Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Isaiah 43:21 “This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.”

As Christians, we are here, by His appointment.
He has placed us, for His own purpose.

And of course, His first purpose is?
“They shall show forth My praise”!

But how?
Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Here, wills collide. Your will and God’s revealed will for you. And His way of bringing His will to pass, through you.

Our battle may be short, or it may be long; but it is finished when He has had the Victory over us, and we see (with the eyes of faith, willingly):

Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things,(Usually, we have no problem with these. We shout hallelujah!). and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (But here is where we squirm a little)

We do not like to think of ourselves as “creatures”. It is true, we are blessed, for we were made in the image of God.
We were the only creatures that He formed, by His hands; and so an intimate bond was given us.
But we are creatures, and God is the Creator.
Therefore He has the Right to do what He wills with His own.
For the Christian, there is the double right, that He bought us with His own precious blood, from the penalty of sin.

The word “pleasure” here, is really “determination”.
God has a determine Will for each, He has created. For you and me.
And He works to see that Will performed within us.

We must be brought to the place in our experience with God, that we throw down the weapons of our warfare against Him, and as the creature, yield to the Creator.

You say, What weapons?
How about the weapon of self-pity. If we do not lose “sympathy” with ourselves; we will lose out on many joys, and blessings. They will simply be ruined.

How about the weapon of “You can’t do that to me!” Pride is a terrible king. (It makes us do the stupidest things: because “I” can’t be made to look silly, or embarrassed, or wrong. Why should I forgive? They were the ones who were wrong.)

How about the weapon of “I’m sure someone else can do that.” We look for ways to get out of our duty, and one of the easiest is, giving the job to someone else; in our thoughts, even if we do not say it out loud.

There are many “weapons” we use against Christ and His Will for us.

(Be careful, as the Lord showed me, I might end up as the Pharisees of old:
If you read Luke 10:25-37, you will hear how a certain lawyer (they were the ones to interpret the Ceremonial Law to others) asked, “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
Pretty good question, till he got Christ’s answer. Then, he was not willing to obey, but to justify himself. [10:29] “But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor?”)

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

Forget all your fast failures. All those things that did not turn out the way you thought they should have.

The past is just that: past.
So cast off the former things; and determine to face today. To do His Will. And let Him make a way for us in the wilderness of this world, and to see Him give rivers of living water in us and through us, because we are yielding.

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