God’s Divine Purpose

 

Without Christ in our life, we know something is missing. We optimistically search everywhere to find it. Since the time of Adam and Eve, the spirit of man is dead at birth, buried under layers of sin (Ephesians 2:1-5).

 

We all have a living soul – our mind, will and emotions – which often fails under the weight of life, because circumstances beat us down relentlessly.

 

Our dead spirit and our unhealthy soul affect our body as well. What we lack is the vital power of God. Without the Spirit of God rebirthing and dwelling in our spirit, we are crippled in life.

 

No one is intrinsically good except God (Mark 10:18). However, when Christ moves into our life, we daily die to our carnal flesh and we grow in His good judgment and nature (Galatians 2:20; John 12:24; Luke 9:23).

 

We start to make wiser choices, which last for eternity; rather than desiring options, which are carnal, temporal and momentary.

 

Over time, Jesus becomes our only life and we have no meaningful existence outside of Him (2 Corinthians 13:5; Colossians 3:3). This does not mean that we sit in a meditative state all day, every day.

 

Jesus and the apostles interacted with people. They were anointed with the Holy Spirit and with God’s power. They went everywhere the Spirit led them, and they blessed people with healing, wisdom and deliverance (Acts 10:38).

 

Once we come to Christ we are totally complete in Him (Colossians 2:9-10). We live and move and have our existence in Jesus each moment of our day (Act 17:28).

 

We come to realize that if we do not have something we think we need, it is because God knows we do not need it at this time. He has other plans for us. Accepting His will with joy brings us ultimate fulfillment.

 

Prayer:

Father God, we realize that Christ actually does Your work through us. Our true identity as Authentic Christians comes from Christ living in us. Christ expresses Your character through us, which is the fruit of Your Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness, self-control and faith (Galatians 5:22-23).

 

We are all united with Christ in His Body. You utilize us as individual members of this Body, each with unique gifts and talents, in a ministry to a corporate, church Body. Thank You for using us to fulfill Your purpose in the earth (Romans 12:15; Ephesians 1:22,23; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:27).

 

Thought for the Day:

Salvation is the beginning of our walk in Christ, but the next step is to develop awareness in our conscious thoughts of the reality of Christ living within us.

 

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The Restoration of All Things

During the time prior to the Great Tribulation, God will allow the anti-Christ to bring peace to global conflict and to conquer the world by his cunning political methods. In addition, God will send strong delusion on anyone who did not receive the love of His Truth in order to be saved. They will believe the anti-Christ’s deception and take pleasure in wickedness. God will bring judgment on these rebellious people (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

In spite of Satan’s promises through the anti-Christ, the world will experience widespread famine, pervasive human and animal loss, the wholesale martyrdom of Israeli believers in Christ, unparalleled earthquakes and fires and cosmic disturbances, the contamination of the world’s water supply, diminished light from the sun and moon and stars, terrible plagues, and angelic forces who use a demonic army to destroy even more of the earth’s population (Revelation, Ezekiel, Daniel).

Once God purges the earth of evil, He creates a new eternal heaven and earth, which will eclipse the beauty and splendor of our current world (Isaiah 65:17, 66:22). He will establish His Kingdom on the earth and we will serve Him (Revelation 22:3). God will restore to His beloved Saints everything which Adam and Eve relinquished to Satan in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1; Revelation 20-21).

God does not send good people to heaven and bad people to hell. In fact, God never sends anyone to hell, nor does He condemn us (John 3:16-17). We actually condemn our self to hell by our unbelief (John 3:18; 1 John 3:21). Adam and Eve chose to believe Satan’s lie, rather than God’s truth, and most of mankind has followed suit ever since. God’s benevolent plan for mankind from the beginning of time, and still is for us to spend eternity with Him in His Paradise.

Prayer:
Father God, You love us so much that You sent Your only begotten Son to save us from the penalty of our sins. You never send judgment without first sending a warning. In fact, You gave us Your prophets, apostles, pastors, evangelists and teachers to remind us about the truths of Your Word. Thank You for giving us the opportunity to repent of our sins and to receive the saving work, which Jesus Christ obtained for us on Calvary’s cross.

Though for the Day:
Jesus returned to Heaven until the time comes for Him to restore all things to Himself.

– Acts 3:21

God’s Timing for the Ages

God’s Timing for the Ages

Society today scoffs at Believers in the same way that people in Noah’s day mocked him (Matthew 24:37). God’s mercy and grace have dealt with mankind since the beginning of time. However, if we reject God’s call to repentance, He will pour out His righteous wrath on our sin, rebellion and pride.

God gives us His precise timeline in His Word, which includes detailed information from Genesis to Revelation. These specifics alert us to His plan, which is unfolding throughout world history, as well as in current events. These prophetic words warn us of both coming destruction and Godly deliverance, which awaits us in the near future.

God’s final judgment on the nations and the devil is called the Great Tribulation (Revelation 5:17). God even gives a specific timeline of events during the Great Tribulation period, as a warning of His coming judgment (Revelation 10:1-7). God uses this time to accomplish three main purposes: To judge unrighteous nations, to save those in Israel who are willing to believe, and to end Satan’s dominion on the earth, which Adam and Eve relinquished to him in the Garden of Eden.

Repenting of our sins and trusting in Jesus Christ allows Believers to escape the terrible Day of the Lord and to enjoy eternity as the Bride of Jesus and co-heirs with Christ in the Kingdom of God (Joel 2:31). As we put our trust in the Lord, we can draw near to His presence continually throughout the day; and experience, as well as share with those in need, the miracles He provides through every trial we ever encounter ((2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Psalm 73:28).

Prayer:
Father God, we suffer now on this planet because of the sin rampant in the world; however, You always make all things beautiful in Your time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We know that You work out everything for the good of those who are called according to Your eternal purpose and who love and obey You (Romans 8:28). We bless You, Lord, for Your mercies and comfort, even in our tribulation in this present age. You are our refuge and our strength in any time of trouble; therefore, we have no need to fear (Psalm 46:1-2).

Thought for the Day:
God’s plan for the ages is amazing and brings us to our knees in humility and gratitude.