Jesus did not come to give us a happy life, nor did He come to give us an easy live…
He did come however to give us an abundant life (Mat 6:33), which only can happen when we plug into God’s purpose for our life.
God’s first purpose is that we be conformed into the image of His Son and also to train us to do spiritual warfare, in order that we may effect a rescue mission to save as many as we can, snatching them out of Satan’s hands, with the Gospel; and in the process to take authority over the “turkey” and put him under our feet (Rom 16:20).
Jesus speaking: “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!”
— John 16:33
“For those whom He foreknew, He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
— Romans 8:29
My Utmost for HIS Highest
PUT GOD FIRST
Jesus did not commit Himself to them…for He knew what was in man.
— JOHN 2:24-25
Put Trust in God First. Our Lord never put His trust in any person. Yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, and never lost hope for anyone, because He put His trust in God first.
He trusted absolutely in what God’s grace could do for others. If I put my trust in human beings first, the end result will be my despair and hopelessness toward everyone.
I will become bitter because I have insisted that people be what no person can ever be— absolutely perfect and right.
Never trust anything in yourself or in anyone else, except the grace of God.
Put God’s Will First. “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God” (Hebrews 10:9).
A person’s obedience is to what he sees to be a need— our Lord’s obedience was to the will of His Father.
The rallying cry today is, “We must get to work!
The heathen are dying without God. We must go and tell them about Him.”
But we must first make sure that God’s “needs” and His will in us personally are being met.
Jesus said, “…tarry…until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).
The purpose of our Christian training is to get us into the right relationship to the “needs” of God and His will.
Once God’s “needs” in us have been met, He will open the way for us to accomplish His will, meeting His “needs” elsewhere.
Put God’s Son First.
“Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me” (Matthew 18:5).
God came as a baby, giving and entrusting Himself to me. He expects my personal life to be a “Bethlehem.”
Am I allowing my natural life to be slowly transformed by the indwelling life of the Son of God?
God’s ultimate purpose is that His Son might be exhibited in me.
Come join the Adventure!