The Bible says that, “We are MORE than conquerors in Christ,” and also that, “We can do ALL things through Christ that strengthen us” (see Rom 8:37 and Php 4:13)…
As Christians, our main objective in life should be to fulfill our destiny and become all that God created us to be; and this can only be done as we learned to live and walk, by faith and obedience, in Christ.
The Message (MSG)
13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
The Message (MSG)
7-10 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.
11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
13-14 It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.
The Message (MSG)
29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son.
The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored.
We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.
After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name.
After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.
Jesus our Creator, the author and finisher of our faith, has also told us that,
“I am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly.”
— John 10:10
If we are to experience that abundant life, which can happen only as we learn to fulfill our God given destiny; and if we are to go where God intends for us to go in life, then we have to learn to trust in Jesus and recognize that NOTHING of any eternal consequence or value can ever be accomplished, except we abide in Christ, as He is the Creator and author of each one of our lives.
God At Eventide
by Two Listeners
YOUR FAILURES ARE MINE
Lord I present to Thee my failures. Only Thou couldst . . repair the harm that I have wrought.
Because you are Mine I must identify Myself with all you are.
I play the harmony of which you made such discord. I sound the hope in ears you had no charm of Love to woo from sin and failure.
I lead to happier ways those you misjudged, despised.
I take your failures, and because your desire is towards Me, and you know Me as Lord, these, your failures, it is My sacrificial task to bear, to reclaim.
Step up from your slough of failure into the robe of faith and love I give you.
Be strong to save as you have known salvation, strong in Me, your ever-conquering Lord.
“Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
— Jude 1:24-25
Lastly, we know by faith (based on the scriptures I have already mentioned), that God has a plan for our life, and so it falls to us to trust in His plan; and to do so, by faith, in spite of any and all negative feelings and or circumstances.
We need to understand that God’s power is never cancelled by our negative feelings or circumstances; and that what God promises He is well able to perform and do in our lives.
The test and rub of life, where the rubber meets the road for all of us, is whether or not we can believe?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
— Jeremiah 29:11
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