Posts Tagged ‘Chosen’


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


Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Day 281

“Come to Me”
Matthew 11:28

Can you imagine eating a specially prepared meal and never again being hungry in your life? Or drinking a specially prepared glass of water and never again being thirsty in your life?

Yet, Christ’s invitation is more real than that, and more profound because it changes our very nature.

It matters not who we are, what we have been or what we have done. If we answer His call, ‘Come to Me,’ we will never hunger or thirst again in our life. We will be satisfied completely and our nature will rest in Him. All our seeking, restlessness, and anxiety will end. Peace will become our state of life.

What a glorious One is He who loved us so much that He suffered and died for us. Even in the midst of our rebellion we were not looking for Him, not interested in Him, and not able to love Him. Yet, He loved and died for us while we were still sinners. He prepared a way for us and said, ‘Come to Me . . .’ He loved us first. What manner of love is this that the God of the universe reaches down into the mire and lifts us up, cleans us off, and places His robe of righteousness around us?

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”       Revelation 22:17


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


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


Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Day 246

“…it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved [daily delivered from sin’s dominion] through His [resurrection] life” [vs 10, Amplified]
Romans 5:6-10

At one time, we were enemies of God. Our life now is in Christ as His friend. While we were God’s enemy, Jesus died for us. How much more now that we are His children and friend will He do for us? Now we are objects of God’s love [Ephesians 5:2];

  • God’s grace [Ephesians 2:8-9];
  • God’s power [Philippians 2:13];
  • God’s faithfulness [Philippians 1:6];
  • God’s peace [John 14:27];
  • God’s consolation [2 Thessalonians 2:16-17]; and,
  • God’s intercession [Hebrews 7:25].

There is more:

  • He lives in us;
  • He has blessed us with with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
  • He continues to deal with sin in our life by delivering us daily (Romans 5:6-10);
  • He meets us each day with grace and mercy Lamentations 3:22-23);
  • He has established us in Him (Ephesians 1:11);and,
  • He has sealed us for our inheritance in Him (Ephesians 1:13-14).

All praise and glory to Him who has rescued us.

“If God be for us, who [can be] against us?—Who can be our foe, if God is on our side? He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” Romans 8:31b-32, Amplified


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


Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Day 218

“He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name”
Genesis 2:19-20

A small glimpse into the mystery of our God and eternity is seen in Genesis 1:26-27 where a decision is made. One can only imagine that when it says, “Let us make man in our image …” that a conversation took place resulting in the decision to share the Divine nature with man. We became invited participants of His nature, as Peter states, “you may participate in the divine nature …” [2 Peter 1:4].

Right from the beginning man was a participant in God’s work. When God made man, He gave him dominion over all creatures and that was immediately executed when Adam was asked to name “all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.” The psalmist declared, “You made him ruler over all the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet” [8:6].

We go all the way to the final revelations given to John, and we find we will participate with Christ in bringing His kingship forth in the kingdom of God, “…and they also shall conquer that are with Him, called and chosen and faithful” [Revelation 17:14]. God will even have us judge the world and angels [1 Corinthians 6:2-3]. How often we forget the value God places on man and how He desires us to take our rightful position as His sons and daughters and have dominion over His works. How glorious it is that He has granted us a position as participants with Him.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26


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


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


Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Day 121

“He sent his servants to those who had been
invited to the banquet to tell them to
come, but they refused to come.”
Matthew 22:3

Our response to God’s call is often thought of as an independent act on our own. God’s plan tells otherwise. In Romans 8:29-30, it says, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” First, God foreknew (chose) us in eternity before time. He then predestined and called us and then justified and glorified us. Foreknew, predestined, called, justified, and glorified.

Because all off us are born in sin and separated from God, we must be ‘called’ during our earthly life. That calling is the call of salvation and it is very much like the wedding invitation. Yet, many refuse the call. In spite of man’s reluctance, God exhibits incredible patience. How many times has God tried to get our attention prior to the day of our acceptance?

Because God is so patient and delights in giving salvation to us, He persists in calling, regardless of indifference and even out right rejection. The parable is expanded in Luke 14:23 – “Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.” That ‘make them come in’ is based on His foreknowledge of us and His predestination. God is able to enlighten the understanding and cause the heart of man to turn to Him. His love causes even the hardest hearts to turn. That is why His call to us is an effectual call. He will not lose one.

“Whoever is thirsty, let him come;
and whoever wishes, let him take
the free gift of the water of life.”
Revelation 22:17