Jesse M. Hendley
Now friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to the
Epistle to the Ephesians. This is the letter of Paul to the
Ephesians. We are studying today verses 9, 10, and 11 of
Recently in a revival meeting it was my privilege to spend
my mornings in the study of the Bible. We had an early
morning service at the church, from 7:00 until 7:45, so
that the business men and women and young people could come
for the early morning services. Then our mornings were open
for study. Afternoons were for visitation and then we had
the evening service. In the mornings, and also at my
mealtime, I began to dig into this Epistle to the
Ephesians, and there are some WONDERFUL TRUTHS here that we
need to KNOW. If you are a child of God, this will be a
thrill to you. If you are NOT a child of God, you will want
to know God's purpose.
We have here in Ephesians 1:10 and 11 GOD'S PURPOSE in
creating every soul - every man, woman, boy and girl who
has ever lived. God had a plan. This thing isn't "blind
fate," if you please. It isn't God "winding it up and
setting it off and letting it work out as best it may." No,
God is the Creator and God is the Sustainer. And God is
working a purpose in our lives. It is the Living God who is
doing that. He has a purpose in YOUR life.
Recently I was walking across a field, and there was a
little squirrel coming across. It was moving very slowly.
It was a very hot and humid day, and that squirrel was
scarcely moving. I said to a friend, "You know, that
squirrel is fainting. It is weak. Perhaps it is without
water. Surely something is wrong with it." He said, "Oh,
no, that squirrel is all right. He is just taking it easy.
Watch." The man jumped at the squirrel. And sure enough,
the little thing was so weak it could pick up speed only a
little bit. We didn't try to catch him. But that squirrel
was fainting for lack of wate ...
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