‘For many are invited, but few are chosen’ (Matt 22v14) NIV
This above scripture relates to when Jesus was describing the Kingdom of Heaven by parable of a King’s wedding feast; but how do we know that we are chosen and not just invited or called (as some Bibles translate).
Romans 8v16 states: ‘The [Holy] Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children’.
However, the question that still rest on the minds of true Christians is how do we know that God’s Spirit bears witness with our spirit?
Let me tell you a true story – an experience never to be forgotten
For many years I have attempted to walk with God, but with an independent spirit. I believed I knew best and unknowingly walked by the flesh getting the same unproductive results in relationships that I felt were honourable in God’s sight. Why? Because I would say ‘I don’t fornicate I get married’ and that I did over and over again for 30 years of my life. Steve Sampson in his book ‘Breaking the Bondage Barrier’ states ‘It is easy to look spiritual and appear obedient, but are we listening to the inward voice of the Holy Spirit?’
God allowed me to fulfill all my relationship fantasies, not His choice but mine; because I yearn for the pleasure of saying all my fantasies have become reality and of a truth they had. Wanting to fulfill your fantasies, desires and dreams is not wrong, but by Christian principles it has to be according to God’s will (1 John 5v14-15). God gave me clear warning of the dangers I would face if I entered these relationships, but I still followed through what I [the flesh] wanted to do thinking this would make me happy and God would understand. As each relationship progressed my spirit would become troubled and restless and my marriage would end in emotional pain. It now reminds me of the Israelite Nation in (Samuel 8v7), where they rejected Almighty God as King and requested a human King. Jehovah God was displeased and warned them what this would mean in verses 11-19, but they still insisted on having a human King, so God gave them what they wanted and Saul became the first Israelite King.
While seeking perfection I forgot my Christian path was to seek Christ first and God’s righteousness then he would lead me to perfection. I lived in fear of accepting a Christian brother’s courtship because I placed them on a pedestal. I had this warped idea and fearful imagination that if I chose a Christian brother they would soon disappoint me and I would be devastated. These fearful thoughts controlled my choice in men, causing me to accept the courtship of men outside my Faith having the [fleshly] thought that as I have accepted their proposal they would readily accept my Faith as they know my Christian principles and we would indeed become one Flesh and one in Spirit. I was aware of the scripture that encouraged me not to be yoked with unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14, KJV), but I reasoned that I knew what I was doing and I was strong and that scripture did not really apply to me. I was self-centered and my stubborn and independent attitude lead all my relationships into painful endings as I saw the men in my life suffer emotionally not fully understanding why I made the decision to end our relationship, but for me the torture of not having a relationship that was bearing spiritual fruits was too much to endure.
As I ended my third marriage and saw my husband off at the Airport I started my journey home in uncontrollable floods of tears and emotional pain. I felt my husband’s pain as I kept seeing his face filled with tears knowing he was not coming back to me. When I got home the Holy Spirit began to work on me. I was being chastised while alone in my home as I began to shake with fear and uncontrollable tears. It felt like I had just experienced a sudden death of a loved one. With both my arms wrapped around me to support me from falling to the ground I dropped to my knees not understanding what was taken place in my body; then I heard that quiet gentle voice that I recognised as God’s Holy Spirit say ‘I will rescue you, I will cleanse you, I will purge you, you are mine, you will fulfill your God-Given purpose, It is time’. I couldn’t stop crying, but felt an overwhelming freedom after hearing this voice. I felt a burden released from my mind and body and my tears became tears of joy. Yes, I knew from that day I truly belong to God; He has His hand on me and has never let me go. I was lead to the Bible book of (Romans 8) the theme being ‘Living by the Spirit’. I began to hear the Hymns ‘Fill my Cup Lord’, I Surrender All’ and ‘Have Thine Own Way Lord’ and felt reverence all around me. Since that day I have not shed a single tear of sadness. When I cry, I cry because I passionately feel Blessed and Highly Favoured. I no longer say ‘I know what I want’ I now say ‘I Know Who I am’.
So how do we know if we are chosen? If we have a complete and sincere need for God’s Spirit to govern our lives, if without Holy Spirit we feel empty, alone, depressed and restless and our spirit yearn for His connection; our spirit here bears witness that we are God’s children. The scripture at (Romans8v6) confirms if we live by the Spirit we will gain Life and Peace and I will add Happiness.
I want to encourage each and every one of you to truly ‘Keep on ....... seeking first the Kingdom and His righteousness and all these [other] things will be added to you’ (Matt6v33).
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