The Supremacy of God's Purpose
By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 14:24 (NKJV)
30th April - 6th May, 2018
The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, "Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand.
God has a purpose for each one of us, and His purpose always prevails (Isaiah 46: 10). Even though the devil has plans for people’s lives, every child of God has the opportunity to choose to align with God’s plans.
The story of Joseph in Genesis 37, chronicles the problems, attacks and intrigues that took him from his father’s house in Canaan, to Dothan where he was enslaved, and to Egypt where he was sold. The problems that Joseph experienced are a portrait of the vicissitudes of everyday life, especially for the believer who lives a life of purpose. When you have clarity of God’s purpose for your life and you embrace it, you become a threat to the devil because you make him most uncomfortable.
Even though Joseph’s brothers saw him from afar and planned to kill him, their plans were not able to stop God’s purpose for Joseph’s life (Genesis 37: 18–20). Irrespective of the challenges that may come against God’s purpose for your life, you have God’s Word as a bond, and He assures you that only His purpose will stand. God will defend His purpose for your life, He will keep His purpose for your life, and He will protect His purpose for your life! This is why you do not need to be afraid; rather, hold on to God and His promises.
Joseph’s brothers stripped him of his special tunic and cast him into a pit. In stripping him of the tunic his father had made for him, they were taking away the reminder of his father’s love for him. The devil operates in the same way today by trying to make us doubt God’s love for us. However, regardless of our problems, we must never doubt God’s love for us (1 John 4:10). It is important to be rooted and grounded in His love (Ephesians 3: 17–19).
When they threw Joseph into the pit, his brothers were attempting to kill his dream. The pit is significant of problems like illness, financial challenges, and marital challenges. However, because Jesus rose from the “pit” of death, His resurrection tells us that the pit is not the final destination for God’s children (2 Corinthians 4: 14–18). You will outlive your problems! You are God’s treasure and He will never abandon you.
Despite the plots against Joseph, God shielded him through the years of slavery and imprisonment in Egypt, until he was enthroned as the prime minister of the entire country. In this position, God used him to work out His purpose in preserving Israel. While you are in the pit, remember these principles:
(a) Rest in Christ’s faithfulness and love (Acts 12: 5–10);
(b) Praise God regardless of your situation (Acts 16: 25–30);
(c) Engage in prayer (Luke 18: 1–8);
(d) Don’t harbour un-forgiveness (Mark 11: 25–26).
Your challenges are not your final destination, for God’s purpose for your life will stand…!
For further study:
Isaiah 46:10, 1 John 4:10
Ephesians 3:14-20, 2 Corinthians 4: 14-18
Acts 12: 5-10, Acts 16: 25-30
Prayer: Dear Father, I thank You for Your Word that never fails, and for Your good thoughts towards me. I see that You have great plans for me, and that You are with me even when I experience difficulties. I ask Lord that you help me to focus on Your love for me, and not to lose sight of it, especially when I experience hard times. I thank You in advance, because I know that Your grace is sufficient for me, and so, every challenge I face will end in joy, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
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