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Out of the Furnace
by Dee Mapa
03/23/06
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The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me... -Psalm 138:8

It's comforting to know that God has a purpose for each of us. The Bible tells us that he calls us by name and that our calling is not without a purpose. Many who do not know God go through life aimlessly and are thus unfulfilled.

Yet, there are a few aspects we must know about God's purpose for us.

1. God will fulfill his purpose for each of us who are called by him. ...He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1:6

God will not leave us hanging. He will not abandon us or as a saying goes, "drop us like a hot potato". He'll finish what he started. This means that every situation we find ourselves in --good or bad, joyful or sad, tiring or exhilarating-- merely points to the fact that God is working towards fulfilling his purpose. The end result is always good (Romans 8:28).

2. God's purpose always revolves around love. ...Your love, O Lord, endures forever... -Psalm 138:8b

Love is the very character of God. It is the reason why he created man. When man fell, it was love that moved God to send his Son, Jesus Christ, to us. In turn, it was for love that Christ gave himself to be a sacrifice for us.

When we factor in love in every situation we find ourselves in, we open ourselves to knowing God in an intimate way and his purposes for us.

3. God's purpose in us must be given full rein and reign. The last line in Psalm 138:8, ...Do not abandon the works of your hands, denotes a willingness to let God do as he wills in the Psalmist's life.

One of the subtleties of the devil is to tempt us to device our own purposes and let God merely rubber stamp it. This can happen when we face the challenges of life and it seems that nothing is going right. Even more so should this be a time when full surrender be given to God instead of taking matters into our own hands. It is in the crux of difficulty where we can begin to see the faithfulness of God and his inseparable love for us.

Yet, it must be emphasized that God doesn't place us in the furnace of life's travails. On the contrary, he purposes for us to have the power to endure and then overcome. So that, when we emerge, we would be refined as gold!

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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