God has a plan and a purpose for each of Our Lives…
The key is we must learn to walk in obedience and faith, down the path that God has laid before us, and as we walk by faith, God’s Destiny will unfold before us along that very same path.
This is true even though at times it may appear as though our lives are not tracking the way we had hoped they would, and often we may feel as though God has abandoned us.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 16:9, that even though…
“A man’s heart plans his way,
but it’s the Lord who directs his steps.”
Yes, God knew each of us before He laid the foundation of the world and He has a plan and purpose for each of us.
The Bible even tells us that God choreographed each day of our life before we were even born.
” You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!”
And then we turn to the New Testament and we find out how we are each predestined…
The God of Glory
3-6 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is!
He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him.
Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.
Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ.
(What pleasure he took in planning this!)
He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.
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.
When he wrote this letter, Paul had been a Christian for nearly 30 years.
He had taken three missionary trips and established churches all around the Mediterranean Sea.
He had been a missionary in Ephesus for more than two years, and many people had become followers of Jesus.
When he wrote Ephesians, Paul was under house arrest in Rome (see Acts 28:16-31).
Paul’s life after Jesus called him into the ministry was not an easy road.
2 Corinthians 4:7-15
7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives.
That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.
As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at.
We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.
What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives!
Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us.
While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
13-15 We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life.
Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe.
And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive.
Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!
The supremely valuable message of salvation in Jesus Christ has been entrusted by God to frail and fallible human beings.
Paul’s focus, however, is not on the perishable container but on its priceless contents—God’s power dwelling in us.
Though we are “fragile clay jars,” God uses us to spread his Good News, and he gives us power to do his work.
Relying on God’s power, not our own, will keep us from pride and motivate us to stay close to him, our power source.
If you do this, many will see God’s Spirit shining in you and be drawn to him.
They will notice that, although you have normal struggles and challenges, there is something appealing about how you handle them.
They will be able to tell that you rely on another power source, and they will want to know more.
Paul reminds us that though we may think we are at the end of our rope, we are never at the end of our hope.
Our perishable bodies are subject to sin and suffering, but God never abandons us.
Because Christ has won the victory over death, we can have eternal life.
All our risks, humiliations, and trials are opportunities for Christ to demonstrate his power and presence in and through us.
We must ask ourselves, Could I handle the suffering and opposition that Paul did?
The drive for success in human terms can ruin effective ministry.
From an earthly perspective, Paul was not very successful during his lifetime.
However, God worked through him mightily and used him to impact countless lives for Christ.
Like Paul, we must carry out our own ministries, looking to God for strength.
We must bear in mind that God’s purpose in all of this, as we read in Romans 8:29-30, is that we be conformed into the image of His Son.
SELAH (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Tuesday, Dec 13
by Two Listeners
The Joy of knowing that every detail of your lives is planned by Me, but planned with a wealth of tenderness and Love.
Wait for Guidance in every step.
Wait to be shown My way.
The thought of this loving leading should give you great Joy.
All the responsibility of Life taken off your shoulders.
All its business worry taken off your shoulders.
It is indeed a Joy for you to feel so free and yet so planned for.
Oh! the wonder of this a God-guided life.
To think anything impossible in such circumstances is to say it cannot be done by Me.
To say that is surely a denial of Me.
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
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