Friday, January 10, 2014

God Has A Plan For You


God has a plan for your life

Last week as the New Year was ushered in, I was reminded that God not only loves you and me, He’s concerned enough with us that He establishes plans for us. I decided to look a little deeper into what God says concerning this and found many verses which provide me with even more to consider. These verses either refer directly to the plan of God for you and me, or they indirectly infer of His plan for you and me.

And Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it will be provided’” (Genesis 22:14, NIV)

The reality for us is that The Lord provides! The Lord Will Provide is our assurance that He has a plan for each of us. This plan which existed in eternity before creation is revealed in us by God. I believe God wants and desires that we know His plan for our life.
  1. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” (Psalm 20:4, NIV)
  2. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11, NIV)
  3. Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16, NIV)
  4. The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.” (Proverbs 12:5, NIV)
  5. The plans of the mind belong to mortals, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD (Proverbs 16:1, NIV)
Have you had moments when everything you do seems to just come together? You can’t explain it, but you know, you have an inner confidence that you won’t fail?

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3, NIV)

The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will be established.” (Proverbs 19:21, NIV)

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5, NIV)

Then, there are those instances when nothing you do seems right. It’s like you’re stuck in quicksand and you’re going nowhere. I’ve had those moments where it seems like I’m in one of those Snickers candy commercials. I keep waiting to hear the words…”Not going anywhere? Eat a Snickers!

Woe to the obstinate children,declares the LORD,to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;” (Isaiah 30:1, NIV)

It’s in my best interest to follow the plan God has for me because it will produce the best possible outcome for my life. One thing I've noticed regarding a person’s life is when they have a real passion for what they're doing. I don’t mean something you would like to do, or something you wish you could do. No, when you have a passion for something, you have to do it. A painter paints, a singer sings, and a writer writes. There is no straddling, half way commitment.

Like the company Nike says, “Do It”. You do what you’re passionate about, and you do it with passion. When you do what you’re passionate about, you’re committed. Does this mean that’s all you do? No, not all musicians play in a band, some teach, some sell instruments. Some even make instruments! But they are still passionate in what they do. They have an inner joy which really can’t be quantified. They also have an inner peace within that keeps them balanced.

The bible uses to the word "passion once (Acts 1:3), when it refers to the suffering of Jesus. But I believe this gives a glimpse of the mind of Christ in the garden; His attitude was one of obedience. Christ chose to please God through His obedience of suffering and dying for the sins of the world. This is what I believe Paul describes should be our attitude and pattern for living when he wrote:

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:5, NIV)

The person who has no passion for what they’re doing struggles to find some happiness (not inner joy) and quiet (not inner peace). This person often encounters frustration. They are in conflict with not only their own life, in some instances with others, and many instances, with God. Their mind is focused on self. Pleasing myself only creates more problems for me. Pleasing God opens up a world of opportunity for me.

Knowing that God has a plan for your life indicates a need to trust Him with the things you do not know or understand. You realize that God will reveal His purpose for you through the unfolding of time.

For I know the plans I have for you,declares the LORD,plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)


Never doubt your significance or your place in this world. You have a purpose because God has a plan for you!

MTJ

A Note of Thanks: I would just like to say that I appreciate each of you who visit My Thought-filled Journey. Taking time out of your schedule to read a post on this blog is encouraging to me. Many of those who visit, will from time to time leave a comment. Whether a comment is left is not important. What is important, is that you came. I do hope you find encouragement and inspiration in these words. Please know I will pray with you regarding any circumstance you may be facing. Feel free to write me to say "Hello", request prayer, or share what God is doing in your life. I have not said it enough, but thank you for the light of Christ in your life which illuminates the way for us all.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!


Happy New Year 2014!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

I read this and immediately knew what God was saying to me regarding the coming New Year. My hope is that you will have the same sentiments.

God says, “I know”. Often, we are filled with uncertainty regarding the future, but God says, “I know”; God knows! What He knows are His plans for you and me. Our plans for the future may change, but who alters the plans of God? He is the same God who said, “For I am the Lord, I change not...” (Malachi 3:6, KJV). He will not change His plans for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God wants to prosper, not harm us. He wants to give us hope as well as a future which we look forward to. We will face many obstacles in 2014, some of us will face hardships for which we are not prepared to deal with, but no matter what we face, we can be assured that God is working a plan which will prosper, give you hope and a future.

These words give me comfort as I enjoy the last hours of 2013. They tell me not to be anxious for anything. They tell me to be steadfast in my faith, unmovable, always abounding in the Lord.

I can look back now at 2013 and see how God’s word was faithful and constant for me. His grace was sufficient for me no matter what circumstances I faced during the past twelve months. I can say without reservation that God has demonstrated His love and blessings to me.

My prayer for you and your family is that you listen to the words of Moses as he stood on the banks of the Red Sea, pursued by Pharaoh’s massive army. Moses said, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” (Exodus 14:13, NIV)

MTJ

A Note of Thanks: I would just like to say that I appreciate each of you who visit My Thought-filled Journey. Taking time out of your schedule to read a post on this blog is encouraging to me. Many of those who visit, will from time to time leave a comment. Whether a comment is left is not important. What is important, is that you came. I do hope you find encouragement and inspiration in these words. Please know I will pray with you regarding any circumstance you may be facing. Feel free to write me to say "Hello", request prayer, or share what God is doing in your life. I have not said it enough, but thank you for the light of Christ in your life which illuminates the way for us all.

Spiritual SundaysNote: This post is linked to Spiritual Sundays (hosted by Charlotte).