“But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.” (Galatians 3:26-27).
God’s original plan for mankind was victory, until sin came into the world. Since that time, the enemy of our souls has worked tirelessly to either convince us salvation never occurred, or to nullify its benefits. The way Satan is most effective against us is in our minds. Think of it, as a born-again Christian, the devil can’t kill you outright, or he would already have done it. If he can’t kill you, his mission in life is to make you miserable; to wear you out. I think we could all agree he has been far more successful at the latter than we’d wish to reveal.
Often, there is fact and there is truth and the two are not always the same. It may be a fact that you lost your primary source of income for your family, but the truth is, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, NKJV).
It may be a fact that a discouraging diagnosis came down at your latest doctor visit. but the truth is, “He was whipped, so we could be healed.” (Isaiah 53:5, NLT). It may be a fact that you found yourself in an ugly divorce you never wanted, or that your spouse unexpectedly passed away, and though those are terrible situations for anyone to find themselves in, the truth is, “For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 54:5, NKJV).
Taking it a step further, you may feel you are stuck in a hopeless situation, without any peace, powerless at every turn, like an orphan left on a stranger’s doorstep. The truth is, if Jesus is your Lord, you have been adopted. Adoption is an intentional act. A great deal of preparation, of time and finances goes into an adoption. In whatever manner you came into this world, whether through an alcoholic father or an abusive mother, God planned for you to be here and for you to be His, so He can raise you!
Make no mistake, God didn’t “assign” you to a rotten beginning; it wasn’t His will for you to go through those things to make you stronger – God is not a sadist. Sin is present in the world we live in. Even if you never had an earthly father, you have a Heavenly Father that intentionally created you to fulfill a purpose in His plan.
You may be confused by life, unsure of who you are or what purpose you have here. The good news is, God knows you and has a wonderful plan for you. What are those plans? Glad you asked: “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:13, NLT).
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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