Everything Together

He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.

Ephesians 1:8-10

Oh WOW!  Have you ever just had one of those days where you know God was there?  That was my day today!  It was filled with such good stuff and God revealed secrets that have been hidden and granted peace to what could possible be a desperate situation.

We live in a world of instant gratification.  We want everything right this second.  Waiting is bad and typically if we do not get what we want right away we pout and question God.  We then decide to make a move without Him and BAM, we lose!  We fail!

I’ve been there.  A lot!  But recently He has changed my perspective.  What I used to want now, I’ve learned is not always the best thing.  Instead I have learned that His timing is so much better and I must patiently wait on Him. 

He has a plan.  In order for all things to work out for good according to His plan, we have to wait on Him to put things in order.  Events have to align. Information has to be revealed.  Time has to pass. 

That is exactly what is happening.  True character will be exposed.  Secrets revealed. Good will overcome evil in the end.  You do not go up against the goodness of God and mess with His children.  He does not tolerate it nor will He allow it!  His word promises He will deliver and rescue but we must be still and allow Him to work.

God will ultimately have the victory.  He never loses.  Though the story may not end the way we would write it, it will end bringing Him and Him alone all the glory!!!

Prepare Your Mind

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13)

Your mind is a wonderful thing! You can memorize life-changing passages of Scripture that can undergird you in your daily life; you can meditate upon God’s Word, discovering His magnificent truths; you can discern between truth and falsehood; you can recall God’s past blessings.

Some of God’s most effective servants were those who disciplined their minds for His service. Moses, educated in the best schools of Egypt, assembled the books of the Law for the Israelites. Isaiah used his scholarly mind to write an exalted prophetic book in Scripture. Paul learned under Gamaliel, the outstanding teacher of his day, and it was through Paul that God presented much of the theology found in the New Testament.

Sadly, many Christians today do not exercise their minds to be of service to God. They allow others to do their spiritual thinking for them. If they can find their theology from a book, they will not bother to study God’s Word themselves. If a speaker makes an authoritative statement, they readily accept it without verifying whether it is biblical.

Paul urged Christians to strive for maturity in their thinking (1 Cor. 14:20). He said there was a time when his spiritual thinking was immature, but he had prepared his mind to know and understand the great truths of God (1 Cor. 13:11). He had not allowed others to do his thinking for him. When you became a Christian, God renewed your mind (Rom. 12:2). Be certain to use your mind in a way that brings glory to God.

-Experiencing God-Blackaby