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Separated, Chosen, And Equipped By Grace!

Apostle Paul as we all know him now was formerly Saul, who persecuted the believers of his days – Acts  9:9. However, when the Lord wanted someone who will say it as it is, bold, unassuming, and zealous, He chose Saul! Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 

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And Paul on his path ran with the Lord’s request with the same speed, zeal, determination, and boldness with which he persecuted the Church. He did not seek validation, nor approval from anyone, he heard from Christ and obeyed promptly!

Galatians 1:11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.    …….    15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

 

How often do we get a revelation of Jesus Christ and we end up looking for support here and there to do what we have been asked to do and in the process end up with a distortion or discarding the instructions outrightly? Note that it is you that will have to give an account of what you did with what you have been given! Everyone will give an account of what they received and what was done with it!

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It is not too late if you are reading this note. Today, ask for mercy and help from the owner of your life. He will help you and give you new vigor! Run with the vision God has given you. Let nothing hinder or discourage you. You were chosen for a time like this.

Just thinking of this, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb – Galatians 1:15. This is Paul’s words after been instrumental to many believers death, including Steven’s. How can this be? That is simply a good God holding on still to a child who has gone astray, far away from the original plan of God. Incidentally, it is people like such that God uses in an uncommon way, confounding the wise!

EphesianAre you one of such? A murderer? Adulterer? Idolater? Liar? Gossips? Fornicator? Proud? Greedy? Selfish? A product of rape, incest? Whatever, you have dabbled into in time past, and even presently the Lord will forgive, cleanse, and empower you. Have faith in God! He will transform and use you for His glory, all you need to do is to repent, turn away from your wicked ways and with open arms the Lord wait for you, to embrace you.

Will you ask Jesus Christ to have mercy on you today? He awaits that very whisper from your mouth. Call upon Jesus today!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

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The Man/Woman Preferred Of God!

When God has chosen you, heaven and earth can do nothing except to oblige. The Lord will order your steps through the mountains and hills, the plains and the rough places for He is the I AM! He will guide you to your desired place.

The I Am will do wonders in your life that will baffle all including yourself. Note that you did nothing to attract God’s anointing, it was His prerogative to choose whom He will, and looking through the Scriptures and history, there’s none called by God without a hitch. For Saul, it was low self-esteem. He was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward – 1 Samuel 10:23, yet he was so unsure of himself even after having been anointed secretly, and prophesying publicly, he hid among the equipment!

light in the clayNothing can hide you if God has chosen you. The failed marriages of the Samaritan woman did not hide her, it led her to the well that day. I know that there were many married women in that city. Many wives of the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Scribes, but none went down to the well to meet with Jesus. The facts of your life cannot stop you fulfilling what the Lord ordained for you either. Satan will whisper though, he will taunt you no doubt about that! Don’t allow your mind to play tricks on you, neither allow any human to limit you. Fight for your destiny. Resist till the end!

How often have you and I looked at ourselves and think, maybe God made a mistake? Every single Prophet and deliverer in the Scriptures thought so about themselves except a handful. God is not looking for perfection in human character or personality, He looks for the availability of the soul. Unfortunately human look at what can be seen with the eyes. Only the discerning can see as Samuel did and foretold accurately!

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1 Samuel 10:1- 11 Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance? 2 …………….Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you. You shall go down before me to Gilgal, and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.” So it was when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day. 10 When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them11 And it happened when all who knew him formerly saw that he indeed prophesied among the prophets, that the people said to one another,What is this that has come upon the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? 12 Then a man from there answered and said, “But who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13 And when he had finished prophesying, he went to the high place.

Be encouraged and ask God to show you a true picture of yourself. Ask God to open your eyes to the secret things that will make a difference in your life, and help you to make a difference in your community like the Samaritan woman. — Culled from Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, May 2nd, 2018.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!