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Chosen: Appointed for Favor, Destined for Greatness
by Michelle McClain-Walters
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Lifestyle of the Called and Chosen
It has been prophesied for centuries, but the day has now come for the righteous generation to arise. This is the day when God is raising up a righteous people who feel the eternal weight of glory bearing upon their spirits, and they will produce a wave of God’s glory and power in the earth that manifests like an explosion, shaking every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
This is who the chosen are. This is how they live. Their lives are propelled like a missile by a spiritual force that comes straight from the throne room of God. Because of their chosen status, God sets the coordinates for their lives and they are launched forward, and nothing is able to stop them. They do not veer to the right or to the left. The chosen are those who have responded to the call of God to represent His kingdom on earth. God is not a respecter of persons; He is a respecter of faith. The chosen ones are those who have determined to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. They have made the decision to represent Jesus Christ in the earth.
The lifestyle of a chosen one is a whole other level of living with the power of heaven fully activated in the earth realm, and it is available only to those who will maintain the standard of righteousness God requires. This is the eternal and uncompromising weight of glory that God is placing upon the shoulders of a select group who will bear His fruit. He tells us so in John 15:16 (AMP):
- You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you..
Chosen. Appointed. Placed. Purposefully planted, as His representatives, to bear fruit and keep bearing fruit that will remain. And then whatever they ask in His name is theirs. Some people try to skip right to that last part. But to have whatever we ask, we must first be chosen. And God has a standard and requirements in place for those who would dare cross over into the chosen realm. Is the chosen realm your realm?
If He has called many but chosen a few, how do you know if you are called or chosen? How does the chosen lifestyle and experience with God differ from the average believer’s? Is everyone chosen? If not, then who are the chosen? Who are those whom God chooses? Let’s see what makes up the lifestyle and identity of a chosen, then you make the call—are you chosen?
The Chosen Walk in the Excellence of God’s Power
- But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
- —2 Corinthians 4:7
Living life as a chosen one is not about us. It is about the power of God. If we have been chosen, His hand is upon us and we are going to carry His glory to the ends of the earth. When we interact with the broken, rejected, abandoned, and even the angry, perverse, and rebellious, we will confront the strongholds working in them and speak the truth to them in love. They will hear the truth and be set free.
So many people want to compromise the truth in order to stay out of the spotlight and avoid being labeled a hater. But even when it comes to the sway of our culture toward things that God calls an abomination, the chosen walk in a level of glory that comes with a confrontational anointing. The chosen do not fear man; they fear God. Their first concern is to simply say and do what God tells them to say and do. The outcome of their obedience will release a glory that draws attention. When the TV cameras come, all each one will say is, “It’s of God and not of me. This is not what I say. It’s what God says.”
The chosen are a prophetic people. No matter how many people are perverting the truth of God’s Word, they will preach and live the truth and nothing but the truth. This is why they can claim God’s promise of “I’ll make your name great, and the nations shall come up to you.” (See Genesis 12:2.) This is why they are able to walk unapologetically in the favor of God. They have earned God’s trust on things that are important to Him, and He releases power and promotion over their lives.
When the chosen prophesy and speak to this generation, they won’t have to speak using big words or eloquent language because, again, it is of God and not of them. They say what God is saying and do as He leads—no additives and no artificial colors or flavoring. This is when He starts moving. This is when His power is activated. This is when He starts shaking things up and moving upon the hearts of those He assigns us to. The apostle Paul wrote about how he operated from this place throughout his ministry:
- For Christ did not send me [as an apostle] to baptize, but [commissioned and empowered me] to preach the good news [of salvation]—not with clever and eloquent speech [as an orator], so that the cross of Christ would not be made ineffective [deprived of its saving power].
- —1 Corinthians 1:17, AMP
For they say, “His letters are weighty and forceful and impressive, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible [of no account].”
- —2 Corinthians 10:10, AMP
In the commentary notes that accompany the verse above, it says:
- Among the Greeks, a speaker’s presence and delivery were as important as his message, as the orator Demosthenes made clear when he said that the three most important elements of a speech are delivery, delivery, and delivery. However, Paul did not follow these rules because the message of salvation does not need to be presented with fanfare in order to reach the hearts of the audience.
Then Paul shared the following in another letter to the Corinthians:
- Even though I am untrained in speech, yet I am not in knowledge. But we have been thoroughly manifested among you in all things.
- —2 Corinthians 11:6
God is raising up a generation who will not fit the status quo, who will not come as the systems of man expect them to. Just as Jesus came, they will be of no reputation:
- [Christ Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.
- —Philippians 2:5–9
The chosen will be nameless and faceless. We don’t have to have a name. We come in the name of the Lord and in His glory and might. We are in a time and season where all we have to do is carry on in our purpose and destiny with the awareness that the privilege of impacting is of God and not of us. Through our humility and obedience, we will be exalted so that God gets the glory He is due.
The Chosen Carry a Mantle of Humility
- We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed.
- —2 Corinthians 4:8
The chosen have been hard-pressed. They live as those who have been through something. They are not know-it-alls and don’t always have to give an opinion. They are humble and full of grace because they know where they would be without God. They are not quick to judge because they too have been pressed. When hot topics spark heated discourse on social media, you will not find the chosen spouting off. For them, if God isn’t speaking, they aren’t speaking. They are not trying to get brownie points from anyone. Their humility—earned from the hard seasons in their lives—keeps them in their place. They will not be pushed into saying something God did not say or doing things God didn’t give them the grace to do. This keeps them secure and at peace when everyone else is striving to live up to labels and titles or popular opinions both of the church and of the world. They know what it means to be pressed by God and the cost of being chosen.
I see the chosen as a type of David. He was a man after God’s heart, yet he had been hard-pressed. He was not perfect. He made terrible mistakes and decisions, but his heart was perfect toward God. He was quick to be humbled and quick to repent. These are the days when God is raising up true Davids. Davids are fearless, humble, and full of love and grace.
The chosen are hard-pressed on every side but not crushed. If you are one who desires to be chosen, know that God is coming after your emotions and your pride. He is getting ready to do some things in your life that will feel hard and unpleasant. But it will be hard on your flesh, and it will be just what you need to become one who has a heart after God. The Bible says that God chastens those He loves. He prepares us to be the ones who can carry the eternal weight of glory. We must have the mantle of humility. Central to everything you do must be the awareness that the excellence of power you will walk in as a chosen one is of God and not yourself. You are an earthen vessel He has chosen to carry His glory to the ends of the earth.
The Chosen Are People of Revelation
- We are perplexed, but not in despair.
- —2 Corinthians 4:8
The word perplexed here speaks to confusion. You get this feeling when you don’t know what to do. The chosen use this perplexity as fuel to push them to seek the face of the One who has all the answers. The chosen take this feeling to God, saying, “God, I don’t know what to do.” This is part of their humility. They won’t pretend like the fakes, phonies, flimflams, and schemers, who think they know everything and are full of vanity and pride. The truth is, sometimes we don’t have the answer. The key here, though, is knowing who does have all the answers.
The chosen ones will have revelation. In themselves they may not have all the answers, but the spirit of revelation will rest upon their lives because they are connected to the power source. If you make the choice to live as a chosen, you will no longer say, “I don’t know what God is doing,” or even, “I don’t know what I’m doing.” As a chosen one, you are a part of the revelation generation to whom God reveals Himself and His plans for those who love Him.
Glory doesn’t just come all at one time. It must be revealed and uncovered as we learn who God is. So the chosen may be perplexed at times, needing revelation and clarity, but they are not in despair because they know how to get what they need. God has taught me that in times of perplexity, I need to worship. Worship brings the presence and glory of God. In His presence, we begin to know Him more intimately. Our relationship with God is more valuable than all the revelation in the world. Perplexity doesn’t get the chosen into despair, because the chosen know God.
The Chosen Are Worshipping Warriors
As I just mentioned, worship brings the glory of God. I’m so hungry for the glory, and I am excited that He is raising up a generation of people who will carry His presence. God’s glory comes with His presence. The two are inseparable. When we worship, we engage the presence of God and enter into a place where His glory can manifest. But not just any kind of worship will do. God is looking to pour His glory out on those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). He is looking for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him (2 Chron. 16:9). It is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32), which is where His presence dwells, but many people don’t want it. They want frills and fancy fixtures. They want to be connected to a club. They want to be connected to this one and that one.
What God wants, however, is a people who ultimately want to be connected to Him. He is looking for those who desire to get in His presence for real. He is separating those who come together to worship worship from those whose sole desire is to purely worship Him. He is after those who will not get lost in a song, but will go deeper to tap into heaven, focusing in on God and not the worship leader.
We have to get back to truth and purity in worship. We can’t have issues with idolizing what we have come to call worship. We cannot come with roaming hearts and shifty eyes. We cannot come raising hands while still overtaken by lust and perversion, as if God can’t see these things—as if the condition of our heart in His presence doesn’t matter. Why? Because if we really want what we are singing and if we really want His glory to be evident in our lives, we must come with pure hearts. Sin stops the glory from flowing in your life. Do you remember Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas?
- Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours. No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the Lord’s people is not good. If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the Lord, who will intercede for them?” His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the Lord’s will to put them to death.
- —1 Samuel 2:22–25, NIV
How about Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron?
- Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective [ceremonial] censers, put fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange (unauthorized, unacceptable) fire before the Lord, [an act] which He had not commanded them to do. And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.
- —Leviticus 10:1–2, AMP
And then there is Ananias and Sapphira in the New Testament:
- Now a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s full knowledge [and complicity] he kept back some of the proceeds, bringing only a portion of it, and set it at the apostles’ feet.
- —Acts 5:1–2, aAMP
When Peter outed these two for conspiring together and lying about their profit, they were struck dead on the spot. The passage goes on to say that “great fear and awe gripped the whole church, and all who heard about these things” (Acts 5:11, AMP).
I am not pronouncing death on anyone, but we can clearly see from these examples that lust, disobedience, and lying cannot stand in the presence of God.
I remember one time when I was in worship with a large group of believers. Everyone’s hands were lifted up, but in the Spirit I saw that some people’s hands were covered in a green substance. I didn’t know what it was, so I asked the Lord.
He said, “These are not clean hands.”
We are in a season when we must have clean hands and a pure heart if we want to be part of the chosen ones of God, those who will carry the glory. We don’t have time to play games with God and the glory He seeks to pour out on those who will represent Him well. If we are still fighting generational demons, we need to come to the altar and get right before God. Worship, prayer, and deliverance are not just things we do to be cute. We have every opportunity to be God’s chosen, but we must be holy and righteous. We must be in a position to worship Him in spirit and in truth. We are Jesus lovers, and He wants us set free. Let us therefore commit and declare that we will see God’s grace and glory, that every yoke be destroyed and the anointing be released so we can live as one of the chosen.
The Chosen Are Persecuted
- We are . . . persecuted, but not forsaken.
- —2 Corinthians 4:8–9
The chosen are persecuted. They are being talked about. People wonder, “Why are they going to that conference? Why are they connected to that person? Why are they not going back to that other place?” But even though people persecute them, they are not forsaken by God. Let people talk; they are going to talk anyway. If you are a chosen one, you carry a power that is not of yourself. When you have been in the presence of God and His pleasure is your only motivation, the approval of men has no power over you. Because God desires to fill the earth with His glory, you demonstrate His power in everything you do. Because it is God’s desire that no one should perish, you cast out devils. Because it is God’s desire that people come to understand His great love for them, you start preaching, praying, and prophesying. You start walking in prosperity so that you can rebuild and restore the broken places in the earth.
People who don’t have God’s vision will always want to persecute God’s chosen ones, saying things like, “What does she think she’s doing?” “How is his ministry going to grow like that?” For the last twenty years of my life, I have learned to say, “They can talk about me all they want. And I’m going to give them something to talk about.” Did God tell her to go to the nations? Why did she lay hands on them? Was that prophecy true? At least they are talking about the things of God!
While they are talking, I’m over in Paris bringing healing. While they are talking, I’m in Russia bringing deliverance to those who are oppressed by the devil. While they are talking, I’m in South Africa activating next-generation apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers, and pastors. Let them talk. Let them try to raise a hand of persecution against you. But the chosen remain faithful and obedient to God because His hand is upon them.
If you want to be one of God’s chosen, you must get delivered from men-pleasing spirits. You cannot be chosen and still wavering between the fear of man and the fear of God. You must choose Him every time, even in the face of persecution. God gives His chosen ones courage and clarity to be able to move forward despite heavy opposition. His glory charges, challenges, and changes them into unstoppable forces in His kingdom.
The Chosen Are Defended by God
The chosen face persecution, and God bears them up with His right hand to thrive despite it, but He is also their defender. More specifically, the Bible says the God of Jacob defends the chosen (Ps. 20:1). What I find interesting is that the verse doesn’t say “May . . . the God of Israel defend you.” We know that by the time this verse was written, the author would have known that Jacob’s name was changed to Israel (Gen. 32:22–32). But the verse says, “May the name of the God of Jacob defend you” (emphasis added). This is a powerful designation. We know that Jacob was messed up. Jacob made some mistakes. Jacob was a trickster. Jacob came from a dysfunctional family. And the imperfect and messed-up Jacob is who so many more of us can relate to than the transformed Israel.
Jacob’s life reads like many of our lives. Not many of us came from the Rockefeller family line. We know that if we didn’t have the God of Jacob to look down upon us and defend us, we wouldn’t be where we are today. The chosen are not perfect, but they have a heart after God. The chosen hold on to God for dear life and will not let go until He blesses them. This is why it is Jacob’s God, and not Israel’s, who defends them.
God defends the chosen by giving them wisdom, and as Ecclesiastes 7:12 says, money is also a defense. He gives His chosen ones wisdom and the power to get wealth. Many times as believers we are afraid to talk about money, but the Bible says money answers all things (Eccl. 10:19). We serve a God who is known as Jehovah Jireh, which means God, our provider. We serve the God who is more than enough, the One who makes all grace abound toward us so that we’ll have “all sufficiency in all things” and “abundance for every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8). But this level of abundance comes to those who follow God’s principles. As we will soon see, the chosen tithe and give offerings. They help the poor and have mercy on those in need. Therefore, their finances are protected and defended by the Lord. (See Malachi 3:11.)
Then Isaiah 59:17–18 says this:
- For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies . . . .
Let me introduce you to the God of recompense. This is God’s other line of defense for His chosen ones. He is coming to destroy the enemies of their bloodline. God is not only committed to defending the present lives of the chosen; He wants to see them and their households saved, delivered, and set free from all the power of the enemy.
Psalm 18:9 says that when God comes down from heaven on behalf of His people, He puts darkness under His feet. This says to me that God is getting ready to fight on behalf of the chosen. He is coming down ready to pay back the enemy for every attack he has put the chosen ones through. For every accusation and persecution they’ve experienced, God is getting ready to release vengeance. He is releasing a new anointing that will utterly destroy the works of darkness. This eternal weight of glory that is being released will destroy the enemies that rise up against God’s chosen.
The Chosen Know Nothing but Jesus Christ and Him Crucified
The chosen are determined to see the lordship of Jesus exercised over the brokenness of humanity. Jesus said that the kingdom of God dwells in us (Luke 17:21). The chosen’s desire is to see the invisible kingdom manifested on earth. They desire to make the name of Jesus famous! We get this from the salvation standpoint, but this is where the chosen one’s core belief lies: Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, has come and through His crucifixion has rescued us all from the enemy. Through Him we are seated in heavenly places. Though Him we see the glory of the Lord risen upon us. We stand able to be chosen because His blood makes us eligible for life at that elite status.
We don’t hear Jesus and His cross of salvation preached enough. There’s still redeeming power in the blood! The chosen rejoice in the blood of Jesus. Who doesn’t love a good prophetic word? But if they had not beat Him on the cross, you wouldn’t be able to prophesy or benefit from the prophet’s gift. If they had not beat Him on the cross, you would not be healed.
God is raising up a generation that glories in the full gospel of Jesus Christ and is determined to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2).
Are You Chosen?
This is the season when God is releasing His right hand upon a select number of people, and in His right hand there is power. In His right hand there is glory. In His right hand there is authority. In this hour God is putting His right hand of glory and authority upon the lives of His chosen ones, and He is shaking everything that can be shaken to bring about a new mantle of dominion and authority. Authority isn’t authority until you use it, and it will take a whole new level of authority for God’s chosen to walk in the true dominion He has destined for them.
So what do you think? Could you live life at this level—this uncompromising, God-pleasing, cross-bearing level? This is the level where people walk in the miraculous and command wealth and prosperity at such levels that they are able to restore economies and rebuild nations. This is the level where the very breath of God is on every decision, and wisdom and humility keep them positioned for success. This is the level where people walk in an unshakable level of righteousness, peace, and joy.
Do you want to be catapulted to new levels in life—financially, spiritually, and relationally? Do you want to be positioned for win after win? Do you want to see a consistent level of promotion and increase? Do you want to walk in a new level of generosity and effectiveness in your sphere of life? If so, are you ready to learn what it takes?
The chosen realm is attainable, but it is up to you to answer that call to go higher in God. As I pointed out earlier, many are called but few are chosen. It is your response to God that determines your ability to dwell in this realm and take on this identity. The life of the chosen is holy, righteous, and set apart.
We are all called and invited into the promises of God. We all have a specific call and destiny in God. But to move from being called into being chosen, we must be ready to commit to the prerequisites in the Spirit. If we want to be one of the few chosen ones, we cannot think we may just come to God any kind of way. We must give Him what He wants. He wants glory. He wants holiness. He wants righteousness. He wants purity, love, and adoration.
So choose you this day whom you will serve. The chosen are those who have unwaveringly made the choice to follow God and live in the heavenly realm. If you are ready to give God what He wants, let’s go deeper into the life of His chosen ones and see how you might be a part of that select group.
THE CHOSEN REALM
. . . and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus . . . .
I am convinced that we are living in a time when God is reestablishing a divine connection between heaven and earth. He is raising up a generation who will look like heaven, and He will teach them how to move in and out of the realms of His Spirit.
Caught in the cycles of our everyday lives, we may forget that we are spiritual beings having a natural experience. God created our bodies to house our spirits, which come alive by His very breath. Genesis 2:7 says that “the Lord God formed [that is, created the body of] man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being [an individual complete in body and spirit]” (AMP, emphasis added).
The word breath in this verse is translated as “spirit.”1 God breathed His Spirit into us. The word can also mean “vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect,” or “the Spirit of God imparting life and wisdom” into the soul and body of man.2 In other words, at creation God imparted the essence of His being into us—His inspiration, intellect, life, and wisdom. All that He is has been placed in us, and by this there are things in the Spirit that He wants to manifest upon the earth through us, His beloved sons and daughters, the heirs of salvation.
As believers, we maintain a level of understanding that we are created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26–28), but we do not grasp the power this reality grants us for living a supernatural, victorious, miracle-filled, dream-realizing, purpose-pursuing, and prosperous life. Because we are both spiritual and natural beings, we exist in what I call the coexisting spirit realm, where the spiritual—the unseen, intangible, heavenly, angelic, and mysterious—collides with the natural—the seen, concrete, factual, scientific, and things you can detect and know with your five senses. The coexisting realm is the place where God gathers together in one all things in Christ—things that are in heaven and things that are in the earth (Eph. 1:10). The chosen live in this realm. Allow me to clarify.
In Genesis 2:7, we learn that “the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” When God breathed His breath of life into Adam, He imparted to him and his infinite generations to come the ability to function in the spirit realm. The breath of life refers to life in the physical and spiritual realms. We were created to function in two worlds—the natural realm, relating to the earth, and the spiritual realm, relating to God. We are triune beings, representing the three Persons of the Godhead:
- We are spirit.
- We possess a soul (mind, will, and emotions).
- We live in a body.
First Thessalonians 5:23 says, “And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)” (AMPC, emphasis added).
The fall of Adam and Eve—when they disobeyed God—wasn’t just a fall into sin or a mistake; it was also spiritual death. Jesus was the second Adam, sent to restore everything back to us. Therefore, the new birth experience restores to us spiritual life, which grants us the ability to operate in the natural, physical realm and the spiritual realm. Upon restoration, we are spiritual babies who must learn how to exercise and develop our spiritual senses.
Partnering with a proven prophet to teach, train, and activate the gifts within you is a great way to get your spiritual senses exercised and developed. Jesus ascended on high and gave gifts to men. He gave prophets for the equipping of the saints. A major role of prophets is to train and equip believers to function in prophecy.
- And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
- —Ephesians 4:11–12
Samuel, who was established and had a good report throughout Israel as a prophet of the Lord (1 Sam. 3:19–20), started schools for the prophets that provided training in things pertaining to accountability, integrity, and scriptural accuracy. The students were typically called “sons of the prophets” (1 Kings 20:35; 2 Kings 2:3, 5, 7; 4:1, 38; 9:1). Joining a church that promotes prophetic development and expression is a way to be exposed to the coexisting spirit realm and learn how to navigate within it.
For many of us, consistently making a life in this natural realm gets hard when we realize that what exists in the spirit realm is more real than the natural realm. Yet the revelation that the spiritual essence of faith actually produces something of substance and material weight is critical for the chosen ones. (See Hebrews 11:1.) We cannot live at the place God is trying to raise us up to without a firm grasp on this truth. We must believe unwaveringly that what is happening in the natural realm is temporal and only the things in the spirit realm are eternal, that things exist in the spiritual realm before they manifest on earth. For instance, there are the eternal blessings: the love of God never fails, and His mercy endures forever. If the Bible declares that you are healed because of the stripes on Jesus’ back, then you are healed.
I’ll say it again: we are spiritual beings having a natural experience. God wants to release the agenda of heaven in the earth, but we will not access it if we cannot begin to really live in that chosen realm.
Where Heaven Invades Earth
God has an agenda, and He reveals it and delegates it to His chosen ones as they ascend to the hill of the Lord. Anytime you read in the Bible that God is calling His people to a mountain or hill, you know the agenda of heaven is about to invade earth. As one goes up to a mountain or hill, they are ascending to higher altitudes. They are going up to a place that is on a higher plane than what they normally stand on. So ascending the mountain of God represents a change in perspective or vantage point. It represents a paradigm shift or awakening. It is an invitation to go higher and think higher. It is an invitation into the mysteries of God. This is the place where God shares His secrets with His chosen ones (Amos 3:7). Being in this high place with God positions you to see things differently—to see things from His perspective and with His eyes. In this place the dream of God is revealed for the earth. The chosen ones posture their hearts to receive the invitation to change our perspective.
Too many of us are walking by sight and not by faith. We are walking by what we see in the natural and not really leaning in to see what God is pointing out to us in the spirit. We are not answering His call to come up higher and ascend His holy hill. But if we are going to choose to live as a chosen one, we need to let Him change our perspective.
To live in a realm where you are empowered to bring the things of heaven into the earth, you must have clean hands and a pure heart. The Lord says in Psalm 24:3–5:
- Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
The chosen have clean hands and pure hearts. They are clothed in righteousness. To dwell in the coexisting realm, we must walk in purity. The chosen realm is the coexisting spirit realm. It is the hill of the Lord—the place where the natural converges with the supernatural and the seen with the unseen. It is the place upon which we set our affections. It is a place of the “things above” and not the “things on the earth” (Col. 3:2).
The chosen have a razor-sharp focus on the things of heaven. Even with all that is happening around them, their heart is in another place. They know they cannot afford to allow the things of earth to pull on their attention or affections and waste their strength and resources. Their heart is set on seeing heaven manifested on earth. They are focused on seeing the kingdom expand and God’s glory take over every sphere of society. Their aim is to see an end to pain, lack, brokenness, and poverty. This can only happen when they go to the hill of the Lord to receive His plans and strategies.
To see the things of the Spirit collide with earth to change everything is to understand how to live fully in this coexisting realm. Your prayers are different in the coexisting realm. Suddenly you know why Jesus taught us to pray, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10b). Suddenly your word spoken in faith makes the intangible manifest as the tangible. Suddenly you are able to see that there are more with you than against you (2 Kings 6:16), as this is the realm where angels are assigned to come to our aid (Heb. 1:14). The coexisting realm is also where we can speak things that are not as though they were (Rom. 4:17).
Because the chosen understand how the spiritual and natural realms interact, they are not afraid of the enemy’s resistance and they develop a relentless breakthrough spirit that brings heaven’s desire on the earth. When you live in the chosen realm, you will break the church doors down to come to prayer. You will get on your knees because you will know that we access the eternal through prayer.
Where It Is All About God’s Power and Not Ours
- But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not of us.
- —2 Corinthians 4:7
I touched on this verse in the introduction. Now let’s look at it in the context of what it means to live in the chosen realm. The chosen cannot afford to take credit for what God is doing. Too many people are doing this and claiming they are Spirit-filled and anointed. This cannot be.
The chosen know that the power we have—the excellence of the power—is of God and not of us. If we understood the weight of this scripture, we would move in miracles easily. Because it is not of us, it is not on us. It’s on God—the performance, the outcome, the results, or the manifestation. Living from this place is to live in a position of humility before God. His working in us is all about Him and His power, not ours.
The Lord has shown me that anytime He starts moving in our heart and releases a demonstration of His power through us, we tend to get prideful. We somehow believe we have produced these manifestations in our strength. These miracles, signs, and wonders show up because of the indwelling Holy Spirit and His power as we walk in the Spirit.
What we are seeing right now in the body of Christ is a demonstration of pride in its highest form. There is so much conceit, pride, and flesh in the pulpit. But I still believe God is going to raise up a generation who will say, “It’s about Him and not me. The power you see is not mine but God’s.”
I understand now why William Seymour—a man very instrumental in the move of God, credited with launching the Azusa Street Revival back in the early 1900s—had so much authority in the Spirit. He was so humble and submitted to God that he would not even come from behind the two large wooden shoeboxes that served as his pulpit.3 He wanted people to know that the power was of God and not him. Humility is the plumb line for living in the chosen realm.
As James 4:6 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Grace is the empowerment of God to be kept, strengthened, and increased in our Christian faith.4 Grace is God’s “holy influence” on our lives enabling us to grow in knowledge, affection, and the exercising of Christian virtues. Grace is the power that turns us to Christ. It is the Greek word charis and the root word for charisma, the Greek word often associated with the spiritual gifts.5 When we are humble, God gives us power to walk in the spiritual gifts of grace—prophecy, healing, words of knowledge and wisdom, interpretation of tongues, faith, miracles, and discernment. (See 1 Corinthians 12.) When these gifts are displayed through God’s chosen people, they testify of His power and might.
There are greater levels of these gifts—a greater power God wants to release that has not been released yet. He is measuring His people to see who can stand the weight of this power. Who will be able to stand up under its weight and not be destroyed by the spirit of pride? Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” I like how The Message translation words it:
- First pride, then the crash—the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.
This is the same verse in the Passion Translation:
- Your boast becomes a prophecy of a future failure. The higher you lift up yourself in pride, the harder you’ll fall in disgrace.
God has no desire to put His chosen ones to shame (Ps. 25:2; Isa. 54:4). He delights in our success and prosperity (Ps. 35:27). It is His will to exalt us in due season as we humble ourselves under His mighty hand (1 Pet. 5:6). He is measuring us to see if He can trust that all the glory He shines through us will be reflected back on Him.
Where God’s Promises Are Yes and Amen
These two issues are settled in the heart of the chosen: 1) God is eternal, and 2) God is immutable. He never changes. If He said it, He is going to make good on it even when everything in the natural says something different. The chosen live on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4). His Word is their bread of life. They know that every promise God makes to them is as good as done.
- For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
- —2 Corinthians 1:20
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He does not change His promises. When life happens, we cannot cower in fear. We must press in and understand the promises of God. When it seems as though we are in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water, no prophetic word, no manifested blessings or answers to prayer, we must cling to the Word of the Lord that says, “I change not,” that says, “I am not a man that I should lie,” and that says, “I am a good Father who gives good gifts to my children.”
I dare you to take the promises of God, open your mouth, and declare what God has spoken over your life. Every time something traumatic happens in our lives, the devil’s hope is that this time we’ll keep silent. But the chosen rise up and say,
- I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!
- —Psalm 27:13–14
The chosen stay on a constant quest to know God. They have spent time with Him, inquiring at His temple. They are a presence generation. They value relationship with Him over religion. Therefore, they know God is not slack concerning His promises. Because they know Him, they have faith in His goodness. Their hearts are strengthened in the Lord and His unchanging character. They know that what He says is true. They know that what they see in the natural is not as real as what God spoke to them in the Spirit. Therefore, they can be of good courage and wait on Him, because He will come through.
In Exodus 3:14, God tells Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” What does that mean? The first I AM means “I am here now.” Adding in the second “I Am” communicates His omnipresence, meaning “I Am here now, I Am here in the future, and I will always be here. Everything you will ever need I AM.” This is also what He told Moses before he anointed him to part the Red Sea (Exod. 14). God kept His promise to Moses. He was I Am for the people of Israel, and He is I Am for this chosen generation.
When we don’t get these issues about God and His promises settled in our hearts, the devil will try to push us back. But these are the days when we had better understand the great I AM. Anything that is missing, He is. He has been everywhere all the time. There was never a time when God was not, and this is not changing ever. He is the God of your past, present, and future, and in the chosen realm His promises will manifest in your life.
Where God’s Wisdom Is the Principal Thing
God’s immutability (He never changes) and omniscience (He is all-knowing, never gaining or losing knowledge) are the foundation for His wisdom. He knows everything.
How long has it been said in some circles within the body of Christ that the spirit of wisdom is coming? God is saying the spirit of wisdom is here and has always been here. He knows all things. There was never a time that He did not have knowledge. What we are experiencing in this present generation—for those who come to Him and seek His face—is God downloading to us an immeasurable amount of wisdom, because all knowledge is in Him.
One of the words I’ve been hearing during this season is wit in connection with witty ideas. A witty person is one who has an “astuteness of perception or judgment,” or “acumen”—discernment and insight.6 A witty person is “a person of superior intellect”—a “thinker.”7 They are “imaginatively perceptive and articulate.”8 Wealth generates around people like this. They are the ones who will receive from God the kind of wisdom that brings wealth.
Back when I wrote my first book, The Prophetic Advantage, God was revealing so much to me concerning the sevenfold spirits of God, especially the spirit of wisdom. Though I understood what He was saying to me for that time, I see it so differently now. What He has shown me is that His revelations to us contain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. So it is not that we will just get good ideas, but He will also give us the corresponding strategy to carry them out.
I am telling you, there is a wisdom God will release by His Spirit that will bring so much wealth into the kingdom of God, but we must worship to get it. If you are not a worshipper, you will not get these downloads. The spirit of wisdom is for a presence people. It is stored up for the chosen to access.
God said, “I Am that I Am. All knowledge is in Me—all knowledge. If you don’t know something, come to Me.” Our human flesh leads some of us to always want to go to somebody else first before going to God, but not the chosen. The chosen know that this kind of wisdom cannot be obtained from man. First Corinthians 1:25 says that even God’s foolishness—His simplest or least thought- through idea, plan, or strategy—is wiser than the best of what we can come up with on our own.
There are things right now that only exist in heaven that God wants to recreate in the earth. The chosen creators are arising, and they will access the wisdom and creativity of heaven by worshipping Elohim—the One who is the Creator.
A lot of what we think is creative now is but copycat makeover stuff. God is saying, “I’m removing the embargo off your mind, chosen one. You are going to think like Me, and you are not going to be distracted. You will bring things out of the heavenly realm into the earth realm that will bless people and increase My kingdom. Can you not see it?”
Where the Omnipresence of God Is the Spiritual Force of the Chosen
God is omnipresent. While I believe we know this in our heads, I don’t think we fully grasp this attribute in terms of God’s power and what is accessible to us through His omnipresence. Omnipresent means there is no place or time where or when God is not. His presence is everywhere, and He really wants us to tap into it. As I began to study the names of God, the Lord opened my mind to things about who He is that I had little experience with. Through study and revelation by His Spirit, He is showing me what various aspects of His character mean for us.
We love to say that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God says it too: “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Exod. 3:6). But what God has shown me is that He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the same time! He was in eternity past, and He is in eternity future.
When you tap into His omnipresence by His Spirit, you will be able to access future ideas, future revelation, and future strategies and bring them back into the now. Can you imagine the advantage you would have when birthing a new business, launching a ministry, writing a book, or reviving a forgotten community? You would be able to offer solutions and impact lives in ways no one has presently been able to do.
In God’s omnipresence lies the power to get wealth. Wealth comes through creativity and innovation. It comes by offering something to the world that has never been seen or done before. To think that you can access the wisdom of God and bring the revelations and ideas of tomorrow into today is mind-boggling, but that is possible for the chosen. You are tapping into a spiritual force that fuels the life of God’s chosen ones.
God is the Alpha and Omega at the same time. He is not Alpha today and then Omega tomorrow. No. He is both all the time. This means that when we pray for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding we are tapping into His all-knowing, present-everywhere-at-the-same-time wisdom. When He says, “Anything you need, I can give it to you,” He means it.
Where the Mantle of Supernatural Creativity Rests
I hope you see why I am calling the chosen a presence people. The devil knows the value of God’s presence. He knows what we gain from dwelling there. He comes after our relationship with God to destroy the connection that is the source of God’s power in the earth. We are the glory carriers. We are the ones through which God changes and transforms lives.
The devil is against God, His creation, and everything righteous and good. Therefore, he tries to keep us from the power of God’s presence by making us think we are nothing. He uses insecurity and unworthiness to keep us from going to God in prayer, Bible study, and worship. As long as he wins this battle, demonic strongholds like rejection and poverty will keep us bound and from living out our highest potential.
Yet God is moving on our behalf. He is tearing down religious systems and structures that want to keep us out of His presence. His presence is where His glory is. His glory is where His power lies. We need access to His glory to be empowered to do all He has designed us to do. There is no limit to the ways and means by which these things will manifest.
God is releasing a mantle of creativity that will include supernatural healing in the form of re-creation of limbs and organs such as kidneys and livers. People are on waiting lists for months and years for these essential organs. They cannot live without them. But our all-powerful God is manifesting Himself once again as the Creator.
We know how to worship Him as Jehovah Jireh, our provider—especially in the American church—but do we know how to worship Him as Elohim, the Creator of heaven, earth, and everything in between? The One who can create eyes and limbs is the same One who can release a whole new level of creativity for miracles, provision, wealth, and so much more.
Harnessing this understanding brings a whole new meaning to Philippians 2:5: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Have we not read about Jesus miraculously healing and restoring function to nerves, muscles, and bones? What do we think happened on the inside of Bartimaeus’ body when Jesus restored his sight? (See Mark 10:46–52.) What happened to the bones and muscles of the lame man who got up and walked after thirty-eight years (John 5:1–4), or the nerves in the man’s once-withered hand (Mark 3:1–6)? The men received new internal physical structures that allowed their once-dysfunctional organs to be made new and to work again.
This is the level of miraculous creativity that the chosen are to bring down from the heavenly realm into the earthly realm. Yes, this creative power and glory even extends to inventions and witty ideas, as I mentioned before. We must see that even ideas restore lives and reshape the world.
God is going to take us—His chosen—into the future where we will see things like we’ve never seen them before. Prepare now for it.
Where the True Prophetic Is About Substance
We are talking about a real prophetic advantage when we get into the chosen realm. You must be able to understand what it means that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
In reality God doesn’t prophesy. Think about it. If He is present simultaneously in the past, present, and future, what lies in the future is like what is present for Him. He prophesies from your future, but since He is there now as much as He is in your present, can He really be prophesying?
Have you ever seen someone get a prophetic word and thought to yourself, “Oh, the prophet missed it. They are way off with that one. That can’t be this person”? What you heard just didn’t seem possible based on what you knew about the person right then. But let me tell you, a true prophet will unveil who a person is even into the future because a true prophet sees what God sees.
If someone is “prophesying” to you based on who you were in the past, they are operating under the influence of a familiar spirit. The enemy is always using our past against us, while God is always leading us to press into the things which are ahead (Phil. 3:13–14). A true prophet will look into your future and see what God is saying. They will look into the creative force of God and, by the power of the Word, send you there.
We may know all these things about God with our head, but they need to become a functioning part of our spiritual being. God is getting ready to test some things in you because there are things the Lord wants to get out of you so they can be released in the earth. You may say, “Lord, I’m sorry. I don’t have that anointing today.” But He goes into your future and pulls from the power you will mature into and says, “Here. Take it. Here is the anointing you need right here.” Can we say hallelujah to that? In Him we have everything we need—nothing missing, nothing lacking, nothing broken.
The times when we trivialized the power of God with touch five people and say this or that, run around, touch the ground, do the Hokey Pokey and turn yourself around. That is not what it is all about. That is Christian charismatic witchcraft. A new generation is arising, and we want substance, and we want to know God. We want to know how to live in a way that pleases Him so that we will remain welcomed in His presence. Vain decrees and declarations—we’re over them. Prophesying to the wind and things still not changing . . . There must be something greater and bigger going on—and there is. The chosen are living it.
Where the Privilege to Bear the Weight of Glory Costs You Something
Now here we come to the foundational Scripture passage for the chosen lifestyle and the chosen realm: 2 Corinthians 4:7–17. I’ve already quoted parts of it in the introduction and throughout this chapter. I will quote it here in its entirety, and you will come across it again as we continue this journey to discovering what it means to not only be called but chosen.
The passage reads:
- But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you.
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
I used to meditate on this and shout. I used to just teach on the eternal weight of glory. Oh, I remember how I cried out, “God, I want the eternal weight of glory!” Then something happened. God started answering my prayers with pressure. I’m talking about like ten years of pressure, and I didn’t understand it.
I said, “Lord, what is all this pressure and testing about? What else do You desire of me?” I have been serving the Lord since I was twenty-four. No missteps, no sleeping and dipping, and no here today and gone tomorrow. None of that is part of my story. But when I started decreeing this scripture over my life, there came a vicious attack from the enemy as if I had opened some doors to him. God showed me there were treasures still inside of me that He wanted to release through me. So I had to learn how to stand under pressure, which was the weight of God’s glory pushing and pulling greatness out of me. In the process, I had to go through a breaking of my flesh. And it was through this process that I authored nine or ten books and traveled to more than fifty-five nations, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please understand that I am making my boast in the Lord. The excellency of the power of God in my life is of Him and not me.
We are seeing people rise quickly to prominence within the body of Christ. They become Facebook phenoms with thousands of followers overnight, people who are really copying what they have heard from more seasoned saints—prophets and apostles, pastors and teachers who have paid the price—and preaching it as if it were their own. But in our microwave culture, people hardly notice. They are caught up in the sensation and the momentary feeling. Yet in the heavenlies it is evident that these “phenoms” have no weight.
I don’t believe God will let this continue for long, because a generation that wants more is arising. This is a people who are desperate for the presence and power of God. We will carry the weight of glory.
I don’t know about you, but I want to speak and heaven moves. I want to declare and angels move. I am not concerned about moving people because people are fickle. People will say they love you one day, and the next day they will curse you. God is delivering us from desiring people’s approval and seeking their opinions. God wants to cut the puppet strings that cause us to depend on the systems of man.
The wealth transfer that is coming is not just about our acquisition of material things. It is to break our reliance on manmade systems. God wants it so that no nation, government, bank, or ungodly board of trustees controls our access to what rightfully belong in the hands of His chosen ones. God wants it so that everything we get comes from Him.
I pray that the enemy loose your mind concerning money and finances. We have been tricked and bound by the enemy to deify and hallow poverty. Poverty is not part of the kingdom of God for very strategic purposes. The Bible says that poverty is one of the things Jesus took on Himself at the cross so that we would be made rich (2 Cor. 8:9). In the chosen realm, money answers all things (Eccl. 10:19).
We must learn to bear the pressure. Second Corinthians 4:8 says that “we are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed.” The enemy wants us to feel crushed so we give up our resolve to serve Jesus and His kingdom. So what does he do? He begins to release stuff against our lives.
Four days before my 2017 Chosen conference, my stepson committed suicide. My emotions were everywhere. I wondered what the meaning of it all was. I wanted to give up. But God sent reinforcements. He worked on my emotions and strengthened me from the inside out. He helped me to see that I was pressed but not crushed. If I had given in to the enemy and believed that all was lost, that I was crushed and broken beyond repair, I would have given up. But these are the days when we cannot afford to let our emotions control us. If we don’t feel happy, we stop going to church. Or if we’re angry, we cut someone off in traffic or curse them out at the bank. If we feel lonely and entitled, we may give into lust when that fine young thing passes in front of our eyes.
But in the chosen realm where we abide under the weight of glory, fear, anger, hopelessness, lust, and any other dangerous emotions are pressed out of us. God’s people cannot be moved by their emotions.
When we get into these situations and our emotions are out of control, we need to be truthful with the Lord. Don’t put on a religious mask. Let Him send reinforcements from heaven to bear you up. Get before Him and repent.
You cannot move in the things of God in this hour with all kinds of anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness. You are not going to carry the glory of God with those things in your heart.
These are the days when there will be no mixture. God is looking for a righteous people. He is looking for a whole people. He is looking for those who will carry His glory, so He allows the pressures to come.
In these times of great temptation, you are given an opportunity to truly set your affections on things above, because it is going to take a spiritually minded people to fulfill the kingdom mandate. I have learned to thank God for the pressure, as Paul suggests in 2 Corinthians 4:16–17. Without it we would not be in a position to carry His glory or live in the chosen realm.
The appointment to becoming a chosen one is not anything we can take lightly. There is a cost. As God sets you on the path to living as one of His chosen, I want to encourage you not to be afraid to step up and enter into the chosen realm. It is a place of God’s design just for you. It is the coexisting realm where the things of heaven manifest on earth, the unseen becomes seen, and the supernatural collides with the natural.
In order to withstand the transition, you must strip yourself before the Lord. Be honest with Him. Let Him heal your emotions and build an unshakable faith within you. Then when the time comes for you to be released in the fullness of what it means to be chosen, you will have the confidence to know that as you step out, the full power of every attribute contained within the Person of God is available to you.
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