Chosen by God!
There is a time to let go and shake the dust off. However, for me, it's not based on what I see, or don't see in someone's life. Just as there is a pruning process in the Spiritual the same is true in the natural.
“Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.” (John 15:2 AMPC)
The Word tells us we don't look at what is seen, but what is unseen.
“Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.” (II Corinthians 4:18 AMPC)
When seeds are planted, the dirt covers them. Just because nothing appears to be happening on the outside, what we can see, doesn't mean nothing is happening on the inside, what we cannot see There's a growth process and each seed, each person, has their set time.
"When the Chinese bamboo is planted, watered, and nurtured throughout the growing season, it does not outwardly develop at all - not a bud or sprout appears. It takes five (5) consecutive years of cultivation before even the slightest sign of growth is visible. And then in the fifth year, something incredible happens: Within a six week period it grows to 60 feet!"
"For five years the bamboo seed silently develops underground - expanding its root system in order to make it strong enough to sustain the "sudden growth" that ultimately takes place in the fifth year. Had the tree failed to build a strong underground foundation, it would be impossible for it to "all of a sudden" reach its full potential when it comes time to push its way through the soil into the outside world!"
We really don't know what is going on in the hearts of people. Samuel assumed Eliab was who he was to anoint king because he looked the part. But God didn't choose him. David didn't look the part and wasn't even invited to the gathering, but that's who God chose.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:17 NKJV)
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Leisa Wilkins Ministries
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