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Abiding In God – Lesson 13: Looking Down the Road

Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-7

Memory Verse:. . . and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:13b-14.

Introduction:

As we preview our future journey through the maze of life we recognize that no matter what our present age is, we have a future. Some of that future will be spent in our present life but the ultimate future will be ours also. Keeping in mind God wants our future to be bright, productive, successful and overcoming.

“In the Bible, through commands and principles, God has revealed His general plan for all people. Beyond this His specific plan for each person includes the circumstances He permits and the individual guidance He offers. Over and over the Bible reminds us that following His plan assures our well-being and the highest fulfillment of our potential, now and forever.

“God asks of us a trusting, open-handed attitude toward a future that will contain both blessing and suffering. He asks that our hands be open to receive his sufficiency for every situation and to give freely to meet the needs of others. Such an attitude releases us from our ingrown insistence on plotting our own course and protecting our own interests. It leads us into truly liberated, expanding lives. ‘With hand outstretched to whatever lies ahead, I go straight for the goal—my reward the honour of my high calling by God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13b-14, Phillips Translation).”

“Father, use your word to make me feel deeply your love and goodness and wisdom. Correct my false ideas about you that make me shrink back from your plan for me. Give me a long-range view that believes you for the best in life today, through all the weeks and years ahead, and forever. Work in me a glad surrender of all that I am and all that I have.” (1:pp. 5, 6, 67).

We continue in our Christian lives the same way we begin, by believing in Jesus. The more we learn of Christ, the more we have to believe, the more we place our trust in Him, the more we receive—and the more we receive the more we can accomplish for His glory! Yes, when we place our trust in God, He will give us His peace in the midst of pressure.

As we sincerely seek God we will receive that which we need, that which is spiritually beneficial to us. We can experience complete confidence and security. Remember, he who overcomes will inherit not only the specific promises to the churches but all things.

The future begins with the rest of today.

Study Questions:

  1. What should be our attitude as we approach the rest of our lives? Matthew 7:7-12; Luke 11:9-13; John 14:12-14.
  2. Why should we have a confident attitude toward God and the future? John 15:1-8; Psalm 1:1-3; John 10:27-28.
  3. What exciting promises does the future have in store for you? Isaiah 41:10; Hebrews 13:5-6; 3 John 1:2-3.
  4. Do you think God wants you to succeed in life? 3 John 1:4; Joshua 1:8-9.
  5. Lesson Nine dealt with the suffering and loss we will also experience; of what though, can we foresee with confidence? John 16:31-33; Psalm 138:7-8; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18.
  6. Part of our future is growing old. Need we be fearful of this natural process of time? Isaiah 46:4; Psalm 92:12-15. Note: We will always see the Lord’s never ceasing care.
  7. Describe the special event that will take place in our future. Luke 21:25-28.
  8. What can we see with anticipation for our ultimate future? John 17:24-26; Revelation 21:1-7.
  9. How must we proceed into our future? Philippians 3:12-14.
    Note: This does not mean sinless perfection but of reaching the state of completion as a Christian.
  10. Share how or why these lessons were helpful to you.