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KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING HOW GOD WORKS IN OUR LIVES

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Sermon shared by Dr. Stanley Vasu

November 2004
Summary: This sermon helps us to understand how God works in our lives and highlights the following 1.PURPOSE 2.PLEASURE 3.PROMISE 4.PATTERN 5.POWER 6.PURITY 7.PROGRESS
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING HOW GOD WORKS IN OUR LIVES
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OUTLINE

1.PURPOSE
2.PLEASURE
3.PROMISE
4.PATTERN
5.POWER
6.PURITY
7.PROGRESS

Note: Kindly read the Bible verses mentioned while reading the article

THE MESSAGE

KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING HOW GOD WORKS IN OUR LIVES
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1.PURPOSE

Philippians 2:13 Romans 9:16-23 Isaiah 55 :8-9

God works in our lives to fulfill His plans and purposes in our lives . His ways and thoughts are higher than our ways and thoughts . We should not expect God to be our servant waiting to take orders from us to fulfill our plans and purposes . The resources of God are not there to be used according to our whims and fancies . We should understand that God uses His power and might to fulfill His plans and purposes . God works according to His own timing and strategy and we should work together with Him to fulfill His purposes.

2.PLEASURE

Psalms 103:21 Matthew 3:17

God wants His ministers and servants to fulfill His good pleasure . We cannot serve God according to our own pleasure . We are expected to please Him in our service to Him. Sometimes we fail to realise this and claim that we are serving the Lord even though we are only doing what is pleasing to us. We must examine ourselves whether our service to God is pleasing to Him . Jesus received the testimony from God that " This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased ".

3.PROMISE

Luke 1:38 John 21 : 21-23

God works in our lives according to His promise to us . His promises to us reveal His plans and purposes for our lives and He will work in our lives towards fulfilling His promises to us. We should not expect Him to work in our lives according to His promises to others . God has a unique plan and purpose for each one which is different from His plan for someone else . He wants us focus on what He has revealed to us about our own lives and not question Him about His plan for someone else. He discouraged Peter from becoming curious about His plan for John . We should be like Mary who submitted herself to plan of God for her life even though it may have shattered her own plans .

4.PATTERN

Romans 8:29 Galatians 4:19 II Corinthians 3 :18

God works in our lives to make us like His Son Jesus . God wants us to be transformed in to the image of Christ .Apostle Paul told the Galatians that he travailed in birth until Christ is formed in them . Christ is the pattern for us to follow. We should not be attracted to anyone else in this world and ask God to make us like them. Sometimes we make heroes of mere mortals and long to become like them . We should not forget that our patttern is Christ Himself and that God works in us to make us like Jesus.

5.POWER

Acts 1: 8 Acts 10 :38 Ephesians 3:20

God works in us in His power . We cannot be effective in the Kingdom of God using our human power and wisdom and wealth and influence. Satan cannot be overcome with any human resource. We are entirely dependent on Godís divine power and strength to labour effectively in the Kingdom of God. Jesus was endued with divine power as he
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