"You are a Chosen, Cherished, Child of God."
by Catherine Brown
grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weaknesses." Therefore
I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may
rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults,
in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Cor 12:9,10
The 'cherish vision' was received during an extremely intense time of enemy opposition
in my life, when I was simultaneously seeking hard after God. I was physically tired
and feeling a bit "beat up" if truth to be told! The Lord met me in my weariness,
brought peace to my soul, restored my joy and my vision and lifted me tenderly into
a place of breakthrough in his strength. I pray that these words will encourage,
comfort and edify you. In this vision, when the Lord speaks to me, he is not speaking
to me alone but is also addressing every believer.
I was sitting on a rock beside Jesus. There was a little cleft in the rock that
fit me just perfectly. I was comfortable here. Neither Jesus nor I were saying anything.
We were simply enjoying being together. Then the Lord broke the silence by lifting
his hand and as he did so, he pulled a back a curtain on time. I saw the hand of
God reach out through dense darkness and watched in wonder as lightning bolts began
to strike my mother's womb. I saw a tiny heart begin to beat and the word 'CHOSEN'
was inscribed on it. This was my heart! It was the moment that I was conceived.
I had known previously that God had knitted me together in my mother's womb (Ps
139:13), but how incredible to actually witness the sovereign action of God in my
To choose something is to pick it out as being the best of perhaps two or more alternatives.
Jesus chooses us and lifts us out of darkness into his Love and Light and resurrection
Whilst I was still sitting on the rock, Jesus turned to me and put a string of beautiful
pearls around my neck. They were exquisite. He reminded me that the Kingdom of God
is a pearl of great price (Mt. 13:45, 46) and then said, "Child, you are chosen
to be part of my Kingdom, and you are cherished by your heavenly Father."
Angels came and surrounded us, each one of them smiling warmly. Jesus took a garland
of blossoms and wrapped them around me. A beautiful fragrance enveloped me, and
I was immediately comforted, experiencing a warm rush of the Lord's joy in my heart.
He said that the blossoms were his grace. "Remember, my child, how much I cherish
the heart that I choose. My grace is sufficient for all your needs."
Cherish means protect and care for lovingly. It also means nurture. God's grace
is gentle and embraces all our needs, nurturing us in discipleship. God's grace
enables us to live and breathe for him and to rise above any circumstance in his
strength. The apostle Paul understood this divine principle of truth. (2 Cor 12:9,
"CHILD OF GOD"
Jesus then proclaimed, "Child of God!" His words of proclamation carried authority
and impact. Next, I was dressed in a pure white garment with many ribbons attached
to it. The ribbons had words inscribed on them, which included 'innocence', 'virtue',
'faith' and 'worship'. I felt most precious to the Lord. Precious means to be greatly
loved or treasured by someone. Whilst wrapped in God's grace, faith stirred afresh
in my heart to worship Jesus with my entire life and to fulfill all that he has
purposed and planned for my life to bring him glory. God calls every one of his
My name, Catherine, means 'pure one'. The Lord is purifying his Bride, each one
of us is being prepared and made ready for our glorious King. As the Lord looked
at me with love, I felt his resolve strengthen my feeble human frame. In the depths
of my being, my heart swelled with security at being declared his child.
After being adorned by the white robe, two paths appeared before me. One was bright
and full of light and marked with the word 'sonship'. Angels were positioned along
this pathway and carried huge banners bearing the words 'acceptance', 'affirmation',
and 'forgiveness'. The other path was dark and bore different markings. These were
'condemnation', 'criticism' and 'bitterness.' The dark path way was strewn with
jagged stones that would have torn delicate flesh that walked along it.
Somewhat perplexed, I said, "But Lord, who would walk that path?"
Jesus looked at me with a depth of love in his eyes and responded, "The one who
forgets they are a chosen, cherished, child of God."
"Remember my righteousness. Take hold of my grace and walk before me and be blameless.
Remember the pearl of great price. I have counted the cost and paid the price, now
consider the call. Remember the cleft in the rock and the covering of my glory.
For I am with you even unto the end of the age."
WHAT WILL YOU CHOOSE - SLAVERY OR SONSHIP?
The question before us all is an important one. What will we choose - slavery or
sonship? As believers we are adopted into God's family through Holy Spirit. As such,
we are no longer slaves but sons and daughters of the most high God! (Gal 3:26,
is it then that we struggle to walk in the full liberty Jesus has purchased for
us by his blood? Why do we sometimes remain in the outer courts of God's presence
as though we had no place at the King's table? Our Dad delights in us all the time
and calls us into the inner courts to his wonderful banquet table, where his banner
over us is love!
Perhaps there are a number of reasons why we sometimes dally in the outer courts,
but for now I think Holy Spirit is highlighting one in particular, which is simply
We sometimes forget we are chosen by God, cherished by God, and that we are his
children and heirs!
We sometimes allow our circumstances to overwhelm us to such an extent that we respond
to them in a soulish way rather that in our spirit. Instead of seeking a hiding
place in Jesus' presence (the cleft in the rock) sometimes we stumble about as though
we are in a dark place, momentarily forgetting the incredible truth of our Father's
love and our inheritance in Christ. We sometimes become ensnared in thoughts of
condemnation, we bow to criticism, and we sometimes become bitter. These are not
God's best for his beloved! They cause darkness in our souls, and we need to lay
such things at the feet of Jesus and ask his forgiveness. The truth is that we are
accepted, affirmed and forgiven in Christ. We are justified (put right) with God.
We are redeemed (bought back) from sin and slavery to sin, and we are sanctified
(made holy and set apart) by Jesus (Ro 6:11). We have every reason to be joyful.
We each have a destiny in God, which Holy Spirit will out work in his grace in our
God wants to remind all his children today about his wonderful grace. God's grace
calls us to the altar of faith (Eph 2:8). God's grace is for always! It isn't just
for the precious moment of salvation but for our entire lifetime. It keeps us safe
in God's ways and embraces us in his love. Father wants to pour out tenderness on
his Bride TODAY, that we might know the hope of our calling in Christ and the wonderful
enveloping presence of Jesus by his Holy Spirit.
May you know a fresh outpouring of God's love on your life today.
Heaven declares, "You are a chosen, cherished, child of God..." not just sometimes
NORMAL THE DEEP AND THE CRAZY"
by Catherine Brown
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"Having been in the prayer and prophetic movement for several years myself, I look
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"With a whole heart I gladly endorse the content of this inspiring book. I trust
it will do for you what it did for me. After reading The Normal, The Deep
and The Crazy, I found myself more in love with our Father God who desires
to see restoration happen in the lives of countless numbers of warriors in waiting.
I sense the Holy Spirit saying, 'Come out of your caves! I will embrace you! I will
restore you! I will revive you! The best is yet ahead of you! Just as I have done
in the life of this broken vessel - so I will do for you!'
"To you, the reader, I commend these telling truths from a pilgrim of faith. May
the Lord impart to you the spirit of encouragement that all things are possible
to those who believe! To you, Catherine, blessings and thank you."
- Jim W Goll, Co-founder of Ministry to the Nations, Franklin, TN
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