EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON GOD:
WHERE ARE YOU IN THE PLAN OF GOD?
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:
Humanity has no claim on God that he does not freely give; but because you are God’s creation and recipients of his deliverance you belong to him for he planned it that way from the beginning. Though rebellion has often caused separation from what God had planned for you and me he continues to grace us with his favor. God said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever for he is indeed flesh…” (Genesis 6:3; NKJV), throughout time we continue to “grieve God’s heart” through disobedience, violence, corruption and deceit.
You are chosen of God; therefore strive to live out your purpose in his presence by being attentive to his voice. Everything about you (your life) depends on God’s initiative and everything occurs to achieve his purpose. If you embrace the way God does things, there are wonderful payoffs: God pays no attention to what others say (or what you think) about you. He makes up his own mind (Romans: 2:11; MGS).
We all start out as sinners and since we’ve complied this long and sorry record as sinners proving that we are utterly incapable of living glorious lives God wills for us; God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear the world of sin, faith in him sets us free, makes it possible for us to live in his rightness (3: 20-26).
On a warm summer day or after a hard workout you usually will experience thirst; you drink liquids for refreshing and replenishing. Now consider what Jesus says, “He who comes to me shall never be hungry, and he who believes in me shall never thirst” (John: 6:35; NKJV). When we decide to become followers and learners of his teaching, we shall experience refreshing for our souls. The Holy Spirit speaking through Peter, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts: 3:19).
Make a joyful shout to the Lord…serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing. Know that the Lord, he is God; it is he who has made us, and not we ourselves. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100: 1-3).