IS THIS YOU ?
Sound a bit out of the way to you? My friend, that's scripture. Let's look:
Matthew 20:16..."So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many are called, but few chosen." John 15:16..."You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." I Corinthians 1:26-29..."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; "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."
CHOSEN That's what we are. Notice, if you will, that each passage of scripture you've just read deals with the word "chosen." God is saying, "I choose you. I saved you for a purpose." It started with salvation. Many are called to salvation, but not all will receive it. You see, Jesus issued a universal invitation to salvation: "Come unto ME."(Matthew 11:26);..."Whosoever believeth..."(John 3:16).Yet not all will be saved, simply because they don't want to, as God has given man the power of choice, and some just don't want to accept.
What about those who seem to seek salvation and don't make it? Someone asked Jesus, "Are there few that be saved. Jesus' reply was, "Strive to enter in at the straight gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able. So, then, there are those who give every evidence of wanting to be saved and still don't get into the kingdom. Many are called, but few are chosen. And yet, it is not God's will that anyone should perish.
The field narrows even more after salvation. Many are called to preach, but FEW ARE CHOSEN. "Some went," the Lord is saying, "but I didn't choose them. If they had sat at My feet and gotten the words from My mouth, the people would have known that I sent them." They have gone out, but God didn't send them. Those God HAS chosen, were chosen from the foundation of the world. Now, I don't knock credentials, but ordination papers don't make a preacher, and licenses do not make a missionary. All the degrees mean nothing if God has not chosen you.
For those God HAS chosen, a destiny has been designated, destiny being a predetermined course. Fate if you will. The inevitable. If you are a "Chosen Child of Destiny," it is inevitable that you are going to do what God wants you to do. There are those whom God has called to a work. Some answer the call, some don't. But you will find that if God has chosen you to do a work, you have no choice in the matter.
If you have been chosen by God, there is something in you that knows you are one of His chosen sons or daughters of destiny. And, the thing that God has assigned your hand to do, you're going to do it, because it's in you to do it, before you ever get started. You go to bed with it. You wake up with it. You fast with it. You pray with it. You find that what you read and study contains it. It pops up in your conversation. Even when you listen to the radio, the TV, the preacher seems to talk about it on the radio, because there's something in you that registers when that subject comes up. And no matter how you stray from it, and try to put other things before it, you'll find yourself coming right back to it like a magnet. I don't care who comes and lays hands on you to prophesy to the contrary, telling you to do ‘'this'' when you know you're to ‘'that," you're going to wind up doing "that," if you're a chosen child of destiny. We've wasted so much time in the church trying to help people stay saved, live right, and love one another. God is tired of our stubbornness, and unwillingness to move. Hooked on self, materials, and position, we've come to a point where we refuse to move, refuse to get up, regardless of who we might be hindering or hurting.
WHO ARE THEY? It is exactly this kind of environment that molds and makes the chosen children of destiny. Those who've been in the background; those on the back pews; the unrecognized, the unnoticed: those who have been like Moses, on the backside of the desert; or like Paul "three years in Arabia, to get the mind of God," those who have been in obscurity.
Now these "chosen ones," in the fullness of time, come out of obscurity, and into the limelight. Not by the choosing of man, but of God. And, no matter who has been in front, no matter who has been blocking you, no matter who has been overshadowing you, when it's your time, you're coming forth as sure as the world. You're going to find that there are many different children of destiny. Some he, some she. Some black. Some white, some red, some old, some young, some Catholic, some Baptist, some fat...But, they will have this in common: God can depend on them.
They have been taken through the tortures of the damned. Ostrasized, criticized, tenderized, and set aside. God has suffered their hearts to be broken, to be hungry, to be lonely, disappointed, run over by their best friend, kicked by the enemy, to have those they've done the most for, lift up their heels against them, and they've suffered great embarrassment. Why? All this to shape and make them... US, so that we shall have sat where the people sat. We shall have been touched with the feelings of their infirmities. We are not talking about those who are rising and fallen in the church, doing what they want, sinning, and not caring, as long as they don't get caught. Not the whoremongers and whore-hoppers. Not the homosexuals. Not those just after the mighty dollar. Not the ego-trippers, and 4-day wonders. Not the big wigs, big wheels, and folk clamoring for office and position. This message is not for those... but God's chosen children of destiny!
God's chosen children of destiny are not concerned about those things. They have been saved from the clothes they wear. They're saved from the homes they live in, and the money in their pockets. It is not for us to look around and judge who is, or is not a chosen child of destiny. It's not always who you think it is. They could at this moment be sitting in a tavern, lying in a gutter. But when God is ready for them, they are going to be sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost / Holy Spirit!
FOR THIS TIME There have always been chosen children of destiny, but now they increase greatly, as God calls them forward for this special time and day. There is a special task that lies ahead. These are they who will not cry when the going get tough. He has toughened them. He has disciplined them. He has given them the will to do. He has given them the patience, tolerance, endurance, and determination and fortitude to be able to say yes to Him in thick and thin. The things of this world do not excite them. Money... the big crowd... Rather, they are excited over this one thing... that they please God in every way. While you sleep, while you pray, while you fast, the devil plots your downfall. But as a chosen child of destiny, you don't have to worry, because He has promised "a thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand... but it shall not come nigh thee."
ANOTHER LIFESTYLE As a chosen child of destiny, your lifestyle will change. You will not lead the same ordinary life that others lead. Many of you will be called into a complete life of faith. No social security, public welfare, compensation, disability, but just dependency on God for everything. And you're going to have to, whether you want to or not. LIVE BY FAITH. Simply because you are a chosen child of destiny. God is going to bring about changes in your life. You can't make the changes, God will do it.
SEVEN OVER EASY First, your VALUES will change. Heretofore your values may have been misplaced. As you move further into the realm where God wants you, you'll find them changing. It won't be so important to have a new car every year. Big homes, and a full closet will not be important anymore. Instead, your values will enter into the spirituals, as your only value will be the will of God. You will find that the will God shall become the most important thing in your life. You may want to do something good, and right, but if it's not the will of God, you're going to leave that thing alone.
Some of you will find that your DIET will change. You'll need the best of health to do God's business. Many illnesses are caused by improper eating habits. There are foods we eat that hinder rather than help. Foods that drag you down, make you tired, depressed. Some make you feel irritable, can give you a headache. A good sensible diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables will help give you that extra spark to carry on His great work. You'll find that you don't require so much in way of LIVING EXPENSES. We've preached that prosperity thing wrong. We've preached that the Lord wants you to have. But... when you get it, what are you going to do with it? Because that's not the purpose of Him prospering you. He gives to you that you might do two things: share it... and give back into the work of the Lord. And you'll find that you won't need as much as you thought you did to exist. You'll learn to make do with what you have. And... know that when God tells you to do something. He will supply what you need, and the means, whether you consider it to be sufficient or not. He knows what He's doing, and He'll give you the grace to use what He's given you to work or live with it.
God's chosen children of destiny be SOUND IN EVERY WAY. God is not going to have His children of destiny all bent over and looking beat up, talking about. "God is able." His children are going to have sound bodies, sound sleep. His children of destiny are going to be sound in every way that they may be an example of what God can do for His people. And they will not see men as trees walking, but their only FEAR, shall be to fear God, and Him only. They shall not fear what man can do to them. When man puts you, man can bring you down. And ... when God has put you up, no one had better touch you! You're in the will of God! You're a chosen child of destiny! God's chosen children will be GIFTED and ANOINTED. There are some who are gifted, but not anointed... anointed, but not gifted. But chosen child, you will be both gifted and anointed. God will give the gift and HIS anointing will be on it. A gift can be operated anytime, anywhere, but, it's the anointing that breaks the yoke. It's the anointing that carries the power of TOTAL deliverance. God's chosen children of destiny will be HIGHLY ANOINTED.
God told me to tell you that you didn't choose Him, He chose you. He ordained you. He wants you to get out there and bear much fruit, and let your fruit remain. He overlooked the nobleman, the mighty, and chose the foolish thing... the oddball, the black sheep of the family, the fall guy, the Cinderella, the Humpty-Dumpty that had a great fall. The one that all the king's men, couldn't put back together again. He wants to use you for His glory. Jesus was rejected, but remember He became the head cornerstone. Gideon was a chosen child of destiny. He was from a poor family, and the least in his household. Yet, God chose to defeat the Amalekites described as "without number." With only three hundred men, who never lifted a sword (Judges 6 and 7).
BECAUSE HE CHOSE YOU You've got a spot inside you reserved just for God, because you're chosen. Because you're chosen, you've got to go; you've got to obey; the "yes" is on the inside; it's not too hot. it's not too cold; you're going to go all the way.
You're going to have a "this kind" ministry. The disciples asked Jesus why they could not cast out a particular demon. Jesus told them that "this kind come out only by fasting and prayer." You'll have that "this kind" ministry. Those hard demons, those bumpy back demons, flea bitten demons, those hard demons with whiskers on'em, captain demons, corporal demons, sergeant demons, lieutenant demons... they'll have to leave because they'll realize that there's power, Power, POWER in the blood!
Bishop William Lockhart, got a confession to make, I'M ONE OF HIS CHOSEN SONS OF DESTINY! You didn't know why you had to go the way you went. Why others COULD and you couldn't. You didn't understand why He held you back... why you couldn't get with the in-crowd. Why He didn't let you go too far. Because you're a CHOSEN CHILD OF DESTINY...a royal priesthood... a holy nation... a peculiar people... CHOSEN... to shew forth His praises. The praises of Him who brought you out of darkness and into His marvelous light. And no matter how you say, "I'm not going to do it, I'm not going to obey," you know that deep in your heart you will, because it's in you and you don't have a choice!
You're a chosen child of destiny. What -ever you do, in the final analysis, it's going to be Christ. Now you know why He's taken you the way He did. So, now, come along with me. Come along chosen child of destiny. There is much work to do. The harvest is great. The night draws nigh. With the last vestiges of daylight we must gather in the harvest. How shall we then live? By faith. And what is our meat?
TO DO THE WILL OF HIM THAT SENT US, OH, CHOSEN ONE