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GOD’S VICTORIOUS PLAN

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Day 282

“They may have the right to the tree of life
and may go through the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

A romantic idealism pervades our culture. Essentially, it is the restoration of our earth and life to a ‘garden of Eden’ or ‘Paradise’ concept. We who know Christ need to be rooted in His truth about both the earth and this life.

Genesis describes a Paradise that was lost.

Genesis tells the story of fallen man who ran from God and hid. He sinned and lost his glory and a relationship with a Friend. We see the Tree of Life that he violated and lost.

Man is attempting to restore what has been lost because there is a great void in their lives. He does this through his own self-strength, but there is no satisfaction or fulfillment. Nothing completes him. Therefore, he wants to change our world so we can restore the earth. The emptiness does not go away.

There is an answer, a victorious plan by our God for those seeking Him. We can be satisfied and fulfilled. Christ has won a decisive victory that makes us more than conquerors. We are not only conquerors, there is a new heaven and earth that God will light and a Paradise restored with the right to come to the Tree of Life (Revelation 21:1; 2:7; 22:2, 14). Restoration begins with coming to Christ and then you are guaranteed an inheritance of all the above.

“Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they went up to heaven in a cloud; while their enemies looked on.”
Revelation 11:12

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER OUR LIFE

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Day 275

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens;
And His sovereignty rules over all”
Psalm 103:19

David had many peaks and valleys in his life. His life was a mixture of good and evil, and some of the evil was of great extent. David was a great man of God, but wrestled with trials, temptations, sin, and persecution. One thing was clear; he was God’s chosen one and David came to understand His sovereignty through his many dark valleys. He came to the knowledge that we need to grasp – that God is the source and controls all things, and nothing comes to be except through God.

The sovereignty of God is a paradox to our minds. Everything that has occurred in your life; the joys and sorrows, your good health and sicknesses, your financial success and poverty, your good and bad relationships, your achievements and failures, are under His sovereignty.

No matter what happens in our life, He will turn it to His purposes and good will come out of it. But, if we just see God as a way out of our trials, tribulations or unable to help us because we sinned and failed, we will live in fear, anxiety and restlessness. We will believe we are not secure in Him and lose hope.

Knowing His sovereignty comes by faith and relationship; it brings peace, rest and a confidence to our lives. God’s sovereignty causes us to rejoice in Him, for He will bring victory out of our valleys. That is why David proclaimed,

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me,
bless His holy name!” Psalm 103:1

CHRIST REIGNS

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Day 241

“And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church”
Ephesians 1:22

When we read the first chapter of Job we are permitted a glimpse into the workings of the divine court. Amazingly, we read that Satan comes with the angels presenting themselves to the Lord and holds a conversation with Him. We learn that Satan is subject to God and his actions are limited to what God permits.

Several millenniums later, Christ descends into the underworld to declare His victory over Satan, sin and death and then ascends triumphantly into heaven with captives in His train. Jesus triumphed over principalities and powers, having disarmed them [Ephesians 4:9-10; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Colossians 2:15]. As God the Father had mercy upon the Israelites in their captivity for sin, He now has mercy on all of mankind and through Jesus Christ His Son crushes fallen man’s enemy and makes the way for him to be reconciled.

Christ has set us free. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of God. We have been rescued, delivered, and are now preserved by the finished work of Jesus Christ. We need to declare and walk in this truth. Tradition and unbalance give an undo place to Satan by either building up his presence or downplaying his existence. We are triumphant in Christ Jesus and through Him have been given the power to declare this victory.

“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your
feet shortly. The grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”
Romans 16:20

WE ARE INVITED PARTICIPANTS

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Day 218

“He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name”
Genesis 2:19-20

A small glimpse into the mystery of our God and eternity is seen in Genesis 1:26-27 where a decision is made. One can only imagine that when it says, “Let us make man in our image …” that a conversation took place resulting in the decision to share the Divine nature with man. We became invited participants of His nature, as Peter states, “you may participate in the divine nature …” [2 Peter 1:4].

Right from the beginning man was a participant in God’s work. When God made man, He gave him dominion over all creatures and that was immediately executed when Adam was asked to name “all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.” The psalmist declared, “You made him ruler over all the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet” [8:6].

We go all the way to the final revelations given to John, and we find we will participate with Christ in bringing His kingship forth in the kingdom of God, “…and they also shall conquer that are with Him, called and chosen and faithful” [Revelation 17:14]. God will even have us judge the world and angels [1 Corinthians 6:2-3]. How often we forget the value God places on man and how He desires us to take our rightful position as His sons and daughters and have dominion over His works. How glorious it is that He has granted us a position as participants with Him.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26

THE LAMB SHALL CONQUER

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Day 211

“These shall war against the Lamb, and the Lamb shall conquer them”
Revelation 17:14

Christ is the Conqueror. He has conquered, is conquering, and will conquer. The Lord permitted John to look into the heavenlies and see the unfolding of the glorious Divine plan by the Father through the Son. He wept when he saw the scroll sealed, but then was told the Lamb was worthy to open the seals. It was proclaimed that, “He has conquered, namely, the Lion, the one of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David” [5:5].

Christ has conquered through His life, death, and resurrection, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. It is here in this place that John sees Him in all His glory. Our Lord Jesus Christ is also conquering now. He is going forward with the kingdom of God here on earth and His universal Kingship. He is the Rider on the white horse [6:2] holding a bow, given a crown, and riding conquering and to conquer. Yes, He has conquered [5:5], is conquering [6:2], and will conquer [17:14]. He is the Word of God, Faithful and True [19:11-13].

But, listen O Christian: “. . . and they also shall conquer that are with Him, called and chosen and faithful” [17:14]. Who is they? It is us, His chosen ones. Hebrews says, “In putting everything under Him, God left nothing that is not subject to Him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to Him.” It seems that the forces of darkness, the spirit of the antichrist, grows more and more everyday. It even looks like these forces have gained the upper hand. But, it is not so. We have been given the great privilege of participating in conquering with Christ. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” [1 Peter 2:9]. How great a God, how glorious, that He permits us to share in His nature and in His victory!

“You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.  You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth” Revelation 5:9-10

CHRIST IN THE FLESH

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Day 43

“Regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was
a descendant of David, and who through the
Spirit of holiness was declared with
power to be the Son of God”
Romans 1:3-4

God’s Son relinquished equality with His Father to take on the form of a servant and the likeness of man, to make a way for you to be with Him. The depth and fullness of what Christ did for us is inconceivable to our minds and beyond our comprehension. God became, in all things, like us!

Imagine why our God, who knew no sin, would even consider a people who rebelled, not once, but again and again. But He not only considered us, He became one of us. He did this in order to conquer and destroy sin, which seemed to have an insurmountable line of defense. By doing this, He became the Author of our salvation.

God identified with us so that we may have fellowship with a Person who knows our very infirmities. He is full of grace; with unmerited favor for the guilty. He is full of mercy; with compassion to cover the effects of our sins. He is full of truth. He is the Way, The Truth and The Life for us.

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for
us, so that in Him we might become
the righteousness of God”
2 Corinthians 5:21

THE MIND OF CHRIST

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Day 37

“Set your minds on things above”
Colossians 3:2

We have a powerful tendency to focus on the negative aspects of life and the problems we face. Doing this tends to polarize issues and offers no solutions. Flesh (our nature) sees flesh (Jn 3:6) and is occupied with itself. It cannot think or act according to the Spirit.

Because Christ tells us flesh produces more flesh, and “do not conform anymore to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind,” we are called to have the mind of Christ. In fact, it is the only way we are able “to test and prove the will of God in our lives” (Rom 12:2). And how do we do this? We are to set our hearts (seat of our emotions) and minds (seat of our will) on things above. By making Christ the center of our life, we come to know him, his will and his purposes.

The great transformation of being a new person in Christ is having the mind of Christ. Our attitude changes and becomes his attitude. We see people as He sees them. We see the problems of life and difficulties as issues to walk through and find strength and growth in the character of Jesus Christ. We gain a confidence that in all things God works for the good of us who love him. We see more clearly, gaining wisdom and understanding and are able to walk in the peace and joy of Christ. The best of all, we become conquerors in him.

“In all these things we are more than
conquerors through Him who loved us”
Romans 8:37