7/9/2006 ~ Called by God

... of love Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children
of God! ... ~ 1st John 3:1

We have been called to liberty by that is ALL.

... do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love
serve one another. ~ Galatians 5:13

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place ...
~ Hebrews 11:8

We will be called to test our faith.

... power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, ...
~ 2nd Timothy 1:8-9

It is God that is offering us salvation to come to His holy call.

... He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ. ... ~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:13-14

... God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one,`...
~ 1st Corinthians 7:17-20

For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.
~ 1st Thessalonians 4:7

... "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!"
~ Isaiah 6:3

... God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. ~ 1st John 1:5

We will be judged by how we respond to this most holy call.

... what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, ...
~ 2nd Peter 3:11

... delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us
into the kingdom of the Son of His love, ... ~ Colossians 1:13-14

"I have come as a light into the world, ..." ~ John 12:46

... strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that
Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; ... ~ Ephesians 3:14-19

Is Christ's light of truth your greatest love?

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11

Which direction will your heart go?

... And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness.
There will be weeping ... ~ Matthew 25:30

"... For many are called, but few are chosen." ~ Matthew 22:13-14

... but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, ...
~ 1st Peter 1:13-16

It is a personal call by Jesus and gives us purpose.

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, ..." ~ Matthew 11:28-30

... proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into
His marvelous light; ... ~ 1st Peter 2:9-10

We must choose between the Light or Darkness.
Darkness will attack the Light.
We are called to patiently suffer for doing what is right.

... when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is
commendable before God. ... ~ 1st Peter 2:18-21

It is a march toward the Light.
If we do what is good, endurance leads to favor with God.

"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me."
~ Matthew 10:38

"... let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."
~ Matthew 16:24

... "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
~ Acts 14:22

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
~ 2nd Timothy 3:12

God has sent out a calling.
   We will be asked to be holy.
We will be asked to suffer.

~ Why do we suffer?

... when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him ...
~ 1st Peter 2:22-23

We are not supposed to give up, Jesus never complained for love of God.

... since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also
with the same mind, ... ~ 1st Peter 4:1-4

... for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, ...
~ 1st Peter 1:6-9

... by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect,
establish, strengthen, and settle you. ~ 1st Peter 5:10

... that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day
of Jesus Christ; ... ~ Philippians 1:6

... "I believed and therefore I spoke," ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:13

No affliction can tear away true belief and faith.

Why we will suffer.
1. Envy of our joyful commitment and happy family life
2. Anger with God's announcements of truth
3. Differences in not following the ways of the world
4. We don't fight back while holding the truth

It will not always be comfortable.

... rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
~ Acts 5:41

... knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
~ 1st Peter 3:9

... walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all
lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, ... ~ Ephesians 4:1-6

... that those who are called may receive the promise of
the eternal inheritance. ~ Hebrews 9:14-15

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down
from the Father of lights, ... ~ James 1:17

We have been called for blessings by doing what is right.

"... refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit."
~ 1st Peter 3:10

Blessing = Life

... through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, ...
~ 2nd Peter 1:2-4

We are given a good life by Christ, better than anything in this world.
A heart of eternal life.

... turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. ...
~ 1st Peter 3:11-12

... let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called ...
~ Colossians 3:15

We have a responsibility to receive these blessings
and God wants us to be righteous.

... grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through
Jesus Christ ... ~ Romans 5:18-21

God wants us to be a blessing on others.

... "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." ... ~ Luke 23:34

Jesus offered a blessing rather than a curse.

... Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
~ Romans 12:17-21

We have been called to do good and help all as Jesus did.

... for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; ...
~ 1st Peter 3:8

How do we bless others?
Harmonious (of one mind)
Sympathetic (compassion for one another)
Kindhearted (tenderhearted)
Humble in spirit (courteous)

Life is better because we bless people back.

... walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
~ 1st Thessalonians 2:11-12

God wants us to come to His eternal glory.

"... voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased." ~ 2nd Peter 1:17

The voice of God is the approval of God.

... they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him. ~ Luke 9:32

We see Godís glory for a brief moment.
~ Jesus gave us the LIGHT of God.

... the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it
may be conformed to His glorious body, ... ~ Philippians 3:20-21

God wants eternal unending glory.
Who would say no to this?

... when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. ...
~ 1st John 3:2-3

... submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, ...
~ 1st Peter 2:12-13

We are not perfect but through God He will accomplish perfection
by bringing us the strength of patience.

... if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
~ Romans 8:16-17

... let those who suffer according to the will of God commit
their souls to Him in doing good, ... ~ 1st Peter 4:19

... knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood
in the world. ... ~ 1st Peter 5:8-10

... knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. ...
~ James 1:2-4

... knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance,
character; and character, hope. ... ~ Romans 5:1-5

... If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; ...
~ Hebrews 12:4-8

... but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit
of righteousness ... ~ Hebrews 12:11

... our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far
more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18

Suffering allows us to become stronger and in the grand scheme,
~ We will suffer little.

... For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for
a little time and then vanishes away. ~ James 4:14

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. ... ~ Revelation 3:20-21

We are sanctified in the bosom of Jesus.

... To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved
in Jesus Christ: ... ~ Jude 1:1

Will you follow the call?

... some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows. ~ 1st Timothy 6:10

Everything we accomplish or obtain at the end of our lives
will not be enough to earn eternal life.

~ What would you give?

As for me, I will call upon God, And the Lord shall save me. ~ Psalm 55:16

Here I am Lord, send me.





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