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LOOKING FOR PURPOSE

We know that in everything God works for good with those who
love him, who are called according to his purpose Rom 8:28


Solomon reminds us that to every thing there is a time and purpose under heaven. Just who determines the purpose and timing of these matters? It is none other than God Himself. "According to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will.
"  (See Ec. 3:1Eph 1:11)

How assuring to know, especially when facing difficult times that the ONE we love and trust has not only set the timing of the events in our lives but has also declared a purpose to them as well. And isn't PURPOSE what every living thing long for?

We are reminded that God, our God, has declared the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, "My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose."
Isa 46:10


His purpose no man, no being or "force" can alter. As a believer this should be an anchor to our soul both "steadfast and sure" [Heb 6:1 l]. And because we have such an anchor should we not then, cheerfully commit our cause into His loving trust?

I like what the FBN says of this matter. "Since it is God's plan that men should be subjected to constant changes in this world, and should have no permanent and sure possession of earthly good, we ought to bear with cheerful resignation the vicissitudes of life, while we look to the future world for "a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."

Yes, God has a purpose for you and I today and He states that His will for you and me is GOOD, ACCEPTABLE and PERFECT. [Romans 12:2] But His WILL will never be made known unto us until first we have had a transformation take place in our hearts and minds. And that transformation cannot take place until we with an act of our will present ourselves to God and in TRUE HUMILITY, forsaking all that we hold near and dear to us.

In other words we exchange our TRASH for His TREASURE. [2Co 4:7] Oh, by the way it is only by the grace of God that we could ever attempt to accomplish this. [Php 2:13]

As we face today we should be filled with great hope and anticipation of what God has in store for us. There is no reason to fear especially when God is able to not only to make all grace abound but, as Romans 8:28 says; "TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, He works all things together for good..."

So the question is, DO YOU LOVE GOD? 1 Corinthians 13 says "THAT LOVE COMPLAINS ABOUT ALL THINGS." GOT YA! NO, it says, Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" ACCORDING TO THIS STANDARD DO YOU STILL LOVE GOD?

I love Romans 8:28. Probably the most popular and most quoted verse, but the least understood. For instance, the last part of the verse, "according to His purpose." The word "PURPOSE" here refers to the showbread that was set in order by the High Priest every Sabbath Day before the LORD.

The loaves symbolized the fact that on the basis of the sacrificial atonement of the cross, believers are acceptable before God and forever nourished by Him in the Person of Christ [Vines Expository Dictionary]. By the way this was a continual ordinance.

Jesus is that BREAD that has come down from Heaven whom we have as a forever companion and by whom we are continually nourished. Would it not make since then to submit to His will and purpose for our life? Yes God has a plan and purpose for our life and He has promised to "make ALL things beautiful IN HIS TIME!" [Ec. 3:11]

Now here's the clincher. Our trials, our struggles, and our pain, they all fit into God's plan for our life. Yes, they all work together for our good and benefit. It is God's will and purpose that we want to embrace.

I leave you today with the following scriptures. I pray that you will meditate on them and allow them to minister to your soul.


Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.--Ye thought evil against me; [but] God meant it unto good - All things are yours; whether . . . the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ [is] God's - All things [are] for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Ro 8:28 Ps 76:10 Ge 50:20 1Co 3:21-23 2Co 4:15-17 Jas 1:2-4

THINK ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Dan

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Now I commend You Brethern To The Word Of His Grace That Is Able To Build You up And Give You An Inheritance Among The Saints Ac20:32