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Acts 2:22–24 (ESV): "22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it."
The greater good is always an expensive endeavor but it will never disappoint. God certainly can relate for the greater good cost Him dearly however He would gladly pay the price again and again. You mean that much to Him!
Peter, having just been baptized in the Spirit of God, stands up in the midst of a multitude of Jews in Jerusalem and boldly proclaims the Gospel to them. At the center of the Gospel lies the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Without them we have no Gospel. They are essential to redemption for without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness (Heb 9:22) and without the resurrection we are still dead in our sin (1 Cor 15:17). Peter mentions that Jesus was predestined to die and to be raised victorious. It was through Gods definite plan and foreknowledge that Jesus was crucified and rose again. Man has responsibly for the act but God allowed it to happen for the greater good!
God changes not! He is still operating according to His plan in your life. You might not think He is in control or cares but understand He is always at work for the greater good. It might not feel like it in the moment but understand God is building something in you that requires certain pressure and finesse. The enemy means it for evil but God uses it for good!Rest in His plan. Don't allow these momentary afflictions to distract you from the big picture. God is at work, all is going according to plan for the greater good.Trust in that!
Father, we thank You for predetermined plans and that You made a way for us to be redeemed before the fall took place. You are always looking out for us. Even right now in the midst of my trial I can trust that somehow You are working this situation out for my good. Let me not lose heart, keep me focused on the truth of Your Word and let me not fade but shine even brighter I pray in Jesus name, amen.
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