It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

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God’s Purpose Will Prevail!

GOD’S PURPOSE WILL PREVAIL

 

 

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

 

We live, we make plans and we have dreams. This is part of our nature, the desire to do something great. We were created in the image of a Great God Who Himself is the Creator of all things. We were created with greatness in us and we are to reflect God’s greatness in our lives. The very image of God is on us and we are to reflect His majesty in the earth.

We are to display this greatness in our everyday lives and how we do this will vary because we are each different. Every person born has the choice to bring glory and majesty to God. Our purpose is the same, to bring Him glory on the earth but the decision and will is ours to make.

This is seen in the way we raise our children to fear and respect God this magnifies His presence in the earth. It may be seen in the writing of a poem that eases someone’s trouble, or singing a song that may help someone through difficult times. All we do is a reflection of God’s creativeness in the earth, so let us represent Him well.

Our greatness is in us being who God created us to be. It may sound so simple but it takes a strong person to hold on to their purpose in the face of the labels society gives us many times before we can walk or talk. God wants us to trust Him and know who we are in Christ. When the world dismisses us as nothing and labels us as a person with little value, because of our gender or race, God has called us His beloved. God wants us to understand the truth about ourselves.

We are to reflect His nature so the world will know Him. This is the real purpose for which we were adopted into the family and to live in His kingdom. He does not want us to settle for the lies or the labels this world and the enemy has told us. We are to keep our eyes on God and let Jesus help us fulfill our destiny.

We must start at an early age telling our children who they are and that they were created for greatness because they were created in the image of Greatness, God Himself. This is who we are, children of the Most High King. An enemy wants to kill, steal and destroy our lives before we even know who we are much less our created purpose. The enemy will try to hide and discourage us from achieving the greatness for which we were born.

It is amazing to see the things the enemy is trying to do to our children’s minds through society, culture, media and family. How many countless children walk around thinking of themselves as not worthy of anything good, or feel they do not measure up to others because of lies the enemy has planted in their minds through people. How many give up on life because they have no hope.

God’s purpose is for man to rule and have dominion over all the earth. God created man and gave him authority over all that was in the earth. The enemy came to usurp, to seize and to take away the authority from man, so that he could rule over all man was given. There are two kingdoms operating in the earth, the fallen state of man and the enemy whose purpose is to destroy humanity and the Kingdom of God. Everyone will choose by their actions, which they will serve.

Many times God is blamed for the evil and death that is in the world as though He was responsible for the wrong in the world. Jesus came so we may have abundant life and Satan is the thief, who came to steal man’s authority and dominion. He is the one who comes to destroy but the people want to blame God. The ultimate lie to mankind is to have humanity believe, that Satan does not exist and God the Creator has abandoned them.

 

John 10: 10    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

God gave man authority over the new earthly kingdom He had created but man in turn gave it over to Satan. God could not go against His word or take it back; His word binds Him to be faithful to it. It had to been done legally through a man and this is why Jesus had to be born as man. Christ is God’s Spirit living in Jesus the man. The man Jesus God would reinstate man’s authority even though mankind disobeyed God. Jesus restored man’s authority over God’s kingdom and received all power and authority.

The adversary still tries to intimidate and lie about God’s purpose for humanity but he is a defeated foe. Though in this world system we may go through many things we will prevail in the end. Jesus has given us power and authority to rule in His kingdom on this earth, the kingdom of God and He has given that authority to the children of God.

The enemy wanted to destroy the kingdom God had created for Adam to rule and because of the fall God’s kingdom authority was displaced. However, God’s purpose still prevailed and an even greater planned purpose will succeed. It was a man that turned over his authority to Satan to rule and have dominion in the earth and it was the man, Jesus, who took the authority back and set God’s kingdom back in right order in the earth.

Many people think Jesus came just so we would go to heaven when we die. While that is a result of Jesus’ coming but the reason He came was for us to know the truth, and to teach the Kingdom of God is again available for us to operate and live in on the earth. This is the good news of the Gospel, which Jesus preached, the Kingdom of God has returned!

John 18:37 You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

Matthew 4: 16-17 “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

 

Jesus’ first message was the Kingdom of God has returned and that is what He taught while He was on earth. The word repent, from the Greek word metanoeo, means reconsider or to think differently. Jesus wants us to change the way we think and operate in the earth. We no longer have to stay in darkness, The Great Light of Truth-Jesus, has come to restore God’s original purpose of His kingdom on earth

Many are the plans of man but God’s purpose will prevail. God allows plans to change because He must work within the confines of His Own Word and the will of man. God’s purpose, the function and principle Divine goal is for mankind to rule His kingdom on earth and it will prevail. Jesus came as a man so that He may reinstate man into the kingdom of God. We now have the same choice as the first Adam to choose who we will obey, the God our Sovereign Lord or walk in the ways of this fallen world. We choose whose kingdom we will operate in by the actions we take. We will operate in the kingdom of darkness or the Kingdom of God.

 

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

God So Loved…..

John 3:16       For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

When we think about Easter we would be remiss if we fail to talk about the Love of God shown in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Easter is a pivotal display of the love God has for all men. The Bible says that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. God does not wait until we clean ourselves up or wait for us to recognize our need of deliverance from our mess and ourselves. God knew our need for a Saviour long before we were able to acknowledge it. God saw man in his depravity, in his fallen state of sin, something far from the created being He made us to be in His likeness. Even though we were rebellious and committed treason against our God and King He still displayed His love for us by sending His Son. Jesus came to die for us that we may be put back into right standing with Him; so we can be adopted into the family of God.

 Romans 5:18-19                    Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.  For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

Romans 5:8                            But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

It boggles the mind and is almost incomprehensible to believe that we are loved in a way that no matter what we do or say we are still loved by God. We live in a world that displays hate for a person or race, just because they are different. We live in a society that is always looking for the worst in a person and is always speaking down to people. So we find it hard to believe someone loves us just the way we are with all our faults and needs. This is the unconditional love of God. God knows all we have done and will ever do wrong and yet He loves us. He loved us and provided a way for us to return back to Him even before He laid the foundation of the world. We were in His mind and He was thinking of how He would redeem and restore us back to Himself. It is through the simple act of faith in the completed work of Christ that are we saved.

Ephesians 1:4-6          For he chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

If we would ever realize how much God loves us and all He has done for us, our love for Him would grow. When we see our great need and how depraved we are before Christ, and understand all He did for us to make us children of God, our only response to His loving kindness is our gratitude and thankfulness. It is when we are self-righteous we do not see our need before God because we think we are not really that bad.

Jesus did not come to condemn us for sin but to deliver us from sin. The more we see God’s love in response to our own wickedness the more we grow in appreciation and gratitude toward our God for His deliverance. He who has been forgiven much loves much. It is when we see ourselves for who we really are, lost and without hope, that our gratitude grows into a great love for God who loved us enough to pay our debt. Then our love and adoration for God grows into acts of obedience to His Word as our very own heart’s desire.

Luke 7:47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven –as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.

Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Most of the time people will tell us to clean up our act and come to God or we need to stop all those sinful things before we can come to God. But Jesus never condemned the sinner, even those caught in the very act of adultery, He did not condemn. In fact Jesus told the religious leaders, the one who has no sin let him cast the first stone and all the religious leaders left because none of them were without sin. No man can stand faultless before God unless he believes his debt is paid by the blood of Jesus Christ. When we understand we are saved by the Grace of God, it is a gift and we cannot purchase it or deserve it, because of our good deeds, we can rest in God’s Love for us.

 John 8: 4,7b, 11b       and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”….He straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” … Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

With a sense of the great love we have from God we can stand in total humility thanking God and giving Him glory that is due to His Name. We now have a desire to do His will and to obey Him. It is no longer a struggle it is an act of gratitude and love for God because He first loved us.

1 John 4: 10   This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins

Children Are A Blessing From The Lord

CHILDREN ARE A BLESSING FROM THE LORD

Over the centuries, children were seen as an asset and families with many children were seen as being blessed of God. We have seen a number of accounts in the Bible where women without a child, were viewed differently than those who did. All through history people understood that children were a blessing from God and something to be valued.

Psalm 127: 3-5Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

 

Children are an inheritance, an heirloom from the Lord. The Bible says they are a gift from God; they should be appreciated and cherished because they can be a defense from our enemies. They are like arrows; a weapon that may be used against our adversaries. Many times we have seen children speak for their parents or with other family members to help resolve issues and concerns.

Children help us to be concerned for something other than ourselves. They remind us of how our actions may impact not only ourselves but our children also. Children help us to put aside our selfishness because we are now concerned for their wellbeing, which sometimes helps us to make better decisions. Many times people make poor choices because they are alone and are not in close relationships with family members. They may feel their actions will not affect anyone but they are wrong. We are all connected and yes people’s actions have a rippling effect.

God says happy is the man who has many children. The Bible says the man who has many children they will not be ashamed. This is opposite of what many societies are saying. This too is a tactic of Satan to criticize large families and to keep people from the blessings of God. It is sad to see how the enemy has attacked the family in such ways that society now actually views children as a hindrance and large families tend to be ostracized

In the beginning children may appear to be a lot to handle but that time flies by so quickly and as they grow and mature they become our defense. Children can help us, as we get older to navigate life’s battles so that our enemies cannot overtake us.

.     God gives life and the spirit of a man is like a candle from the Lord or as a lamp of the Lord. God breathes His life into mankind so mankind may bring glory to God in the earth. A child’s spirit is young and impressionable, seeking and searching, for the light of God’s word to lead them in the path of living a whole and complete life. This is why it is so important to teach our children when they are young, so when they are older they will have God’s word to draw on, to listen and direct them. They will have something more than the lies of this world.

 

Psalm 22:30-31 A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, they will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, That He has done this. NKJV

 

God wants us to teach our children so future generations will serve Him and they too will tell the next generation the things the Lord has done for them. God’s original purpose for man was to reflect His glory in the earth and His purpose has not changed. God is faithful to every generation. No matter how dark the world may look and how sinister and overwhelming evil may seem, God has a purpose and plan for all generations.

 

Genesis 18:17 — 19 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” NIV

 

God wants to have a close relationship with us, just as He has given us relationships as fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and friends, so we may experience close relationships with others. God knew Abraham would become a powerful nation and he would direct, guide and lead his household in His ways.

God wants to be in a close relationship with each one of us. He gave us His breath and it is our spirit that searches out the light of His Word and will return to Him. Believing in God is something that comes so naturally to a child. For this reason it is so important we train our children when they are young in the way they should go. We should teach them before the hard blows from life teach them to be hard and distrusting. God says when they are old they will not depart, they may stray but they will return to truth.

Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

We all may not give birth to children but we all can be an influence on children and be in a mother or father relationship regardless of their being born to us or not. We can teach those children whom God put into our lives as friends and extended families. Many of us are surrogate mothers and fathers to the children in our families and communities. These children can sometimes be even more of a blessing than those we birth. Oftentimes those who we share life with and those we help to navigate this life are the ones who realize we were there because we want to be and not because we are obligated to be.

This does not mean children should feel indebted to us, but as children become adults they appreciate these relationships that allow sharing and communion. Some parent child relationships may never grow into a deep bond but we can be thankful for the time we had to teach them. We should thank God, for those young people He has put into our lives through community and friendship. We all are teachers and examples for life, either by choice or by default. We will influence those around us one way or another by the life we live before them.

The Lenten Season – A Preparation Before Easter

This is Lent Season; a time, forty days, of preparation before Easter. Acknowledging this season has become a tradition for many believers. This is a time that many people take to reflect on the life of Jesus and to humble oneself before God.

We can humble and discipline our body and soul through many different ways; such as abstinence which is self-denial of a favorite thing; fasting from food, drink, sugar, bread, or meat for example; in giving above and beyond our normal tithes and offerings as an act of worship to God; and in prayer -a time set aside to commune with God. Again, let us not get so restricted in our thinking that this becomes an area for the enemy to use for condemnation or we will get self-critical. Lent is a time we choose to voluntarily restrain ourselves as a time to think on the person of Jesus and remember the things He went through to restore us back into the family of God.

In a society where there is self-indulgence, even to the point of over indulgence, it is good for our body, soul and spirit to self-select out of the rat race of excess and extravagance. We see the benefits of self-discipline and control in the area of physical fitness and exercise. We can obtain similar benefits in our soul and spirit when we decide to humble ourselves and seek God in humility.

The Lenten season is a time that some believers set aside to humble themselves before God in recognition and thankfulness for the gift of our salvation, remembering Jesus the begotten Son of God, Who paid the price. This salvation is free to everyone but it was not without a high price to God, giving His Son to die.

To be humble, live humbly and walk in humility is a choice. In a society that exalts arrogance and pride, being humble and walking in humility is a choice that one must make. However, this choice does not come naturally. We know pride, arrogance and superiority is a result of the fall of man. Man was created to look like God but was marred and distorted by choosing to obey that fallen angel who was full of pride and haughtiness.

This may be why it appears The Lenten Season and Easter have become such a difficult time for the believers. The enemy does not want us to stop and have our mind stayed on Jesus; to ponder the goodness of the Lord in our circumstances or to give thanks to God because of what He has done for us. So Satan’s strategy is to keep our minds occupied with so many other distractions, problems and concerns, that our minds are filled with what we are lacking, our hurts, and our anger. The enemy knows we cannot worship and worry, we cannot praise while we are anxious. So if Satan can keep our eyes focused on our lack, we cannot truly give God reverence and praise that is worthy of Him.

God has no respect for person but He does have respect for His Word and those who humble themselves to seek Him. Moses was a meek and humble man but he was not weak. Please do not see this as some magic trick or gimmick that we perform to God bless us, because it is not. Meekness and humility are acts of self will, we choose to be modest, to be kind and gentle in our life style and we extend this to others even when it is not merited. This should not become legalistic, a process we feel we must to for God to bless us because it is not. We are already blessed and the beloved of God.

 

Numbers 12:3 Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.

Psalm 25:9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

Psalm 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live forever.

Even though we are half way through The Lenten Season, we can still take time to remember what this season is all about. God has given us so many precious gifts through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Chris. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit we are really able to comprehend and receive God’s precious gift. This is a good reason for us to take time during The Lenten Season to quiet ourselves before God and thank Him for all we have in Christ.

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