TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, September 06, 2018:
That which is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; the predetermined usually inevitable or irresistible course of events.
In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ in accordance with His pleasure and will.
Beloved, now we are children of God.
I John 3:2.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Have you ever asked the questions or have you been asked: What is my destiny? Who am I? Why am I here? How did I get to where I am? Where am I going? These are vital questions that all of us need to be able to answer.
Some years ago, a humorous story was spread around about a young child who had been told that God created Adam and Eve from the dust of the earth and that when we died we would return to dust. Not long after being told this the child excitedly called for his or her mother to come to the bedroom and look under the bed because there was some dust under the bed and he or she could not tell if someone was coming or going.
Yes, people are continually coming into this world and continually going. We are born, we live out our life span, and then we die. And these thoughts bring to us crucial questions that need to be answered. Are you perplexed by any of the questions we asked in the first paragraph above? The Bible, God’s Word has answers for each of these questions. These are all crucial questions and you must find answers for each one.
God created each one of us and He created us for a purpose and with a destiny. Long before He created this world we live in, God, because of His love for us, planned that our destiny was to be adopted as one of His children through Jesus Christ His Son.
In I John 3, the writer, John, calls those who are believers “children of God.” The first question that may come to your mind is, “How do I become a child of God?” In John 1:12 it says we become a child of God by receiving Jesus into our heart as our Savior. To do this we must acknowledge that we are a sinner, that there is a penalty we must pay for our sins and that Jesus paid that penalty for us by dying on the cross. We must ask Him to forgive us of our sins and then receive Him as our Savior.
If we are a child of God then you may ask the question, where are we going. In John 14:1-6 we are told in the words of Jesus Himself that He is preparing us a home with Him in Heaven where we will spend eternity.
We have no control over our coming into this world but we are in control of where we are going. God has given us a free will so we choose our destiny. The choice is very simple. It is Heaven or Hell. Today is the day you should determine your destiny. Do not put it off because you do not know about tomorrow.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 16:3.
Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.
Open my ears that I may hear and my eyes that I may see what Your will is for me. Thank You that I have assurance that I am a child of God knowing my sins are forgiven and that You are preparing a home for me in heaven.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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