Sunday, February 23, 2020

All Who Are Called

Galatians 1:10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would no be a servant of Christ.”

Paul speaking: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really to gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!”

There are so many that are called by God’s voice and set apart to learn his wisdom and hear his words. The vast majority end up turning to some degree or another seeking signs and wonders that are not the Lord’s desire to give. Seeking more than what the Lord has declared for them to take hold of. His teachings are pure and simple. All else causes a distraction and desertion from the Lord. Very plain yet the most precious truths.

Christ’s invitation to all: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have to money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you.

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them. And to our God, for he will freely pardon.

… As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 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.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

This is the Lord’s work. He has called it. He gives it the power. He is the one who sends servants out to declare what he is doing. He puts his power behind them that it may be passed on to those who are seeking for him. He will declare it. He will witness of it, and He will give all the blessings promised to those who allow him to rule in their lives. He is doing it. It is his work. Your existence is his work.

His covenant is a real thing. It is his promises of salvation he has extended to all people throughout all ages. It is the promise of bringing his children to him. He answers those who call on him in meekness and humility. Because it is his covenant has for him to deliver it to you. All his promises have an earthly part and a spiritual part. They are inseparable. Seek for both. He has declared he will do his own work. He will send servants and the only thing they do is assist others in linking directly to God so God can enter into them and do his great work in them. They are no better and equal to those to whom the Lord sends them. All brothers and sisters and seekers of the Lords love, mercy, and grace.

The Lord has declared his work is going forward and all that he declares WILL be accomplished. Those who follow him will “go out in joy and be led forth in peace.” That is his sign. That is his way.