Do You Know You’re Special

The Lord God chose Israel for his own possession to be a light to the world, manifesting His glory among them, and blessing them with His goodness and love.

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“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” Deut. 7:6,7.

From the moment the Hebrew children left Egypt, through the almost conquest of the promised land, and followed by 350 years of judges, they rebelled against their privilege, their blessing, their God and King. The book of 1 Samuel introduces us to a period of transition for the Israelites, in the which, they reject God as their King and choose men to reign over them.

“And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith thy have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do thy also unto thee.” 1Sam.8:7,8.

Samuel did as the Lord commanded in telling the people what it would mean to have a king other than God.

“Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.” 1Sam. 8:19.

As I read this verse, I wondered at how soon they had forgotten their identity and all the times the Lord fought for them delivering them from their enemies, proving himself a worthy King. But then I stopped. How soon do we forget who we are and who our King is?

We, as followers of Christ, are a chosen people, special unto the Lord.

“But ye are a chosen generation,

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a royal priesthood,

an holy nation,

a peculiar people;

that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”1Peter 2:9,10.

As God did not choose Israel because of her numbers or strength, nor have we been called because of our own wisdom, strength, or goodness.

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called…

That no flesh should glory in his presence.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord…1Cor. 1:26,29-31;

“For by grace  are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; Eph. 2:8.

But how soon do we forget our privilege and blessing of being a child of the King of kings to follow the prince of darkness?

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the diving nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue;

and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance;

and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness;

and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”2Peter. 1:4-9.

God’s choosing a people for himself does not exclude others. For His invitation goes out to all.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

You are special to God the Father. So special, He gave His only begotten Son to give you the opportunity to know the privilege and blessing of being His own. Two questions remain.

Have you taken advantage of your opportunity?

Who reigns in your life, the King of kings or the prince of  darkness?


There are three main characters in First and Second Samuel. I plan to look into their lives next time, and hope you will join me as we continue walking with Jesus through the Bible. Thank you for stopping by and always feel free to leave comments or questions. May the King of Peace rule in your heart.

 

Where to Turn?

 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;

and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Prov. 3:5

Ai’s defeat was as complete as Jericho’s. Joshua built and altar unto the LORD. He read “all the words of the law…”

blog ten comthL1JRHTI7“There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.” Josh. 8:35.

Have you ever experienced a spiritual high?  Israel surely knew that feeling now. The Lord proved Himself faithful and the land He promised was there for the taking. The inhabitants of the land feared them and their God. The whole account is found in Joshua 9.

“And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, they did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors…We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us…because of the name of the LORD thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt…”

I wonder, did they not also hear about Rahab? Did they not know the Israelites’ God desired mercy?  It seems they only believed death was imminent and they preferred slavery to death.

“And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye?” When I read this I want to cry out, “Joshua, are you not hearing…

“…a word behind thee saying, This is the way, walk ye it it… It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” (Isa. 30:21a;Ps. 118:8,9).

“And the men took of their victuals(provisions) and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD. And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.” The words of Moses the Israelites witnessed earlier commanded, “And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them…” Deut. 7:2. They knew the word but…

“…asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD…And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you…Matt. 24:4; Let no man deceive you with vain words…Eph. 5:6a. Joshua and the princes were deceived. It happened to them and it can happen to us, but doesn’t have to.

“Trust the LORD with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding…Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil… Be not wise in your own conceits… When thou saidest, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.”(Prov. 3:5,7;Rom. 12:16b;Ps. 27:8).

“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths…Prov. 3:6; Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you…he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 16:13-14; 14:26b).DSCF4721

May David’s prayer be our own: “Teach me thy way, O, Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies…wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Ps. 27:11,14.

When have you recognized the leading of the Lord in your life? Where did it come from?

Understanding Life and Death

“Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding; I have strength.” Prov. 8:14

blogprophet-312156__340“Blessed is the man that heareth me…         

For whoso findeth me findeth life.”   

“But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul;                                                                   

all that hate me love death.” ( Prov. 8:34-36.)

If you gained nothing from this week’s posts, I pray the Lord Jesus opens your eyes and fills your heart with the light of understanding to the truth of today’s scriptures.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation: but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. “John 5:24,25.

 “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming,

         in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

           And shall come forth;

            they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life;

               and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John 5:28,29.

“As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; There is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Rom. 3:10-12.

            “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Rom. 3:23.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned;” Rom. 5:12

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom. 6:23.

     “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:

           and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;

              but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36.

                  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,

                        that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,

                                  but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened[made alive] together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way nailing it to his cross.” Col. 2:13,14.

   “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

              But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and                              whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in                the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Rev. 21:7,8.DSCF0360

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life?

it is even a vapour,, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away…James 4:14 

 

“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth;

            and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the                                  flood, and in Egypt;

                                    and serve ye the LORD.

            And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve;

           whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood,

           or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell;

                      But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Josh. 24:14,15.

You have the knowledge of God’s will before you. Do you have the wisdom and spiritual understanding to choose life over death? These are the only options. To not choose, is death’s choice.

Praying all who read understands life and death are in the balance and chooses life through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

                         

 

 

                                                                                   

The Answer to Why

“Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” Matt. 7:7.blogreligious-2598299__340

Paul asks the Lord to fill the Colossians with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.  Knowledge teaches us the will of God. Wisdom chooses to follow God’s will, and understanding answers the most often asked question of “Why?” follow God’s will. Understanding, knowing how things work together, becomes our motivator.

How do you gain understanding?

“Ask, and it shall be given you…Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart… Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works… I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies… The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding.” (Ps.119:33,34;27;125; 144).

“…seek, and ye shall find…How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way… Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways… incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” (Ps.119:103,104; Ps. 119;2,3; Prov. 2:2-6)

“…knock,and it shall be opened unto you…Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually…And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint… Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints… Pray without ceasing.” (1Chron. 16:11; Luke 18:1; Eph. 6:18;1Thess. 5:17).

What is understanding? “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding…Because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy.” (Prov. 9:10; 1Pet. 1:16).

What spiritual understanding are you needing today? Come to the One who understands and freely gives to those who ask. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need… If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him… Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights…” (Heb. 4:15,16. Matt. 7:1; James 1:17a).

All that’s left is to ask. The Father will meet you at your need.