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Thursday, October 27, 2005

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT THURSDAY - GOD IS ALWAYS WORKING IN US. The Conclusion.

"All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they believed that God would be with them." - Hudson Taylor.

We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose, and he has always known who his chosen ones would be. He had decided to let them become like his own Son, so that his Son would be the first of many children. God then accepted the people he had already decided to choose, and he has shared his glory with them. What can we say about all this? If God is on our side, can anyone be against us? - Rom 8:28-31. (CEV)

Yesterday in Part 2, we studied how God Always Works For The Good Of Everyone Who Loves Him. It is a sad fact of many Christians, who have never understood the way God works for them, they struggle on, day by day, in the misguided concept that it all depends on them and their abilities. If we could just grasp, how the power of God works for us, we could relax, and enjoy our walk with Him, as we realise that, “...If God is on our side, can anyone be against us?” In our conclusion of this series, we study how...

He Is Always At Work In The Chosen.

Based On His Purpose And Grace... Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, - 2 Tim 1:8- 9. (ESV)

It was by His purpose and grace, that we are saved! Not because of any good works that we have done, nor anything we have achieved, nor by having Christian parents, nor by attending Church every week, nor by what we can give to Him, but we are saved by His grace, by Jesus Christ! Hallelujah! He has purposed that we are a chosen people!

God's mercy ... goes before the unwilling to make him willing; it follows the willing to make his will effectual. - Augustine of Hippo.

He Chose Us To Be His
We as Christians are said to be chosen, because the Father has granted us an invitation through Christ to be saved, and has imbedded into our heart such an influence as to make us His holy, innocent, and loving children, in our salvation. In this way our salvation can be traced entirely to God…

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for the spiritual blessings that Christ has brought us from heaven! Before the world was created, God had Christ choose us to live with him and to be his holy and innocent and loving people. God was kind and decided that Christ would choose us to be God's own adopted children. - Eph 1:3-5.

In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch. He made application to Prior Richard at a local monastery, asking to be accepted as a contemplative and spend the rest of his life in the monastery.

"Your Majesty," said Prior Richard, "do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be hard because you have been a king."
"I understand," said Henry. "The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you."
"Then I will tell you what to do," said Prior Richard. "Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you."

When King Henry died, a statement was written: "The King learned to rule by being obedient." When we tire of our roles and responsibilities, it helps to remember God has planted us in a certain place and told us to be a good accountant or teacher or mother or father. Christ expects us to be faithful where he puts us, and when he returns, we'll rule together with him. - Steve Brown.

He Justified And Glorified Us... Some of you used to be like that. But now the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of God's Spirit have washed you and made you holy and acceptable to God.- 1 Cor 6:11. We were all steeped in sin before we were saved, but Christ has set us free from the bondage of sin and death! Hallelujah!

All unrighteousness is sin; all reigning sin, nay, every actual sin, committed with design, and not repented of, shuts out of the kingdom of heaven. Be not deceived. Men are very much inclined to flatter themselves that they may live in sin, yet die in Christ, and go to heaven. But we cannot hope to sow to the flesh, and reap everlasting life.

They are reminded what a change the gospel and grace of God had made in them. The blood of Christ, and the washing of regeneration, can take away all guilt. Our justification is owing to the suffering and merit of Christ; our sanctification to the working of the Holy Spirit; but both go together. All who are made righteous in the sight of God, are made holy by the grace of God. – Matthew Henry.

We Should Rejoice That God Is Always Working In Us... From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. - Isaiah 64:4.

Hallelujah! I have said it before, and I say it again, if God is on our side, can anyone be against us? Hallelujah!

Loving Father, I thank you that you are always working in me, for my development as a follower of Jesus, and I take great comfort and encouragement from the fact that., if you are on my side , who can be against me? I also thank you for the Holy Spirit, who guides me through all this, that I may bring glory to Jesus, in everything I do. In His wonderful name I pray. Amen!

GBYAY

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