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Greetings and blessings to all.
We are continuing our message on Choices. In the first part (you can find it in Archives) we
talked about ‘our’ choices. I am sure you were able to think of many other examples of
choices and Scriptures to prove it out.
Today we are going to talk about choices God made and how He planned from the beginning
of time our calling and place in His service.
From the time we are conceived in our mother’s womb He has a plan and purpose for each
one of us. I can hear many of you saying the same thing I said when I realized God was
calling me out for His purpose…..”There is no way God is asking me to do that! Who am I
that He would ask me? I am a no body from nowhere…..why would He ask me?” My friend,
listen to this:
I Corinthians 1:27-28: But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame
the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which
are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has
chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh
should glory in His presence.
He says in II Corinthians 12:9: and He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My
strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Here is why we all can accomplish what we are called into:
I Corinthians 1:30: But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from
God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-
What we must realize is that when we are ‘in Christ’ we are protected (Psalm 91:1-6) in
every way for He is all power (Luke 1:35, Matt 28:18, Romans 1:20), all authority (I Peter 3:
22), all righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5-6), all knowledge (I Corinthians 2:10, Colossians 1:15-
17), all beauty and love (I John 4:8) and He will never leave us nor forsake us (Matthew 28:
20). Hear what He says in these Scriptures:
Matthew 28:17-20: and Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given
to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing
them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to
observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end
of the age. Amen.
Psalm 18:1-2: I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress
and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my
salvation, my stronghold.
Isaiah 52:12: for you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the LORD will go
before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Did you hear that? He goes ‘before’ you and will be your ‘rear guard’. I believe that covers
Let us talk about some less likely people God chose:
GOD’s call to David: A bright-eyed, red headed shepherd boy; God called him to be a king
over a nation.
I Samuel 16:11-12: And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said,
“There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to
Jesse “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” So he sent and
brought him in. now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good looking. And the LORD said,
“Arise anoint him for this is the one!”
A least likely person to rule a nation….but GOD saw what he would become.
GOD’s call to Gideon: The angel of the Lord found weak Gideon hiding in the winepress
from the oppression of the Amorites. God called him to be a mighty warrior.
Judges: 6:11-12: Now the Angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth tree which
was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat
in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the LORD
appeared to him, and said, to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
Gideon’s excuse: Judges 6:15-16: So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel?
Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”….
And the LORD said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as
Gideon, a weak afraid person, least likely person to become a mighty warrior for God’s
kingdom….but GOD saw what he would become.
GOD’S call to Jeremiah: Jeremiah 1:5-: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah’s excuse: Jeremiah 1:6: then said I: “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I
am a youth.”
The LORD said: Jeremiah 1:7-10: “do not say, I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom
I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces,
for I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD. Then the LORD put forth His hand and
touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull
down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.”
Jeremiah, just a child….but GOD saw what he would become.
GOD’s call to Moses: Moses was 80 years old wondering in a desert place, tending someone
else’s sheep when God called him to lead a nation out of bondage to liberty.
Exodus 3:7&10: And the LORD said, “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who
are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their
sorrows….Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My
people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.
Moses excuse: I am not worthy; fear, what if their do not believe me? I stutter someone else
would be more qualified.
Exodus: 3:11: But Moses said to God, “who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I
should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”….4:1: Then Moses answered and said,
“But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘the LORD
has not appeared to you.’”….4:10: Then Moses said to the LORD, “O my Lord, I am not
eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of
speech and slow of tongue.”
Moses an old man….but GOD saw what he would become.
GOD’s call to Peter: A roughneck fishermen with a temper and a big mouth.
John 18:10: then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant,
and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Marchus.
Matthew 26:69-70: Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him,
saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do
not know what you are saying,”…26:73-74: and a little later those who stood by came up and
said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.” then he began
to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Men!”….
Peter a rough neck fishermen….but GOD saw what he would become.
Matthew 16:18: and I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My
church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it….Acts 2:5-6 &14-17: And there
were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when
this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone
heard them speak in his own language….but Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his
voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to
you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third
hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass
in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy…..
GOD’s call to Esther: An Jewish orphan by her cousin, Mordecai.
Esther 2:7: And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for
she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her
father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
When the king of Persia was searching for a new queen, Esther was also one of the virgins
taken to the palace. She did not reveal that she was a Jew but she found favor with the
Hegai the custodian of the women. She found favor with the king and became queen over a
Esther 2:8,10 & 17: so it was, when the king’s command and decree were heard, and when
many young women were gathered at Shushan….Esther also was taken to the king’s palace,
into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women….Esther had not revealed her people or
family for Mordecai had charges her not to reveal it….the king loved Esther more than all
the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so
he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
When Mordecai over heard the plans of Haman, to destroy the whole nation of Israel, he
appealed to Queen Esther. At the right time and place she reveal Haman’s plan to the king
and saved a nation.
Esther 3:6:….Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole
kingdom of Ahasuerus-the people of Mordecai….4:14: For if you remain completely silent at
this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your
father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a
time as this?”….7:3-6 &10: Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor in
your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my
people at my request. For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed,
and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my
tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king’s loss.” So King
Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who would dare
presume in his heart to do such a thing?” And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this
wicked Haman!” So Haman was terrified before the king and queen….So they hanged
Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided.
Esther, a young orphaned Jewish girl….but GOD saw what she could become.
Every soul that has ever been born has been chosen from the beginning of time for a plan
and purpose and to return to God at the end of his/her course.
I Peter 2:4,5&9: Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by
God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ….But you
are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you
may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Let us dissect this word ‘chosen’: from Strong’s Concordance # 1588 the Greek word
Eklektos (ek-lek-toss) means: To pick, to gather from among the larger group for special
service. It describes Christ as the chosen Messiah of God and believers as recipients of God’
s favor. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome God we serve.
Ephesians 1:3-6: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us
with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him
before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in
love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the
good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us
accepted in the Beloved.
Jeremiah 1:5-6: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I
sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2&15: to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under
heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die;….That which is has already been, and what is
to be has already been; and God requires an account of what is past.
I hear some of your thinking, ‘I know I have heard God calling but I’m afraid I will
disappoint the Lord or I will not be able to accomplish what He has asked me to do. My
friends, all who are called are plagued with that negative thought, not placed by God but our
enemy to discourage us from reaching our goal. When God calls us out He has prepared us
for the journey.
Remember all the test, temptations, trials, fires and rivers you have had to cross and go
through since you found Jesus? They were to strengthen you in the power of His might.
Will there be more trials? Will there be more fires to go through? Will there be more rivers
to cross, lions and serpents to fight? Will we be persecuted and ridiculed? The answer to
these questions is yes! We will go through fires and rivers until we see Jesus face to face.
But through each one we learn to surrender to His will and endure the race set before us.
All The tests are teaching/training tools to equip and prepare you for His kingdom work.
Christ will not send you forth without equipping you/us for battle.
Hebrews 12:1: Therefore we also since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let’s run with
endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our
faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and
has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Ephesians 6:10-18: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His
might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the
devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness
in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your
waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet
with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which
you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all
prayer and supplication, in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and
supplication for all the saints….
II Corinthians 10:3-6: For thought we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the
flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down
strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the
knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and
being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
What I am reiterating here is the Holy Spirit prepares us not to fight in this natural world
but the spiritual world; where every Christians battles really are. The infallible Word of God
instructs us on what to expect and gives us the weapons of our warfare. These trials, fires
and test are what help us to discern deceivers and lies as we travel through this world.
John 14:17-17&26: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper
(Comforter), that He may abide with you forever-the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot
receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with
you and will be in you….But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My
name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to
Habakkuk 2:2: then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain
II Timothy 2:15: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not
need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Peter 1:20-21:….knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private
interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as
they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
II Timothy 3:16: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
Hebrews 4:12-13: ….and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is
no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to
whom we must give account.
I am sure you can think of many others who have been called out in our world today. They
said yes and stepped out on nothing expecting God to land them on something. Because of
their trust and faith in Christ some now speak before hundreds, some thousands and some
millions; because they dared to say YES when He called.
What I would like us to see:
Realize who lives ‘inside’ you. When you accepted Christ as Lord and Savior (John 3:16-17)
and you saw Him as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16), Master of the
universes (John 13:13); when you understood He changed your DNA to His; then you
understand you are no longer ‘of’ this world but a spiritual being in an earthly body (John
17:15-16). When you realize the price He paid, being the Creator and satan being the
creation, to redeem mankind (Colossians 1:16); then you begin to fully understand He IS
the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and End (Revelation 1:8) and that He lives ‘within’ you
and you then understand He is your Mighty Warrior (Psalm 24:8-10) who has already won
the war (Colossians 2:14-15)…..because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the
world (I John 4:4)
What I am trying to help us see is GOD knows who to call for what job. GOD does not make
a mistake; He is Omnipotent, all powerful, (Luke 1:35) and Omniscient all knowing, (I
Corinthians 2:10). He does not see us in our faults and short-comings….He sees us for
whom we will become. He knows our weaknesses and strengths. It does not matter how old
or young we are, what our background was/is, or what we did before we met Jesus….All He
wants from us is to say YES when He asks us to go and trust Him to change our ashes into
beauty, sorrow into joy, weakness into powerful service.
Is God calling you out today? What choice will you make? Will you dare to say YES!
I want to say what Isaiah said in Isaiah 6:8: …. I heard the voice of the Lord saying: whom
shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Blessings to all in Christ love