God Chose you before the foundation OF THE WORLD to be His child; He said it in His word:
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen generation; a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light;
For most of us when we received Jesus as our Savior we have an overwhelming feeling of His forgiveness and cleansing. We felt brand new. Now we have been SANCTIFIED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS; and as we begin to grow in Him we need to learn the “NEW WAY” to live. The “NEW WAY” is to read the bible and spend time with Him.
In Ephesians 5:26 He tells us how to be sanctified (holy, consecrated) because we are CHOSEN.
So that He might sanctify her having CLEANSED her by the washing of water with the Word.
Some people might think this will make you “mightier than thou” which is a lie from the enemy. It won’t make you better than anyone else. What happens is you begin to see yourself the way God sees you and your confidence in Him grows and when your confidence grows in Him then you KNOW THAT HE will hear everything you say and ask. Being CHOSEN is such an honor in my estimation, because MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN; because they won’t answer the call of God.
The question is: ARE YOU up for the challenge? Are YOU willing to let God change YOU and let Him be YOUR Lord?
Most people LOVE a challenge. We compete in sports, at work for that promotion or for __________________ (you fill in the blank).
This kind of competition is the world’s way. In the kingdom we compete for a NON-PERISHABLE prize and as we seek God He helps our HUMAN ABILITY to win at sports or at work for the promotion because promotion comes from God and He desires for us to succeed. It takes the ‘WORK’ out of it, because HE’S at work IN you, to will and work for HIS good pleasure.
1 Peter 2:11 tells us: to abstain from fleshly lust which wage war against the soul.
How do you do that? By reading the Word. The more you read, the more your fleshly thinking will be washed and cleansed.
Conclusion: As you read the word; the reality of His choosing YOU becomes more prevalent. Fleshly desires will begin to fall away from you and your FOCUS changes.
You begin to desire the things God has on HIS heart, then an amazing thing happens, JOY unspeakable fills your heart because it’s not weighted down with worldly things and a FREEDOM RISES your heart that you’ve not experienced before.
Practice reminding yourself that God has CHOSEN YOU; and see if your confidence doesn’t rise up to the occasion.