calling? In this 43-minute session from the 2014 Passion Conference, Christine Caine uses a darkroom analogy and 1 Samuel 16 to illustrate how God is sovereign over our callings and serious about transforming us into His image. You will be encouraged to dwell in the darkroom and trust in the anointing and appointing of the Lord.

Christine travels the world teaching the gospel and inspiring audiences to embrace their God-given potential. She is the director of Equip & Empower Ministries, co-founder of The A21 Campaign, and founder of Propel Women. She is also the author of five books including Undaunted and Unstoppable

Christine reminded us that God is sovereign over our lives, and that the most significant thing we can do is what He has called us to do. Where do you feel called to serve the kingdom?
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Read the passage below before considering the following questions.

1 Samuel 16:6-13 (ESV)

6When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.”7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”8Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”10And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.”11Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.”12And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.”13Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We often miss the new thing God is doing because we are looking for the next old thing (v. 6) and comparing ourselves to others. Could God be doing something new in your life? In what ways do you compare your calling and success to others?
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How does it make you feel to know that the Lord looks at your heart (v. 7) and not your past or performance? How are you intentional about dwelling in the darkroom?
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Are you being refined in the darkroom, or are you living your appointed purpose? If you are in the darkroom, what are you experiencing? If you are living your purpose, how do you allow God to work in and through you?
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Christine concluded, “The degree to which our generation will do what God has called us to do on this earth is the degree to which we are prepared to go into the darkroom of life and allow God to rid our selfish desires and allow His image to be forged in us."

May we embrace the darkroom, giving thanks to the Lord for transforming us into the image of His Son.

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