A statement often used when people don’t know how things will turn out. In reality, who does know the future but God? We may a catch glimpse of it through God’s Word, or through prophecy, or by looking at past patterns, but only God knows the future of the world, and our individual futures, down to the last detail.
Welcome to FREEDOM FRIDAY – A devotional, emotional, spiritual and sometimes hysterical series that I will be sharing on occasional Fridays, in addition to my regular Old Things New posts. Why? Because though once bound in chains Christ has set me free – FREE to live, to love, to dance, to sing, to be who God created me to be!
A couple of verses have stood out to me in my personal Bible reading lately:
“Listen to this, everyone – near and far: The Eternal One singled me out, even before I was born. He called me and named me when I was still in my mother’s belly . . . He kept my purpose quiet, kept me safe in the shadow of His hand.” Isaiah 49:1-2 (The Voice)
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“I will go ahead of you and smooth the way, lower the heights, break down bronze doors, and cut through iron bars. I will give you hidden treasures and wealth tucked away in secret places; I will reveal them to you. Then you will know that I am the Eternal, the God of Israel, who calls you by name.” Isaiah 45:2-4 (The Voice)
Now, while these Old Testament Scriptures aren’t written ABOUT me, they are written FOR me and speak to me personally about how God works in my life and the lives of all Christ followers. He knew each of us and named us in ours mother’s wombs. He keeps our purpose quiet and keeps us safe in the shadow of His hand. He singled each of us out for a purpose. He goes before us to prepare the way, He opens closed doors, and as we seek Him He reveals hidden treasures to us, proving that He is God!
Do you see that? “He keeps our purpose quiet.”
Our Pastor recently gave a message where he talked about how Satan recognized Jesus as God’s promised Messiah and did everything in his power to destroy him while He was here on earth. He shared how each thing that Satan did against Jesus actually carried out Bible prophecy and played right into God’s perfect plan of redemption for humankind.
Satan didn’t know.
And Satan doesn’t know our futures either.
God has a plan for each and every Christ follower. Do you believe that? Two of my life verses are,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer. 29:11 (NIV)
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good,” Gen. 50:20 (ESV)
Satan is the enemy of our souls. He was defeated through Christ’s death on the cross and since then he has made it his mission to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) those who call themselves Christ followers. He knows prophecy. He knows that Christ will return again and that he will be defeated, so his aim is to create as much havoc for God’s people as he can, in hopes of destroying us. But sometimes the thing he attempts to destroy us with is the thing that will bring God the most glory! Click To Tweet
To stand strong against the enemy it is important to know who you are in Christ. (I gave you some Scripture references in the last FF, which you can refer back to HERE). Satan loves to throw accusations at us. Our Pastor has said many times that Satan would love to make you believe something about yourself that is untrue so that you will act like someone you’re not, but . . .
To know Him, and who you are in Him, it is important to spend time with Him. It is important to seek His Truth in Scripture because the Truth is what has the power to set us free. I Cor. 2:16 NIV says, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” Did you hear that? Scripture says that we have the mind of Christ! His Word is like food and water to us. It nourishes and strengthens us so we are able to live in victory rather than in defeat. It is through the Word that our minds are transformed (Rom. 12:2) and our thoughts become Christ’s thoughts.
He had no idea that some of the things he used to try to destroy my life played right into God’s plan for my life and my unique redemption story! If he had, he may have left this good little church girl alone to live a less than extraordinary church life!
What about you?
How have you handled your past failures? Do you still carry shame or do you believe God when He says that Jesus paid the price for your sins? Have you forgiven yourself? How have you handled the sins that others have committed against you? Are you still wearing the “victim” label or have you accepted your new identity in Christ? Are there any lies that you believe about yourself, lies others have told you or lies directly attributed to you by the enemy of your soul? What about the “hard thing” you are facing right now? Will you let that thing defeat you, or will you allow God to embolden you to stand strong in Him, knowing that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose? (Rom. 8:38), knowing that He goes before you to prepare a way for you and that He does have a plan for your life?
The answer to those questions is what will make Satan either regret or rejoice in the fact that he ever messed with you!
Believe that He has a good plan for your life and that your story can be used for Him. Believe that your life has purpose. Step into it! Walk boldly forward even when you aren’t exactly sure where He’s taking you. He goes before you and He is behind you!
Now THAT is exciting!
Our God, the one True God, stands above and behind history, the history of nations and individuals, directing and orchestrating events for His ultimate glory!
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