You are invincible and indestructible – until the day God kills you. Rest assured, everyone’s day of death is perfectly planned and set about by the same Creator who placed you in your mother’s womb. Give Him resting praise for this truth!
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On our journey through this life, you and I may be at different places. Being at different places does not necessarily mean that either of us is “ahead” or “behind” of the other spiritually. It just means that the Lord needs to take us on different (and yet at the same time similar) paths due to the uniqueness of our personalities, upbringing and influences, as well as His own unique purpose in our lives – all as it pleases Him.
But now has God set the members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased Him (I Corinthians 12:18).
In our diversities, He works all in all!
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God Who works all in all (I Corinthians 12:6).
Prayer in my life has been replaced by assurance! I’m now in a place of relaxation as my ability to see His sovereignty in all things is coupled with His love and mercy for all.
I see prayer not as asking God to provide things or change circumstances, but as a constant state of awareness of His sovereignty in ALL THINGS, which then results in an attitude of gratefulness and thanksgiving, which then leads to peace – i.e., gratefulness leads to great fullness.
In such sharp and wide contrast does this revelation in Ephesians, Philippians* and Colossians stand over against all the other Scriptures. It illumines all. The procession of His eonian purpose appears emblazoned with a glory commensurate with its goal — “that God may be All in all.”
The line of partition across the created universe marks the Scriptures between those of Paul, concerning the Heavens, and all the rest concerning the Earth. In all of these the Heavens are in continuous recognition, in those of Paul they are brought forward in sustained exposition.
*Most who came to see the Secret Administration included the Philippians epistle along with Ephesians and Colossians. It is easy to understand why they did so. Yet, rather than being a part of the Secret Administration, Philippians stood on the threshold of the grand Ephesian-Colossian writings. It was the gateway epistle to the Celestial writings of Paul. For a look at the unique nature of Philippians, see:
“Philippians: Paul’s Pivotal Letter Pressing Toward the Mystery,” Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr., Bible Student’s Notebook #788.
When believers let themselves become affected by worldly systems, then they subject themselves to the influence of those spirits who operate them. All of these systems are currently under the headship of Satan.
It’s one thing to have an opinion about something, but when it affects our relationships, we need to take a step back and re-evaluate our own behavior and consider if we are allowing ourselves to be influenced by those spirits instead of God’s.
A lot of the problem is that believers falsely put their hope of security in the worldly systems, whether politics, or finances, or whatever else, and then when things take a turn for the worse (according to their thinking) their world seems to fall apart, or at least stands on “less secure” ground. We must remember that God is writing the script. This is all His show.
God, in His sovereignty, places our leaders into their positions as well as the arrangement of the leaves that fall. We should remember that, along with everything else, He is in control of:
Judges, lawyers and criminals;
Businesses, employees and customers;
Politicians, voters and nonvoters.
We can rest assured that all things are in His Hands – regardless of our expectations.
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Let us beware, in our prayer, that we do not set ourselves above the Supreme. Let us not inform Him Who knows all, or reform Him Who has made all. He is not an idol of putty, so that we may remold Him to conform to ourselves.
Those who know Him do not wish to change Him. They are satisfied and delighted to have Him as He is. Neither do they wish to change His purpose or His plan. His will, to them, is the only good. They wish to change themselves, not Him. They want Him to conform them to His will.
Last week was Inauguration Day. I was born on Inauguration Day, and 16 presidents have been sworn in on my birthday. Exactly half of them have been Democrats and half have been Republicans. Early in this nation’s history there were Presidents from other parties as well: the Federalist and Whig parties. Some of the earliest Presidents were “unaffiliated” with any party.
We have a tendency to listen to, and are often greatly influenced by, the rhetoric of those around us – parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, preachers, teachers, news sources, etc. As a result, on Inauguration Day half of the country was elated, the other half was dejected. In another election the responses will be reversed. This is merely the cycle of human governments.
This nation is incredibly young, as the age of nations goes. The lesson is that Presidents come and go, political parties come and go, and even nations come and go. They are all just a part of the perpetual cycles of life. Nevertheless, these cycles are all divine cycles, for “all is out of God, all is through God, and all is going back to God” (Romans 11:36).
The one thing that remains stable and constant? Our Father.
… The Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).
Seeing that out of Him and through Him and for Him is all: to Him be the glory for the eons! Amen! (Romans 11:36, CV).
The phrase “out of Him” suggests a much closer union than the phrase “through Him.” What a man makes with his hands has come into existence outside of him and has no vital relationship to him. But with his descendants, who were in him and are out of him, he is in a close and vital union. To him they are the nearest, loveliest and best, his greatest and most valuable possessions. Such a relationship with the universe has been established by God by the fact that, at first, He carried all in Himself. His ownership of the creation is not, first of all, based upon its creation, but this is because it was first included in Him. That is what gives Him the original title to the whole universe. He is its only true Owner.