Thank you for following this series we are in "Forgetting What Is Behind". This morning we will continue with the series and begin wi th lesson 3...."God uses what happens to us for our deliverance. Thank you for reading and please pass it on. If you would like to be added to receive these weekly blogs please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org lets get started.
God uses what happens to us for our deliverance
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
The first beginning words in this Scripture in Romans 8:28 are “and we know that in all things”. We will be looking at two questions; the first one is: “How do we really know”? And the second one is: “What is all things”?
Who are the “We”?
“Does this mean everyone? Let’s take a look at the Scripture…God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Well, that is certainly not everyone is it?
What does Scripture say about this: We cannot love God without a change of heart and a change of heart is needed if we are to become children of God. So, the ‘WE’ are those who have had a change of heart.
Let’s look at how it reads in the Amplified Bible…We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. (Amplified Bible)
How do we get a change of heart? Romans 10:9-10 gives us the answer; That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
So Romans 8:28 is referring to those who have had a change of heart, who now have the Spirit of God living within them. Chapter 8: verses 9-10 says….You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
So the answer to this question: How do we really know”? is answered in Romans 8:15-16 it says, For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of son ship. And by him we cry Abba, Father. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
What is all things?
Romans 8:28 states that all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
God promises us as sons and daughters who love Him that everything that comes into our lives, is going to work out for our good and God's glory. It may not seem like it when bad things happen, or a loved one dies, but regardless of what happens God says He will work it all out for our good. (it is fitting into a plan)
When he says, all things, he means just that “all things!” Even when we don't understand (especially when we don’t understand) we must continue to trust and believe everything is going to work out for our good. God has a way of taking our failures, losses, disappointments and yes our sins (when we confess them) and turn them into good.
We should not always assume that it is Satan attacking when things go wrong, it could just be that God is allowing you to go through some hard times that you might become more like Him in the process. "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire---may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though having not seen you love. Though now you have not seen him, you love him, and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls”.1 Peter 1:6-9
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful, he will not let you be temped beyond what you can stand up under. I Corinthians 10:13
We will close here for today and next week finish lesson3. Part 2..we will look at how key our attitude is in letting God use all things in our life work for good. thank you for joining me this morning.