John 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Peter 5:10 “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
2 Peter 1:3 “seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”
No doubt in my mind that I was called-drawn by God when I was 14 in a little Pentecostal church in South bend Indiana. He used my Grand Mother Six, love of an Aunt, several cousins, and the sermons of a Pastor Jones. After several months I finally made the trip to the Alter and gave my Life to Jesus. I did not understand much at the time, but this was the beginning of my life experience with my Lord and savior. I did not know I was one of the few, and didn’t understand about fellowship with God and my new family. I did not know how I would fall away from Him and suffer the consequences of my actions plus the disciplines of God. I did not know about this suffering for a little while before the God of grace would perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish me. I did not know this was the beginning of many years of my Spiritual education. I did not understand God’s divine power. I did not know this was the beginning of a very long battle with the ruler of the earth. I remember people telling me how great it would be when I became a Christian, how happy I would be forever. Well this did not immediately happen but as the years went on I began to understand and accept His will in my life and thank Him for all of it, the good and the bad.
In the rest of the February devotions I will be sharing with you how hard headed I have been, and how The Lord has worked in my life to bring me from my beginning with Him to where He has me now.