Do You Know What God Has Chosen You For?

I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭42‬:‭6-7‬ KJV)

I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭6-7‬ KJV)

Is it not mind-blowing that God actually has good plans for us before we are born? Christians should gape in awe at God, struck silent with humility and unsurpassable honor at the fact that the Loving and Almighty Creator of the universe has chosen them before they breathed their first breath.

I heard a christian hip-hop song and the chorus said we are lucky. At first, I wasn’t sure I agreed with this notion, but I sure do now. We are extremely fortunate that for whatever reason, we were not destined for dishonor and destruction, because some are (Romans 9:10-29). I personally believe this may have something to do with God’s foreknowledge, that He knows who of His creation will—by their free will—choose to love Him or choose to hate Him, although I am not sure.

But either way, He chose //me//, He chose /us/ before we chose Him! And what did He choose us for? To merely inherit heaven? No, not to simply inherit heaven, although that’s a wonderful truth, but to be mighty lights in this ever-darkening world: to be a light to the lost, to open blind eyes with the truth of the gospel and set captives free by it.

Many have heard that we are “ambassadors of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20), but I don’t think all of us grasp the weight, the high honor, the amazing glory that entails. We are messengers and representatives of the only God, the First and Last, the Alpha and Omega, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who by the mere breath of His mouth, the thunderous quaking of His voice, created the entire universe. Who destroyed the first world with a flood of water that drowned the highest mountain peaks (and you think tsunamis are bad), who promises to dissolve this current earth with raging fire.

But tragically, so many who profess to be His children, His devoted followers, are not truly committed to following His will. They are selfish, content with receiving heaven, but not desiring to give up all to passionately pursue their alleged Master. The fruit of their life is the fruits of the flesh; sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar to these, and though they think they’re getting away with these sins, they actually won’t receive the kingdom (Galatians 5:19-21). They go to church and think God’s grace and love is all they need and they’re good to go, but this is a destructive lie that now taints the Church and many are walking on the road to destruction without knowing it. They don’t fear God, who promises those who sow to the flesh will reap corruption and death—not eternal life—and that everyone, including professing Christians, will be judged by their works. They do not know that Jesus said:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!'” (Matthew 7:21-23)

But for those of us who love and fear Christ, let us never forget that though we suffer affliction, though our spouse or job or family may leave us, Christ never will. Though we may go into foreclosure, we have an everlasting home created by Christ Himself that will never be taken from us. Though we are in physical pain, we will receive new immortal and glorious bodies. Though we suffer persecution and hatred from our enemies, one day God Himself will praise us and the angels will rejoice as we enter through the pearly gates of the New Jerusalem and crowns are given us to adorn our heads, and shining bright robes of white to clothe our shining, heavenly bodies.

Let us remember the promises of our King, that we are a royal priesthood, a chosen people, a holy nation, set apart for the gospel of our God that we may bring others who are called into God’s kingdom with us where we will rejoice for all eternity and be surrounded by love, joy, and glory forever and ever.

May we deny ourselves every day and live for the kingdom to come. Amen.

Please Don’t Be A Baby Christian Who Crawls Into NeverLand Never To Return

Some Christians desire to be a light to those in darkness, but then don’t have or make time to love their family in Christ.

Here’s Jesus:

“I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those You have given Me, because they are Yours … I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be one as We are one … I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in Me through their message. May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one. I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.”(John 17:9, 11, 20-23)

Jesus prayed FIVE TIMES that His people would be “one.” This is a continued theme throughout the old and new testaments. God wants unity amongst His people. But if we’re going out into the world to be lights on our lonesome, like the lone ranger, we will be corrupted by the darkness.

“Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

How many Christians go to Hollywood for instance with good intentions, but then end up denying the faith and becoming even worse than those they were trying to be lights to? Need I name some?

“Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope at your calling … Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the Messiah’s gift … And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ. From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.” (Ephesians 4:1-4, 7, 11-16)

There are some “children” or what we lovingly call “babes in Christ,” who are running out there like a fire-cracker who’s beaming brightly for a short amount of time and then gets snuffed out by the darkness they surrounded themselves with. Instead of getting discipled first, built up, and maturing in Christ before setting out to do His will for their life, they ran ahead without the body of Christ, leaving us in the dust like the Tasmanian devil, to their own downfall.

I’m not saying we don’t go out and evangelize. What I’m saying is their needs to be a root built up, a firm foundation laid in the life of the young believer before they go into the world. This is supposed to happen when raising children, but how many are raised in Christian homes and are truly being discipled by their parents? Based on the number of young people that walk away from Christ after high school and college, I would say not many.

So then the church takes in adults who are infants in Christ, nurtures them with the milk of the Word (the Bible), and then as they grow, we break down the meatier parts of truth until they are mature enough to stand on their own, though never thinking they’re fine without the body, for Hebrews 10:24 says:

“And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

So if you’re new to the Christian faith which means anywhere from giving your life to Christ yesterday, or two years ago, or maybe even ten years ago but you never got discipled, I strongly encourage you to please do so. Pray and seek out a bible-teaching church that walks in love and get plugged in, meaning ask about mentorship, where you can serve, sign up for a bible study group. Get connected! If you want to grow and influence the world for Christ rather than have them influence you away from Him, then please take my advice.

Yours lovingly,

Natasha

I’m A Christian, But Me And Satan Are Homies

“In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood; it is shed for you. But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me! For the Son of Man will go away as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed! ” (Luke 22:20-22)

Do we not know that when we sin against Christ, we are betraying Him? We are rebelling against His will for our lives. When Satan rebelled against God, he was thrown out of heaven and cast into darkness. He continues to rebel, and his end is eternal destruction. We should not assume that if we likewise continue in sin, in rebellion against God’s will, that we will somehow escape God’s wrath and hell.

“…let us draw near [to God] with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. If anyone disregards Moses’ law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” (Hebrews 10:22-31)

I’m speaking to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We have no advantage over the one without Christ if we continue deliberately sinning. Jesus commanded those who desired to follow Him to pick up their cross, deny their self, and follow Him. We must deny our desires if they are contrary to His will. We must obey what He says if we are His disciples.

“When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:10-23 NLT)

So please pray to our Father. He is ready to forgive with fresh mercies each morning. Come to Him, walk into the arms of love, and repent. If you’re not sure if you’re in sin, ask Him to reveal if you are. He is faithful. Then really make it a goal to know His Word which clearly declares His will. Get into the New Testament and read it all the way through, then do it over again and again.

His desire is for your well-being, and sanctification is for our benefit. I love you guys.