The Elected

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who sets up kings. We are in a political season in the United States, such as never been seen before in our time. However, the Father has seen all and knows all—this is no surprise to Him. There is nothing unsettled about the new president of the United States in heaven or the Father’s mind.

Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: and he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.—Daniel 2:21

4:16Our Father is the final word! He makes the final election. Our opinions and feelings on who He wants for president will have no bearing on His decision. Our prayers can have an effect, but not our opinions and feelings. We should be focused on Him and His kingdom, not on who is going to rule our little part of the world. The world is the world, and we should not be focused on the world’s system and the world’s way of doing things. Israel was overly focused on the world and wanted a king (I Sam. 8:1-9). They did not want God to be their king anymore, and we know how that decision turned out—it caused a slow decline in Israel’s influence in the world.

I know we can hardly help but see and hear what is happening in the world, and especially in this political season. However, we can read about it in the Bible and gain the right perspective. “What?” you might ask. “You mean the Bible talks about today’s presidential race?” Yes, it sure does. We are living in the End Times, so our politics are End-Time politics. Remember the words of Paul to Timothy about the perilous Last Days.

For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! —II Timothy 3:2-5

 The Scripture says, “men,” and this includes politicians. We see in our politicians some of the traits listed above and don’t think that your favorite candidate doesn’t have any. (I remind you that self-deception is the most dangerous kind of deception.) A leader is not going to change things to the degree they need to be changed—this is what Israel thought. As Christians, we have a leader, and His name is Jesus Christ, the Anointed. We should be following and helping Him lead.

No matter how perilous the times get, there is a body on earth whose head is Jesus. We cannot lose focus of that! Our preservation relies on Him. Our authority to change things lies in Jesus. These are the times our relationship with Him must be as close as possible. I see so many Christians getting all out of focus over his or her choice for president—not only their choice but someone else’s choice.   Many are offended at others who don’t have the same philosophy as themselves. Let me remind you what the Father has to say about philosophy:

Be ever on your guard lest there shall be someone who leads you astray through his philosophy, even futile deceit, which is according to the tradition of men, according to the rudimentary teachings of the world, and not according to Christ—Colossians 2:8

4.16.2Philosophy is the study or quest for knowledge of the truth. Man has always been the great thinker on truth. However, the only true knowledge is that of the Word of God, and the lack of this knowledge is why all things perish (Hosea 4:6). None of the candidates are so kingdom minded that they want to change our Republic to a theocracy. That will not happen until Jesus comes.

Men of the world elect the leaders that God allows them to elect. Moreover, the Father has others on earth that He has examined, tried, and proven—His Elect. Who do you think should have greater influence? Let’s identify those whom the Father has elected. In the Scriptures, we find that there are four who the Father calls His Elect: the Angels, Israel, Jesus, and the Church (I Tim. 5:21; Ps. 89:3; Ps. 105:6, 43; I Chr. 16:13; Isa. 42:1, 43:20, 65:9; I Pet. 1:2, 2:6; Rom. 8:33; Col. 3:12; Titus 1:1).

Within these four are Jesus and the Church, but truly we are one. It is our relationship with Jesus that causes us to become one of God’s Elect. The Father has looked at all the people on the earth. He has examined our hearts and found us to be tried and favorable. No matter what you feel about yourself, God knows you and your potential. All you have to do is step out in faith and do what He has elected you to do. He has called us out to be the vessel of His Christ (anointing) on the earth, and it is the anointing that destroys the yoke of bondage (Isa. 10:27).

The Church is the Body of Christ on the earth. We have dominion here because we have been chosen by the Creator of heaven and earth to be rulers on the earth. Not merely as a man, but as a significant part of God Himself. We do not rule as men do; we rule and war with spiritual methods and weapons: prayer, praise, worship, honor, faith, God’s Word, and love. This is how we have influence in this world and, yet, not be of this world.

If we, the Elect Church of God, are not performing our duties, will we be effective? Will our light shine? Will our flavor season the people of the earth? Will we live an abundant life that we are called to live? Or will we be a part of the Elect that is stripped of their authority in the earth because of disobedience as were a third of the Angels or Israel? The Scripture states that the Father also removes kings (those in authority). Remember, Jesus is the one with the power to blot out names from the Book of Life (Rev. 3:5).   Jesus is the Elect, who leads in total peace and obedience. He overcame the world and is the author and finisher of our faith that also overcomes the world (Heb. 12:2). We are only a part of Him to the point that we let Him become a part of us.

The Glorious Church is the Church elected of God to bring in the first part of the End-Time harvest. To do this, we must look like and act like Jesus. We must exalt Him first in our lives and show others what He did on the Cross so that people will be drawn unto Him. Our work as the Elect is far more important than what is going on in the political scene.

 And I, if and when I am lifted up from the earth [on the cross], will draw and attract all men [Gentiles as well as Jews] to Myself.—John 12:32, AMP

Do not think I am telling you not to vote or get involved with politics, but I must encourage you to follow the Holy Ghost. We have a patriotic duty to vote, and I believe a godly duty as well. We must pray and allow the Spirit of God to lead us to a presidential candidate. Some may vote for one and some for another, but we must know we were obedient to God. He will have His way; this is sure.

In the books of Chronicles, you see when the people’s hearts were turned toward God, they had good kings, and when their hearts were turned away from God, they had wicked kings. However, in Israel, there was always a remnant that was loyal and obedient to God. This elect group of people could help change the hearts of the people in the land.

4.12.3This is true today. Many think of themselves as Christians, but their hearts and thoughts are turned away from God. God knew that some in Israel were not His people. In the book of Revelation, he refers to these as those of the synagogue of Satan (Rev. 3:9). As for the Church, in Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus states that many will call him Lord, and He will say,

“I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

I leave you with these Scriptures. Note that they pertain to us and our authority as the Elect of God. It is not the leaders we elect who create change, but the actions of the Elect of God as holy people of God. These verses speak to us of a healed and peaceable land in which men can come to the knowledge of the truth of Jesus and be saved. The End Time is all about the harvest.

 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.—II Chronicles 7:14

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. —I Timothy 2:1-4

So, please don’t let this presidential election and those involved get you worked up. Remain focused on Jesus. We have already been chosen to do the most important job on earth, which is to notify others that they have been chosen too. Do not neglect your duties as an Elected official. God loves us, and if we abide under the shadow of the Almighty, we shall be well cared for (Ps. 91). Keep seeking the Kingdom of God first, and everything else will fall into place (Matt. 6:33).

Until next time, I call you blessed! And remember, Jesus is coming soon!

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