Archive for the ‘Chosen’ Category

WHY GOD CHOSE YOU

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Day 284

“For He chose us in Him
before the creation of the world”
Ephesians 1:4

Have you ever wondered why God chose you and not your relatives, friends or others? The answer is found in Romans that states, “It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”

You are a manifestation of God’s mercy.

There is nothing that you have done or can do that caused God to select you. God did not look ahead and see that you would be ‘good’ or would be a great person and then choose you. In fact, the scriptures state that you were chosen before the creation of the world.

“I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious”(Exodus 33:19)

Here is the core of God’s decision: all the reasons for mercy are taken from within Himself. He chooses whom He chooses and He does so out of mercy so that those who are chosen becomes vessels of grace and glory. He dispenses His gifts to whom He will, without giving us any reason, all according to His own good pleasure so that you will be the praise of His glorious grace.

“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy”
Romans 9:14

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER OUR LIFE

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Day 275

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens;
And His sovereignty rules over all”
Psalm 103:19

David had many peaks and valleys in his life. His life was a mixture of good and evil, and some of the evil was of great extent. David was a great man of God, but wrestled with trials, temptations, sin, and persecution. One thing was clear; he was God’s chosen one and David came to understand His sovereignty through his many dark valleys. He came to the knowledge that we need to grasp – that God is the source and controls all things, and nothing comes to be except through God.

The sovereignty of God is a paradox to our minds. Everything that has occurred in your life; the joys and sorrows, your good health and sicknesses, your financial success and poverty, your good and bad relationships, your achievements and failures, are under His sovereignty.

No matter what happens in our life, He will turn it to His purposes and good will come out of it. But, if we just see God as a way out of our trials, tribulations or unable to help us because we sinned and failed, we will live in fear, anxiety and restlessness. We will believe we are not secure in Him and lose hope.

Knowing His sovereignty comes by faith and relationship; it brings peace, rest and a confidence to our lives. God’s sovereignty causes us to rejoice in Him, for He will bring victory out of our valleys. That is why David proclaimed,

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me,
bless His holy name!” Psalm 103:1

GOD KNOWS YOU

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Day 273

“He observes the sons of men; His eyes examine them”
Psalm 11:4

Did you know that God knew you before you were conceived? He knew who we would be. Our birth, planned or not planned, does not change that God knew us. He chose you to be His child and He knew all your days ahead; the good and bad, days of darkness, sin, failures and days filled with happiness and joy.

Consider this: He created Adam and Eve. He knew they would sin.

He chose Jacob, foreknowing he would be a deceiver, reach great heights, only to sink again.

He chose David. God knew he would commit adultery followed by planning and carrying out a murder to cover his sin.

He chose Peter, foreknowing the day he would deny Christ three times.

He chose all these men and you to be His child. He knows all the trials and temptations that you will undergo. He fully knows your infirmities, failures and sins today, tomorrow and in the remaining days of your life. He knows all your ways.

Here is the glory of the Lord: He knows our infirmities and He intercedes for us. He has experienced all temptation and endured the cross for the joy set before Him. He will complete the good work He began in us and will purify us. He has given us the Holy Spirit as a seal of our inheritance and we are eternally His. Saint, do not let sin and failures cause you to lose sight of your eternal Father.

Rise up, and drive the enemies of your soul out.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive your out enemy
before you, saying, ‘Destroy him!'”
Deuteronomy 33:27

CHRIST, THE HEAD

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Day 266

“You have been given fullness in Christ,
Who is the head over every power and authority”
Colossians 2:9-15

You are complete in Him and out of His fullness you receive grace upon grace. You have everything when you have Christ. He is the Source of your blessings, provision, strength and all that you need for this life. And above all, He is a Provider that will never fail.

Christ cancelled and blotted out the charges against you. He took your list of sins and destroyed it on the cross. Then He disarmed the powers and authorities and took away Satan’s power to accuse you of sin. The victorious Christ became the head over every power and authority.

Listen, Saint; Jesus is God and He surpasses all created beings. He adopted you as His sons and daughters and as such share in His high position. He has blessed you in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing. Your enemy has been defeated. He no longer has any power over you. You are free in Christ. Rise up and praise Him and declare His glories.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated
at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Colossians 3:1-2

THE GOD OF MUCH MORE – PART 4

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Day 247

“Christ reconciled us to God by dying for us, surely now that we are reconciled we may be perfectly certain of our salvation through His living in us” [vs 10, J.B. Phillips]
Romans 5:6-10

Christ stands at the center of God’s redemptive divine plan. It is through His sacrifice that we live. His death and resurrection has made it possible for us to be cleansed, saved and translated into the kingdom of God to become a child of God.

Jesus Christ, Son of God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, our Savior, gave Himself so we may live and enter into an eternal relationship with Him and His Father. He is our Helper and now through Him we receive deliverance from the power and dominion of sin. He has made every provision for us to live in holiness and enjoy a joyful relationship with the Father. We “have been set free from sin and have become slaves of righteousness” (6:18.

There is “much . . . much more;” our sins are forgiven for the past, the present and the future. Paul declared, “…it is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). What more could we ever ask? We have been richly and deeply blessed by a loving Father who freely gave of Himself. True love is the voluntary placing of other lives ahead of one self. It is an action, not an intent or sentiment.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us!”
1 John 3:1

THE GOD OF MUCH MORE – PART 1

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Day 244

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then . . Romans 5:6-10

Our beginning point in understanding God should always start with God, not ourselves. Our entire makeup, culture, history, education, family, religion and experiences only serve to make our perceptions of God hazy. Our earthly mixture gets in the way of beholding the magnificence and glory of God. We need to study what the scriptures tell us about God to fully grasp Him and His awesome presence among us.

We see the greatest demonstration of God’s love in His actions. “While we were yet in weakness, powerless to help ourselves, at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly” [vs 6, Amplified]. This is not about our love. It is about His love and how He saw us in our captivity and bondage. He had compassion for us, realizing we were powerless to do anything to help ourselves.

This is the hardest part for us to accept. We have nature that cries out for self-reliance. Even in the midst of our Christian experience, there is a constant tension in us to be independent, self-sufficient, relying on our own strength. The greatest characteristic of Christian maturity is when we realize and live understanding we are powerless and He Himself, for His own reasons, loved and chose us to be in Him.

“No eye looked with pity on you to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you . . . Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine, declares the Lord God”
Ezekiel 16:5,8

HE ADOPTED US

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Day 234

“In love having predestined us to adoption
as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself”
Ephesians 1:5

We have become God’s children and now call Him Father. “I will receive you, and I will be to you a Father, and you will be to me sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” [2 Corinthians 6:17-18]. We have a new family relationship with a new nature, new name, and new legal standing.

Our earthly form of adoption does not give us an adequate understanding of what God has accomplished in this adoption. God’s adoption of us as children brings His glorious work to the forefront. It is a demonstration before all of heaven and earth, principalities and powers, of His love, wisdom and greatness. He delivered us from the greatest evil and crowned us with the greatest blessings. His act goes beyond earthly adoption by imparting His Spirit to us and making us acceptable in the Beloved.

Think of it! Because we are His children, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts. He dwells with us. We are in Christ and He is seated at the right hand of His Father where we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places. Our adoption is the highest expression of God’s love.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified”
Romans 8:29-30

GOD’S SOVERIGNTY

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Day 203

“He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven
and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold
back his hand or say to Him:
‘What have you done?'”
Daniel 4:35

Our concepts of free will and freedom clash with the reality of God’s sovereignty. When Adam usurped God’s place, he brought humanity into bondage. Separated from the fellowship of God, our human nature became an independent self-sufficient spirit. We pride ourselves on these character traits. Yet, it is these very traits that cloud our ability to see God clearly. When Proverbs warns us to “not lean on your own understanding,” it is clearly stating that if we do we will be misled in life.

Recognizing our separation from God comes when we see our foolishness and sinfulness. When we acknowledge this we acknowledge the sovereignty of God. “He does as He pleases…” God sets the nations, determines our place, and chose us for Himself. We may plan our way, but the Lord directs our steps (Proverbs 16:9).

God’s divine sovereignty is His Fatherhood and love for us. It is the love that caused Him to send His only Son to become one of us. He permitted the lowering of Himself, a deep humbleness that subjected Him to the frailties of humanity. He did this to show us the way and give us eternal life. He literally presented Himself to His creation that rejected Him!

Now we can live by the grace and mercy of God our Father. “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven” [John 3:27]. Our true freedom rests in the sovereignty of God and by leaning on His sufficiency. With John we can say, we know and rely on the love of God.

“Great and marvelous are Thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Thy ways, Thou King of the nations. Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? For Thou alone are holy; For all the nations will come and worship before Thee, for Thy righteous acts have been revealed” Revelation 15:3-4

WHAT GOD SEES

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Day 146

“The Lord looks at the heart”
1 Samuel 16:7

Samuel was a judge and a prophet. When Saul did not honor and regard God, Samuel was sent to appoint another king. He was sent to Jesse’s household to select the new king from among his children. What takes place is an interesting scenario.

Jesse’s sons are brought before Samuel who saw Eliab and thought he is the anointed one. God spoke to Samuel and a great lesson was learned. The Lord said He doesn’t consider a person’s appearance or his height. In fact, the Lord doesn’t look at the things man looks at. Why? Because man considers the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart [verse 7]. Samuel went through the remaining children before him and God chose not one of them. An eighth child wasn’t present. His name was David and when he was brought in, it was him who was called and anointed of God to be the next king of Israel.

There is a great hope in this story. God doesn’t look at our outward appearance, but at our hearts. So many have been called into the kingdom of God who looked like they never were fit to be God’s children. And there is a danger for those of us who have been in the Lord to fall into the way man looks at people. This is not how God sees or measures man. We need to have God’s mind and see others as He sees them.

“The Lord knows those who are His”
2 Timothy 2:19

YOU ARE GOD’S FRIEND

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Day 129

“You are My friends”
John 15:14

This is a very specific declaration by our Lord; you are His friend. He also said in the same sentence, “… if you do whatsoever I command you.” And this trips up most Christians because they believe they have not always done what He commands. Let’s consider the facts.

What kind of men were the disciples? Did they do everything the Lord commanded them? Were they perfect? One had already betrayed Him. But, were the eleven changed men? No, and the continuing story told all their sins, faults, shortcomings and imperfections. Peter would deny Christ three times. They would all flee from the crucifixion. One would not believe He was resurrected without proof. They went back to their old ways, fishing all night. They fought among themselves, sometimes bitterly and causing separation. And the list goes on.

God’s love is not conditional.

You are His friend because He chose you to be His. Do not let anyone rob you of your place in Christ. Christ’s declaration of being your friend is not based on performance, but on who you are, a child of God.

“Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends”
John 15:13