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S// Romans 9:16-17

It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “”I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth”. 

Romans 9:32-33

Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the “stumbling stone”. As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.

Romans 9:6-13 (MSG)

Identity is God-determined by promise…she received a special assurance from God…what God did in this case made it perfectly plain that His purpose is not a hit or miss thing dependent on what we do or don’t do, but a sure thing determined by His decision, flowing steadily from His initiative…God has the first word, initiating the action in which we play our part for good or ill….I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies.

O//Everything that is to be will be not because I am capable of bringing it about, but because God sees fit to bring it about. God’s purposes are for sure, per-determined thing. There is a freedom in accepting this truth! The only concern one should have is being ready and willing to live according to God’s purposes for their life. This should give people the confidence to live freely and at peace.

A// I am realizing that there are some things I have a burning desire to pursue and other things I feel God prompting me to do and just when I fully surrender and say “yes” to His call, He changes a circumstance or opportunity. I questioned this recently and am finding more and more that God doesn’t waste anything. My purpose is driven by my unique character, gifts, and talents. God has already determined what He will use me to do. He wants me to be prepared and willing to say yes even if like Abraham with Issac, God decides to use the experience or circumstance only to measure my trust and faith in Him.

My big take away from this is that I don’t need to know the rest of my story – I just need to fulfill God’s purposes for me by using my gifts with every opportunity that comes my way. Trusting that God is then using me for His purpose reveals my trust in Him and will yield a life well lived.

P// Father, You created me to be a somebody. Thank you. Helping me to continue to seek Your plans for my life continually while being more concerned with how You want to use me rather than all the things I think I can do to attain the stuff/things I want. May my purpose always match my efforts and may my efforts always be in line with Your plans for me. Lord, Your promises are imprinted on my heart and as l am always listening for Your voice and promptings, I will always travel down the road You laid out for me. My journey has just begun. I love you, Lord. Praise to you for wanting me. I am honored, humbled, and blessed to be used by You.

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