1 Corinthians 1:26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.
2000 years ago, Paul spoke about God’s people and he clearly said that they were not chosen because of their wisdom, power, authority; rather, they were chosen even though they were lacking all those things. God has chosen people who are lacking wisdom, authority, power, or knowledge. Just as he said God chose the foolish things, weak things, and uneducated things of the world and God gave them wisdom, power and knowledge so that they would not be able to boast about themselves.
This is the same with us in this Age of the Holy Spirit. God chose the things that are not–to nullify things that are. Even though lowly, foolish and weak things are chosen, they are given wisdom, power and knowledge by God who is higher, wiser and stronger than any man in this world just as Paul said, “God’s foolishness is wiser than any man’s wisdom and God’s weakness is stronger than any man’s strength.” It is because God is with them. When God chose something, it becomes a wonderful tool to reveal the glory of God. Think about the staff of Moses. It was just a common staff Moses was using when he was tending sheep, but when it was used by God, it could perform many great things. When Moses held out the staff, the Red Sea divided and opened a path for people could cross on a dry ground and when he lifted up his staff, his people could defeat the enemy. Also when he struck a rock with the staff, the rock split open and gave out enough water to feed all the people and animals in the desert. What about the disciples of Jesus 2000 years ago? They were considered as lowly things of the society: fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes. But when they were chosen by God, they were given wisdom, authority, and knowledge to silenced the rulers and authorities of the time.
Even though God choose the lowly things of the society, he gives them everything they need to reveal the glory of God when he send them out to the world, helping them to overcome all the hardships and difficulties.
Isaiah 41:8 “But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,
9 I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 “All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies,
you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothing at all.
13 For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.14 Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear,for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
God said that he would be with his people. God (who is almighty, to whom nothing is impossible or difficult, and in whom people can do anything through the power given from him) is helping them and that is why he said that God’s people should not fear or be afraid. Even though they are weak and foolish, God is helping them and holding them up with his mighty hands; therefore, you should not be afraid. Just before, enter into the land of Canaan and make war with the original people of the land, God told God’s people do not be afraid. Even though they looked like grasshoppers compared to the peoples of the land, they should not fear because it is God who was helping them.
Joshua 1:5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
To enter into the land of Canaan to possess the promised land they had to have many wars with peoples who looked much stronger than them and who were more numerous than them. But God said, “Be strong and courageous” because He himself was with them, helping them. This was actually given to the people who would be standing in front of the land of spiritual Canaan, that is, the kingdom of heaven. Before entering into the heaven, God’s people must go through many difficult things: spiritual wars with the evil ones, disasters, hardships, persecutions. But God is teaching them that they should not be afraid because it is God who is with them and who is helping them to overcome all the hardships.
Today God is giving us courage with the same word: “You are everything in my life and you are everything what I care about.” Mother said that we are everything to her. God’s care and concern is completely given to God’s people. God is saying I am taking care of you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so do not be afraid or worried. I will help you. Do not be afraid of what to say to people when I am sending you. I will put my words in your mouth so that you can deliver the message without any lack. I will give you my wisdom so that you would destroy all the man’s wisdom. Just go and tell them to come to the Spirit and the Bride. Tell them to flee to Zion without delay. Tell them that Christ has already come to give salvation.
Thanks to Father and Mother for choosing us, the weak and lowly things of the world!! We know we would be made complete and perfect because you are with us. Help us and use us as your tools for the gospel so that your glory and your salvation would be revealed to the peoples of the world!
Happy Sabbath, Brothers and Sisters! Mother loves you. ANIMO!
Published on February 28, 2016
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