Summary: God’s ultimate intention for all believers is to conform us to the image of Jesus. Part of the process includes going through times when you can’t feel His presence. Walking Through the Wilderness series deals with temptations you face during these trying

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“Wilderness – Pt. 1”

“Fear Not” by Pastor Nick S. Panico

(Rom 8:28-29 NKJV) "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. {29} For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren."

I. The apostle begins with this statement of fact.

A. Notice “we know”

1. He doesn’t say “ I hope so”

2. He doesn’t say “in some cases”

3. There is no doubting or questioning in his mind

4. We know…

5. The implication is that this knowledge is not just some revelation which Paul has just received…

6. He says “we know” because it’s something he has observed and experienced.

7. He has seen hard and difficult times

8. He has experienced personal tragedies, and failures

9. He has been misunderstood, falsely accused, and horribly treated by the very ones he was trying to reach with God’s love

10. He has been arrested, beaten, flogged, stoned and left for dead

11. He’s been attacked by mobs and run out of town…

12. And in spite of all of the difficulties he has faced, he is convinced of this certain fact… all things work together for good to those who love God

13. all things… means everything

14. No matter what it is, how dark the day has become…

15. Regardless of what you are experiencing… Because you love God, and God loves you,

16. Because you are called and chosen by God for His particular purpose…

17. God is going to use what ever the situation you are in for your good and His glory

B. Notice four words in Rom. 8:29

C. Foreknew = “ to know before hand”

(Jer 1:5 NIV) ""Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.""

1. Before God formed you in your mothers womb… He knew all about you

D. He not only knew all about you He predestined you…

1. Predestined = to determine before hand

2. Our pre-determined destiny – God’s ultimate intention for all of our lives = to be conformed to the image of His Son

3. Before time began, for all those who would love God, it was predetermined that they would be conformed to the image of Jesus

E. Conformed – fashioned like unto

1. to bring to the same form with some other person or thing

2. To render like

3. From the Greek word “summorphos”

4. The noun “morphe” refers to the outward expression of an inward essence or nature

5. In the process of sanctification, the saint is transformed in his inner heart life to resemble the Lord Jesus, which inner change results in a change of outward expression that reflects the beauty of the Lord Jesus – Weust word studies

F. Image – from the Greek word – “eikon”

1. stature, profile, representation, resemblance, image

2. Just like the president’s head on a coin is eikon

3. the reflection of the sun in the water is eikon

4. the statue in stone is eikon

5. the child is the eikon of his parents

6. The image of the Lord Jesus in the saint is not accidental but derived, as the likeness of a child is derived from its parents.

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