Romans 8:28-31 says “28 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.
29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
God works in “all things” - for our good. This does not mean that all that happens to us is good.
Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good.
Note that God is not working to make us happy, but to fulfill His purpose. Note also that this promise is not for everybody. It can be claimed only by those who love God and are called according to His purpose.
Those who are “called” are those the Holy Spirit convinces and enables to accept Christ as their personal Savior and make Him Lord of their life. These people have a new perspective, a new mind-set on life.
They trust in God, not life's treasures. They look for their security in Heaven, not on earth. And, they learn to accept, not resent, pain and persecution because God is with them.
GOD'S ULTIMATE GOAL FOR US
God's ultimate goal is to make us like Christ.
1 John 3:2 says “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as He is.”
As we become more and more like Christ, we discover our true selves, the persons we were created to be.
HOW CAN WE BE CONFORMED TO CHRIST'S LIKENESS?
By reading and heeding the Word.
By studying His life on earth through the Gospels.
By being filled with His Spirit. And
By doing His work in the world.
WE WERE NOT AN AFTERTHOUGHT
God's purpose for us was not an afterthought. It was settled before the foundation of the world. We are to serve and honor God. If you have believed in Christ, you can rejoice in the fact that God has always known and loved you and God's love is eternal.
God's wisdom and power are supreme. If you let Him, he will guide and protect you until you one day stand in His presence.
ARE YOU GOOD ENOUGH TO BE SAVED?
Do you think you've been too bad for God to save you? Absolutely Not!
If God gave His Son for you, He isn't going to hold back His Free Gift Of Salvation. Christ gave His life for everyone (this includes you).
Romans 10:8-10 says “But what does it say? 'The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart', that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare 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 profess your faith and are saved.”
Hebrews 4:7 says “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” If you hear His voice, don't procrastinate. Accept Jesus Christ today.
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