June 28, 2017 at 11:25 pm #30390
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 15:16)
Were you ever chosen last? Were you ever the one no one wanted on his or her team because they thought you weren’t good enough? That hurts, doesn’t it? Isn’t it remarkable that God chose us in Jesus Christ! Isn’t it amazing that we are loved and wanted by the King, his Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!
Not only that, we weren’t chosen out of pity, but to make a difference. We’re chosen to bear fruit that will endure! To help insure that productivity, Jesus has promised we can ask for God’s blessing on our work for his Kingdom and he will bless us. We were chosen to allow a dying world to see Jesus alive in us. God was deliberate in His choosing. The bible tells us the He knew us before we were even born, so He has always had a plan for our lives.
That plan includes: salvation, abundance, joy, wisdom, favor, and fulfillment – all according to His will, though. This is how we can get what we ask. As long has it is His Will, He will provide it so others can see His great works in us. The devil wants us to chose the world and its temporal lusts that lead to death. God want us to chose Him and eternity which comes with earthly blessings. To quote the Templar knight from Indiana Jones, “The Last Crusade”, “Choose wisely”.
Just my 2 cents worth.
Be BlessedJune 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm #30393
Proverbs 16:9 ” In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps”
Acts 7: 20-22 ” At a time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. for three months he was cared for in his father’s house. When placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. Moses was educated in all the wisdom of Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action”June 30, 2017 at 8:38 pm #30395
Amen Sister Weaver. “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 7:6). Choosing God over the systems of the world for many is difficult because they cannot “see” God. However, to be chosen by the One who created everything gives us an inheritance far beyond what “mere mortals” can comprehend.
Be BlessedJuly 6, 2017 at 8:20 pm #30400
It is such a blessing that our Lord chooses us and knows our heart. Men of the world look upon the flesh and outward part, and He looks t the heart. He knows what we truly feel and need and desire. He knows what we are able to do before we think to do it!
Being depressed today happens too often, but if people only knew how much our Lord just wants us to lean our minds and hearts toward Him. He will take us by the hand and and pick us up again.
We all will fall sometimes in our walk, but He will pick us up as any good parent would want to do, for their child. Giving strength, until the child is able to get strong enough on its own.
This world cannot offer us anything that is not temporary, but God has a permanent home for us and will help us while here , giving us our needs, but we are just passing through this world on our way to heaven.
While we are here, we are able to guide and help each other. We serve each other, as we know they are chosen of God too. Even those not chosen as of yet, need us to point the way even if by the way we live. We do have fruits to share, you are so right my brother in Christ, Rev. Issac.
If God has chosen someone, who are we to take that honor from them? It is up to us to help them, even if we feel we were slighted in the process. Although it hurts, in the end our Lord finds the right place for us too. We all have a gift and a plan in process for our life.
Wonderful post as always , thank you!
July 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm #30402
- This reply was modified 2 weeks, 4 days ago by Carol Weaver.
“Let’s not waste any time, my friends. You are the ones who were chosen to be the Lord’s priests and to offer him sacrifices” (2 Chron 29:11 CEV)
Absolutely correct, sister Weaver. There is a great deal of responsibility in ministry. We are to be an example to others. People will be looking to see what we do in situations, because we are God’s light to them. We need to be a mirror for God’s image; a parrot of His Word. Our sacrifices under the New Covenant are not sacrifices of bulls, goats, herbs, and blood (as in the Mosaic Law), but of Praise (Rom 11:33-36), Living for Him (Rom 12:1), generosity with others (Heb 13:16), doing good (Rom 12:2), live in harmony with one another, and to be hospitable , forgiving, empathetic and to live at peace with everyone.
Sacrifices are never easy, otherwise they wouldn’t be called “a sacrifice”. In this life, the world would have us take the easy way out by compromising and acting in situational ethics. God’s plan is harder, but leads to life for not only ourselves, but others as they learn of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit though us and ministry.
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