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I have been frustrated with something that's been on my mind ever since I got saved.  My question really comes down to this...Does God really care about where I work?  Can I decide where to work for myself without having to consult with God?  Would it be a sin for me to change jobs without praying about it first. or is it just one of those things like what you wear or where you go out to eat that God really doesn't care about?  I have asked many other Christians, and received many different answers.  One person quoted Colossians 3:23, and another quoted: Proverbs 3,5-6.  So who am I supposed to listen to?  Who has the right answer?  I will be honest with you in telling you that I started running away from God years ago, because I felt that he was trying to keep me on a job that I couldn't stand. Can you help me solve this mystery?

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I understand your frustration.  Things like this can be argued from various points of view as you have pointed out.

I would like to think that my answer is a combination of spiritual wisdom and common sense but that is for you to decide.  Here's what I think...  

While God cares about all the details of out lives and has a will for us that would accomplish His glory in our lives, some issues have more relevance than others.  Obviously, the color socks you put on in the morning has less bearing on the impact you have on others than the career you choose.  The Bible says a man's gift makes room for him so I like to think that God gives us abilities and talents that create opportunities for us to explore.  I think God has made us stewards over our lives and it's up to us to manage it accordingly knowing we'll give an account for how we have invested the talents He entrusted to us.  God gave Adam and Eve dominion of the Garden of Eden and let them name the animals anything they liked. Proverbs speaks of how God will guide a man in the way he (the man) will choose.  

I think it's important to seek God's will and guidance and then TRUST that He will also give us the wisdom we need to pursue the desires He puts in our hearts.

Unfortunately, people often fall into the ditch on one side or the other by going to far in any one direction.  I like the middle of the road!

Acts 2:38,

Robert L. Morgan

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Robert L. Morgan

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I was raised as a 4th generation Pentecostal in an ordained Assemblies of God minister's home and educated for the ministry at an A/G Bible College. I transitioned into the United Pentecostal Church International and also attended one of their Bible Colleges. I have a balanced understanding of the Oneness/Trinity debate, water baptism in the Name of Jesus, grace versus legalism, the new birth, the differences between Charismatic, Apostolic, and Pentecostal, worship, church history and the evolution of Christian theology. I have also personally confronted the issue of same gender attraction often found among classical Pentecostals.

Experience

I have a deep passion for doctrine and history which I invested myself into heavily while pursuing my education. My entire life has been spent finding Scriptural balance with help provided by exposure to reputable ministries from across the spectrum of the modern Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

Organizations
Presently, I am the General Chairman and co-founder of the Global Alliance of Affimring Apostolic Pentecostals, an "affirming" organization dedicated to sharing truth as it is understood by Pentecostals with all people, including but not limited to gay people in their pursuit of God's fullness in their often challenging lives. I attend a multicultural United Pentecostal Church in Tampa, FL.

Publications
The Pentecostal Herald. I was also one of the featured subjects of an article written for Charisma Magazine in 2000 regarding the issue of Homosexuality and Christianity.

Education/Credentials
I graduated in 1983 from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL (Assemblies of God) with a Bachelors degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. I also attended JacksonCollege of Ministries in Jackson, MS where I studied organ, piano and vocal music. I attended A/G churches all my life until 1985 when I fully transitioned in the United Pentecostal Church International. I held a General License with the UPC for several years before resigning to confront personal issues with which I was struggling.

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