“Many people say, “Who will show us better times?” Let your face smile on us, Lord. You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”
Saw this awesome picture God created when I was on the road today. His face literally shining on us! Stinkin crazy!
Think on this today:
The One who makes that picture happen, is the One who loves us, cares for us, fights for us, and fulfills our every need.
I could write all day about how awesome, capable and powerful God is but just think on that and live in the peace, comfort and confidence that comes in knowing God, having full access to God, and having this same God who created that, love you!
Shortest Gold ever because what else can be said about Him that He isn’t already showing us!?!?!!!
I love you but God loves you way more!!! Happy Friyay everyone!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
“”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Thankful today to share a special Word Wednesday message from a historically minded theologian and great friend; RC Sloan!
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…”
The Greek word eklektos is often rendered as “elect” for obvious reasons in the New Testament, but its meaning is probably more clear when translated as “chosen”. The concept of God’s people being chosen by God from before the foundation of the world is woven throughout Scripture so firmly and so prevalently that it is clear that the Lord wants us to sit up and take notice.
In fact, “eklektos” is just the Greek rendering of the Hebrew word “bahír”, as used in places such as Psalm 105:43:
“And He brought forth His people with joy, His chosen ones (bahír) with a joyful shout.”
From Old Testament to New, from eternity past to eternity future, the Lord God has chosen His people out from the nations and secured their destiny with Him. The old hymn that says “there’s a new name written down in glory” might have its heart in the right place, but the writer definitely didn’t have a good hold on the concept of “eklektos” and “bahír”—there aren’t any new names written down, because our names were written down as part of the Master Plan of Redemption before God created light!
If that doesn’t excite you, check your heart, bro!
Once saved, always saved? A THOUSAND TIMES YES. It is GOD who brings forth His chosen people with a shout of joy, it is Jesus who tells us in Mark chapter 13 that He will gather His eklektos from the ends of the earth, and back in Romans 8 we are reminded that God calls His eklektos according to His unbreakable foreknowledge and predestination. Eternally secure? CHECK.
So what do we do now as the eternally chosen eklektos/bahír?
Act like it. Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the name. Handle yourself in a way that shows that you have a glimpse of understanding of the ramifications that the Ancient of Days secured your place in His kingdom before He built the solar system. Colossians 3:12-13 is a good start but above all else:
Today’s testimony is a little different….. instead of a story of what God has done throughout someone’s life, it’s a moment of God working in their life bringing out a story has changed their life and we pray it changes yours today!
Question Challenge: How are you using the blessings God has given you? To serve yourself or to serve others?