Saturday, February 10, 2018

God's Eternal Purpose


Let us give thanks for the Lenten Season, for it contains the Power of our Salvation written in Jesus’ Blood. Let us give attention to our Lenten Discipline and take on a Spiritual Commitment.
   
“The Lord said, I have pardoned … As truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the Glory of the Lord.”  ~ Num. 14:20-21                                                         
In this Passage of Scripture above, The Lord is talking to Moses. God wanted to eliminate the Israelites because of gross disobedience, but Moses stood in the gap. You no doubt will remember this account. God told Moses to send 12 spies into the land of Canaan. Caleb was the only one that came back with a positive purpose.  They found giants in the Land, but they also found great bounty of fruits, etc. and then there was the fact that God said: “I will give the land unto the children of Israel.” God has an Eternal Purpose for us, as He did for the Israelites. As they surveyed the land, it is said it “flowed with milk and honey.”  However 11 of them were blinded by the opportunity to profess their Faith in their God who has chosen them to redeem the Land. They did not understand the Eternal Purpose of God – to conquer and to stand strong against the forces of the enemy. While they saw the “good” it seemed fear overrode their Faith. They saw strong people, walled cities, and the children of Anak were know as huge men/giants. God’s Eternal Purpose was to bring them triumphantly into His Promised Land, but alas, they did not receive or comprehend His Eternal Purpose.  But there was Caleb, “Let us go at once, and posess it; for we are well able to overcome.” They saw the giants, and looked at themselves as grasshoppers. What spiritual truth can we get out of this account that God has given to us in Scripture? The hour is upon us, our country, and our Church to rely on the Eternal Purpose of God, for Eternity is nearer then humanity might believe. His Purpose ultimately is “to gather together in one all things in Christ, both in heaven and earth in Him.” Are we ready to be gathered together in Him, to receive the inheritance God has planned and predestinated for us?  The Lenten season is here to bring us to a quite halt, that we might think on Spiritual Matters. God’s Eternal Purpose is that by His Grace and through Faith in Christ Jesus we receive the Gift of God. We find this explanation in Eph. 3; “It is according to the Eternal Purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus!”  The Church at large; does it have Eternity on its mind?   Loving you, Pastor