Saturday, March 23, 2013

Chosen


“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all of the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession.” (Deuteronomy 7:6)

There are times when it just seems that life has overlooked us!

A wonderful truth in the Bible (that always makes me feel pretty exceptional and special!), is that we have been chosen by God to be a part of His family! Most of us remember times when we have been “overlooked”; when someone else has been chosen over us when sides were chosen for teams and sports events; when someone else was chosen over us for a special dance or party; or maybe a co-worker was chosen over us for an extra special project.  And regardless of what the special event was (or is!) there is within us a desire to be chosen…       

Chosen to belong…

Chosen to be recognized…

Chosen to stand out in the crowd…

Sadly we can’t make everybody accept us or love us, but while others may reject us; God does not! He hasn’t overlooked us; in fact He holds our future in the palm of His hand!

 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit. (John 15:16)

When we feel left out or experience setbacks in life, we have to remember that God is working behind the scenes for our future. He is preparing opportunities with the right people, in the right place to cross our path at the right time. Because with God we are all chosen and none are excluded! He doesn’t choose the best or show favoritism, He simply choses all that will call on Him. Out of pure love God has chosen us to do wonderful things, and it doesn’t matter if we are the last one to be picked by our peers or anyone else, we have the assurance that we are wanted, needed, and chosen by Him.

“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” (Ephesians 1:4)

There is something special about everyone, and no matter what anyone else says, God specially created us and is very proud of who we are. It doesn’t matter if we are plain, ordinary, everyday people, He doesn’t require any special talents or requirements. As long as we are sincere, loyal, and faithful, and offer our heart and soul to Him, He chooses us. He chooses us because of His grace and love, for salvation and to receive all spiritual blessings.

He chose us to be His glorious inheritance!

“But we ought to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the spirit and through belief in the truth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13)

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48 comments:

  1. This is exactly what I needed. Thanks for sharing such beautiful thoughts.

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    1. Hi Jamie; thanks for visiting! I hope these thoughts follow you through a joy filled week! :)

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  2. Chosen!! A word I'm carrying all day with me. Chosen....not that I'm better...just that I'm wanted and accepted and belong. Thanks so much Denise for your powerful post. Have a gentle weekend.

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    1. It's a feeling of comfort and joy for sure! Wishing you a weekend of blessings Nikki!

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  3. Life has a way of pointing out all the negative stuff about ourselves but when I reflect upon the fact the God of the universe has made choice of me, that immediately gives me a confidence boost. Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend.

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    1. So true Wanda; love what you said...and yes it is a confidence boost! I would have a much better weekend if I wasn't stuck in bed sick with strep-ha; however I hope your weekend is full of blessings and joy! :)

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  4. Good post! I am thankful that I was chosen.
    Good job on those replies too. LOL

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    1. Ha ha ha...here is my reply funny lady! :)

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  5. Yes Christ created all of us. We are all made in the image of Him, each with the characteristic of free will. If belonging to a faith in Him could be compared to a social club it would be one that is open to all, not "exclusive." Anyone can join it. Yet so many of his human creations choose "religion" or another faith of another kind, or a faith in man, or no faith at all. Some put off the offer of His free gift of salvation for another day but sadly don't live to experience it. Some at one time chose Him but proceeded to live their lives like they never heard of him. Christ was right there lunging forward and down at the edge of a cliff, trying to grab their hand to save them from their fall but they never reached back. When the season of Easter rolls around I think of how lucky we Believers are because we answered his call, we accepted His gift of grace. We were so undeserving but were given a way to avoid the second death all because we simply, sincerely said yes to the Christ.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and this lovely comment; truly a blessing! We are lucky indeed! :)

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  6. He is mine and I am His. This is what "chosen" means to me. Thank you, so much, for this post. It touched my heart.

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    1. I love that Cynthia; that is a perfect definition of "chosen"! :) God bless you my friend!

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  7. Thanks, Denise. I needed this reminder today that He has chosen me.

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    1. It's a reminder that blesses me everyday Peggy! Blessings dear friend; have a wonderful Sonday!

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  8. Hi Denise, this is such a wonderful post. Not only is the message beautiful, but so is they way that you designed it.

    Thank you so much for your visit and for the sweet encouragement you have given me about my new job. I appreciate you very much.

    Kathy M.

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    1. Thanks friend! Hope you have a fabulous day today Kathy; good luck!

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  9. I found you via Spiritual Sunday. And I am so glad I did because your post was such a beautiful reminder of who I am in Christ.... something I really needed to hear today! I'd love for you to come visit me at theunraveledmom.com

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    1. Hi Susan; thanks for visiting. It gives us such comfort knowing He chose us! I would love to stop by your place too! Blessings!

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  10. Denise, such encouragement. Thank you dear one as always. Blessings.

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    1. Blessings to you too Grace; have a wonderful week. :) :)

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  11. Amen! Beautiful post!
    Visiting you from The Beauty in His Grip link up :)

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  12. I dropped over from The Weekend Brew to find you, Denise. It is always nice to find a friend linking right before me!!

    Have an especially wonderful week with Easter coming!!

    I found this encouraging as I have been given a very special responsibility. Nice to be reminded of those verses to go along with what God has given me to do.

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    1. Oh yes it is! So excited for this blessed week before us; blessings on your very special "assignment" Judith! :)

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  13. Denise, thank you so much for linking up with The Weekend Brew. I think God wants to get our attention, to remind us that we are chosen, no matter what! I am so thankful that He choose me, before the foundation of the world, to be a part of His family. Have a beautiful week.

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    1. He must be Barbie! Just reading my "Live Second" devotional, and the week started with a video titled "Chosen"...wow! Praise!

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  14. As always you are pointing us to the Father and thank you so much for that....Thank goodness He loves us unconditionally and provides us with grace.....

    Wonderful message...

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  15. Sister, your comments always bring me great joy and your posts always refine me in ways I never expected.
    Love and BIG hugs,
    Cherie

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    1. Thanks Cherie; you always put a smile on my face and bless me in big way too friend!

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  16. Denise, this post is very precious to me. When I was very young my then-messed-up-now-beautifully-redeemed parents gave me away several times. I remember how deeply poignant it was when I realized that my Heavenly Father chose me to be His... and would never give me up. I'm secure in His love and so grateful.
    Thank you for your beautifully written post.
    Blessings to you ~ Mary

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    1. Mary, how awesome that your parents lives turned around! So thankful you had our precious Savior's love at a time when you needed it so desperately! Sending you a link I heard just yesterday that reminds me of your story. Blessings!

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  17. Dear Denise
    What an awesome thought! Ti be the chosen of Almighty God!! Yes, dear one, our Pappa God is the one parent that doesn't have a favorite child. He loves us all equally and gives Himself to each one of His children fully as if each one is His one and only!
    Thank you for all the kind comments you have left at my blog. I really appreciate your encouragement.
    Much love
    Mia

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    1. And that is what is so incredibly awesome; He has more than enough love for us all! Thanks Mia; I love and look forward to your comments too! :) Blessings!

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  18. I nominated you for a Liebster Award!!

    http://agutandabutt.blogspot.com/2013/03/another-liebster-award.html#

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    1. Thanks Betty; very thoughtful and an honor! Blessings to you!

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  19. First a warm 'thank you'. I appreciate it you take the time to respond to my Dutch postings. And a second 'thank you' for this blog with hopeful words. I wish you a blessed Easter. (Here on Sunday and Monday)

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    1. I always love to read your posts my friend; they always touch me in a special way. :) I thanks YOU for you sweet words! Happy blessed Easter to you and your family.....

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  20. I loved this post Denise!

    I sometimes refer to myself as a child of the King...We are a royal family...can't get better than that!
    Too bad schools still lie to children and tell them they come from monkeys...no wonder there is such a problem with low self esteem...I also hate it when churches only preach about how we were sinners...(true) But, now we are being refined in His image day by day!
    ~God bless, and have a wonderful Ressurection Sunday~ Lisa

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    1. I so agree with you Lisa; we ARE saved from our sins through His amazing grace! :) It can't get better than that!! Happy Blessed Easter to you dear friend!

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  21. Awesome post Denise, It is amazing to me that God could choose a sinner like me. When I was His enemy, He pursued me and redeemed me.
    May God bless you
    Ken

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    1. How thankful I am that He chose me Ken; what amazing grace and love! <3 Blessings and love to you this Easter friend!

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  22. We love Him because He first loved us! How awesome is that, that the Creator of the universe designed and created us for His pleasure, desires to have fellowship with us, chose us, and loves us infinitely! I felt left out a lot of the time in school by the cliques and the popular girls, but now it is such an amazing blessing to be a daughter of the King! Thanks for the beautiful post, & may you have a blessed Easter!
    Laurie

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    1. Amen Laurie; there are no popularity contests with God! :) Blessings to you this Easter too!

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  23. Stopping by from DYWW blog hop. I am a follower. You have such a beautiful blog.


    http://agutandabutt.blogspot.com/

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    1. Glad you stopped by; thanks Betty! :)

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  24. Thanks for the blessing Denise. I really like this fact: "He simply chooses all that will call on Him." I think that once we truly grasp this reality that "He chose us", it really doesn't matter when we are not chosen by others because we expect bias in this world, but when we are chosen by God, we are out of this world, but of Christ. Not perfect, but being perfected by our loving heavenly Father. Thank you for this great reminder to focus on the eternal truth that we are "chosen". Blessings, Brian

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  25. I am so glad that I have been chosen by the best - THE MOST HIGH GOD!

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  26. He chose me and I'm so thankful for his unconditional love. What a friend and wonderful Savior HE is!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter Denise.

    ♥Lee Ann

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  27. Chosen...not overlooked! His...not a hindrance! Yes and amen! That we might know our true identity in Him!

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