The LORD says this: As the new wine is found in a bunch of grapes, and one says, “Don’t destroy it, for there’s some good in it,” so I will act because of My servants and not destroy them all. I will produce descendants from Jacob, and heirs to My mountains from Judah; My chosen ones will possess it, and My servants will dwell there. Sharon will be a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for cattle to lie down, for My people who have sought Me. But you who abandon the LORD, who forget My holy mountain, who prepare a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny, I will destine you for the sword, and all of you will kneel down to be slaughtered, because I called and you did not answer, I spoke and you did not hear; you did what was evil in My sight and chose what I did not delight in. Therefore, this is what the Lord GOD says: My servants will eat, but you will be hungry; My servants will drink, but you will be thirsty; My servants will rejoice, but you will be put to shame. My servants will shout for joy from a glad heart, but you will cry out from an anguished heart, and you will lament out of a broken spirit. You will leave your name behind as a curse for My chosen ones, and the Lord GOD will kill you; but He will give His servants another name. Whoever is blessed in the land will be blessed by the God of truth, and whoever swears in the land will swear by the God of truth. For the former troubles will be forgotten and hidden from My sight. Isaiah 65:8-16 (HCSB)
In all the reading and studying of God’s Word, it is clear: God offers all of us a choice. We can respond to His covenant care and surrender our lives to “God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s Wisdom according to God’s Word,” or choose our own will, ways and wisdom in life. If we choose our own path in life and reject His covenant care, we will be subject to total separation. We will be culled out and not allowed to enjoy His presence.
You cannot have it both ways! You cannot worship God when your heart is focused upon your own desires and passions.
However, if you surrender your life totally to the Lord’s care and seek Him in all decisions, in all steps you take, and you have absolute faith in His care, then you will be called out from all the others and placed in the high places.
God wants you on His terms, not for His benefit but our benefit. His grace is His reward for your choice to trust in Him. He will never coerce you or force you into worshiping Him.
As Joshua proclaimed centuries ago as God’s people were about to settle in the Promised Land that the Lord helped them to conquer: Therefore, fear the LORD and worship Him in sincerity and truth. Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship Yahweh. But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh. Josh 24:14-15 (HCSB)
How will you choose today? Will you be called or culled? The choice is in your hands!
So Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [He], and that I do nothing on My own. But just as the Father taught Me, I say these things. The One who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, because I always do what pleases Him.” As He was saying these things, many believed in Him. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:28-32 (HCSB)