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You Are Chosen!

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Did you miss the first post in the True Identity series? Read it now.

A new college freshman at a huge university, I feared . . . loneliness.

My solution: join a sorority and — ta-da — instant friends. But I had to go through rush, that dreaded week of scrutiny by the sororities. Will they love me or hate me?

Will I be chosen?

Have you desired acceptance badly too? What did you do to get it? Awesome news: God chooses you!  All who are in Christ have his acceptance.

Rejected

During orientation, a sorority sister cautioned us hopefuls: “Please don‟t ‘suicide’ by listing only one sorority you like. If you list only one and the sorority doesn’t choose you, that’s it. You have no place to go but the dorms.”

So what did I do? I “died.”

The solitary sorority I chose didn’t choose me. Shut in my dorm room, I cried. A lot. I felt rejected and stupid, ugly and tossed out . . . like trash. Shoved into a can and rolled to the curb. Dumped in the landfill. Alone.

Do you remember a time you were not chosen or chosen last? How about a time you did make the team or get the part?

God Chose You

Praise be to God, he has chosen you. Yes, you. Let truth of your chosenness warm you from nose to toes.  No test to pass. No contest. No nothing. You can do nothing to become more chosen by God. Not more prayer. Or more bible study. Or good works. Or anything.  Listen.

God chose you, sweet sister in Christ, before the creation of the world. Think on this and let it transform your thinking.

Before you took your first baby step, before you were conceived, before God fashioned the heavens and the earth, he chose you.

He chose you for a purpose: to be holy and blameless in his sight. If you’re like me, you may think, “Me? Holy and blameless?” Yes! Holiness is fundamental to God’s character.

You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16, NIV

How do you become holy? The Holy Spirit empowers you to want to please God. More and more, the fruit of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control — adorns you.

Forever Chosen

The moment you believed on Jesus as your Savior, your old self died. You became a new creation. You are in Christ and Christ is in you.

This “in” means you have a place as a member of Christ‟s body, vitally united with him. The death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus — yes, the heart of the gospel — made possible your true identity. God now sees you as blameless because his Son is blameless, having paid the ultimate price to conquer sin and death.

Being “in Christ” is the true you.

This is why God chose you. Does knowing you are chosen change the way you think and feel about yourself? about God?

Embrace your true identity: chosen.

Are you having trouble accepting this beautiful truth about your true identity in Christ? Then please poke around my website for more biblical hope and practical help. Here’s a place to start. 

Watch for my next post of practical help. It helps you embrace the truth that you are chosen by God.

In Jesus’ HOPE!

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Your Heavenly Father Loves You. . .

 

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. . .even when your dad hurts you.

May I introduce you to Karen Rabbitt? She wrote Trading Fathers: Forgiving Dad, Embracing God, a memoir of her journey from brokenness to wholeness. It reveals the sexual abuse she experienced at four years old at the hand of her father. The abuse, the mixed messages, messed with emotional security.

Has suffering brought you hurt and confusion?

Suffering is deeply personal. Quick fixes don’t last. They may compound the pain. Logical explanations may offend you. Bible verses fall flat. You need help with the emotional problem of hurt. You need someone to listen, not judge.

Do you know that the path to your heart comes through your mind?

Truth matters. God reveals truth about himself, you and me, the world, evil, suffering, and redemption in Scripture.

Karen found out truth matters the hard way.

Immediate Healing?

When Karen became a Christian as a young adult, she expected immediate healing. It didn’t happen. She felt hurt, again. She asked God, “Where were you when I was abused?” Have you asked God this question? 

Karen continued to experience shame, depression, and emotional instability. Only when she allowed God’s truth to penetrate her mind and soul could she find comfort, understanding, and a compassion to help other hurting women.

God challenged her to do the seemingly impossible: forgive her father.

Forgive the Abuser?

You may have a story of abuse too. Or you may have experienced a different hurt. Rejection? Abandonment? Never being good enough?

As Karen sorted out the differences between her heavenly and earthly fathers — and discovered that truth matter and the heart can heal — so can you.

God is good.

He is just.

And powerful.

Loving.

Compassionate.

Forgiving.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Col. 3:13, NIV

Real Hope!

Do you know the true God? The heavenly Father who doesn’t just give advice. He gives himself! 

God tells us that trials and suffering have a purpose. When you hurt you try to make sense out the the suffering. This is normal. We want relief.

The only path to real relief for your real hurt is this:

Choose to align your worldview with God’s timeless truth: Scripture. As you believe Scripture and act on your belief — loving God with all your mind, all your heart, and all your soul — you will find peace and contentment. You will know real hope.

What’s Next?

Finish this sentence: Lord, I need to forgive _______ because ________. Got a sec? Leave a comment below. Thanks!

Here’s Hoping with You!

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