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by Dottie McElreath

Why hasn't everyone caught on to entering God's rest? Because not everyone can or wants to; neither is this offered to all people, but to a chosen few. Numbers 16:5 And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will show who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.

Here we see that God does the choosing and the events that proceeded your coming to God was not your choice but God's; also we see that He will show who are His.

Is it not a blessing to be chosen out of all the billions of people on the earth to do a work for the Lord at this time? Deuteronomy 18:5 For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever.

What did he say he was called to do? Did he say that he was not to do anything but be? No, no, and no again! He was called for a purpose and, beyond that, chosen for a purpose. Joshua 24:22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.

Your life since you came to Christ is a witness to you that you are called for a walk and you are to serve him. Psalms 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. You are blessed above all the earth but the blessings are held in store for you until you can receive.

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

The wisdom that God gives you is more precious than all the gold in the world. The wisdom of the Lord will allow you to be prosperous but in a Godly way not in a worldly way. To get understanding, yes to be chosen, you will have understanding, to have a knowledge of the why and where of things both in the spirit and in the physical. If the richest person in the world does not have a relationship with God than he is a man most miserable.

Isaiah :2-5 Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. {3} For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: {4} And they shall spring up as among willows by the water courses. {5} One shall say, I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel. If you are thirsty for the anointing of the Lord then rest assured that He is more than able to fill that thirst. The dry ground produces no crops but after a flood there is new growth everywhere so if you're dry ask for the flood and if you're thirsty ask for the water that represents the word. The spiritual mirrors the physical and once you understand that you can comprehend better. Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. Many are called to serve God but few ever devote their lives in service to God and because they don't few are chosen to enter into his rest and enter beyond the veil.

John 15:16 Ye 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. Before you knew Him, He chose you and ordained you, gave you a ministry, put you in service for him and you began to bring forth fruit. You produced after your kind and you will come to a place in God that whatever you ask of Him He shall give it to you. You have then entered into His rest, gone beyond the veil, entered Holy Jerusalem, walked into Beulah Land and so on, and so on.

Acts 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. {15} For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. You will know what His will is in your life and in other people's lives as the spirit reveals it to you. You will know the Master's voice and no more will you wonder was that God or yourself! Hallelujah!

Ephesians 1:4-11, 13 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: {5} Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, {6} To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. {7} In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; {8} Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; {9} Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: {10} That he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: {11} In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: You were chosen before Adam and Eve, even before this world was created and you were chosen for now; in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, You have been sealed by the angels as belonging to God and He is calling to you to Come unto Him and taste of Him that He is sweet. Love, more than you have ever known, awaits you. Come.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Sanctification means cleansing by the word, or water and the truth shall make you free. Don't you feel free-er knowing that you don't have to please man but you have to please the one who sees into your innermost thoughts and loves you anyway and that He will help you to enter into this state with Him if you'll just love Him back as much as He loves you.

1 Peter 2:2-5, 9-10 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: {3} If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. {4} To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, {5} Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. {9} But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath led you out of darkness into his marvelous light: {10} Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. You are indeed special and let no man tell you different, Jesus saw something in you worth dying for and that alone makes you special.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. The Lamb shall overcome, not might, not almost, but shall overcome. Join the winning side and don't pull for the underdog in this battle for your life because this is a battle for your life and death, or a half existence in God is the outcome.

So in this chapter we have seen that we can enter into this place with God or be on the outside looking in. I never did like window shopping. See you in the next chapter.

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