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Ephesians 1:11 Divine Will: It All Starts with God Part 2

Ephesians 1:11
(NKJV) In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, (NLT)  Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,[a] for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan

Last week we discussed that our purpose comes from God, and success does not define or confine our purpose. Therefore, in order to understand our purpose we must first have a relationship with God. This week we will continue to explore why it all starts with God and what the word of God says about purpose.  

Consider the following:
In Rick Warren’s exploration of this text, he suggested that our scripture gives us three insights. He wrote, “First, you discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Second, God was thinking of you long before you ever thought about him. Third, the purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity” (p. 9). 

These three insights inform us that God is the author of all things but sin. God is the works of creation and of providence. God is of grace and salvation. In this text some commentators believe that Paul reflects on how God arranged every detail to bring Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. If God can deliver and guide a whole nation to their promise land, can not God guide you to your purpose? When we work according to God’s will in a wise and prudent manner, we see exactly what Wonderful Counselor means. Today, I encourage you to know that our manual of life informs us that God predestined and purposed us for greatness. Therefore, start communing with God through prayer so you can get closer to your purpose. If you want to know what this looks like and have questions, please feel free to contact us at onetemplefitness@7fire8.com.  

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