His Perfect Purpose

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  1. NetChaplain

    NetChaplain
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    Oh, the joy that can dwell in the lives of the saints when our understanding of the work of God in us is clearly seen in His Word. The learning of the greatest lessons come the hardest and the latest, all due to instruction in patience, from which of the Lord’s provisions His Spirit uses to “conform” believers the most in bringing forth the most pleasant of His fruit that manifests the strength of faith—joy!

    “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete (mature), lacking nothing” (Jam 1:2-4). Every difficult occurrence in the lives Christians, along with those deemed self-incurred, has already been arranged to result to our advantage, and it is the one whose joy has been learned in the forging of the trials of hardness (mine thus far losing four immediate family members within a 15 year period) who’s understanding of God’s intents will “shine” (Mat 5:16) the brightest light on the path of the lost to Him!

    -NC


    His Perfect Purpose

    If our hearts were in happy fellowship with the Father, and in cooperation with His wondrous ways and arrangements, which are all for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, we could not refuse or dissent from His calling on us for our quota to the great circle of His purpose, in which we should feel ourselves included.

    If we are really and heartily interested in His purpose and ways, and carefully entering in them, and devoted to them, when we found that He considered it necessary that Lazarus, or even one much dearer to us, should sleep, we should, though unable to see why we are so heavily taxed, bow our heads and submit to any call on us, because reckoning on the wisdom of His will and counsel (Eph 1:11), and knowing that He is making “all things work together,” are not only “for good” to us, but for His glory.

    I must get to this high level, or I never can comprehend or become resigned to the varied discipline by which our Father is carrying out His own purpose, while severing us from the “old man,” practically setting the flesh aside, “that the life of the Lord Jesus may be made manifest in our body.”

    It is an exercise to our faith, until we get able to rest in the assurance that His way (which involves all that He knows will occur within a believer’s life—NC) is perfect, and the only true and effectual way for subduing the particular kind of nature which each has. Faith in His ways is required before we have intelligence as to His ways.

    I must believe in the skill of a physician before I can confidently submit to perhaps very painful remedies. But when I come to understand his object, and the necessity for those remedies, it is not only faith in his skill, but appropriation of his mode of treatment.

    It is long with some of us before the appropriation comes; and it is plain that we should be miserable under the treatment, if we had not faith, or in other words, confidence in the skill. If you have this confidence, you can cheerfully submit, even though, like Job, you may not approve. But when you have real fellowship with His purpose, you will approve; it will be grateful to your heart to bow, and you will find that what your Father considers the right thing can be nothing else than the best for you. “For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28).

    - J B Stoney


    Miles J Stanford devotional: http://www.abideabove.com/hungry-heart/
     
  2. utilyan

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    God doesn't need purpose, Purpose needed God.:D

    If you think you are one thing and his Purpose is some other divine project, The "greater project" is NOTHING, The purpose for purpose sake doesn't matter.

    Find the worst sinner and you will find God's highest priority his most precious treasure the highest calling of purpose.

    God let his son die for them. Just as Jesus died for your sake rather then a purpose above you.

    A doctor cares for sick not the healthy.

    Luke 5

    30The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” 31And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. 32“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

    God's purpose is not centered around saints and the righteous, But sinners.


    God is not a self-indulging God, not even "good pleasure" can boss him around.

    The Purpose is the same as The Goal.

    1 timothy 1

    5But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
     
  3. NetChaplain

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    Hi U - As always, thanks for your replies! I believe I understand your meaning, which is God's concerns are more for the unsaved than for the saved, but the author's article concerns His purpose for those in Christ who have been "predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will" (Eph 1:11)

    This is that which is "according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself" (vs 9) from eternity past as shown here: "according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord" (3:11).

    Though this includes all whom He knows are coming to Him that have yet to come, this purpose does not include those He knows will never come, for these are those whom He knows will always be unbelievers, which is why He can say, "he that believeth not is condemned already" (John 3:18). As we sadly know, He has a different purpose for them.

    Blessings!
     

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