God’s Master Plan

Our hope in Jesus Christ through every difficulty is that He works all things together for good. Sometimes God’s master plan is that our sufferings today will be the seed of His grace in the lives of others tomorrow. And in everything it will always be forever for our good!

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose    Romans 8:28

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Do You Love Me?

John 21:15-18 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”  Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

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He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.  Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

Three things Jesus tells us about His love

Feed my lambs and let me worry about feeding you

Take care of My sheep and I’ll take care of you

Keep leading My sheep to the green pastures and I’ll lead you all the way home!

A Chosen People

But you are a chosen people a royal priesthood a holy nation. God’s special possession that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light! 1 Peter 2:9

When I was growing up we had a way to pick teams for our neighborhood ball game. A bat would be thrown into the air and one of the captains would catch it. Then the other would put his hand above and they went up the bat till  the top. Who got the top got first pick for their team. One by one we were chosen. Our value to the team became publicly clear. Some of us were picked with a groan at the end.

God is saying to us today that even though the world has not chosen us as valuable He has chosen us as His own special possession. We are a valued member of His team where the world sees weakness God sees a great opportunity to show to others the love of Jesus Christ!KIMG1314

Springs of Living Water

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For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’” Revelation 7:17

We have this promise at least three times in the Bible. Long ago, God promised through the prophet Isaiah, that His people would draw water from the wells of Salvation. Hundreds of years later Jesus Himself came and sat by a well in Samaria and promised a woman that if she would drink the water He was offering that it would become within her a spring of the water of life.

Yet God also holds a promise of living water for the future. It will be more than the joy the Israelites felt when they returned to their promised land. It will be a fullness even greater than the living water that began to Spring up in our hearts when we first received Jesus Christ as Lord. There is to come a Spring that irrepressibly bubbles up and pours out always new from a source deep in the heart of our God. He promises to lead us there daily to drink. There He promises to wipe the tears from our eyes and give us freely the fresh water of His own spring. How will it work? What will we feel? How will it appear?

Today can be your day to meet Him by the well. Today can be the day when you joyfully draw water from the Spring of His salvation. Then, when Jesus truly becomes your Shepherd and you follow Him in this valley, then one day on the mountaintop in Heaven He will show you the answers to every question. Uncertainty, pain, frustrations and tears will be wiped away by the fingers of Jesus Christ and you can drink the pure cool rushing waters of His eternal spring for ever and ever!

A Light Shining in a Dark Place

Do all you have to do without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be God’s children, blameless, sincere and wholesome, living in a warped and diseased world, and shining there like lights in a dark place Philippians 2:15

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Not only does the light seem brighter as the darkness falls, but its reflection gives birth to a child that shines the image of the flame for everyone to see!

Our Morning Star

 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19

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Having the Bible sitting on our shelf, or even dutifully reading it as a mere religious exercise is not what Peter had in mind when he said “Pay attention like you would to a light in a darkened room.” In that dark place there is no other source of light. The only things that we can see are what that light shines on.

Rick Warren once said, “God loves you and everyone else has a wonderful plan for your life!” We live in a world filled with hyped up advertising claims, political promises of utopia and even pulpit promotions that don’t truly match up with God’s word.Peter’s advice is to zero in on what God is saying, as though no one else was speaking. He tells us that it is our own choice, who to listen to. If your world seems so filled with the busy noises of life that you feel lost and confused, then this morning might be a good time to turn off everything else and focus on the word of God. God’s word has the power to amaze us when it shines on everything around us like the dawning of a new day in our hearts.