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God Will Fulfill His Purpose

God Will Fulfill His Purpose

Podcast #74

God will fulfill his purpose

 

Welcome to the Podcast–God Will Fulfill His Purpose

This is the Friday version, which means we are focused on a verse of part of Scripture to pray. There are times when I feel very confident in who I am as a child of God. I have no problem getting up in the morning, strong in my faith to believe Him for all I think He has called me to do and become. But other days are not like this. And I question whether or not He is willing to fulfill His purpose in me.

That’s when I’m so grateful for the verses like the ones in the text we cover today. Thanks for listening and being a part of the community.

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Able Still Speaks

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Day 2: Able Still Speaks

Scripture

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. y faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. Hebrews 11:1-4

while Abel brought the best portions of the firstborn of his flock. And the LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, Genesis 4:4

Then Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Genesis 4:8

Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own deeds were evil, while those of his brother were righteous. 1 John 3:12

 

Devotional Material

One of my daughters suffers from allergies in the fall. When she was younger, her father proposed a medical treatment to help alleviate her symptoms. But her response was downright negative. In fact, she told him she didn’t know why we would try that because it was never going to work! Since she was all of seven, dad wanted to know what tainted her thinking.

Apparently, the child had been steered away by an infomercial on television. Even though she had no medical training, zero experience, or justification for distrusting her father, she demonstrated little to no faith in the proposed remedy.

Unfortunately, the reasoning of a misguided and gullible seven year old can sound a lot like you and me when it comes to trusting God and matters of faith.

In The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan created a character named Little Faith. Little Faith has just that: little faith. Oh, he eventually makes it to heaven, but he doesn’t experience the kind of victories and successes worth retelling. Bunyan pushes the reader past settling for little faith toward become a person with great faith.

He knows possessing a meager faith will cause a person to spend too much time in the gutters fighting make-believe foes. Positively that person gets to heaven. There is grace enough. But for some reason, the confidence to believe God can accomplish what He sets in motion never materializes.

Too often, too many limp along unable to believe God beyond what we can see.

Abel still speaks today.

Why?

Abel believed God for what he could not see during his time through his circumstances.

That’s it. That’s all great faith ever requires.

But let’s be frank. Great faith will be costly. People are hurting. Children are without families. Widows are neglected. Girls are enslaved. Countless others are displaced and hungry, all without the Gospel.

The world needs Believers in Christ who will take a step toward greater and deeper faith. As it has been through the ages, so it is here and now. The world is looking for hope. And faith displayed in your life is what it looks like.

Ask God to help you recognize where you are settling for a lesser faith in Him. Then prepare to move toward a faith that hopes in what it cannot see.

What is one step you can take toward trusting God for the unseen today?

with much affection,

 

 

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Not so Smart

Day 1

What if you were The Plan? It’s kind of a radical yet awe-inspiring question, all at the same time, isn’t it? You. God’s plan for making a difference. If this were true, would it make any difference in how you approached your day? Would your choices remain the same? Could this possibly alter your attitude toward…everything?

It’s a least a place to begin. And that we will. Welcome. I’m so glad you are here. You will find Scripture at the beginning of each daily reading before the devotional. Along the way, there might be some free stuff added. Mostly, I want you to feel invited in. Go ahead and look around. It’s comfortable around here. Not perfect, for sure. Remember, I have eight kids. Thank you for your patience. May God richly bless your seeking and the time you spend in the study of His Word.

Scripture

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Rev. 21:1-2

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, Ephesians 1:3

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, Ephesians 1:11

 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Devotional Material

God’s divine plan for utilizing you and me as instruments for bringing hope into impossible situations sounds about as genius as leaving my twin adolescent boys home alone for the weekend and handing over my credit cards. It just doesn’t seem smart. Surely there is a better pathway, one that is guaranteed to succeed. Why couldn’t God use a few millionaires, pro-athletes and movie stars with international platforms, maybe rain down some hail to smite the bad guys and right some wrongs, or drop a few other miracles now and then to remedy the world’s catastrophic atrocities and disasters? I mean, He is God. Can’t He fix all that is wrong in the world?

Yes, He can. And He will.

Until that time arrives, His plan is you. Oh, He doesn’t need you… but He has fitted you perfectly into His plan. It’s what He did with salvation.

The Bible illuminates the ugly reality in our lives that each of us has sinned before a perfect and holy God. Our only hope is Jesus Christ. When we recognize our own brokenness, receive salvation and begin a relationship with God the Father, the Bible assures us that we are made new. We are completely transformed from the inside out, given the rights and privileges of the very children of God, Himself. That’s more than being handed a heavenly credit card without limit. It’s winning the heavenly lottery!

If you and I could embrace our divine reality, we would approach our earthly presence differently. We would begin seeing ourselves as God’s mechanism for bringing others into this glorious existence. Our eyes could be opened to more than personal needs and desires. Life would become less about us and more about…them.

What if you and I began discerning God’s heart to extend His Hand to those in dark places or disparaging circumstances who have no help and no hope?

What if you really began to embrace the reality that you are the plan?

For the next 21 days, take your divine reality lived out in your earthly presence at step further. Give something up. Food, caffeine, social media, Me Time, anything that would signify—I’m serious about seeking your face and learning how I can participate in what You are doing.

Then pray. Ask God to show Himself to you and His purpose for you.

Only God knows what may come from it!

with much affection,

 

 

Are You Where God Wants You?

Are You Where God Wants You To Be

Podcast #56

My daughter and I were having a late night conversation. Actually, I was listening. It was mostly introspective about what had been and how those experiences might shape her present and future. I wondered what had triggered all those deep evaluations and efforts to move forward. But something similar happened to me as I was reading my Bible today. I came across a passage where I had all sorts of notes written to the sides with dates. It caused me to ask a question that I want to pose to you: Am I where God wants me to be?

So I started thinking about this question. How can we recognize if you and I are where God wants us to be? Although it may prove different for everyone, the Bible can help bring clarity to this question for every believer. Today, in the She Yearns Podcast, that’s what we look at. I wanted to take one example that draws out this question and then help apply it in our everyday life.

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For Such a Time as This

For Such a Time as This

Podcast #48

Hey! Welcome to the She Yearns Podcast and today’s episode, For Such a Time as this

Living in a house with a bunch of kids in the public school system means they bring home all kinds of germs and share them. I can generally keep it to a minimum but this season I seem to have lost control. I’ve been sick for the second time now for more than a week and my spouse bit the dust completely. What that means for you is that I had to work a little differently this week. For Such a Time is This is a different kind of episode, but I pray you will find it as encouraging as I did producing it.

Sometimes you and I need to be reminded that God has a purpose for our lives. A purpose that requires us to act upon. It’s not that we need to dig deeper within to make something of ourselves. There is truly a higher calling to be a part of His Plan and His purposes. This episode is meant to inspire and encourage.

The complete text of the reference utilized can be found HERE.

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Many blessings as you hear from your God and receive what He has just for you!

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Thank you for listening.

Cheri