While there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children. You were not unplanned by God, His purpose took into account human error, and even sin. He has a reason for everything He creates.
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You Are Not an Accident By Rick Warren
I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born (Isaiah 44:2a - CEV).
You are not an accident.
Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it.
Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you! The Bible says, The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me (Psalm 138:8a NIV).
God prescribed every single detail of your body. He deliberately chose your race, the color of you skin, your hair, and every other feature. He custom-made your body just the way he wanted it. He also determined the natural talents you would possess and the uniqueness of your personality.
The Bible says, You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something (Psalm 139:15 Msg).
Because God made you for a reason, he also decided when you would be born and how long you would live. He planned the days of your life in advance, choosing the exact time of your birth and death. The Bible says, You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book! (Psalm 139:16 LB).
God also planned where you’d be born and where you’d live for his purpose. Your race and nationality are no accident. God left no detail to chance. He planned it all for his purpose. The Bible says, From one man he made every nation and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live (Acts 17:26 NIV).
Nothing in your life is arbitrary. Its all for a purpose.
Most amazing, God decided how you would be born. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you. It doesn’t matter whether your parents were good, bad, or indifferent. God knew that those two individuals possessed exactly the right genetic makeup to create the custom you he had in mind. They had the DNA God wanted to make you. While there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children. Many children are unplanned by their parents, but they are not unplanned by God. Gods purpose took into account human error, and even sin.
God never does anything accidentally, and he never makes mistakes. He has a reason for everything he creates. Every plant and every animal was planned by God, and every person was designed with a purpose in mind. Gods motive for creating you was his love. The Bible says, Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love (Ephesians 1:4a Msg).
God was thinking of you even before he made the world. In fact, that’s why he created it! God designed this planets environment just so we could live in it. We are the focus of his love and the most valuable of all his creation. The Bible says, God decided to give us life through the word of truth so we might be the most important of all the things he made (James 1:18 NCV).
This is how much God loves and values you!
God is not haphazard; he planned it all with great precision. The more physicists, biologists, and other scientists learn about the universe, the better we understand how it is uniquely suited for our existence, custom-made with the exact specifications that make human life possible.
Dr. Michael Denton, senior research fellow in human molecular genetics at the University of Otago in New Zealand, has concluded, All the evidence available in the biological sciences supports the core proposition that the cosmos is a specially designed whole with life and mankind as its fundamental goal and purpose, a whole in which all facets of reality have their meaning and explanation in this central fact. (Michael Denton, Natures Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, New York: Free Press, 1998, p. 389.)
The Bible said the same thing thousands of years earlier: God formed the earth. He did not create it to be empty but formed it to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18 GW).
Why did God do all this? Why did he bother to go to all the trouble of creating a universe for us? Because he is a God of love. This kind of love is difficult to fathom, but its fundamentally reliable. You were created as a special object of Gods love! God made you so he could love you. This is a truth to build your life on.
The Bible tells us, God is love. (1 John 4:8) It doesn’t say God has love. He is love! Love is the essence of Gods character. There is perfect love in the fellowship of the Trinity, so God didn’t need to create you. He wasn’t lonely. But he wanted to make you in order to express his love.
God says, I have carried you since you were born; I have taken care of you from your birth. Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you (Isaiah 46:3-4 NCV).
If there was no God, we would all be accidents, the result of astronomical random chance in the universe. You could stop reading this article, because life would have no purpose or meaning or significance. There would be no right or wrong, and no hope beyond your brief years on earth.
But there is a God who made you for a reason, and your life has profound meaning! We discover that meaning and purpose only when we make God the reference point of our lives. The Message paraphrase of Romans 12:3 says, The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us. Source: cbn.com
You never know just what kind of impact your words might have -- even enough to change the heart of an alleged murderer.
In Georgia on Saturday, March 12, 2005, Ashley Smith was taken hostage by Brian Nichols after he escaped from a courthouse. Nichols allegedly killed four people. Smith was able to read a portion of Rick Warren's PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE to Nichols.
As Smith explains, "He said he thought I was an angel sent from God. I was his sister and that he was my brother in Christ and that he was lost and God led him right to me." Nichols later let Smith go and surrendered to the police.