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I am Chosen for a Purpose and I Can’t be Cursed!

You are Chosen and You Can't be Cursed!

You are Chosen and You Can’t be Cursed!

“Curse me a people.” This is what the King of Moab wished of a greedy prophet. He wanted him to curse a people who threatened to over-run his land. As a result of his fear of loss and invasion he gathered to him neighboring kingdoms and set about instilling the same fear in them. Together they beseeched the prophet for hire, Balaam to curse the children of Israel, who were also the children of God.

The story though old is one that has been told and played out through the ages of time. From Satan to Abel, from the sons of Jacob to the Pharaoh of Egypt, the enemies of God have, and will continue to try, to ‘curse’ the chosen of God.

But there is another prophet, the prophet Isaiah, who declared the words of the Lord, “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.”

There is no weapon that is formed to destroy the chosen of God that will ever prosper!

Take a moment to really consider that.

The weapon of lack – can’t prosper. The weapon of sickness – can’t prosper. The weapon of low self-esteem – can’t prosper.

Whether the weapon is forged in the darkest regions of hell or at the front desk of your office – it cannot, shall not prosper!

King Balak can be a foil for every demon in hell, for every backstabber, every gossip-monger, every low-paying job and every disease known (and unknown) to mankind. He had the intent to do harm to a people he knew about but beloved, he didn’t know enough. If he’d done his homework he would have never bestirred himself to seek help where there was none to be found.

Three times he sought a curse from Balaam and three times the reluctant prophet uttered blessings instead. I find it interesting that in his proclamations of blessings he noted this about the children of Israel:

Numbers 23:9(b) NLT

I see a people who live by themselves, set apart from other nations.

The NIV version puts it this way:

I see a people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations.

This is a crucial point. Israel always stood apart from other nations, even when they tried fervently to fit in – they were always set apart. Why?

Because they were chosen. Chosen to Stand Apart

To be chosen of God, by God, for God is to be forever apart.

I remember when I was a little girl I always felt different from everyone around me. That feeling of alienation was, in part, due to the natural growing pains of childhood but it went deeper than that.

I was, at the time unknowingly, aware of the spiritual separation between me and all the other ‘kids’ around me. I saw things different, my awareness of God and my awareness of ‘being’ was keener than someone of my age.

I didn’t understand it at the time but even then I was chosen.

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”

When God calls a soul to be saved that person becomes the elect, the chosen, a child of God – even before experiencing the Rebirth. Salvation, the in-filling of the Holy Spirit sets a soul apart from the world. And just like the Children of Israel, we become inheritors to the blessing spoken over God’s appointed all those years ago.

So what is it we’ve inherited? What blessing was spoken over our lives before we were even born?

Numbers 23:20-23 NLT

20 Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!
21 No misfortune is in his plan for Jacob; no trouble is in store for Israel. For the Lord their God is with them; he has been proclaimed their king.
22 God brought them out of Egypt; for them he is as strong as a wild ox.
23 No curse can touch Jacob; no magic has any power against Israel. For now it will be said of Jacob, ‘What wonders God has done for Israel!’

In order to receive God’s blessings we must first understand this truth, “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind.” (Numbers 23:19)

The word of God is just that:  the absolute, unchanging, all-powerful Word of God. Take a look at your life, your past, has there ever been a time when God has spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised you a thing and not carried it through?

Delays are a possibility yes but when it comes to God, delays are not a denial! Whether it’s two weeks, two years or two decades, if God has spoken a thing – it will come to pass. It has to because God is His word!

Do you know that God watches over his word until it’s been fulfilled? It’s true. Men speak words haphazardly all the time. Sometimes with intentions to fulfill them, sometimes not but God never speaks a word without purpose or without it coming to completion.

Jeremiah 1:12 (NIV)

The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”

Beloved of God, Chosen of God, know this: no matter the situation in your life right now, God has already spoken a word, a blessing over it. It may look unwinnable but every time the enemy opens his mouth to curse you blessings will pour out!

Oh my sister, my brother don’t we know the truth?! Don’t we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, for those who have been called according to his purpose? (Romans 8:28)

You matter to God. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t have been chosen. You are the elect of God. You are the chosen and you have purpose. Don’t believe the lies the enemy has been whispering in your ear. Reject the seeds he’s planted in the soil of your heart – throw them out!

Speak blessings over your own life. Speak blessings over the lives of your family, over your job, over your body and over your mind! Stand firm on the promises of God and remember whose you are.

In the coming days I encourage you to profess this word of truth:  I am chosen for a purpose and I cannot be cursed.

Don’t take it back. Stand on it and watch the blessings flow in.

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Re-post Sunday (a year in review): This post was originally posted 1/23/14 – We hope you enjoyed revisiting this word of encouragement and that it uplifts you. Don’t forget to check for more words of inspiration and faith from God through us on Google + and Facebook! Remember, you matter to God and you matter to us.
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“He Didn’t Have to Do it, But He Did!”

We owed a debt we could not pay; Christ paid a debt He did not owe. Thank God for Jesus!

We owed a debt we could not pay; Christ paid a debt He did not owe. Thank God for Jesus!

What was it about us that made our God sacrifice His only Son? He knew no sin, could not sin – what a sacrifice! A debt that was impossible for man to pay became possible through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Oh dear hearts, it wasn’t the nails in His hands and feet that kept Jesus on the cross; it was His great love for mankind that caused Him to endure the excruciating pain of the cross at Calvary. He didn’t have to do it, but I’m so glad he did!

When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all that He’s done for me my soul cries out, “Hallelujah!” I praise God for saving me! I have to give Him the glory; I have to give Him the praise. Where would we be dear hearts if Jesus didn’t love us? Just where would we be if He really didn’t care?

I know where I would have been and I thank our God that I am not there! I agree with King David when he said, “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1 NKJV)

David was a praiser and we should be like-minded because Jesus is worthy of all our praises – Christ and Christ alone.

I am so thankful that what I have in my wallet or what kind of car I might drive doesn’t determine who I am in Christ Jesus. If it did I would be locked out of the kingdom of Heaven for sure! Isn’t it a blessing to know that material possessions and wealth will not determine our eternal destination? Thank God it’s not about stuff!

Jesus dropped the charges against us at Calvary and dismissed the case Satan had laid out before Our Heavenly Father. Christ redeemed us back unto himself and through His death, burial and resurrection He set us in Heavenly places, there to reside with Him for eternity.

Tell me, what more could we ask for? It just can’t get any better!

There’s a line in a song that goes like this, “You can have this whole world but give me Jesus.” This should be the testimony of every blood-washed believer.

“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 NKJV)

Dear hearts, we can’t afford to go spiritually bankrupt. Our account is secured in heaven. Satan can’t make any withdrawals from it nor can a thief break in and steal it. We must use wisdom in guarding our Heavenly inheritance. If we’re not careful and mismanage our account we can end up with a balance of zero.

Let’s not make the wrong investment – this world is only temporary, filled with stuff that won’t last and holds no value at all. Let’s be wise and invest all our spiritual wealth in the Kingdom of God. We’ve gone through many tests and trials to retain the wealth God gave us on the cross and like the good servant, we should add to what He’s given us daily.

I can speak only for myself but then again, I believe it’s safe to say that most of us have gone through so much and worked too hard to miss out on eternal life in Heaven. I want to hear our blessed Savior say, “Well done my good and faithful servant!”

I want to go back with Jesus when He comes back for His church and whatever I haven’t obtained on earth naturally, I won’t need it in Heaven. I refuse to be like the rich young ruler, rich in natural wealth but poor in spirit. He couldn’t let go of his earthly wealth, he couldn’t see beyond his material possessions and he made the wrong choice. (Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22 and Luke 18:18-23)

And what about the five foolish virgins? The poor dears went too far, stayed too long and got back too late! We can’t make it off of each other’s oil, we have to have our own on this journey or else we too will miss the bridegroom’s return.

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” (Revelations 22:12-14)
Oh dear hearts, be blessed and always remember, it wasn’t the nails in His hands and feet that kept Jesus on the cross; it was His great love for mankind that caused Him to endure the excruciating pain of Calvary’s cross.

He didn’t have to do it, but I’m so very glad he did! God loves you and I do too; you matter to God and you matter to us!

Yes, Jesus Loves You!

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Image courtesy of TabletopTruths.com

“Yes Jesus loves me, yes Jesus loves me, yes Jesus loves me for the bible tells me so.” Those lyrics are some of the first lyrics we hear and learn as children. We sing the song, learn the tune and as we grow up and become worldly wise – we forget them.

The truth is that many Christians do not truly believe that God loves them. They say the words, sing the songs and read the scriptures but in their heart of hearts doubt, fear and guilt rob them of the truth God gave them when they first believed.

Paul the apostle said that he was convinced [persuaded, committed to believing] that nothing would or could separate us from God’s love.

Romans 8:38-39 New Living Translation

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You see Paul had grabbed hold to the truth of who Jesus Christ really was. Jesus Christ was God’s love made flesh. Sin had separated mankind from God and through the death of Christ Jesus God reconciled [healed the breech] between us and him; further, he chose us, called us, made us righteous and gave unto us his blessed glory – all as a result of Christ’s death. Hallelujah to God!

Isaiah said that it pleased God to crush his Son, for us. Think about that. It pleased Him to crush his very own Son for a world of sinners. Men and women who not only did not know who he was but didn’t care and when they were told the truth they mocked and rejected him – and yet Christ died, for us.

Imagine this, a mother removes her suckling child from her breast, she hands him over to a vile and wretched beast and watches him die a cruel and agonizing death for the sake of someone who hates her and she does so with pleasure.

The image is brutal isn’t it? But it is in effect just what God did for our sake. He sent his pure and holy Son to a world filled with sin to endure suffering and shame to die for a people who desired his death.

God’s love for us is boundless and completely awe-inspiring.

The Creator of the universe, the God that calls the stars to come out one by one and by name; the God who causes the tide to come in and go out; the God who has the sun to rise in the morning and the moon to rise at night; the God who causes the earth to spin on its axis, the planets of the universe to align and spin and exist – that very same God chose us to love.

Ephesians 1:4-5 New Living Translation

4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

God loved you, that’s right you, before he created the world. Loving you pleases God and there’s nothing you can do to stop Him! Oh praise the name of the Living God!

Romans 8:29-30 New Living Translation

29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

God loved you before time began and then he chose you – from out of all the world’s population – to call unto himself, to fill with his Holy Spirit and to give you his glory and he did so with ‘great pleasure’.

Grasping a hold to God’s love for us is the key to all other principles and promises in the scriptures. (Matthew 22:36-40) We must receive His love, love him in return, maintain our love and faith in Him and stand on the promises of God until the end. Receiving and maintaining our belief in God’s love for us is vital to our victory and our faith. Satan knows this which is why he works so hard to separate us from God.

Understand, we can separate ourselves from fellowship with God but we can never separate ourselves from Him or His love.

Matthew 28:20 (b) ESV

“…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

God will never withdraw his love from us. No matter what!

Beloved of God, do you know that Jesus loves you? Do you really believe it? I encourage you to resist answering quickly instead examine your heart and be sure. If you don’t believe his love don’t beat yourself up. You’re not alone. The enemy of our faith has worked the same doubt into the hearts of many believers, including myself. I used to believe God saved me because of my mother’s prayer! Not because He really loved me.

Why on earth (or heaven) would God love me? That was my thought pattern in the past BUT God! Oh how great thou art! God came to me over and over and over again and with patience and tender love He wooed me, romanced me and drowned me, surrounded me and completely overwhelmed me with his love to the point that I had no choice but to except it! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!

My sister, my brother, I encourage you to read the love letter God has written for his people. Explore its treasures, its promises and the many instances God expresses his love for us and you will once again be able to sing the childhood song, “Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes! Jesus loves me for the bible tells me so!”


Hymn by William Batchelder Bradbury

Jesus loves me—this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong—
They are weak, but He is strong.

Refrain
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me—He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

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