What God has determined
Beloved God’s purpose and decree cannot be frustrated, His desires are always accomplished at the appointed time. God predestines things according to His will and none of the devices of His foes can frustrate them. Man’s desires could be blown to and fro, but the divine purposes of God are firmer. His purpose for all generation has been determined and will surely come to pass.
Isaiah 43:10 says: “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me”
We are all witnesses to the fact that the Almighty God is the true God. There is no being before Him nor shall any continue after Him. The Lord is God from everlasting to everlasting. He is the beginning and the end. He is the first and the last, and beside Him there is no other God. He originated the whole plan of salvation, blessing and curses, and He alone will determine their closure. He determined the formation of the world, and He alone will wind up its affairs.
Beloved, since God determines man’s destiny, it is prudent, therefore, we submit in totality to Him for our good. We cannot do anything without Him; neither can we own anything without His permission.
John 15:4-5 says, “abide in me, and I in you… I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
As all spiritual fruitfulness is under God, it is essential that we keep this vital connection to continue in flourish. We must abide in Him by keeping His words, living a holy life and having all our conversation right. We are dead, fruitless branches, without Christ. The whole history of the world demonstrates that fruitfulness is only found in union with Christ. When we submit to Him, we will receive every help that our souls require to be saved.
As a branch, no matter your quality, you cannot bear fruit without the main body of the tree. As the branch partakes of the nature of the tree, nourished by its juice, and lives by its life, so shall we partake of His Divine nature, be wise in His wisdom, powerful in His might, and pure through His holiness.
Jer. 29:11 says: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
God has a good thought for you this year. He has determined to save, deliver and bless you. This deliverance will not be on your merits, but on His mercy, thoughts and purposes.
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