“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.” Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
Several weeks ago, I heard the phrase, “The Expected End” come clearly to my thoughts from The Lord. As I began to think about what He was speaking to my heart, I was led to the above scripture. The more I began to study this scripture, the more I realized how important it is to God that you and I understand that He has an, “Expected End” for each and every one of us. An “Expected End” that He has thought about long before we took our first breathe! Jeremiah 1:5 (AMP) explains this truth even further;
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you [and] I appointed you as a Prophet to the nations.”
My friend this Word is not just for the Prophet Jeremiah, this Word is for you and me too! God is Encouraging us that He Has ALREADY Approved of us and that HE Has ALREADY Chosen us for a very specific purpose! For Jeremiah his “Expected End” was as a “Prophet to the nations”, for you and I that “Expected End” will be whatever specific calling God has placed upon our life. As the scripture above reveals, that Calling is a literal Appointment by God Himself! Just as the President of the United States or of any nation has been elected and appointed to his or her office, you and I have been chosen and appointed to our office, our calling by God.
The Apostle Peter gives us some sound advice regarding this in 2nd Peter 1:10 (AMP);
“Because of this, brethren, be all the more solicitous and eager to make sure (to ratify, to strengthen, to make steadfast) your calling and election; for if you do this, you will never stumble or fall.”
We have a God given responsibility my friend to move in the direction of that “calling and election”. To make decisions that promote and live in harmony with God’s will for our specific purpose, and not to make decisions that will cause us to “stumble or fall”.
In order to successfully walk this out, we must never forget that Housed Within The Thoughts of God are Blue Prints that strategically lead us in the way that we should go. As we hear and heed The Thoughts Of God for our life we will mature, develop and implement with accuracy that “Divine Appointment” that has been placed upon us.
So how do we hear, heed and rightly discern The Thoughts of God for our life? So glad you asked! It is vital as Born Again Believer’s in Christ Jesus, that we recognize that we have The Mind of Christ! 1st Corinthians 2:16 (AMP) gives us an exciting description of this reality;
“For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the Mind of Christ (The Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His Heart.”
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our spirit man, (which is who we really are) is made NEW (Born Again). We are then instantly infused with The Mind of Christ by virtue of Him Living Within Us! Time for a PRAISE BREAK right now!!!! Glory….Hallelujah!!!
Recognizing that we, ”hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His Heart”, comes as we cultivate a genuine intimacy with The Lover of our soul, Jesus Christ. Our hearing in His Presence is heightened as we develop the habit of listening for His Voice in our heart (our spirit) through prayer and through the discipline of reading His Word, The Holy Bible. We are then equipped to fully obey what He shares with us. Jeremiah 33:3 (AMP) is a beautiful illustration of this fact;
“Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).”
Beloved of The Most High God, He is beckoning to you and I right now, desiring for us to go deeper into His Presence, deeper into His Word so that He can share some, “Great and Mighty things, fenced in and hidden which we do not know.” Will we answer His Call and choose to go deeper in Him? That is a question that we must answer daily, sometimes minute by minute and moment by moment.
The priceless reward? The Apostle Paul says it the best in Philippians 3:10-11(AMP);
“[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquitted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His Resurrection [which it exerts over Believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]” “That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].”
This my Fellow Sojourner of The Most High God is our True, “Expected End”!
Happy New Year Mighty Expectant One, as you go forth in 2019 equipped through His Presence and His Word to live out your, “Expected End… from The Beginning”, my prayer is that you will,
“Be Strong and Live Free Boldly For Him”!
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