“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
I have days where I wonder, God, with all what is happening, how is this going to turn out good?
You may be asking God, “How is this divorce working together for good” or “How is my termination from my job going to work together.” etc.
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” – 2 Cor 4:17
We must remember that He has the ability to work out all things for good and to see us through to glorification! “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil 1:6
In Him: We know nothing goes to waste — everything will work out for good.
PSALM 139:14 “I PRAISE YOU, FOR I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE; WONDERFUL ARE YOUR WORKS, MY SOUL KNOWS IT VERY WELL”
I believe that what is said of us from others can alter the perception of who God says we are.
Identity – the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.
We can be Influenced by so many voices. Telling us of how we should look, act, or speak. Society today is telling us that we are not fearfully and wonderfully made but we may have been a mistake, or an accident.
YOU WERE BORN ON PURPOSE FOR A PURPOSE!
THE WORD OF GOD CLEARLY TELLS US THAT WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE AND THAT HIS WORKS ARE WONDERFUL.
MY NOSE — NOT A MISTAKE, FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE
MY BODY— FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE
MY PERSONALITY – FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE
— JUST AS A POTTER PUTS A PIECE OF CLAY ON THE WHEEL, THERE’S A PURPOSE BEHIND EVERY INDENTION OF THAT CLAY.
WHEN GOD FORMS SOMETHING HE SHAPES IT SPECIFICALLY FOR HIS PURPOSE.
WE ARE ALL MADE DIFFERENTLY WITH UNIQUE SKILLS, PERSONALITIES AND TRAITS THAT GOD USES FOR HIS GOOD AND GLORY. HE DIDN’T CREATE YOU ALONG WITH THE MASSES, HE IS INTENTIONAL WITH ALL THAT HE DOES.
WE ARE HIS MASTERPIECE
“FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED UB CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND, THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.” — Ephesians 2:10
— WHEN THE WORLD TELLS US THAT WE ARE DEFINED BY OUR STRUGGLES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR APPEARANCE, HIDE IN GOD — THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR LIFE AND SOURCE OF TRUE VALUE IDENTITY AND WORTH. IN HIM ONLY OUR TRUE IDENTITY IS FOUND AND OUR WORTH CAN NEVER BE SHAKEN.
I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM.
I CAN DO WHAT GOD SAYS I CAN DO.
I CAN BECOME EXACTLY WHAT GOD SAYS I CAN BECOME.
I’M NOT DEFINED BY MY FEELINGS, MY WEAKNESSES, OR MY INCLINATIONS.
Romans 8:37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
In Him we are more than conquerors!
More than a conqueror means you have such confidence that no matter what comes up in your life, you know that through Christ you can handle it. You know before you are ever faced with a problem that you’re going to have victory over it! You don’t dread things, you don’t fear the unknown.
FACT: We are not fighting for victory, we are fighting in victory.
FACT: God can’t fail so we can’t lose
Just as Paul started out Romans 8:37 as a ‘No’ We begin today with a NO. This No is standing between you and your enemies. This is you stopping everything that intimidates you, No more intimidation, No more fear, No more anxiety, No more depression!
How is all this possible? It’s only through Christ!
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
That’s a daily reminder to not let fear control us!
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
What does fear do?
FEAR ROBS US OF POWER
IT REMOVES LOVE FROM OUR HEARTS
AND IT CONTROLS OUR MINDS
HE HAS EQUIPPED US WITH HIS LOVE TO TAKE A WAY ANXIETY.
HE HAS EQUIPPED US WITH A SOUND MIND, ONE THAT IS CALM AND MEDITATES ON THE WORD OF GOD.
God has done a great exchange in our life, we give him our fear and our anxiety, and he gives us power, love and a soul mind. When we feel fear coming on, what is the first thing we should do? Speak the name of Jesus.
IT IS POSSIBLE TO LIVE A LIFE WITHOUT FEAR BUT ONLY BY HIS POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
— ISAIAH 26:3 “YOU KEEP HIM IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON YOU, BECAUSE HE TRUSTS IN YOU.”
What ways have you let fear control your life? Speak the name of Jesus over those areas!
What is Condemnation? An overwhelming sense of shame that comes from the pits of hell.
What does the Word God say about this?
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
On this one verse lays the whole of the great sinners hope. In Christ and in Christ alone there is forgiveness and freedom from the condemnation of sin. It promises that there is NO condemnation. NONE AT ALL. It doesn’t say less condemnation. It says none. He will never bring up our sinful past again. It is dead and gone. It had been crucified and buried. All of our mess, mistakes, our sin was condemned at the cross.
Why is there NOW no condemnation? Because the thing that brought condemnation — the law of sin and death, has been broken off our lives, Jesus took on all the condemnation at the Cross!
2 Corinthians 5:21
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
The enemy will always remind us of our past, to weaken our confidence, our standing in Christ. But those moments are dead, they no longer speak.
But one thing that does speak and holds true to its promises is the blood of Jesus!
When the enemy begins to flood your mind with past hurts, sins. Remind him who you are in Christ, that you are forgiven! set free!
Ephesians 1:4 ” Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the World, that we should be holy and blameless before him. in love.”
Holy and blameless — The Word declares over you that you are chosen to be holy and blameless. “But you don’t know my past, you can’t mean me.” Yes, I mean you, your past is not more powerful than the Word of God. When you elevate your past and don’t believe the Bible, it’s like telling Jesus, “Thank you so much for the cross, but it wasn’t enough to erase my past – it’s too broken.” Choose to believe the Word of God today, that in Him you are holy and blameless in his sight. The enemy will try everything today to stop you from believing this one, but don’t let him. You are holy, pure, washed clean in Him! You are not stained, tainted – you are holy! When you stand in His presence, He sees you as holy and blameless. See yourself pure before Him, see yourself boldly entering His presence without fear or shame. Forgiven in Him – destined to be in His presence for the rest of your life.
God loved me and chose me before I was born, before I took my first breath. He looks at me without fault, as if I never sinned. Salvation is God’s gift to me, though I don’t deserve it, God wanted me, he chose in advance. Before the foundation of the world!! He had us in mind and chose us before the world was created. We should remember this and set our hearts on staying holy- set apart for His purposes. So hard to imagine that before we even had consciousness, He had plans for us and loved us.
COLOSSIANS 1:22 “AND HE HAS NOW RECONCILED IN HIS BODY OF FLESH BY HIS DEATH, IN ORDER TO PRESENT YOU HOLY AND BLAMELESS AND ABOVE REPROACH BEFORE HIM.”
Are We living our lives holy and blameless before Him?
Chosen, think about that for a moment. When I was a child growing up in school I was always hoping I would have been the first one picked on the school grounds during recess. But my stature and me not being the greatest when it comes to playing any kind of sport, I was usually the last one chosen.
I’m so glad God doesn’t look at our stature or our ability to perform in a certain area of our life in order for us to be Chosen. I don’t believe any of us would’ve been picked. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the World, that we should be holy and blameless before him. in love. – Ephesians 1:4
Chosen — At times our circumstances, our lives or our jobs can tell us that we are worthless, that we are insignificant. That no one would choose us. We feel like that devastating picture of the boy or girl in the playground last to be chosen to play on a team. But that is simply not what the Bible says. The Bible tells us that we are chosen in Him. When you were chosen? Before the creation of the world. Not after you fasted for 40 days, not after you proved to Him how good you are. But before you were formed, He chose you. Before you were formed, He loved you. Before anything existed, He had you on His mind. You are chosen! Meditate on this today. You are not rejected, you are not left behind, you are not striving to be good enough. Before you existed, He chose you, so there is nothing you can do to make yourself more ‘choose-able’. He loves you and you are chosen in Him! Eph. 1:4