Of this I am CERTAIN.
When God is the one writing your story it NEVER ends with ashes.
The author of CREATION is in the business of restoring the wreckage and all that's broken into something beautiful.
He makes ALL things new.
Some people live as though life here on earth is the main
event and that Heaven is an
... The value of our days should be weighed against ETERNITY. Living with Kingdom Purpose
and following Kingdom principles.
Proverbs 29:18 (MSG) If people can't see what God is doing,
they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
they are most blessed.
In other words without a vision of the clear redemptive revelation of God......the people will perish. Without an understanding of WHO God is, HOW He is at work and WHAT it is He's wanting to do....and without ALLOWING Him to work and yielding to that work.....then confusion and misunderstandings, wrong judgments and offenses will be what guides our steps. We will easily be persuaded, tripped up, misguided and distracted. Our perceptions will be filtered through all that's temporary and NOTHING that's ETERNAL.
Without an understanding of His principles, WHO He is and the way He is; without weighing the heart of God and His purposes against our own agendas....our endeavors are meaningless. If we don't look at the bigger picture of what God is up to in the middle of it all....then we will begin to live by feelings and emotions instead of the eternal. We will flounder around in confusion and uncertainty. Life just works when we do it God's way and SEE things from His perspective. His ways are eternal and far outweigh and outlast any present circumstance. To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under Heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Ask God to give you revelation about what it is He's doing. What's He's up to. He's at work. Always. If only we could get an understanding and lay hold of ETERNAL KINGDOM PURPOSES then the temporary things of this world wouldn't move us. Be doggedly determined to pursue the things which have ETERNAL value and refuse to be distracted and hindered by what doesn't.
Everything that we encounter has first been filtered through Sovereign hands with a Divine purpose by DESIGN. It's all in your perspective. We will be at rest when we realize that our circumstances are not beyond His control. Our life is not filled with random haphazard circumstances. He is STILL on the throne and He is in charge and He is FULLY aware of where you are and FULLY at work at EVERY moment in EVERY circumstance. He is not going to surrender His PERFECT will and His Sovereign control to frail humanity and an imperfect creation in a universe that has been so INTRICATELY designed and fashioned by such perfect creative hands.
HE* HAS* A* PLAN*He set it in motion and He fully intends on seeing it through to completion. We need to with the program- HIS PROGRAM- and be a part of a *SURE THING* and refuse to be distracted and persuaded by the things that the enemy is using to trip us up and get us off course. FIX your eyes on the ETERNAL. "Let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us" Hebrews 12:1
I read this article about Esther by Chuck Swindoll and found it to be worth sharing. Especially in light of such uncertain circumstances that surround us these days. "This is the wonder of God's sovereignty. Working behind the scenes, He is moving and pushing and rearranging events and changing minds until He brings out of even the most carnal and secular of settings a decision that will set His perfect plan in place. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that God is asleep when it comes to nations, or that He is out of touch when it comes to carnal banquets [in reference to Esther], or that He sits in heaven wringing His hands when it comes to godless rulers (even today) who make unfair, rash, or stupid decisions. Mark it down in permanent ink: God is always at work. But His ways are so different from ours, we quickly jump to fallacious conclusions and either react rashly or get paralyzed in panic. Know this: God holds the future in His omnipotent hands. So you can rest assured."-Chuck Swindoll
One final word of encouragement:Hebrews 10:22-25 So let's do it—full of belief, confident that we're presentable inside and out. Let's keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. 39....nothing set you back. So don't throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It's still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God's plan so you'll be there for the promised completion.