OUR PURPOSE WAS PREPLANNED

God has a purpose for all of our lives while here on Earth. His general purpose is revealed to us through the Scriptures but He also has a specific purpose He lead us to or reveals to us by His Spirit. When God has something He has purposed to happen through our lives He declares the end of it before it begins. Like a blueprint for a building an architect creates the end result of what has been planned and purposed to be built before it is constructed. Isaiah 46:10, 11 says, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel (purpose/plan) shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure… I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed (determined/formed) it, I will also do it.” When He starts something on Earth or declares something He has already planned it in eternity or in the Eternal realm. He doesn’t create something and then come up with a purpose for it. He purposes then creates something.

 

We were born again by God’s will and created in Christ Jesus unto good works (Ephesians 2:10). He didn’t create us and then have to come up with something for us to do. No, He purposed what we were to do before He created us in Christ Jesus. Part of seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness involves our seeking out the purpose for which we were created. When God’s purpose comes into our view, we call it vision or having a vision. Vision always comes from God’s purpose. Vision should never be birthed out of our heart (which can be full of personal ambition, rivalry, and contention) without being connected to His heart. Vision needs to be connected to God not just a dream, a desire, an idea, or good thing.

 

Having vision is not about what we want but capturing what He wants.

It’s birthed, blessed, and controlled by God.

He is the center of all visions that are Godly.

He is not obligated to establish the vision of a man’s heart, but vision is about man capturing the vision of the Father’s heart.

 

Every purpose God has intended to happen has its own provision for it (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10; Ephesians 1:3). God will never give a purpose without provision. He already prepared in advance everything we need before He created and called us to do it. Every purpose has its own riches in glory reserved for its completion. All that we need to manifest our purpose is all prepared in advance. Sometimes people pursue someone else’s purpose or the wrong purpose making demands on God to provide and supply for it; our supply, though is attached to our purpose. That is why we should not do what we want because supply is not guaranteed for what we plan. It is only guaranteed for what He has purposed in our assignment. Find your purpose and you will find your supply.OUR PURPOSE WAS PREPLANNED

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PRAYING FOR THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL

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This week in the news the topic of Jerusalem and Israel’s land have taken the headlines due to President Donald Trumps’ decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.  What many do not know and the news fail to report is that in 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act requiring the movement of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The act also said that Jerusalem should be undivided and be recognized as the capital of Israel. That law passed 93-5 in the Senate and 374-37 in the House and it was during Democrat President Bill Clinton’s term. Since then the executive branch of both parties has refused to implement the law.

 

As the Middle East conflict continues to capture world attention, many contradictory claims are being made about the land of Israel and its rightful owners. Palestinian leaders call much, and sometimes all, of the Holy Land “occupied territory,” meaning the Israelis are the occupiers of the land that they say belongs to the Palestinians. But what are the facts about the land that God swore to give to Abraham and his descendants forever Genesis 12:7? In 1700 BC, Abraham receives God’s promise that the land will belong to him and his descendants forever. Abraham and his descendants settle in Israel, beginning an over 3,000-year presence by Jews in the land prior to any Arab occupation.  “Abram traveled through the land … the Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,”‘ Genesis 12:6-7. King David later established Jerusalem as the home of the Jews more than 1,500 years before the rise of the Islamic faith.

 

Acts 1:11 says, “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Jesus is Coming back according to the prophecy of Scripture Acts 1:11. God has also controlled  and sent signals through the Sun, moon, and stars (Gen. 1:14) in the past and will do so again during the Tribulation Revelation 6:12; Matthew 24:29. Without any physical signs, those justified by faith are to live by faith in what God has said in His Word.  We have plenty from the Word of God that tells us we should be doing certain things with respect to Israel and the Jewish people.

 

  1. God promises to bless those who bless Israel Gen. 12:1-3.
  2. Commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem Ps. 122:6.
  3. Commanded to be watchman on the walls for Israel Is. 62:6.
  4. Commanded to minister to Israel in material things Rm. 15:27.
  5. Jesus entreated the Church to support Israel Matt. 25:40.

 

We owe a debt of gratitude to the Jewish people for salvation is of the Jews. Our Savior came through the lineage from the Jewish people. Most Christians think of Jesus as a Christian but don’t see his Jewish roots. He was born of Jewish parents, dedicated as a child in the Jewish tradition, raised studying the Law and the Prophets, and when He was of age was called “Rabbi.” He died with a sign above His Cross, “King of the Jews.” To be an anti-Semite, as a Christian you’d have to separate Jesus from His Jewish roots, and then ones hatred would be easier.

 

I am praying our President would continue to consider these truths in his dealings with Israel. Joel 3:2 also tells us two standards by which God will judge the nations,  “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, WHOM THEY HAVE SCATTERED AMONG THE NATIONS, and PARTED MY LAND.”

 

1). Did they scatter the people and 2). Did they part the land?

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THEY WENT TO THEIR OWN COMPANY

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Acts 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.

 

 

Hebrews 10:24 And let us constantly be giving careful attention to one another for the purpose of stimulating one another to divine and self-sacrificial love and good works, 25 not letting down on the assembling of ourselves together, even as the custom of certain is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you are seeing the day drawing near. (An Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest)

 

Every child of God is called into the fellowship of with the Lord personally and privately; but also with the Body of Christ, the local Church, publicly. Our responsibility for faithful fellowship is clearly stated in Hebrews 10:25. It is a command of God and not a suggestion. God never suggests anything. Yes, our mission starts when we leave the gathering place as God anoints our going with the power of the Holy Ghost and the Gospel. Yes, God can speak to us in a solitary private place like He did Jesus Mk. 1:35 but He still speaks to us in the assembly. Yes, our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost but until the Tabernacle of God that comes down from heaven in the new Heaven and new Earth (Rev. 21:1-3), there will always be a local place of assembling.

 

God has always had a PLACE of meeting where He could meet with man:
The Garden was a place Gen. 2:8.
Abraham, being called, obeyed to go out to a place Heb. 11:18.
Bethel was a place where God revealed Himself to Jacob Gen. 28:11, 16, 17, 19, 22.
God would choose a place to put His name in the Promised Land Deut. 12:11, 14, 16.
There is a place God plants us as trees of righteousness Psalm 92:12-14; Is. 61:3.
A place where as sheep we are in a flock or fold to be fed, increase, and be fruitful Jer. 23:1-4.
A place we can call own company Acts 4:23-31.
A place of the truth, the House of God 1 Tim. 3:15.

 

Don’t listen to the rebellious sheep who only have a commitment to the Church universal which is the Body of believers everywhere. That is why they feel they can go wherever they want on any given Sunday. I’d like to see a soldier in the military do that and just report to any base they want any time they want. I’d like to see that work for an athlete to just show up at any game and play with any team.

 

Don’t listen to those who say all you need is a relationship with Jesus. That is not true. Jesus is the Head of a Body called the Church. To have that kind of fellowship there would have had to be a decapitation of some sort.

 

Don’t listen to those who neglect the assembling of themselves who say we don’t go to church, we are the church. Sorry, but, no we are not. The church is not one member but many; the church is the assembly of the many members. Yes we are individual members of a Body called the Church but we are the “called out ones,” who are to assemble. There is a place God has for every believer. The sad thing is we have mega churches filled with extra parts and small churches with missing parts. How can this be except that the Body is acting on impulses not from the Head. Find your place, get planted, and flourish. The place of our fellowship matters.

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FAITH TO STAND ALONE

FAITH TO STAND ALONE

 

For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged Romans 3:3, 4.

 

We do not often exercise faith unless we are backed against the wall.  When we have other options we do not tend to use our faith.  Sometimes we miss opportunities to use our faith due to the conveniences and other options available to us, which are a blessing as well.  Faith shines its brightest when things look the worse.  Faith is not proven when we have all the support, stuff is working, and all is producing.  Read Hebrews 11: those people had faith in trying circumstances and often when no support was there.  They had stand-alone faith.

 

At some point or area in our life our faith is being tested.  We do not need faith when what we need to happen comes to pass but when it has not yet come to pass and we are waiting.  Our faith is tested in the waiting process; it’s rewarded in the receiving process.  We are called believers because we face tests of our faith and we believe anyway. Even if we stand alone with nothing more than a Word from God and our profession of faith we will be rewarded.

 

People’s lack of faith and faithfulness does not nullify or make of no effect the faithfulness of God over His Word. Their stubborn unbelief will not neutralize God’s fidelity.  He is committed to His Word. We should not look to others to believe what we believe to validate what God promised to us. He can bring His Word to pass without anybody’s help all by Himself. Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.”

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OUR BLESSED ASSURANCE

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1 Corinthians 15:53-58 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord,”

 

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ conquered death and has given us a victory that no one else could give.  He takes the sting out of death and gives us the victory over it by grace. What the Law could not do Jesus did—He became sin and conquered death, hell, and the grave.

 

You might ask, “How did Jesus’ victory take the sting out of death or what did His victory do for the Believer?”

 

  1. GOD ASSURES US THAT THE SEPARATION WE EXPERIENCE IN THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE IS NOT PERMANENT; A REUNION AWAITS US.

One day there will be a reunion of believing ones never to be separated again. Death is not the end, one day there will be a reunion.

 

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words,” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

 

  1. WE ARE ASSURED THAT THIS SEPARATION IS A DEPARTURE FOR OUR LOVED ONES TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.

 

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord,” 2 Corinthians 5:8.

There is no intermediate state but instant entrance into God’s presence.

 

  1. WE ARE ASSURED THAT THIS SEPARATION IS A DEPARTURE TO A NEW HOME AND A FAR BETTER PLACE.

 

“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also,” John 15:1-3.

 

“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for former thing are passed away,” Revelation 21:3-4.

 

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better,” Philippians 1:21-23.

 

  1. WE ARE ASSURED THAT THIS SEPARATION IS A REST FROM ALL THEIR EARTHLY TOIL AND FOR A REWARD IN ETERNITY.

 

“And I heard a voice from heaving saying unto me, write, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them,” Revelation 14:13.

 

“To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 1:4. Our heavenly inheritance is everything that our earthly inheritance is not. It is incorruptible, undefiled, fades not away, and is reserved in Heaven for us.

 

  1. WE ARE ASSURED THAT AS BELIEVERS WE TOO WILL ONE DAY EXPERIENCE A GLORIOUS RESURRECTION AND GLORIFIED BODY LIKE JESUS.

 

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself,” Philippians 3:20-21.

 

“Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the death shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory,” 1 Corinthians 15: 51-54.

 

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life,” 2 Corinthians 5:1-4.

 

 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

 

Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blessed
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love

This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long

 

Oh what a Savior, wonderful Jesus

 

Death could not hold You, You are victorious
Praise to the risen King
Death could not hold You, You are victorious
Praise to the risen King

 

Oh what a Savior, wonderful Jesus
Oh what a Savior

 

Wonderful Savior

 

Songwriters: Christopher Joel Brown / Mack Donald Iii Brock

Blessed Assurance lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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VICTORY OVER DEATH

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Our Heavenly Father has provided a source of comfort and help through His Word for all of life’s circumstances including death. The promises and words in the Bible can help us find the understanding, comfort, and help we need in facing the loss of a loved one and it is always sufficient to the degree of our suffering. Our God is the God of ALL COMFORT as 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 says, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

 

According to Scripture, death is an enemy. “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death,” 1 Corinthians 15:25-26. It is not the natural, normal state God planned for man even though it has been a fact of human history and every man has an appointment with death. God created man in His image and likeness to be with Him forever in fellowship with Him as an eternal being.

 

So why death? When is it ever convenient, timely, or when does it ever make sense? Sure it is relief from long-term sickness, pain, and suffering but who can ever really be thankful for death? Death is the last enemy to be conquered by God. It is the result of satan’s attack on man and man’s fall in the Garden and Adam’s sin. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned,” Romans 5:12.

 

How is it an enemy?  It separates: death always separates.

 

Think of death from a Biblical perspective which categorizes death:

Spiritual death—man’s spirit is separated from relationship with God’s Spirit.

Physical death—man’s spirit is separated from His body.

Eternal death—man’s spirit is separated from God forever.

 

It also separates us from our loved ones.

 

In 1 Corinthians 15:51-58,  Death is represented as having a sting (a goad; a prick) like the driver of a wagon pulled by oxen, goads continually prod or goad them on. “Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord,”

 

Sin is called the sting/goad; so sin is that which urges men on toward death – spiritual, physical, and ultimately eternal death. Death in all its forms could not have entered into the world if sin had not entered. It was sin that not only introduced spiritual, physical, and eternal death but armed it with its destroying force, sting, or goad. We often hear the use of the verse of our victory mentioned in (v.57) to apply to poverty, adversity, circumstances, sickness, evil people … but the context is victory over sin and death.

 

The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the Law. The Law identifies sin and forbids sin but only strengthens its binding, controlling power. It provided no help, only cursing and condemning thereby strengthening the sting.

 

What the Law could not do Jesus did. He became sin and conquered death, hell, and the grave. He takes the sting out of death and gives us the victory over it by grace.

 

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

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STAY PLANTED IN THE LOCAL CHURCH

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Psalm 92:10 – 14 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. 11 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. 12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

 

There are many blessings we receive from God as individual believers and thank God for them. Does anyone ever get tired of hearing of blessings spoken of only in terms “I, I, I, me, me, me, mine, mine, and mine, I’m gonna get my thing, It’s my time…?” Yes, God wants you blessed as an individual but there are certain blessings and graces from God that only come to a believer through his connection to and being planted in the house of the Lord with others Psalm 92:10-14.

 

  1. Increased influence and authority v. 10a.
  2. Fresh anointing v 10b.
  3. Enemies defeated v. 11
  4. Flourishing growth v. 12, 13.
  5. Longevity and fruitfulness v. 14

 

In a day when many are following the spirit of the age and becoming lovers of their own selves let’s not allow our love for being planted in God’s house to become cold.

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