Tag: God’s purpose
Scripture reading for March 8th: Luke 4
Key Scriptures: Luke 4:42-44 “And when it was day, He departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought Him and came to Him, and would have kept Him from leaving them, but He said to them, “I must preach the Good News of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.: And He was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.”
After returning from the 40 days of temptation by Satan, Jesus proclaimed the anointing of the Holy Spirit on His life in His home-town synagogue. He was to proclaim “Good News” to the poor, liberty to the captives and oppressed and recovery of sight to the blind, announcing the year of God’s favor. The people there tried to stone Him, but He passed by untouched. He went to Capernaum and began to teach and heal and cast out demons. He tried going to a deserted place to be alone with the Father, but the crowds found Him and pressed Him to stay. He then announced that He must go to other towns and preach the Good News. This was the purpose that God sent Him to earth for and He was set in His heart to fulfill God’s will. More preaching in other places followed!
Matthew 11:4-5 “And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John (the Baptist) what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have the good news preached to them.””
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for doing God’s will and preaching the Good News to the poor like me. I have been given liberty and sight and walk with You in sharing the “Good News” of a merciful Savior Who cares!
Psalm 136:23-24 “It is He Who remembered us in our low estate, for His steadfast love endures forever; and rescued us from our foes, for His steadfast love endures forever; . .”
Scripture reading for January 27th: Genesis 45-46, Galatians 2, Psalm 108
Key Scriptures: Genesis 45:5-8 “And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.”
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
There are no ‘accidents’ or ‘luck’ or ‘fate’ in God’s view of life on earth. God controls events, weather, individuals and nations to bring about His merciful purposes. Even the evil intentions of Joseph’s brothers were turned to work out for their salvation years later. This betrayed brother became third highest ruler in Egypt and in control of grain in a time of famine through the will of God. Paul, like Joseph of old, also recognized God’s amazing plan for his own sinful life. In Christ Jesus alone we experience salvation and eternal preservation!
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to prepare the way for my preservation and eternal grace! May I be as Paul the Apostle, identified with Christ Jesus in crucifixion and resurrection! Lord, send me!
Scripture reading for July 8th: Proverbs 14-17
Divine guidance is something we all seek. I often think how nice it would be to have God audibly tell me what to do each day and how to fulfill His purpose for me. God has given us His word as divine guidance to shed light on His will and path. (Psalm 119:105) We also have the Holy Spirit living in us to lead and guide us into all the truth. (John 16:13-15) Jesus promised that His sheep would hear His voice and follow Him. (John 10:3-6) Divine guidance is available to God’s children from a variety of sources. God can speak in an audible voice, but often His guidance comes through His word and by the Holy Spirit speaking to our spirits in the inner man through words, visions, dreams, and desires of our hearts.
“To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue. All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:1-3)
Planning is a part of wise living. We must use our talents, intellect, and ability to live our life for the glory of God. However, God must and does have the final say about our plans. He gives directions and often our mouths and tongues are used in guiding us. Words are important and come from our hearts. Motives behind our plans and words are sometimes hidden from our understanding, but God is able to see to the heart of all our motives.
As we plan, we are to remember God in all our ways. (Proverbs 3:5-7) He promises direction and success as we honor Him by seeking His input. The Amplified Bible states that God causes our thoughts to line up to His will when we commit our plans to Him. The Apostle Paul states it another way; “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” “The lot is cast in the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:9, 33) God is involved in our lives more than we like to think! God orders the steps of His own and even “luck” is directed by Him!