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October 2015

Called for distinction.

And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. Acts 7:22.

For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents:but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. Exodus 7:12.

Wisdom or foolishness cannot be understood without experience.

The chosen ones are not exempt from learning, they have discovered the difference. The wisdom of the world is subject to learning but not so with God’s wisdom. God’s wisdom is the end of the wisdom of the world and Egypt. The chosen are given the wisdom of God for distinction in the world.

Sorcery, magic, medicine, law, banking, politics are learned.

I am Moses learned in all the wisdom of Egypt; a qualified practitioner. The wisdom of this world is common, sensual and possessed by many. His learning was not his distinction but his encounter with God’s wisdom.

Casting down a rod to a serpent was common, the superior rod ate up others. The wisdom of God swallows up the wisdom of this world for your distinction. The world is too fickle to compare with God’s chosen, no wonder it falls like a pack of cards in comparison. This is the best proof that the fallen is being replaced by his calling. Chosen, your qualification and called for distinction.

Moses would have remained an Egyptian champion without this encounter. Encounter with the God of all wisdom gives an edge in life. In the contest of life the wisdom of this world fails, as the wisdom of God reigns. Moses was mighty in words and deed by God’s wisdom. The wisdom of God is not a product of learning; it is an encounter with a person. It is given in Christ.

Christ is the wisdom and power of God to live the chosen lifestyle. Just like Moses, the superior wisdom & power shows up in every area of life.  It is not learned, it is given in Christ for life distinction.

The wisdom of this world will no longer be your distraction; you are called for distinction by God’s wisdom and power.

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”1 Corinthians 1:24.

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”1 Peter 2:9

He chose me.

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29.

The kingdom of God operates by its own set of values.

It is at variance with the rules of the world where the best gets the job. The best of the world cannot compare with the least of God. God is not looking for the best, wisest and mighty, the world is substandard. Kingdom entrance is open to all but accessed by few. The choice is God’s, choosing the willing. The seemingly qualified by the world standard are not chosen. Even when they are called, they may not hear; too busy with the world.

What qualifies the chosen ones? I don’t know, maybe they heard the call.

The qualified choose themselves, but not in God. He calls, those that hear, are chosen.

Being unqualified by the world’s standard is not your disqualification. Your maker knows your heart. Chosen is God’s signature on the redeemed. His call qualifies the chosen, nothing more, nothing less. You too can be chosen by him and blessed. How foolish can you be? How weak are you? Can you help yourself? Can you elevate the invisible above the obvious?

Believing Christ Jesus as lord is the highest level of foolishness. That is the first step to the election of grace. Salvation is a gift, not an achievement or endowment. I am chosen of God, I really don’t know why; it’s the highest call Being chosen makes all the difference and the turnarounds begin.

Very soon the only signature of your life will be Chosen and blessed of God. Chosen is God’s signature for becoming a masterpiece in life. Jesus is God’s foolishness for a fulfilled life and eternity.

He chose……………me. It’s never too late to be chosen.

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”1 Corinthians 1:23-24.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”Ephesians 2:8-9.

Election continues.

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29.

In a world where truth is scarce, lies are celebrated. In the world foolishness is celebrated and wisdom is mocked. Failure and weakness has more book titles, power is sneered at. Excitement and entertainment reigns instead of joy. Depression is a virtue while inspiration is a vice.

Now you know the reason why the world is at the crossroads. Redefining the definite, redesigning the concrete; the kingdom of this world.

Marriage, health, wellbeing and society, nations are under attack.

God has not promised us a better society, religion or planet; a kingdom is the heritage, the new creature is the cure. For those who are satisfied with the present, a new order has already emerged. Kings, priests, holy nation, peculiar people; God’s own people. The present cannot withstand the future, neither can temporal compare with eternal. Redemption is God’s election into this kingdom, your 1st election.

Redemption is God’s eternal programme for man’s enthronement. The word of God is the programme for life advancement. The software for life and eternity has been finished awaiting your download. The chosen ones are above every human logic or system. The weak receives strength and might, fools become princes and the despised kingdom celebrities. They reign in life and eternity.

God’s election contrasts human selection.

The kingdom of God has come, Christ is the redeemer. Kings, priests, holy nation, peculiar people; the kingdom heritage.

The redeemed are elected, chosen for enthronement after the order of Christ. Election continues.

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”1 Peter 2:9

Eternal solutions.

Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 1 Corinthians 1:20-21.

In the last 30 years technology has advanced in leaps and bounds; it is becoming difficult to keep pace. Man has made unusual progress; life on earth is much better. Discoveries multiply and value is added to life. More toys, more tabs, more pads, more cubes, more entertainment. Yet there are so much questions than answers; opinions than solutions. Poverty has multiplied, hunger has increased even with more billionaires. Wars are the norm, death and destruction are at a digital pace. In the midst of so much knowledge, ignorance abounds. Discoveries of new toys, tabs or pills are celebrated as solution. Man cannot still explain death, sleep, joy, sadness, hunger, rage and the like. In spite of all the tech and tabs, life cannot be prolonged beyond a certain level.

Eternity eludes, immortality inaccessible; so we make do with the temporal.

Developments are time bound and discredited by new discoveries; we watch. The word of God remains the same and contemporary in every age; sighs. What is termed foolish by some explains in details life and eternity. Learning without living has given rise to eternal fools but knowledge of God makes wise. The foolishness of scriptures enthrones but the wisdom of the world dethrones. Those that are foolish enough to believe God reign in life.

Tech lack solutions to human situation, it has become part of the problem. Toys lack capacity to offer solutions, Christ is the solution. Christ remains the key to all time salvation in every generation. You cannot be in charge of life and eternity by technology but in Christ. You are overdue for enthronement, Not for a new toy.

Am not waiting for the next version or new tech, I don’t live for things. I live for God in Christ Jesus. That is life, peace, joy and rest. God’s foolishness is superior to man and his wisdom.

He is the eternal solution to all temporal situations.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”Matthew 11:28-29.

Enthronement calling!

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1 Corinthians 1:26-27.

Redemption is the key to man’s enthronement. God is not after the mighty, he makes mighty men. He is not after the wise, his wisdom is refused by the wise men of this age.

He is not after the noble, royalty is the byproduct of redemption.

Whatever might, wisdom or nobility of the world amounts to nothing in God. The wise have no answer to God’s wisdom. What Paul counted as great accomplishment came to naught for the knowledge of Christ. The willing are called, he makes kings from peasants. Those that are foolish enough to believe the truth become wise.

The Almighty makes strong the weak, and the wise become fools. The twelve peasants picked by Christ were made Apostles of the gospel. They shook the world with undeniable proofs which still stands today. Your position notwithstanding, Christ is your enthronement.  We were dethroned by sin and enthroned by righteousness. What was lost in Adam is recovered in Christ. Whatever the world gives is below zero beginning with Christ. You don’t have be under when you can be above.

The enthroned reign life, the dethroned watch and manage life.

It’s your choice; the willing are chosen to reign. It’s a calling notwithstanding your qualifications. From peasants, kings are made; from the pool of fools, greatness emerges.

This is the gospel of Jesus Christ, believest thou this? Redemption is your enthronement.

“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:”Isaiah 1:19.

“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord ‘s, and he hath set the world upon them.”1 Samuel 2:8.

Reign in life

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:and we shall reign on the earth. Revelation 5:9-10.

Royalty is the desire of all, but reserved for few.

Kings are made, they are not born; chosen from among royalty. Everyone born into royalty does not end up as a king. It may run in families, communities or clans; the chosen ones reign as king. These are in charge of the common wealth or affairs of their people.. Their commands are law, their instruction rules. Kings could be political, financial, religious, academic, national or the like.

Whoever is in charge, is the king.

Man was created to reign in life, not to beg situations. When Christ is enthroned as Lord, man is born into royalty. The new man sings the new song of redemption; thou art worthy…

Jesus takes control so we can reign in life.

Reigning by redemption is not constrained to tribes, tongue, nation, profession or location. Those that are connected to Christ reign in life and eternity.

Reign for sure! Everywhere, anywhere, every how and over everything.

Royalty is the gift of redemption, a return to our former estate and more. Those that take a good look at the book are booked to reign in life. The book is the rule, his word is our instruction reign in life.      Adam failed when God’s word lost its place, reign by his word. Rule according to the book, be in charge of situation and circumstances. We may not decide the situations that confront us but we take charge of the outcome.

Reign in life, you are born for this.

Rats take part in the rat race, kings reign in life and eternity. Redemption makes us kings among men to be in charge and reign in life.

Accept nothing less.

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”Romans 5:17

King of the pack

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalms 139:14.

And they that use this world, as not abusing it:for the fashion of this world passeth away. 1 Corinthians 7:31.

Beauty is defined and redefined in every generation. Clothes, shoes, looks, hair styles, brands, versions and even cars change their looks. These have become the epitome and definition of beauty. And the new is considered better than the former. The new is an improvement of the old yet the former is condemned. Sometimes,the old is replayed in another generation as new. All in a bid to satisfy the quest and taste of their generation.

Every beauty defined from the outside leads to corruption instead of perfection. It may be new to this generation, but old to another generation. God always does new things, never duplicates but multiplies. Even what is called similar is uniquely distinctive. Everything is carefully and wonderfully made;King of the pack. Created for beauty and glory, distinctive in every generation. Made from inside out, created for life and eternity.

As the world and it’s fashion disintegrates, the new creation dominates. Just like man was made after the creation of all things, the new creation is king of the class. Fearfully and wonderfully made.

As new brands and fashion of things are recycled with more precision, God has one product that stands the test of time and eternity. As the world is corrupted by its fashion redemption corrects and decorates man. You are the king of the pack, not a rat in the race. Your outlook is determined by your maker, not your struggles. The new man is king in life and eternity, nothing like it, nothing better than it.

A king reigns in life and eternity, eternal beauty is incorruptible.

“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”Revelation 5:10.

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”Romans 5:17.

Likeness or darkness.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalms 139:13-14.

Modeling is big business.

So many have a career and a life from it trade in this generation. The body is conditioned and perfected for show. So much discipline and dieting to maintain a body frame fitting for the trade. The pictures speak volumes, the desire of many and sought after by some.

God makes perfect beings! And that inside out, not outside in.

Man is a spirit, having a soul, living in a body but a spirit. So much time and money is spent arranging the body that returns to dust. Some have never paid attention to the real person called man. The perfect heart or spirit gives access to the perfect life.

God is a Spirit, the father of all Spirits; our connection with him makes perfect. His Spirit in us gives us image and likeness; we obtain shape and form. Without his spirit we are without form, void and in darkness.

Our making is connected to his presence; perfection is the byproduct of redemption. Submission is man’s responsibility, perfection is God’s agenda. Dust cannot be man without his touch; it disintegrates with time. Until Christ is found likeness is replaced by darkness. Christ lights up the dark places of life and adds value to dust. Every dust that holds the spirit of God becomes fearfully and wonderfully made.

Christ is not the breaker of man, he is the maker of men.

Perfection starts now, God models your spirit to his image. You’re either like him or in darkness.

“God is a Spirit:and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”John 4:24

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”2 Corinthians 4:7.

Inside out.

My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Psalms 139:15-16.

After the construction begins perfection.

A house is never judged by the look on the outside walls. The furnishing and finishing starts from inside out. Before the decoration is seen on the outside, most of the work inside has been done. The beauty of a house is known when inside, not outside is done.

At creation man was constructed, damaged by the fall; redeemed for perfection by Christ. The old man has the same structure as the new man but different stature. It all starts with a perfect heart and a renewed mind.

Never judge a man by his looks, it maybe a wrong approach. The new man does not have a new body, but a new heart. The mind is renewed and the body conforms to the new found image and life.

So much work has gone into the new man, with a new heart and removal of the stony heart. That is the redemptive surgery.

That is the heart of the matter; inside out.

When the heart is right, everything comes out right. When it’s in the heart, it is at hand. God’s not slow, he’s perfect. Redemption is the decoration of destiny in life and eternity. Redemption is your perfection and decoration inside out. When the stony heart is removed, everything hard becomes easy. Things will no longer be hard for you, only perfect things are permitted.

Wouldn’t you rather be among the redeemed? It starts with the heart.

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”Ezekiel 36:26-27.

“The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” Psalms 16:6.

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