March 22: Nothing Can Thwart God’s Purpose

Those of us who know Jesus Christ and have studied the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, understand God’s sovereignty, His purpose, and the fact that believers are being shaped into His divine mold!

Loving God and His Son Jesus Christ brings forth the fruit of the Spirit. Notice that in Galatians 5:22, the term longsuffering* (or patience) is included. This is truth! Jesus told us that “in this world you will have trouble (or, tribulation).” But we are to “take heart, because I (He) has overcome the world!”

Gal 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23

gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

The fact that NOTHING can thwart God’s providence and ultimate purpose should deepen our faith and trust in Him!

Ephesians also has a lot to say about the fruit of the Spirit vs. deceitfulness, disobedience, deception, darkness, shameful things, foolishness, and the days of evil.

Eph 5:6

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Eph 5:7

Therefore do not be partakers with them.

Eph 5:8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

Eph 5:9

(for the fruit of the Spirit [fn] is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

Eph 5:10

finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

Eph 5:11

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

Eph 5:12

For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.

Eph 5:13

But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

Eph 5:14

Therefore He says:

“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”

Eph 5:15

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,

Eph 5:16

redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

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* I prefer the term “longsuffering” because I think that it more accurately describes what Christians forbear when confronted with people who hate us (because they hate Christ) and those who are involved with “the wiles of the devil.”

From David Guzik’s study guide:

i. Longsuffering in itself is a work of the Spirit! “Longsuffering is that quality which enables a person to bear adversity, injury, reproach, and makes them patient to wait for the improvement of those who have done him wrong. When the devil finds that he cannot overcome certain persons by force he tries to overcome them in the long run … To withstand his continued assaults we must be longsuffering and patiently wait for the devil to get tired of his game.” (Luther)

 

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