a) In Him also we have received an inheritance [a destiny—we were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand)

b) …according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will” Eph. 1.11a,b -AMP

“My children are not my children because of what they do for me.” -Carol Hubing

She brought a solid Word to Uptown Church this past Sunday. And she is SO correct! Each of my children were adopted or born out of my love, my choice and my commitment to them.

Our performance for God does not equal daughter/sonship. Our works of service to and for Him are a maturing response to His love NOT A MATTER OF EARNING IT.

There are at least three reasons we have serious difficulty trusting in God’s sovereignty in our life:

Sin -what God in His Word the Bible defines as sin

Unbelief -sometimes due to Him apparently allowing pain and tragedy in our lives perhaps answering our deepest prayer-desires with “No”

Because WE are not sovereign and though we may pretend and wish to be we are clearly, historically not

“Inheritance” on the basis of family rather than earning is God’s prerogative -in a word, grace. Using yet another, relationship, His choice, and our choice to trust and follow Him regardless of feelings, personal crosses, the mistakes and even painful abuse we suffer in or outside of the church, at work, etc..

Faith itself is a gift from Him! Acted upon, it is the reasonable response for “those with ears, let them hear” and follow the Good Shepherd as sheep Whom He purchased with His Own blood.

The issues of life do not simply vanish like smoke in the wind, The struggles of what the early Lutheran’s said (“Faith is a perturbing thing”) are real. So is the Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Believe or disbelieve, God is and has a plan for you (and me). That we don’t always get it or get it as we’d like, in that we have the capacity to reject and run from it, yet He indeed does have The.Best.Plan.

I have found over most of my lifetime (I did not always follow Jesus… that’s an understatement!!) He is FAITHFUL to me. He doesn’t love you any less than He loves me!

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

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