VIDEO His Permanent Purpose – What The Future Holds For The World

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.
Isaiah 54:17

Isaiah 53 is one of the most theologically important chapters in the Old Testament. It contains the portrait of the Servant of the Lord—the coming Messiah who would suffer on behalf of His people. The Servant—revealed eventually as Jesus Christ—saw that many would be opposed to Him (Isaiah 50:8-9). Yet He also saw that He would be vindicated by God: “Surely the Lord God will help Me” (verse 9).

Interestingly, after the Servant’s presentation in Isaiah 53, He is never referred to again in the singular. Rather, it is His “seed” (Isaiah 53:10), His spiritual offspring, who take center stage. It is “the heritage of the servants of the Lord” that “no weapon formed against [them] shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17). God’s purposes for His people will never be resisted or cancelled (Isaiah 55:10-11).

If God has called you for a purpose, know this: Nothing will prosper against you and God’s purpose for your life. Neither the Servant, nor His servants, can be defeated.

The work which His goodness began, the arm of His strength will complete. 

Augustus M. Toplady


What The Future Holds For The World | Isaiah 54:1-17

He Won’t Let Us Go

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28

Julio was biking across the George Washington Bridge—a busy, double-decked thoroughfare connecting New York City and New Jersey—when he encountered a life-or-death situation. A man was standing on a ledge over the Hudson River preparing to jump. Knowing that the police wouldn’t arrive in time, Julio acted quickly. He recalls getting off his bike and spreading out his arms, saying something like: “Don’t do it. We love you.” Then, like a shepherd with a crook, he grabbed the distraught man, and with the help of another passerby, brought him to safety. According to reports, Julio wouldn’t let go of the man, even after he was safe.  

Two millennia earlier, in a life-or-death situation, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, said He would lay down His life to save and never let go of those who believed in Him. He summarized how He would bless His sheep: they would know Him personally, have the gift of eternal life, would never perish, and would be secure in His care. This security didn’t depend on the ability of the frail and feeble sheep, but on the sufficiency of the Shepherd who’ll never let one be snatched “out of [His] hand” (John 10:28–29).

When we were distraught and feeling hopeless, Jesus rescued us; now we can feel safe and secure in our relationship with Him. He loves us, pursues us, finds us, saves us, and promises to never let us go. 

By:  Marvin Williams

Reflect & Pray

What makes you feel insecure in your relationship with Jesus? How do you feel knowing that your security in Him depends on His sufficiency and not your weakness?

Jesus, when I let go of You because of my sin, You never let go of me because of Your grace.

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Why We Can Trust God

Romans 11:33-36

What situations cause you to doubt God? Do fears come because the future seems uncertain? Are hardships a challenge since they make the Lord appear unkind? Or perhaps your expectations and dreams have come crashing down, and it seems God is nowhere to be found.

Since our heavenly Father is omniscient, sovereign, and loving, we have every reason to trust Him regardless of the circumstance.

God is infinitely wise. We may have all the information that is humanly possible to gather, but God alone knows the future, the details of every situation, and the best possible plan for our life.

The Lord has complete authority over all events. Even though God’s ways are beyond our comprehension, we can trust Him, knowing that His control is exercised perfectly according to His complete knowledge and great love.  

God’s love is unfailing. No matter what we are facing, nothing can separate us from His love, which is in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:31-39).

Let’s take some time today to ponder God’s limitless love, wisdom, and sovereignty. When you are trusting in Him, you’ll be able to follow His path for your life, and your heart won’t be troubled (John 14:1).

Keep Longing for the Word

“My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?” (Psalm 119:81-82)

Those who “love the LORD” with all their heart, soul, and might (Deuteronomy 6:5) and those who seek the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) deeply long to “understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:5).

Yet in spite of such longing, the saints of God are often perplexed by the apparent success of the wicked. This psalmist is no exception:

  • “When wilt thou comfort me?” (Psalm 119:82).
  • “I am become like a bottle in the smoke” (v. 83).
  • “When wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?” (v. 84).
  • “The proud have digged pits for me” (v. 85).
  • “They persecute me wrongfully” (v. 86).
  • “They had almost consumed me upon the earth” (v. 87).

Among all the heartfelt complaints, however, is the continual reliance on the promises and principles of God’s Word. The psalmist promised not to forget the statutes, though he felt invisible to God (v. 83). And though he knew that his days are not guaranteed, he expected God to judge the wicked (v. 84). He knew the “commandments are faithful,” and he promised the Lord that he would not forsake the precepts (vv. 86-87).

The final request should be ours as well: “Quicken me [enliven, revive] after thy lovingkindness” (v. 88). Even though God “hast shewed me great and sore troubles,” the confidence is that God “shalt quicken me again” (Psalm 71:20). On the basis of that assurance, our response should be like this godly man’s: “So shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth” (Psalm 119:88). HMM III

When a Man Falls

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

—1 John 1:9

Are you allowing Satan to magnify the memories of your spiritual failures? He will always keep them before you unless you take your stand and move up in faith.

The devil will whisper, “You didn’t get very far along toward the deeper life, did you?”

He will say, “You made a big ‘to-do’ about wanting to be filled with the Spirit and you really flopped, didn’t you?”

He will taunt you with the fact that you may have stumbled in the faith—and perhaps more than once! The devil wants you to live in a state of discouraged chagrin and remorse.

Remember, the Bible does not teach that if a man falls down, he can never rise again. The fact that he falls is not the most important thing—but rather that he is forgiven and allows God to lift him up!   ITB007

Father, I worship You this morning and thank You for the wonderful truth of First John 1:9. Amen.

Be Citizens of two Worlds

We should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

—Titus 2:12

Our trouble springs from the fact that we who follow Christ inhabit at once two worlds—the spiritual and the natural. As children of Adam we live our lives on earth subject to the limitations of the flesh and the weaknesses and ills to which human nature is heir. Merely to live among men requires of us years of hard toil and much care and attention to the things of this world.

In sharp contrast to this is our life in the Spirit. There we enjoy another and higher kind of life—we are children of God; we possess heavenly status and enjoy intimate fellowship with Christ.

This tends to divide our total life into two departments. We come unconsciously to recognize two sets of actions [the sacred and the secular]….[But] the sacred-secular antithesis has no foundation in the New Testament….Paul’s exhortation to “do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) is more than pious idealism….It opens before us the possibility of making every act of our lives contribute to the glory of God. POG109-110

[Christ] will not use us to establish His kingdom in the world until He occupies the throne of our entire being and becomes the King of our affections, our motives, our will and all our heart. NJ088

Tozer on the Holy Spirit.

Keep Watching

Matthew 24:42

When I was a tiny child, my mother found me perched in a library window looking out intently at the distant road. “What are you doing there, child?” she asked.

“Watching for Papa,” I said. “It is almost time for him to come, and I want to see him.”

“But you are not ready,” rejoined my sensible mother. “Look at your dirty hands and that soiled apron. Papa wants to see his little girl clean, and he likes your hair shining. Go and get yourself ready for Papa, and then take your papers and dolls’ clothes off his table. I’m all ready for him, and so must you be.”

It seems to me now that her advice is still good for older children in spiritual matters, and that her words show us exactly how we are to “watch” for our Lord. We are first to be ready ourselves, and then to make His earth ready as far as lies within our power. We have no business looking up to the clouds of heaven while our hearts will not bear the inspection of Him for whom we are looking. We have no leisure to study dates and times when the law of God for our daily lives is fulfilled in our hearts.

“Therefore, be you also ready,” (Matthew 24:44 KJV) said Jesus. “Watching” can have no practical meaning but getting ready, if we are not so, and keeping ready, if we are.

It is explained in other parts of the holy Word how we are to be watching.

“Watch unto prayer,” admonishes Peter, “for the end of all things is at hand”

(1 Pet. 4:7 KJV). Shall the end find us in fellowship with God?

“Watch thou in all things,” (2 Timothy 4:5 KJV) Paul exhorted Timothy, just going into the work, and with great prospects before him. The young man was to watch Jesus continually, to test whether or not his life matched his Lord’s.

Jesus himself said, “Watch therefore; for you know not what hour your Lord does come” (Matthew 24:42 KJV).

The eyes that so look for Jesus in all matters of the daily life will see Him. They will not have to wait for His appearance in the clouds of glory, but they will behold Him in the clouds of heaviness which may shadow their everyday life; they will find His healing balm on every thorn which would pierce them, His tears mingling with every drop of sorrow their eyes pour down, His form bending under every cross appointed them, taking its weight and pain and transforming it into a thing of joy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they [as they watch] shall see God” (Matthew 5:8 KJV).

Elizabeth Swift Brengle, Half Hours with My Guide