5 In Faith

Called, Redeemed, Chosen!

 

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I came upon this scripture in my reading yesterday.  It is so like the Lord to give me exactly what I need when I need it the most.  It’s easy for me to focus on the circumstances around me.  I can get stuck in a rut, sink into a pit, and forget that there is One who is victorious, and He lives IN ME.  How could I forget?  But there are moments when I take my eyes off of Him, and I make that choice to turn from the peace and calm that He has promised me, that my mind wanders and sets up camp in a dark and lonely place.

In this place, there is no light.
In this place, it’s cold and dreary.
In this place, my heart is not at rest.
In this place, my mind is filled with should be’s, could have been’s and what if’s.

But God’s desire for me is that I would know my purpose — to love Him and be loved by Him.  The very God of the Universe, the One who spoke the world into existence by His very breath, called my name.  I shudder when I think about it. What does God see in me?  When He looks at me,  how does He feel?  When He hears my voice, is it sweat to His ear?

The truth is that before God ever spoke the world into existence, He thought about me, and YOU!  He desired that we would be, that we would know Him, and that we would make His Name known.  So then why is it so easy to allow our minds to go to places of untruth and unrest?

I am camping here, in this truth, right now.  It’s been good for my heart to read this text in The Message translation.  It gives me an even greater perspective of How God feels about me.

1-4 But now, God’s Message,
the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
the One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
    I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
    When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
    it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me!
    That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
    trade the creation just for you.

I know that although my mind wanders far away at times, He is right there calling me back to Him, with the very same breath that He first called me.

He has called me by name.
I have been redeemed.
I have been chosen by the King of Kings.
I am His daughter, and nothing will every change that.

What about you, my friend?  What comes to your mind when you think about the God of the universe calling you by name?  I would love for you to share in the comments below.

*This post is part of a challenge to blog every weekday in the month of April.  You can read more about it here.

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5 Comments

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    Mary
    April 9, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Oh friend…what a great place to camp! When I think about the fact that he thought about me before he created the world, it brings me to my knees. I LOVE these thoughts! Thank you, Barbie!
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    Rosann
    April 9, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Honestly, I get goosebumps thinking of Him calling me by name. The reality is I believe He calls me by name every day, but most days my ears are too focused on this world to hear Him. If only it were easier to shut out the noise and just tune into the God of the Universe. That’s actually one way I’m trying to grow in my faith, is in quieting my mind to all things but Him. I’ve done it before, but it’s extremely difficult. I’d like to have the self-discipline to do this frequently. I think it would be a wonderful way to spiritually crawl into His lap.
    Rosann recently posted..A Little Bit of Sleep Goes a Long Way

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    Mia
    April 9, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Dear Barbie
    I am always thrilled when we talk about our Pappa calling us by name for my name means “my own”. Well, the reason is obvious, don’t you think!
    Blessings and love to you
    Mia
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    Child of God
    April 9, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Beautiful painting! You are so talented!!

    God has called me by name and it is a holy, terrifying yet exciting and exhilarating experience. And these verses in the Message say it well
    …When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
    When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
    When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
    it won’t be a dead end—
    Because I am God, your personal God, …

    Father is always there and when the times are tough and scary we need only to look at Him and call out He will walk us through it all.

    Blessings,
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    Jamie
    April 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    This made me think of a praise song to Isaiah 43 we sang in college. I found it a version of it online, and thought I would share it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL6H7cHWjrE. Probably gonna have to share it with my blog page. 🙂

    I think there is something so tender about thinking about the Lord calling me by name. I think maybe because my name means supplanter that He calls me by a new name, but either way, I am glad He knows me so very intimately.
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