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Growing With God Podcast

The End of Futility – Episode 80

God imposed futility on creation with the intention that at some point it would be broken. He did it in hope that futility, as we grapple with it, will drive us into becoming like Him and being changed and transformed into His image. That is the only way that creation will be freed from this futility. Lord, help us to enter into this and be the ones who can see all creation set free.
 

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Show Notes:

It is extremely important that we understand the concept of futility as it is presented in the Scriptures, where it comes from and how it is to be abolished. We do not realize how much of life’s problems are related to our bondage to futility. We fail to recognize that every day of our lives we are fighting against futility and that our purpose in God is to end that futility.

 

According to Genesis 3, futility was imposed on us by God because of the nature of humanity. We read also in Genesis 11 that futility was intensified when God divided humanity due to our drive to glorify our name above His name. We read further in Isaiah 6 that people would be unable to hear with their ears, see with their eyes, or understand with their hearts what God would speak to them. These are all aspects of futility that we live under.

 

From the beginning, however, God’s curse on humanity was made with the promise that the seed of the woman, Christ, would crush the head of satan. And Paul wrote in Romans 8 that God subjected creation to futility in hope that it would be delivered from its bondage to futility by the sons of God. Therefore, our drive is to be led by the Spirit to break out of the life of sin and grow up in God into the likeness of Christ in His maturity, until the authority rests upon us to deliver all creation from futility.

 

Key Verses:

 

  • Romans 8:18-28. “Creation was subjected to futility… in hope.”
  • Hebrews 9:28. “Christ … will appear a second time … without reference to sin.”
  • Ecclesiastes 2:11-17. “Everything is futility and striving after wind.”
  • Genesis 3:13-23. “The Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden.”
  • Genesis 11:1-9. “The Lord confused the language of the whole earth.”
  • Psalm 133:1-3. “For there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever.”
  • John 17:22. “That they may be one, just as We are one.”
  • Isaiah 6:8-13. “Keep on listening but do not perceive.”
  • Matthew 13:10-16. “But blessed are your eyes, because they see.”

 

Quotes:

 

  • “Solomon saw that no matter what he accomplished, how great it was in the sight of man, when looked at through the lens of God’s eyes, everything in this creation is now under futility waiting for hope.”
  • “Much of humanity doesn’t recognize that there is an adversary, that there is evil, and that they are up against that evil.”
  • “We are seeing Christianity literally becoming illegal in nations, because to follow faith as it is taught in the Scripture is to violate the civil laws of the country. That unfortunately is happening more and more in America.”
  • “God subjected all creation to futility, but he did this in hope to bring about good, to bring about His end purposes, which is His Kingdom manifesting on earth and all creation being freed from the spirits of futility.”

 

Takeaways:

 

  1. In this day, people are so deeply affected by futility that their eyes are blinded, their ears are deafened, and their hearts are hardened against the Word of God.
  2. Mankind seeks to build a name for itself in a city for itself, excluding God to create a kingdom of man. However, God will allow only one Kingdom, the Kingdom of Christ under one Lord who will reign on the throne of David as promised.
  3. It is very important that we grow and mature and expand in our walk with God, because we need the authority and ability in our spirits and prayers to bring an end to this futility to which all creation is subjected.