The Mutual Choice – Greg Laurie Daily Devotion – August 27

I Chose You

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (John 15:16 NKJV)

Before the world was made, before sin came in, God chose you to be with Him through all eternity.

Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16 NKJV).

The question that comes to our minds is why? Why would God choose us? What goodness or merit did God see in us that He would choose us as His children? I hope you’re not disappointed by this, but the answer is there was no goodness. There was no merit. It is not even because we are lovable. The fact is that He chose us despite us.

In Ephesians 1 we read, “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (verses 4–5 NKJV).

Why did God choose us? It’s the same reason that He chose the nation Israel. Speaking through His servant Moses, God said to Israel, “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you” (Deuteronomy 7:7–8 NKJV). The Lord chose them because He loved them. And that’s why He chose us: because He loved us and loves us.

God chose us, but the Bible also tells us that we must choose Him. As Dwight L. Moody put it, the whosoever wills are the elect, and the whosoever won’ts are the non-elect.” God wants all to believe.

Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26:3-4

 You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Surrender

God encourages each of us to trust Him deep in the core of our being. He expects us to relinquish ourselves totally unto Him.

As we surrender, drawing closer to the Creator, He forms a fresh heart within us. This conversion from within brings favorable and lasting change.

Securing Victory when facing trouble

Staying close to God and not the details of the trial is our path to victory! When trouble comes secure a triumphant outcome and Walk in the Spirit, not the flesh. React by focusing on the Lord and not allow the scorching trial that has come to steal all that is good. It is your faith and identity in Christ the enemy has come for.
In Christ, we have a Redeemer. In Christ, every problem is covered. In Christ, each life is valued and paid for. Centered in Christ, we are authorized to cast our care on the Lord and not be overwhelmed by the natural concerns of the matter. It is harmful to concentrate on the bad and chance quenching the Spirit. We are to be Spiritual Minded using weapons of warfare. Our faith and prayers have power to overcome and out maneuver the plans of the enemy. God is good and greater than any problem or sickness and disease that exists. The faithful receive His Strength and Power! Remaining in Christ we are Victorious!!!


1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus