In All Things Give Thanks
- Date: December 10, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” (Proverbs 19:21)
- From God's Sovereign Goodness
I just want to encourage us, when sometimes you think it's out of hand, sometimes when you think Satan is preeminent and he's in charge, when you seem to think that there's no way that these circumstances-all of these circumstances that demand failure, demand defeat, demand the loss of your job, demand the loss of your home, demand the loss of your life, whatever it might be, I want you to know something. Nothing happens if it's not in the counsel of God's will. So in the midst of it all, we give thanks. In the midst of it all, we boast on the goodness of God, for He is good, and His mercies endure forever.
I'd encourage you in this hour, work on your praise life. We've talked a lot over these last number of months about contentment. I'm talking about building a heart attitude so that when we see the change, not just in our material well being, when we see the change of society, when we become the offscouring, when we become the hated, when we become the marked, when you can't work because you're a Christian, we are able to be content. Godliness with contentment is great gain. Nothing, none of this is happening but by the counsel of God's will. So when you're beaten and persecuted for His name, you can praise Him. We've heard of Him with the hearing of the ear, and in those times our eyes will see Him. He'll reveal Himself to you in a different way than He's ever revealed Himself through your knowledge. There is no such thing as fate, as luck. It's all worked by the counsel of His will.
Let's embrace these truths now. Let's meditate upon these things now so that when that hour does come we don't think it a strange thing. Don't think it's strange, these fiery trials. That great cloud that's gone before us, they've gone through it. You will not be tried past that that you're able to stand, and with every trial He makes a way of escape. I found that way of escape is really when we embrace this sovereignty aspect. I found that when I'm at my end, when the trials are just so heavy, when you can't pray anything but, "Lord, help. Help me," and then the Holy Spirit brings forth remembrance of all of those things that this eternal Word Jesus has taught us. It rises up in your heart again how good God is and that this is the sovereign hand of God upon us, and it will work for His goodness and His glory. When I finally die to my own self determination and go, "God, if this is what's best for You, then that's what I want for my life," I've noticed that that brings you out of every trial.
Proverbs 19, verse 21. We find ourselves here so often. "There are many devices in a man's heart…" That just means self‑determined projects. Anybody know what I'm talking about? Plans. "Tomorrow I will go such and such, and I will buy, and I'll sell, and I'll prosper, and I'll go on this vacation, and I'll get rested, and all will be good. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!" Self‑determination. "There are many [self‑determinations] in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand." The determinate counsel of God is what shall stand. Don't say, "Tomorrow I will," but say, "If the Lord wills."
Once we begin to live our lives that way and pull down these self‑determination strongholds in our lives-oh, there's nothing wrong with making plans. Are you amendable, with joy, for God changing your plans? How can you not be if He is sovereign, if He is omniscient, if He is omnipotent? If you are not amendable, with joy, to God changing your plans, who is on the throne? Self. It is the counsel of the Lord that shall stand. Why would we resist Him in His eternal self‑determination?