Chosen and Appointed, Part 3

October 7, 2018  

John 15:16

 

We are learning that God chose us and has appointed us to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. We all want our lives to have meaning and purpose. Our significance in life is the fact that we have a personal relationship with Almighty God.

 1                    Ordered 

The word for appointed means ordered or ordained. God ordered and designed you specifically. He chose your life’s direction. He protected you when you thought you wouldn’t make it. He pushed you when you thought you had run out of steam. The Lord directs the steps of the Godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, The Lord holds them by the hand. (Psalm 37:23-24) The Word says, “No weapon turned against you will succeed.” (Isaiah 54:17) That means the attacks directed against you will not be successful. God has chosen you and He has a plan and a purpose for your life. We are to please and glorify the Lord in all that we do.

 Is your life pleasing to God?

What needs to change for you to be pleasing to God?

 2                    Obedient

 Being chosen by God does not mean you can just do your own thing. Paul said, “Should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace?” Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? (Romans 6:1-2) When you are chosen and appointed you have assurance of your position, even when your condition is not what and where it should be. It is also why God allows tests and temptations in your life. He knows what it takes to keep you dependent on Him, and help you develop in your faith. The first thing God told man was to be fruitful. He gave man dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. He told them to be fruitful and increase in number, to fill the earth and subdue it and rule over it. (Genesis 1: 26-28) God wants you to be productive and successful in every aspect of your life. One of the sure ways to enjoy Kingdom living is to be totally obedient unto the Lord. Once that truth gets down in your spirit, it will change your life!

 Are you obedient to God?

What areas of your life do you need to address and pray about?

How has God taught you to be obedient to Him?

 

3                    Overcoming 

Are you so focused on your troubles that you have forgotten what God’s Word says? “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6) We know about Job’s troubles, but we tend to forget that they were a temporary season in a blessed life. The time Joseph spent in prison was minimal compared to the years of influence and privilege he enjoyed as the number-two man in Pharaoh’s palace.  Are you having difficulty enjoying your blessings because you are afraid they won’t last? Maybe you are so accustomed to trouble that you continually brace for it. It is time you stopped worrying and started believing in God’s promises to you. He has not brought you this far to abandon you. He has appointed you to bring forth fruit that will last. Lasting joy, peace, meaning and purpose, that is God’s plan for you. God does not speak something for your life then let it fall apart. The Word says, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) You are called and chosen by God and just as God takes care of all creation, He will take care of you. In Christ, you are an overcomer.