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A Thought for the Day

 February 10, 2009

 Living in God’s Eternal Perspective and Life

God lives in eternity.  He has an eternal perspective on things.  He sees things as He created them to be.  He remembers how He first determined all things in Himself and then made things, and He sees things as they will be.  He has a plan to bring about His eternal ways and purposes into this life, called time.  He created all things for Jesus Christ, by Jesus Christ, and through Jesus Christ.  He sees the end from the beginning.  He invites us to live with His eternal perspective and life in this life we now live in time.  This week we will focus on some of the ways God invites and enables us to live with His eternal perspective and life. 

 God lives in eternity in His eternal plan

For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’” (Isaiah 57:15 NKJ)

God sees the end from the beginning.  He lives in His eternal perspective.  He knows that our trials and sufferings are but for a moment.  He has a plan to heal us, to impart His ways into us, to dwell in us by His Spirit, and to have us know and experience His great love for us.  His ways are higher and greater than ours.  He reveals these things to us through His Word, by His Spirit, and through our knowing Jesus.  He does not force us to know these things; rather He reveals them to those who are willing to want to know Him, seek Him and live for and with Him.  Many people do not understand the ways and purposes of God; they are too busy pursuing their own pleasures and desires.  God wants us to be happy, but He knows that true, lasting and full happiness is only found in His eternal plan, purposes and kingdom.

God invites us to join Him in His eternal plan.  Jesus came to reveal the eternal plan to us, to be the eternal plan, and to manifest and bring us into the eternal plan.  He came to give us eternal life--a life in union with God, a life that sees things from an eternal perspective.  God invites us to receive His eternal life and to receive His daily strength and wisdom so we can grow in His eternal revelation.  This takes faith, time, humility, patience and diligence.  All of these things are part of the character of Christ, Who can impart them to us, so we too can live in God’s eternal plan and perspective.

Father, we confess that you are eternal, and that You have created us to know Your eternal plan and desires for Your creation and for those who will seek to know and be with You.  Help us to receive the life and understanding of Jesus and all that He has done and will do for us so we can  live in the eternal life He can impart to us.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day

February 12, 2009

 Living in God’s Eternal Perspective and Life

God lives in eternity, with an eternal perspective.  He sees things as He created them to be.  He remembers how He first determined all things in Himself and then made things, and He sees things as they will be.  He has a plan to bring about His eternal ways and purposes into this life, called time.  He created all things for Jesus Christ, by Jesus Christ, and through Jesus Christ.  He sees the end from the beginning.  He invites us to live with His eternal perspective and life in this life we now live in time.  This week we will focus on some of the ways God invites and enables us to live with His eternal perspective and life. 

 Jesus drew strength from His eternal life and destiny to endure the cross

“…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,” (Hebrews 12:2 NKJ)

Jesus came to give us life.  He did not come to improve the life we were living, He came to give us a new, eternal life.  The life we are born with wants to live for its own temporal pleasures; that which Jesus came to give us lives for the pleasures of eternity.  God dwells in eternity and wants to have us live with Him, united with His will, His plan, and His purposes.  He has a plan--an eternal plan--for us to receive His life and become united with Him.  He wants us to know and experience His love, His character, and His nature, and to become united with these things.  The life we are born with lives for the pleasures of this life, for ourselves and for our own glory and honor.

Jesus came to earth and died for us so that we could be freed from this life and receive His life.  The Bible says of Jesus, “He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15 NKJ).  Jesus suffered in this life so that He could bring us into His eternal life.  The subject passage says He endured the cross through receiving strength from the eternal life that He was able to give us through His suffering.  He lived with an eternal perspective; He invites us to receive His eternal life so that we too can live with an eternal perspective.  Sin tempts us by saying, “Live for the momentary pleasure I can give.”  Jesus says, “Let My eternal life give you the power to say no to sin and live in the eternal holiness and purity of God.”  Eternal life--the life of God in Christ--has so much more to offer, now and for eternity.  Let us seek and receive and live in His eternal life!

Father, we rejoice that You live in eternity and see things from an eternal perspective.  Thank You that through Jesus we can receive Your gift of eternal life and begin to live in Your life now.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day

February 17, 2009

 Living in God’s Eternal Perspective and Life

God lives in eternity, with an eternal perspective.  He has an eternal plan, destiny, and desire for all He has created.  He sees things as He created them to be.  He remembers how He first determined all things in Himself and then made things, and He sees things as they will be.  He has a plan to bring His eternal ways and purposes into this life, called time.  He created all things for, by, and through Jesus Christ.  He sees the end from the beginning, and  He invites us to live with His eternal perspective and life.  This week we will continue to focus on some of the ways God invites and enables us to live with His eternal perspective and His life in the days we spend in this period of time. 

 God has an eternal plan and destiny for us

“…just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Ephesians 1:4-5 NKJ).

Before He created the world, God chose us to be in Christ and to be His adopted children.  As we shared last week, God has a plan for His Son.  He is bringing all of His creation under the dominion and will of His Son Jesus.  He called and chose us to be in Christ, under His dominion and will, participating with Him as God brings all things under His dominion.  We have a Divine, eternal, God-given destiny--to rule and reign with Christ, under Christ, over God’s creation.  God has promised that we would become holy and without blame, living before Him in Christ.

We can have Christ’s life in us, empowered by the Holy Spirit, so that Christ’s holy and righteous nature can be in us, uniting our spirit, soul, and body with Him. We can then manifest His holy and righteous ways in our mortal bodies and show the world the reality of God living in His people.  We are called to live in Christ so that we can do these things.  When we have been born into Christ, we have the charge to come before the throne of God and pray for and receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit so that we live before God in holiness and without blame.  This sounds like an impossibility.  It is for us.  But it is HIMPOSSIBLE because the God of the universe has called us to become this and to manifest this through having the life of Christ in us.  God can do this; Jesus came to bring it about for us, and the Holy Spirit is given to us so it can become a practical reality.

Father, truly Your plans and purposes for us are much greater than anything we can ask or even conceive in our human reasoning and understanding.  Help us to meditate on these truths and to seek Your wisdom and revelation so they become a reality to us and in us.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day

February 18, 2009

 Living in God’s Eternal Perspective and Life

God lives in eternity, with an eternal perspective.  He has an eternal plan, destiny, and desire for all He has created.  He remembers how He first determined all things in Himself and then made them, and He sees things as He created them to be and as they will be.  He has a plan to bring His eternal ways and purposes into this life.  He created all things for, by, and through Jesus Christ.  He sees the end from the beginning, and He invites us to live with His eternal perspective and life.  We will continue to focus on some of the ways God invites and enables us to live with His eternal perspective and His life. 

 God has specific things for us to be and to accomplish

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJ)

God not only has a “general eternal plan” for us to be holy and without blame before Him, He has created us with unique talents, brought us into unique circumstances, and given us specific assignments to accomplish in this life.  We are called to be His children, letting Jesus show us how a child of God relates to His Father, and how the Father nurtures and cares for His Son.  As children of God, we are to relate to our Father in the same way as did Jesus, the Son of God, while He was on the earth.  The life of God in us, through Jesus living in us, will awaken the God-given talents and desires He has placed in us in ever-deepening ways as we grow and mature in Christ.

As a child of God, I can and must come boldly to the throne of God my Father to receive wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and purpose each day.  God has brought me into Christ and brought Christ into me so that I can do this.  The Bible says, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-- and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30 NKJ).  Everything I need is in Christ.  Everything that Christ has, has been given to Him for His people.  Jesus has been given everything the Father has, and He is the God-ordained vessel to bring the blessings of God to us.  The Holy Spirit, sent into me through Jesus, will awaken and energize the talents I have been given and will impart the nature of Christ into me so that I can use them for the advancement of God’s kingdom.  Then truly all I need will be given to me, as Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NKJ).  Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, seeking the advancement of His kingdom in and through us, praying for the wisdom, righteousness, holiness and eternal purposes we have been given in Christ to come forth.  God will do what He has given Christ to be in us so we can bring forth God’s desires and He will be glorified.

Father, we rejoice in the way you have made us and in Your eternal talents and capabilities You have placed within us.  Help us to seek You and to pray for You to impart the ways of Christ into us so we can bring forth His character and Your desires and talents You have placed within each one of us.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day

February 19, 2009

 Living in God’s Eternal Perspective and Life

God lives in eternity, with an eternal perspective.  He has an eternal plan, destiny, and desire for all He has created.  He sees things as He created them to be.  He remembers how He first determined all things in Himself and then made things, and He sees things as they will be.  He has a plan to bring His eternal ways and purposes into this life, called time.  He created all things for, by, and through Jesus Christ.  He sees the end from the beginning, and He invites us to live with His eternal perspective and life.  This week we will continue to focus on some of the ways God invites and enables us to live with His eternal perspective and His life in the days we spend in this period of time. 

 We can and must come to Him daily for grace to accomplish His eternal plans for us

“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)

Jesus was a man of prayer.  He often prayed all night.  He often went off by Himself to pray.  He knew the reality that God hears the prayers of His people and responds to them.  He knew that God gives energy and revelation to His people daily, just as manna was given for only one day at a time. 

The disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray.  Jesus then gave them the “Lord’s Prayer” as a model which would help them to pray more and also give them a guideline of things to pray for regularly.    In the verses preceding, Jesus had told them to pray to God as their Father, to pray for His name to be revered and honored, and to pray for the kingdom and will of God to come on the earth as is exists and is manifested in heaven.

Now Jesus is telling them to come each day for their daily needs.  He is reminding them that God only gives strength for one day at a time--our vessels can only contain that amount of energy or strength. Jesus Himself prayed for the strength to go to the cross in the beginning of the day on which He was to do this.  He continued in prayer until He was in total unity and full of the grace needed to accomplish what was before Him.  He knew the limitations of our earthly vessels.  He knew the value of becoming united in body, soul, and spirit with the will of His Father.  We too need to come daily.  We too need to receive grace to know and become united with the will and eternal plans and purposes of our Father.  Jesus did this for us and now He can do this in us.  Let us pray daily.

Father, we rejoice that You call us to pray, and that You teach us how to pray and what to pray for.  We rejoice that You share Your heart and eternal plans and purposes with us so we can truly participate with You as You work in us the nature of Jesus and empower us with Your Holy Spirit.  Help us to become united with You in prayer, as Jesus was and is.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day

February 20, 2009

 Living in God’s Eternal Perspective and Life

God lives in eternity, with an eternal perspective.  He has an eternal plan, destiny, and desire for all He has created.  He remembers how He first determined all things in Himself and then made them, and He sees things as He created them to be and as they will be.  He has a plan to bring His eternal ways and purposes into this life.  He created all things for, by, and through Jesus Christ.  He sees the end from the beginning, and He invites us to live with His eternal perspective and life.  We will continue to focus on some of the ways God invites and enables us to live with His eternal perspective and His life. 

 We who overcome will reign with Him

"To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:21 NKJ)

Jesus reigns in glory.  He has been exalted to be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  We are called to be kings and rulers with Him.  God, from eternity, has determined this.  When He created man He told him to fill the earth and subdue it.   Through sin, man allowed Satan to reign over him.  Jesus, through the cross, took back the kingdom from Satan.  Through His resurrection He has brought us into His heavenly kingdom.  Through His Spirit in us we can reign over the spiritual realm.

This is not an automatic operation.  We must war with Christ as God manifests Christ’s reign into and through us.  A war is going on in the heavenlies.  We are at war with spiritual beings who want to keep us from experiencing and accomplishing all God has for us.  Jesus has won the victory over Satan.  We are now to proclaim and manifest that victory in us, and through us.  We are to let the power of Christ in us be manifest in such a way that the will of God can be done in us, by others, and by the nations.  We are called to be discipled and to disciple the nations, so that the reign and influence of Christ is manifested in the lives of others and in the ways nations operate.  This requires our being warriors with Christ as God brings all things under the dominion of Christ through His life living in us.  This will happen; God will be victorious.  Because He is who He is, we can be who He has called and ordained us to be.  God has confidence in Himself and in His ability to develop Christ in us so that we can be successful.  God has grace for us so that we can advance God’s kingdom in us and in the spheres of assignment He gives us.  We can overcome, and we must overcome.  Through Christ in us we shall overcome.  This is the eternal will and destiny of our great and glorious God. His will shall be done and His kingdom shall come.  He has taught us to pray for this and He will do this in us and through us.  He is God!

Father, we rejoice in Your faith in Yourself and Your confidence that You have been and will be able to bring about the rule and will of Jesus on the earth through Him living in us, empowering us by the Holy Spirit.  How great is Your plan and love and mercy toward us!  Help us to live as overcomers so we may participate in all You have for us to do.  Amen.

 

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