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Nothing can stop God's purpose for you

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John 12:12–19 NKJV
12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” 14 Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: 15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.” 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. 17 Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. 18 For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign. 19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!”
Notice the last verse.
Despite the Pharisees plans to and plots against Jesus, it wasn’t working. They were accomplishing nothing!
I want to say to you today...
Despite what the devil is seeking to do against you, despite all his plans against you, he can accomplish nothing!
Nothing can stop what God wants to do through and for you. God’s purpose for your life will be accomplished!
The devil may try to hinder you, but he cannot stop you!
In this message, I want to share 3 reasons why nothing can stop God’s purpose for you from coming to pass...

1. God can turn anything around for your good

Consider Joseph.
His own brothers sold him into slavery. He was false accused and thrown into prison.
But God raised him up to become the second in charge of Egypt and overseer of the distribution of food in the midst of the famine.
He later said to his brothers...
Genesis 50:20 NKJV
20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
God is able to turn any situation around to accomplish His purpose for us...
Romans 8:28 NIV
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

2. God has vindicated you

After returning from exile, the Jews were facing opposition from the Samaritans to rebuilding the temple. It was a difficult and discouraging time.
The high priest at that time was called Joshua.
Interestingly, there was something going on spiritually behind the scenes that paralleled the opposition that was happening in the natural:
Zechariah 3:1–5 NKJV
1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. 4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” 5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.
One of the weapons the devil uses to oppose you is guilt and condemnation so that we don’t think we are worthy to fulfil God’s purpose for us.
But such weapons will not prosper against us. God has vindicated us!
Just as the flithy garment was taken from Joshua and replaced with rich robes, so God has taken away our sin, and clothed us with His righteousness...
Isaiah 54:17 NKJV
17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
Romans 5:1 NKJV
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:31–34 NKJV
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Now onto our final reason why nothing can stop God’s purpose for us...

3. God doesn't start something until He has already finished it

Romans 8:29–30 NKJV
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
In eternity, God foreknew and predestined us. That is, He thought of us us in the context of personal, saving relationship (foreknew) and planned that we would be just like Jesus (predestined us).
In the recent past, He called and justified us. That is, He drew us to Himself and declared us righteous.
In the future, He shall glorify us. That is, He will give us a new body just like Jesus’ glorious body.
But noticed that Paul uses the word “glorified” in the past tense. This is known as the “prophetic perfect” in which a future event is spoken of as though it were already done, because it is certain that God will do it.
We can therefore be confident that God will complete what He has started in us!
Philippians 1:6 NKJV
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Because God does not start until He finishes, it means that He foresees everything that happens between the start and finish.
Acts 15:18 NKJV
18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works.
This includes our shortcomings, our failures, and our mistakes. Yes, and even our sins also.
Yet, despite God foreseeing all that, He still decided to chose and call you.
This means we all should walk with a confidence that God still has a purpose for our lives and that He will fulfil it!

Summary

The devil’s plots against will accomplish nothing because:
God can turn anything around for your good
God has vindicated you
God doesn't start something until He has already finished it
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