January 21, 2020

All for Good - Bro. T. Stephen

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of Jeremiah 32:4 says, “I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them  good. And I will put the fear of  Me  in their heart, so that they will not turn away from Me.”

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,  From the above context we understand that our God makes an everlasting covenant, with his children, saying that He will not turn away, from them to do them good. He may withdraw His gracious presence for a while, but he never turns from His love and affection to His people. He does not utterly   leave them or forsake them, or cease to do them good. Instead he puts fear in their hearts, in order to keep his people along with Him, and not allow them to depart from Him. It is sin and sinful deed that separates one from God, and ruins them.

God doesn’t rest when   it comes to you and your growth. He puts everything into place to help you grow, thrive and experience transformation. Ultimately God is in control. He allows the good and bad things in life and we can trust Him to work all things, together for good in the lives of those who love Him. There is always a question, “When bad things happen, can God use them to accomplish good?” Yes God can. He turned the evil days of Job, Joseph, David, Mordecai and Ruth into prosperous days.

Once a government officer,  came up to me for prayer saying, “’Brother I have been very honest in life, very frank of speech, and straight forward in my work but the authorities have transferred me to a dry and deserted place. A very remote and  distant place. Why did this happen to me? Kindly pray for me”. I told that brother that nothing will happen to him without the knowledge of God. Not a single hair can fall off his head without God’s permission.  If one is honest in work then he should be promoted to higher grade or post   but if he has been transferred to a distant place then God has a plan for him.  

I told this brother, “ God has taken you there with a purpose.”For those who transferred you , it would seem to be a place of punishment   for you, but God has taken you there with a definite purpose. So take up the transfer and join the duty   in the place you have been posted.”Firstly he hesitated and refused to move. But God said, “ Am I not the person, who is sending you there.  I have a plan and purpose for you. I will do great and mighty things for you in that place”. Accepting the plan of God, he joined the duty and began to serve the down trodden people there. He became a person of love in the surrounding place. Even the people there began to show love and concern for him. As a result people did not allow him to go out of that place. He became their favourite officer, He did great many things for them. It was actually a sick unit in that province but God turned it out for him as a blessing.

My dear Brothers and Sisters,  when you surrender your lives to the will and plan of God then a great honour is awaiting you. Later when that brother came to meet me  again,  he said, “ Though I endured sufferings many people have been blessed through me and this gives me great joy.” He said, “The joy I received serving them cannot be measured.” He couldn’t explain the joy of his experience that he had amongst those people.  May be some of you are being squeezed, at your work place. or you are crushed  and  thrown out  as a waste material by your authorities, endure patiently then you will be exalted in that same place where you have been despised.   God’s plan for you will be fulfilled in that place. For He will neither leave you nor forsake you.  Adhere to God’s word then, He will bless you. Never worry about the problems that you may have to face in that situation, for the end will be rewarding. It would turn out for your benefit. God bless you.  

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank   you for this blessed day. Lord we lift up our heart towards you.  Help us to adhere to your words. Make us responsibile persons.  Always to be focused on God and His guidance, and not lean on our own  understanding.   May we surrender our lives to the will and plan of God. Teach us to fully believe that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

 

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