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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

The compassionately endures me through my metabolic disease (since 2004) that enables me to be more prayerful and careful about commitments I make and helps me to make the best use of my short time here on earth.

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Humbled by God's Election


Beloved sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, I come to you today in great humility and gratitude as I consider the Cross. During my quiet time this morning with our great and awesome God, I couldn't help but be baffled and utterly grateful for His choosing me, as it is written:

"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you."
~ John 15:16

"If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."
~ John 15:19 (emphasis added)

With sober eyes, I see myself. I see myself as I am without Christ. I am an arrogant and prideful woman who presumes I am qualified to sit in the seat of the Judge and speak condemnations or praise for those I deem worthy or not. How often my prideful heart, so easily deceived gives birth to criticism and judgments without knowledge nor wisdom. There are so many other sins I am aware of and seek to crucify, but I believe my pride and arrogance is the greatest of them all. For pride is what separates any sinner from knowing Christ and living in holy and reverent fear of our Lord, who is the God Almighty.

Charles Spurgeon pretty much nailed what's in my heart today when he wrote:

"I believe in the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards; and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love."
~ Charles Spurgeon, "A Defense of Calvinism,"
www.spurgeon.org/calvins.htm


Sisters, I am bewildered at God's choosing me to be His child. To be called a child of God is beyond my comprehension, for I know all to well who I am. And in the light of God's pure glory, I can't seem to understand the reason, but I am grateful beyond any words.

May we all always be in awe of our salvation. May we never forget our wonder of the fact that God would desire an intimate relationship with us sinners that He would sacrifice His one and only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.

And in the light of this glorious truth, may we all live in humility, considering others better than ourselves, and always speak well of others - especially our brothers and sisters in Christ. If this can not be done, it would be better that we do not speak at all. As often is the case for me. (1 Peter 4:10-11)

"but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so."
~ James 3:8-10

Lord God, may it never be again of me. May the meditations of my heart and the words of my mouth be pleasing to You alone, my Rock and my Redeemer. Help me to never grieve Your heart again with the overflow of my arrogance. Forgive me Father for allowing the deceptive belief that I supposed I was anything that I could so judge. You Lord alone are the Judge, the righteous Judge. I humble myself before Your presence and bow before You with holy reverence, awe and immense gratitude for your calling. May Your name alone, forever be praised! All glory and honor be given the name of Jesus! Amen.


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3 comments:

  1. I wrote a post a while back on my flapping tongue. Sometimes though, I have to be in prayer and make sure that I am rebuking and exhorting in the way that God does say we are to do even though some do not have the eyes to see that we are in fact not being critical but trying to be helpful for His glory.

    I am in total awe myself of God's selection of me. I can not be more grateful for His graciousness and mercy. Here's a few more verses that fill me with eternal gratitude!
    Mark 13:27, Luke 18:7, Acts 13:18, Eph 1:4-5

    All glory and honor to Him indeed!

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  2. Now I know we are kindred spirits. I could copy and paste a thousand prayers from my prayer journal that would be nearly exact to the words and sentiments you have expressed here. Even after I have received knowledge from God's word on a subject, I sometimes presume to pass judgment that someone else hasn't understood the same truth. A log in my eye so large that it is an ongoing whittling challenge for God to keep it out. You have quoted many verses that God uses over and over again to soften my heart. I have to say that it's the gracious heart of God who shared with us the life of Peter (who I so often can identify with) and Paul. The power of God took two very self righteous, zealous, passionate people...people who pledged allegience to God and yet sat in judgment of those around them with no mercy and turned them into sold out, passionate lovers of God and lovers of others...able to speak the truth IN LOVE without judgment. That is my hearts desire...to love Jesus by feeding his sheep while being so filled by His spirit that only mercy and kindness flow from my lips rather than judgment and criticism. I seem to have rambled on here, but you just hit an area that I, too, continuously have to crucify. It is VERY clear to me that God chose me...I cannot see why...but Oh how I will eternally love and worship Him for it.

    Bless you my dear sister...you have been knitted to my heart today and I will pray for you as often as I do myself to slay this giant called "pride" and let the Holy Spirit fruit of mercy, goodness, gentleness, and kindness overflow from your lips and in your deeds.

    Your sister,

    Amanda Bowers

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  3. Dearest sister Renee,

    While I agree with you re: rebuking and exhorting our sisters in Christ is necessary (at times), it's all in God's timing from His wisdom. Like our sister Amanda said, often, just b/c God teaches us something doesn't mean our job is to presume all those we think have the same problem need us to correct them. We always have to make sure we take the log (or in my case, a California Redwood) out of our own eye first. Often I find after I do that, it seems the other person was fine. I just had such a gigantic log in my eye, the speck I thought I saw in their eye, well...was just a particle from mine. It's always good never to assume that we know anything better than anyone else that we should correct them...rather, with much fear and trembling, love & mercy, we should do it only if we're moved by the Holy Spirit who ALWAYS provides the opportunity to sow peace. (James 3:13-18)

    Dearest sister Amanda,

    I'm right with you girl! And I sooo appreciate your prayers for me and my fierce battle with pride! I too will pray for you as it seems God has brought us together to walk alongside one another in many areas (crucifying our pride and faithfully becoming Proverbs 31 & Biblically submissive wives). You're a sure blessing to me and btw, I don't think your post was too long! :-) I LOVED reading every bit of it! You truly blessed me!

    Much love in Christ to you both,

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