What God has determined shall be done – Part 1
Beloved, it is apparent that another relay race has started; the old year has come and gone. It has handed the baton to the New Year. In this kind of race, there is no losing of baton, for it is designed to be a smooth pass until Jesus comes. Just as it was in all such races, the year 2020 has accordingly collected the baton of political and economic uncertainty from 2019. But nobody is to be blamed for the uncertainty, because everything in this world is designed and dictated by His Providence, of which man has nothing to contribute because it is what God has determined that shall be done.
He determined to make a world and He made it. He determined to create man, and He created him. He determined to deliver His people from the hand of the Egyptian taskmasters and He delivered them. Red Sea could not stop Him, neither Pharaoh nor his soldiers could hinder Him from executing His predetermined programme, nor could the Wall of Jericho stand against the determination of God, the Almighty. He determined that in the month of Nisan, in the 20th year of Artaxerxes the king, Nehemiah would rebuild the broken wall of Jerusalem and its burnt gate. He determined that at a certain period, a virgin would conceive and bear a Son and God would be manifested in the flesh and it was so. And that the Son would be persecuted, tortured and crucified, and would taste death for every man, and it was as He determined. He determined that the Gospel would be preached to all nations and behold, it will surely come to fulfilment. So, the emergence of 2020 was His approval and everything we are going to witness in it has all been determined and destined by Him. Ps 33: 11 says: “The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.”
God’s purpose and decree cannot be frustrated, or His designs unaccomplished. He has His predestination according to the counsel of His Will, and none of the devices of His foes can frustrate His decree, even for a moment. The purposes of humanity could be blown to and fro like the thread of delicate wool, but the divine purposes of God are more solid and firmer than the earth. His purpose for all generations stands as determined. Generations come and go; sons and daughters follow suit to the grave, but the undisturbed mind of God moves on in an unbroken serenity, producing ordained results with unerring certainty. Nobody’s will or plan is expected to be carried out from age to age, because the wisdom of one age may be the folly of another. But the Lord’s wisdom changes not and is always wise, and His purposeful designs run on from century to century. There is no doubt that His power to fulfil His purposes is by no means diminished by the lapse of years. This is the truth everyone is expected to inculcate in his conscience to guide all his dispositions, actions and relation with man and God.
My beloved brethren, you need not go into heaven or hell to know that it is God that determines what gender you would be from conception, what plant should grow in every climatic zones and species of every animals, because that could be learnt even from the beast.Job 12: 7-10 says: “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: 8. Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. 9. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? 10. In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.”
The vulture lives more securely than the dove, the lion than the ox, the shark than the dolphin, the rose than the thorn, which tears it. That one is rich and the other poor is not by fortune or chance, but the Lord orders these things according to His measure of grace. This is because He has absolute proprietorship over all creatures.
That God allows the righteous to transit or the wicked to exist does not imply weakness on His part, that He allows the economic situation or the leaders we have on our political seats today to remain is still to achieve His determined purposes. The hands of a clock may be moving contrary to one another, yet all serve the intent of the workman, to show the time. So, in the world, when God’s providence by our own calculation seems to run across His promises, it is all according to His predetermined intent. If one man takes this way, another runs that way, it is all to accomplish God’s Will and purpose.
God has no partner. His designs are His own. They are formed and established in His infinite wisdom, and none can turn His determinations aside. He designs everyone’s happiness or sadness, and none can prevent its accomplishment. I don’t know what the enemy has planned against you this year, neither do I want to know the powers behind their machination, but what I know and is sure of, is that none of their devices will be fruitful, except the Lord determines it. If you are on God’s side, be assured that in 2020, He has determined peace, abundant of grace and deliverance for you. It shall be well with you.
Jer 29:11 says: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”
God’s love is steadfast toward His chosen people, and He has determined to perform His good word and promises, when they amend their ways with Him. We often do not know our own minds, but the Lord is never in uncertainty. Sometimes, we fear that God’s determinations are all against us; but as a Chosen, even that which seems evil is for good. He will give you, not the expectations of your fears, or the expectations of your flamboyant living, but the expectations of your faith; and the end promised will be the best for you. When the Lord makes promises, it is a good sign that He is coming toward us in mercy. Promises are given to quicken and encourage us, that He means well for us and that His determination is sure. He never said, ‘Seek ye me in vain.’
I want to assure you that all the promises He has determined for you this year shall come to realisation, and none shall elude you in Jesus name. These promises will not depend upon your merits, but upon His mercy, kind thoughts and purposes, which He has for the Chosen people. He will put an end to your trouble as your expected and desired. By this message, God has removed your old garment of sin, disappointment, lack, poverty, sickness, affliction and barrenness, among others, and put upon you a new garment of success, wealth, sound health, prosperity, sanctification and divine immunity. So, as determined by God, these shall be your portion in Jesus name.
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