ALL THINGS ARE FOR OUR SAKES…

Rom12-15There are so many good things in the Bible… it goes on forever.  Some people think the Bible is “old hat” as a preacher on FB recently told me, when I questioned why he was using “the Message” as a Bible version.  (I consider it new age and occultic, and much of it leads people away from Christ and into pantheism)

I hope to do an article on “the Message” (Which says on its cover, “The Bible in Contemporary language“) — to which I answer, “I’m not sure who they speak with, but it’s the most evil sounding contemporary language I’ve ever heard.”  Who is the god of green hope anyways? (Rom 15:12 in the MESS-age).

If you feel the same as this pastor did, this is my fervent and passionate advice.  PLEASE pray for the Lord to humble you and to make you hungry so you realize how much you need His living Word.

    • So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.   Deut 8:3
There is SO much good ALWAYS in His Word…
As we all go through our trials, no matter what we see, He is working.  It will work together for good and it will work for His glory, because He says it will, and God is not a man that He should lie.
We can move mountains because we pray and ask for the will of God in all.  And that is a prayer that is answered. 
    • Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.  I John 5:14-15

How do we know His will?  By studying His Word and praying for wisdom (James 1:5), fellowship with other believers and asking them to pray for you and being thankful always for your salvation.

  • For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.   Col 1:9-12
I can’t even begin to touch on this whole chapter in 2 Corinthians 4, but please re-read it, savor it. And I want to share one word that spoke to me a few years back out of this chapter…
2 Corinthians 4
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, (THANK YOU LORD!) to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (Where is your heart? is He Your treasure?)
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

I think we all love many of these verses and they touch us each time, but the one word that stood out which I only found in the KJV.  (No, I am not KJVO meaning associated with Ruckman or Gail Riplinger), I just think it is a very good translation that I mostly prefer, first before all literal translations, but that doesn’t make me right, nor the KJV better in every way, it is not, it is a translation.

And by now if you read through, the word is REDOUND. (When I first saw it, I 2 Cor 5-7FaithnotSightthought my eyes were dyslexic and I was reading rebound.  This is such a beautiful passage contained in the most powerful living book ever written, and will always be the most powerful words ever spoken forever.

Here are my thoughts regarding things I have gone through and will see in my lifetime. I want to reflect on it: (the caps, italics, bolds, of course, all mine)
For ALL things

Are for your sakes,

That the abundant grace
might through the thanksgiving of many

redound

To the GLORY of God.

So, redound…. not a word we use every day…. ( At least not until today, I might use it to stump my children later lol!).

HOW WILL HIS GLORY REDOUND? 

Kings James Dictionary: To Exceed; to Be over and Above, to accrue, to Honor, to overflow, to surge, to undulate, to overflow, to go in all directions.
I just was looking at the origin of the word itself, and really reflecting on the outcome of what we go through and how immense of a result it will be…  dictionary.com
–verb (used without object)
1. to have a good or bad effect or result, as to the advantage or disadvantage of a person or thing.
2. to result or accrue, as to a person.
3. to come back or reflect upon a person as to honor or disgrace (usually followed by on or upon).
Origin:
1350–1400; ME redounden < MF redonder < L redundāre to overflow, equiv. to red- red- + undāre to surge (deriv. of unda wave; cf. undulate); cf. redundant

UNDULATE

1. to move with a sinuous or wavelike motion; display a smooth rising-and-falling or side-to-side alternation of movement: The flag undulates in the breeze.
2.to have a wavy form or surface; bend with successive curves in alternate directions.
3.(of a sound) to rise and fall in pitch: the wail of a siren undulating in the distance.
–verb (used with object)
4.to cause to move in waves.
5.to give a wavy form to.

Really think on the things we go through, surging, rippling, undulating like ripples in a pond, however, growing outward in intensity towards what?  His Glory.

That His abundant grace through the thanksgiving of many….wait a minute…THANKSGIVING OF MANY?  Because of the things that are for our sakes?

All the things we have gone through?

The bad things?

The storms?

The illnesses?

The loss of jobs?

The death of our loved ones?

Isn’t the meaning beautiful when you think about all things we have gone through are for our sakes?  (no matter how painful, how much we didn’t want to, even what the enemy has meant for harm, the Lord will use for good, because we are HIS!)
(6a): For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts,
  • WHY DID HE DO THAT? (6b)to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
  • WHO IS THE POWER OF?(7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the POWER may be of God, and not of us.
(8) We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed,heb13-5
but not in despair;
(9) Persecuted, but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed;

POUR OUR YOUR HEART BEFORE HIM

1 cor 2-9 Jack1-20Thank you Lord first of all for Your Word which is useful for everything. May You instruct us in it, and may we gain wisdom, understanding and knowledge of You and Your greatness each time we are in it.  
Oh, we love You and thank You for all that You have allowed in our lives as hard as it may have been, or may currently be.
So that the abundant grace through the thanksgiving of MANY, may REDOUND to Your glory God.
Thank you for keeping us strong, and I thank You so much that You renew us day by day inwardly. What a promise!
Help us to be reminded, as the Holy Spirit comforts us, and brings Your Word to our remembrance; that our troubles are but for a moment.  
May we remember to thank You, and see that it works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.  
I am reminded of one of my past pastors, who speaking of some verses of honor and weight being a measure of honor.  I thank You that You are building these things up and these things are working for us for our eternal good because You say so. And Your Word is true…
Help us to remember to look to You always and place our faith in the unseen things of You which are forever. And remind us in our temporary difficulties that everything is working together for good.  May we learn to count it all joy and to be able to thank You in the trials.  Teach us to turn to You for everything and in everything. And may it all be for Your glory.   And may it ripple out, in increasing intensity, even though we don’t see it, but for Your Glory!  In Jesus name, Amen