Summary: How to have a flourishing destiny in Christ?
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Against all Hope!
Introduction: Life has its own share of highs and lows that come our way. There are disappointments and unfair situations which we all go through from time to time. The mistake many people make is that when things are going against them, they get stuck where they are, get bitter, lost, and end up pursuing their dreams. What is your life today? Are you advancing or all confused?
Against all Hope!
How to have a flourishing destiny in Christ?
Philippians 1:6 .. being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
MSG There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
Listen, God is not promising defeat. No, in your future God has a victorious finish. That set back, that betrayal, that loss you had, instead of it working against you; God knows how to turn it around and cause it to work for you.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes.
No disappointment is a final chapter for a believer. Do not set your roots down and think your life is never going to change. No for every set back God has already lined up a comeback. For every injustice there is vindication, for every disappointment there is gladness and every closed doors God has new beginnings.
What to do when there is no hope?
1. Remember we are in a fixed battle.
2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.
MSG God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade.
Here Paul was in his third missionary journey. He went to different places: Troas, Philippi, but he was prevented to go to Corinth. After waiting for a while in uncertainty, God opened a door to Macedonia. What Paul is telling is that when one door closed, God opened another door but there were times of uncertainness in the process. So Paul says wherever a believer is in life, whether open doors or close doors, God always causes us to triumph.
You could say, a child of God is in a fixed battle. See what God said when he called people at various times.
In Genesis 12:2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
1 Chronicles 4:10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
As believers this is the promise that God makes to us. You may go through disappointments, at times it may seem like you are far behind, like it is never going to work out. You got to remind yourself, “I am in a fixed battle.” I already know the outcome. I am going to come out of this issue, not defeated but promoted, increased, healthier, to a flourishing future in Christ.
I was meditating on the crucifixion of Jesus. He sweat great drops of blood. He was beaten, mocked, and ridiculed. His body was in pain. His spirit was in agony. Yet deep down He understood this principle, “I am in a fixed fight. My father will never end me in defeat.” That is why he did not call 1000’s of angels to rescue him. That is why he did not try to defend himself. That is why he said, “Father forgive them.” Yes, on Friday it did not look good, but he knew Sunday was coming. On Friday the enemy was rejoicing, celebrating his defeat. But on Sunday morning it was a different story. Jesus came out of the grave victoriously.
Revelation 1:18 I am the Living one; I was dead and now look, I am alive for ever and ever.
John 14:19 Because I live you will live also.
It may feel like Friday in your life. Things may not look good in your finances, your health, maybe a legal situation. It looks like you are already lost, like you are far behind. No the good news is Sunday is coming. He has got another victory coming your way. God always causes us to triumph in Christ.