WHAT GOD DOES IN YOUR LIFE IS NOT FOR YOUR SAKE, IT'S FOR HIS SAKE, FOR HIMSELF, FOR HIS GLORY.
God’s ultimate commitment is to Himself and not to us. And therein lies our security. God loves His glory above all.
Isa. 48: 9, 11 “For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. . . . For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another”
it's not our position in Him but His position in us..that's what gives us security and hope. It does depend on us.
God performs salvation for His own sake. He justifies the people called by His name in order that He may be glorified.
Ezek. 36:22–23, 32 “Therefore say to the house of Israel [and to all the churches], Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord. . . . It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord God; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel’”
This is no isolated note in the symphony of redemptive history. It is the ever-recurring motif of the all-sufficient Composer.
Why did God predestine us in love to be His sons? That the glory of His grace might be praised (Eph. 1:6, 12, 14).
Why did God create a people for Himself? “I created [them] for my glory” Isa. 43:7.
you and I are created for His glory. Our live should always glorify Him.
Why did He make from one lump vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor? That He might show His wrath and make known His power and reveal the riches of His glory for the vessels of mercy (Rom. 9:22–23).
Why did God raise up Pharaoh and harden his heart and deliver Israel with a mighty arm?
That His wonders might be multiplied over Pharaoh (Exod. 14:4) and that His name might be declared in all the earth (Exod. 9:16.)
Why did God spare rebellious Israel in the wilderness and finally bring them to the promised land?
“I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations” (Ezek. 20:14).
Why did He not destroy Israel when they rejected Him from being king over them and demanded to be like all the nations (1 Sam. 8:4–6)?
“The Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake” (1 Sam. 12:22).
Once you cary the name of the Lord, once you are called his son or daughter his forgiveness is guaranteed but it's should not be a free pass to sin.
God’s love for the glory of His own name is the spring of free grace and the rock of our security.
What I want to say is that what God has done in your life and what he is going to do will not dependent on your position in Him but on His position in you. Him being in You He will always protect His glory.
Sometime we have this wrong thinking that God shows us mercy and answer our prayers because we deserve it, because we are sinless and holy, because we work hard for Him. No whatever God does is first of all for Himself, He protect and defend his name in us. We are just the beneficiaries his action by the fact that we are caring His name.