GOD’S DECREES

Rom. 8:28-30 ¶ And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

God’s word is powerful. From the opening page of the Bible, throughout the Old Testament prophets, in the ministry of Jesus, and the apostles; God’s word is creative and accomplishes its intended purposes. We see everything in creation formed by God’s spoken word, we see the events of history proclaimed through His prophetic word, we even see signs, wonders, and miracles following the words of Jesus and His apostles. When the Lord speaks it settles everything, it is impossible for His decrees to not come to pass. When the Lord wants to accomplish something in the earth, He moves upon the hearts of man and begins to work in them and through them. The Lord has plans for this generation; when you hear His voice, yield and follow, you can become a channel for the purposes of God. Here is the way Jonathan Edwards describes the decrees of God.

“…when he decrees diligence and industry, he decrees riches and prosperity; when he decrees prudence, he often decrees success; when he decrees striving, then often he decrees the obtaining of the kingdom of heaven; when he decrees the preaching of the gospel, then he decrees the bringing home of souls to Christ; when he decrees good natural faculties, diligence and good advantages, then he decrees learning; when he decrees summer, then he decrees the growing of plants. Thus, when he decrees conformity to his Son, he decrees calling; and when he decrees calling, he decrees justification; and when he decrees justification, he decrees everlasting glory.Thus all the decrees of God are harmonious…”
All of creation responds to God and His word. One of my favorite verse actually shares how Jesus is ruling the universe today.
Heb. 1:3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
If Jesus is really upholding all things by His word, we can take courage, we are also in the grasp of His word, upheld and sustained by Him.

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