PTL The 300th Teaching The Lord Is Good
Isa 14:24 Jehovah of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely, as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
Isa 14:25 that I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulder.
Isa 14:26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
Isa 14:27 For Jehovah of hosts hath purposed, and who shall annul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
If you want to know your purpose in life, you first need to know the purposes of the lord.
We live in the purpose driven life, the book was a number one seller for years why? Everyone one wants to know their purpose in life, true, but more so, most want to know they are special, they will be blessed, they are Ok, it is an ease of consciousness to dull the emptiness that can never be found by learning your own purpose, all must learn the lords purpose.
So few care at all what the lords will and purpose is, they want to be blessed, happy, prosperous, they want to hear false teachers say, all will be ok, your fine the way you are, you do not need to change a thing, just pop psychology and a pill of happiness, find your brass ring of purpose and go for the gold.
True happiness, joy and peace can only come from finding out the lord’s purpose, not yours. The mind of man will always deceive him; we war with the flesh every day. The spirit is at war with the flesh; purpose one, to be Christ like, to overcome self, to be in the image of Jesus. This is done by the first step of salvation and than a life long journey called discipleship and life long sanctification. This takes us to purpose two, self-denial. This births in us the true meaning of being a Christian, its all about others, not self.
To many these simple few firsts do not seem all that good, to others almost repulsive.
Hay what about me, where do I come into the pitcher, where is my pot of gold, what is my special purpose, what are my blessings, on and on. There is a modern worship song that says, 'It's not a bought me, It's all a bought you...It is a truth, an older worship song we used to sing said,' Forget a bought yourself, concentrate on Him, and worship him...
What’s the theme in these worship songs? It is all a bought Jesus, not us; this brings worship as we lift up the name of Jesus, as Jehovah Nissin, the lord our banner. He alone is the banner of truth, all truth, all the time.
The lord does have a divine purpose for your life; you will not find it in any modern best seller, or praying any repetitive prayer. No formula, no seven steps how to be blessed, how to find your purpose. Our purpose is the lord’s purpose. The plans of a man's mind belong to man, but the lord directs his steps. There is way that seemeth right unto a man, but its end is destruction, self-will always mislead us, our lord never will. Worship as living sacrifices, submitting to his lordship, and will, is the only way to find your purpose as the lord reveals his purpose for you.
The word of God tells us our purpose, the lords will and character, we do not need more books to tell us how to attain to a self satisfying life, it is all layed out in the bible. Not many want what the bible says, I have to die daily, I have to take up a cross and follow, I want to lead, I wan to be the master of my own domain, well to those that feel that way, there will always be hundreds of books to pamper the flesh and fill your heads with a false gospel.
Saul, before his name was changed to Paul was one of those seeking his own purpose, Jesus said, ‘Saul, Saul, how long will you kick against the pricks’, people who are in rebellion against the revealed word of the lord are not submitting to his lordship, will forever be kicking against the pricks, with every purchase of every new book, every new wind of doctrine are kicking against the pricks, this is fighting against submission to the lords full complete lordship of ones life, many kick against the pricks because they choose to go on their own way and will not change no matter what.
They will also one day hear, ‘why do you persecute me’. They may die with the name Saul, when they could have had a revelation of Jesus Christ, high and lifted up, being transformed, given a new name written down in glory, the lambs book of life, but no, its not fun, its costly, self denial, no I want fun, entertainment and good times.
Thus our text says the lords purpose against the nations , peoples, is a done deal, Man can try and change it all he wants, he can stay in self denial all he wants, it will not alter the lords purpose one bit. Why not understand who is boss, be humble, sacrifice your life for others and live a God pleasing holy life? This is the joy that comes from following the lord’s purpose and not our own. The peace that surpasses all understanding comes from this holy submission. Our lord loves us so much, he knows what is good for us, he has a call on each persons life, he has plans for your good, not evil he has a plan to give you hope and a good future as Jer, prophesied, that’s the good news, we can be set free, live the happy, abundant life’s in the Spirit, and there is nothing like it.
At times it is hard, many trials, many splinters from the rugged cross we are to carry, but the reward in this life and for eternity, can not be beat, o taste and see that the lord is good, I have taken that taste, I do daily from the living water, I would not exchange the glory and presence of the lord for all the gold in the world.
We are tried in a furnace like gold, to refine us, but it is worth every day of trial, it brings a holy joy, a holy countenance, true inner peace. This is the purpose of the lord for all. To know him in a personal way, you do not need any man as your intercessor, or your intermediary, you have Jesus, what else do we need? Nothing, not one thing.
Seek the kingdom of the lord first and than all these things will be added unto you. What we see as human loss, the lord sees as gain, we simply do not understand the lords mind, for his ways are above our ways, so why not just rest in him, trust in him, no matter how bad things may look, our lord has it all under control.
Jesus, self denial, dieing daily, serving others, daily worship in praise and holy service as living sacrifices, this is the purpose, this is the real purpose driven life, and what a life it is.