Thursday, December 3, 2015

God's Provision......

God's Provision

"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

                Philippians 4:19

What is it about your life that you cannot explain apart from God? Do you know that's the only part of you that is believable?

First: When we strike out God still forgives us.

Second: When we strikeout God still protects us.

Third: When we strikeout God still blesses us.

Fourth: When we strikeout God still uses us.

Maybe you have been hit with so much adversity you feel like the little girl who was riding along on her bike when she bumped her head on the low hanging branch of a tree. She ran into the house hollering, "Mom! Mom, Joey hurt me!" Mom looked up from what she was doing and said, "Sissy, Joey didn't hurt you. Joey's not even here. He went to the grocery store with your daddy." The little girl got this startled look on her face. Then in a bewildered sort of voice she said, "That means stuff like this can happen on its own at anytime. Whoa, bummer!"

First we know that better things are coming, there is more to this life. 

Secondly we can be free from discouragement because of the ministry and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Third we know that our God is bigger than our problems. His plans are bigger than our problems.

Fourth we KNOW that God causes all things to work together for good.

The word "know" means to learn by instruction. How do we know our math facts? By instruction. We know that God causes all things to work together for good because we are taught through God's word this is true. The only way we know this fact is through the teaching of the Bible. If it were not for the revelation of the Word we would tend to think that too many things that happen in life work for evil instead of God. How many times have you seen what seemed like a hopeless situation turn into something good? I have seen some of the most difficult situations in life turn into something good for people.

We are told that God causes ALL THINGS to work together for good. 

In the context of the book thus far, all things includes all the trials and tribulations we deal with in life. It deals with the persecutions we face as a result of our faith. Whatever we are facing in life, God promises that it will work together for good.

The passage implies that only those who continually love God are the ones for whom this promise is for. Whoever knows and obeys my commandments is the person who loves me. Those who love me will have my Father's love, and I, too, will love them and show myself to them. The promise is for those who are called according to God's purpose. The word "purpose" means to place something before one's mind, to plan, to resolve. This verse implies that a called one is one who has heard the call and has accepted it and obeyed it.

One of the purposes for God working in our lives through the difficult times is so that one day we will have the same resurrection body that Jesus has. We will look like Him.

The second purpose behind God's plan was for Him to have a large family! He wants many others to follow the path of Jesus.  Remember, the reason we are given freewill is because God only wants those in His family because they love Him. Giving us freewill is the only way for God to know we love Him.


1. Foreknowledge

Those whom God foreknew. In the context the word "foreknew" means to "approve of beforehand."

What this means is that in eternity past, God's knew He would approve of anyone who accepted His Son. He foreknew that those who accepted Jesus would be accepted by Him. God approves those who are faithful.

2. Predestine

The passage says He predestined them to be conformed to His image.

Once again, this deals with the fact that God decided beforehand that those who accept Jesus would be conformed to His image, that we would have a resurrection body.

3. Called

He says that those whom He predestined, He also called. The ones who are predestined to glory are those who accept the call of the gospel. The call is open to EVERYONE! 2 Timothy 2:4 tells us that God desires ALL to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. 

Those who reject the call are lost, those who accept are saved.

4. Justified

The one's called are justified. Remember that being justified means that we are declared innocent. If you are guilty, you cannot go to heaven, we can't declare ourselves innocent, God is the only one who can do that, and that is done to those who answer the call of Jesus.

5. Glorified

When it is all said and done, when Jesus returns, we will be glorified with Jesus. We will be a brother or sister of Jesus. 
We will receive our inheritance in full from God.

The purpose God has behind His plan and the process behind the plan are the reasons that God works through our trials and problems to make it all work out for good.

God does not want us to fail or to think that Satan is more powerful than He is.

Pain and suffering are a reality of this world, as long as we live this life; it will be a part of life. All that will pass when we go to heaven.

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. 

We have a great God who will help us rise above the misfortunes in life! Don't be discouraged; look for God in the cloud of distress.


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