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Summary: This message looks at how God's purposes will not be thwarted

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INTRODUCTION

* God’s purpose, plan, will, etc., is mysterious, but important

- God has a purpose for each person, a plan for every person’s life

- God has a specific desire in what he wants to accomplish in your life

* The question is not if God has a plan for our lives, but (1) do I know the purpose God has for my life and (2) am I allowing God to accomplish his purpose in my life?

* The “broad” purpose of God for every person: to know him and to make him known

- God doesn’t force us to fulfill this purpose; he invites us to allow him to do so

* Man must submit himself to the purpose-driven God because God’s plans are sometimes different from ours (see Isa. 55:8-9)

* The purpose and plan of God is designed to bring us into a right relationship with him so that we can make him known to others (see Jer. 29:11-13)

* Acts 28: God has had a purpose for Paul’s life (to know him so that Paul could make him known); the specific purpose was for Paul to make God known in Rome, before Caesar

* Paul’s experience reminds us of several aspects of God’s purposes...

1. God’s purposes are unstoppable (v. 1-6)

* Text: another failed attempt by Satan to stop the plan and purpose of God from being accomplished in Paul’s life

* Not a new attempt: Satan has continually tried to keep Paul from fulfilling his God-given purpose (he used internal opposition, external persecution, difficult circumstances, shipwrecks, snakes, trials before kings and governors, slander/misunderstand, and even good intentions)

* Satan attempted to keep the church in Acts from fulfilling their God-given purpose (via persecution, sin from within, adversity, division, etc.)

* Satan attempted to keep God himself from putting into motion his plan and person for Jesus Christ:

- The promise of Christ in Genesis 3:15, followed by...

- Cain killing Abel (an attempt to remove pure worshipers from the earth)

- the drowning of Hebrew children in bondage (if no children, no chance for Messiah to be born)

- David before Goliath (if David is killed, the Messiah cannot arrive and fulfill the prophecies)

- the disintegration of the nation of Israel (if there is no nation, there cannot be a King of kings)

- Herod’s decree to kill the male children (a direct attempt to take Jesus’ life as a child)

- the temptation of Jesus (Satan’s goal: to cause Christ to sin, thus disqualifying him from being the sinless Savior)

* Satan’s goal remains the same today for YOUR life: his goal is to keep you from (1) knowing God’s will/plan/purpose for your life and to keep you from (2) following it

* Because we know his goal and what he will attempt to do, we need to cling to the truth that God’s purpose is unstoppable

* God has spoken to Paul about the purposes God had for him, and Paul knew that somehow he would survive. Otherwise, he would not have been able to fulfill his purpose.

* There’s great comfort and assurance in knowing that nothing can stop God’s purpose and plan for our lives!


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