Babylon & Destruction, 2

Most people enjoy thinking that they are the commanders of their own destiny. We think that we are in control of our lives in every way, and thus we determine our own outcomes. However, the Bible indicates at various points that we don’t have as much control as we think we do. This doesn’t mean that we don’t make genuine choices, nor does it mean that our choices don’t matter. It does mean that we are under a higher authority who does what is best. This is especially evident in Revelation 17:17, where we read, “For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.” If we could ask those kings whether their decision was their own, they would believe it is. But the text is clear that God will direct their decisions to execute His purpose. Since it is in their hearts, the purpose of God will become their purpose as they give their kingdom to the beast. In so doing, they will both fulfill God’s Word and carry out His purpose. Knowing how many of our decisions God puts in our hearts, in the same way, is beyond my pay grade. We can’t know everything about the wise purposes and mysterious works of our God. Still, as we read this, we should find encouragement that the purposes of God and His Word will happen. No one is greater than God to put in His heart to do anything. He alone works His purpose, and it will not be thwarted. So rest in God. Trust His eternal purposes and have confidence that He’ll achieve His purposes. –Pastor Rory

Sunday at Liberty

9AM: 1 John 4:1-6–Evaluating Spiritual Teaching

10AM: Pastor Rory–Babylon & Destruction, 2–Revelation 17:1-18 (sermon notes)

6:00PM: Evening Gathering @ the Schaeffers’–Missions Emphasis Night

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