Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
The opening Scripture encourages whoever messes up in life. “Don’t worry. God promises to work all things together for good!”
This passage intends to draw people close to God every day. When read carefully though, people may claim they’re “not called according to God’s purpose.” The truth is that every person God creates is alive specifically to accomplish His purpose and form a relationship with Him!
Believers grow in God consciousness. We know who God is and that we’re accountable to Him. People who live in fear are sin-conscious. The harder sin-conscious people try being good, the more they fail. Sin-conscious people listen to the devil’s lies that they’re no good.
Instead of being sin-conscious, living Jesus-conscious guarantees success—and that God WILL work all things together for good BECAUSE you love Him! Believers who are Jesus-conscious also realize that every one of their sins has been forgiven! Jesus-conscious Believers know that we’re seen as the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Joseph didn’t know Jesus (Genesis 37-42). Joseph was the favored son of twelve. While his dad spoiled him above his brothers, Joseph didn’t realize how bitterly he was hated.
He understood after they sold him to traveling merchants.
Watching from the back of the caravan he was riding to his new life, Joseph saw everyone and all that he knew disappear from view. Not one brother shed a tear. As far as Joseph knew, he was dead to them.
Yet, their dad Jacob—who God renamed Israel—raised his family to know God (Genesis 32:28).
Joseph should have felt utterly deserted. However, he remembered to whom he belonged. God was with him! Instead of being circumstance-conscious, Joseph
insisted to remain God-conscious.
Because Joseph continued praying and crying out to God, their relationship was tight. God welcomed Joseph into his embrace when life was the hardest. And God also made all things work together for good for Joseph. Check out the lesson linked below to see Joseph’s flip-tables-on-his-brothers happy ending.
Take Home Nugget
Like Joseph was God-conscious, Believers can be Jesus-conscious and build a tight relationship with Him. We can live gratefully, lifting up praises regardless of circumstances. We may claim Jesus’ righteousness and purity. Led-by-His-Spirit Believers are guaranteed that God will work all things together for good in our lives, too.
Fishermen reaped net-breaking boat-sinking load of fish, followers gathered twelve baskets of left-over food. Being Jesus-conscious will explode good in your life, too!
Thank You for leading me through life, Lord—all the way to seeing all things work together for good BECAUSE I love You! Amen.
Adapted from “God is in it With You” by Joseph Prince. August 8, 2016. www.JosephPrince.org
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