God does everything with His own glory in mind.
In these verses, the writer is referring to believers, and believers only.
Jesus was never sent just as an afterthought. He has always been part of God’s plan. He has no “plan B.”
We will never be happy if our will does not align with His will.
If you take Jesus out of the Bible, you are left with fanciful fairytales that make no sense.
1. God’s timing is always right. His purposes are always true, and His vastness is indescribable. In the fullness of time, God is going to gather together all things in Christ: those things that are in heaven and those things on earth.
In the Old Testament, everyone looked forward to the Cross. In the New Testament, we all look back on the Cross. The Cross is the focal point of all history.
You can’t make God move any quicker than he’s already going to. He is always right on time. He has never failed you even once. Sometimes we have to wait and be still and know He is God.
His purposes are always right and just. He has a purpose in everything He does.
Even as big and glorious as the Bible is, it fails to fully describe how vast and glorious God truly is.
If we really believe God can make all things new and if we really believe He can change hearts, then we can appreciate the indescribable wonder of Jesus Christ. He is the heart of every story on every page of the Bible.
Jesus did for us what we could never have done for ourselves. If you are saved, then you are going to heaven as if you were already there now. In other words, even though we have not yet been perfected here on earth, our salvation cannot be taken away.
Jesus knows where we’ve been, where we’re at, and where we’re going. This is the meaning of predestination.
He is working in all things, both good and bad.
2. We can live spiritually bankrupt in our own will or we can live abundantly blessed in God’s will. You can do one or the other, but never both at the same time. And when we’re talking about abundance, it doesn’t mean financial wealth, but spiritual abundance. You can have all the money in the world but still be bankrupt spiritually if you are cutting God out. This, unfortunately, is where most people are.
Spiritual abundance vs. bankruptcy is evident in our:
- hearts (we need revival in our hearts)
- homes (every single home is under attack by the enemy)
- house of God (we need revival in the House of God)
Instead of asking for revival in our nation, or our community, or even our church, let us first seek revival in our own heart. We tend to focus on the other person’s sin instead of our own.
God wants to give us what we want even more than we actually want it.
There will be some genuine wake-up calls at the judgment seat. What if God shows us all the things He would have blessed us with had we only asked Him? Unfortunately, we are content to live powerless and spiritually bankrupt.