God Has A Plan

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You have all heard that saying, don’t put all your eggs in one basket, because that great plan may not work out. Lucky for me, I have never put all of my eggs in one basket and thought it was important to have a plan B, C, and D, because you gotta be ready for what may happen if Plan A doesn’t go as planned. Well I don’t know about you, but I have had a front row seat to my initial plan failing and the subsequent plans thereafter not being all that successful either. Sooo what I’ve decided to do was surrendered to God. I’m no longer in charge of my life or the plan(s). I realize that the one who created me and knows me better than I know myself will do a much better job leading me and guiding me than I will ever be able to do on my own.

I think about Andrew, Peter, James, and John who were fishermen. Their job was to go out and catch fish. Simple enough, that is what they did. That was their plan. But there was a different plan on the horizon, Jesus would show them how to cast their nets, to be fishers of men in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and all nations according to Matthew 28:18-20. Let’s look at Matthew 4:18-22 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

They would cast their nets, but God would do the catching, John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted it up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. God will enlighten the mind of his people, drawing all men with the truth of his word and the Holy Spirit, learning and hearing the word of God, causing an urge to yield to the will of God and therefore becoming willing servants- followers of Christ Jesus and God getting all the glory.

God has the plan for my life and he doesn’t need my help. God never fails, He knows ALL! He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He never sleeps or slumbers. His word never comes back void. He is the great I AM. And the list goes on and on about the goodness and righteousness of God. He has been providing for me all these years and has delivered me out of the hand of my enemies and delivered me out of the stuff I have caused doing it my way. With that being said, I will take God’s plan over mine every time. Just like Andrew, Peter, James and John, I dropped what I set out to do and follow God. God doesn’t need a bunch of plans. He doesn’t need to start from scratch or hold a do over, it is done and done in his timing.

God is intentional all we have to do is listen and obey. Draw closer to him and acknowledge him. He said I will supply all of your needs according to his riches in glory. There you have it, I don’t need a plan of my own, what I need is to understand what God has for me is enough and that all that other stuff is not important. His plan is not to give into my every want, but to meet my spiritual needs.

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. And this definitely is a plan I can and will accept.

Sealed With God’s Holy Spirit

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Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent (John 6:28-29).John the Baptist tells us, Those who believe him discover that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God’s spirit is upon him without measure or limit (John 3:33) Life Application Study Bible. Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God (1John 4:15).

God’s purpose is for us to recognize Jesus as the Son of God and to offer salvation to all. And because of our belief in Christ we are sealed with the Holy Spirit a guarantee of our inheritance and that we belong to God. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:13-14). Who hath also sealed us, and given earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (2 Cor. 1:22).

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (1John 4:13)

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one to another. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you (Ephesians 4:22-32) 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. (Psalm 25:4)

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalm 143:10)

The Sprit of God dwells in you, it’s a seal that secures us as believers and gives us the authority to preach, teach, and proclaim and defend God’s word.

Be Blessed

 

The Bible Is My GPS

GPS and BibleI think about my destination to heaven the way others think about their next vacation destination. What path do I need to take? Will the roads I travel be clear so I can see what I need to see. The Bible has all the answers. The Bible is my GPS to keep me on the right path.

 
Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. (Psalm 25:4 KJV)

 
With the word of God, I always want him to order my steps, but what’s just as important is I must obey where he tells me to go, even if I don’t understand it. I must trust Him and have faith.

 
There may be trials and tribulations similar to road construction we want to get around it quickly by taking shortcuts. The choice is yours, however remember what the word says I’m with you always, now that’s encouragement for your soul and you can make it through whatever may come your way. God may not take you around the dilemmas, issues, or pain but he is with us as we go through it.

 
If we think God’s path will not work, doubting his word and going off on our own we can probably expect a path of destruction that leads to sin. Let’s not be like the Israelites wondering in the wilderness and complaining. Listen to God and obey.

 
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. (Psalms 4:11 KJV)
We can try to delay taking the path that God has laid out for us, but the will of God will come to pass whether we decide to take the long way or a shortcut. I prefer to concentrate on the righteous way.

 
My Bible is the best GPS and it is always right, I just need to follow the directions in it.
Let me do a self-check to see if I’m following God’s directions exactly as spoken in the word of God:
I’m saved – Romans 10:9
My body is a temple and bought with a price – 1Cor.19-20
Exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23
Be ye Holy for I am holy – 1Peter 1:16
Walk by faith and not by sight – 2 Cor 5:7
Worship God in Spirit and in truth – John 4:24
His spirit dwells in me – 1 John 4:13

 
I’m believe I’m on the right path. And I will not give up. I’m going to trust in the creator of my path.

 
The Bible is our GPS to stay the course and follow the path. When we go on vacation, we are excited about getting to our destination whether it be a quick weekend getaway or the luxury of one or two weeks, once we get there, we are excited that we arrived and if someone is waiting on us, they are excited too. This is what I envision, if I stay on the path reading the word of God and applying it to my life one day I will get to heaven and rejoice and God will say Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant Come On In.

ALL FOR LOVE

Actions speak louder than words, so don’t just say I love you show them that you do love them. Jacob loved Rachel so much he worked a total of 14 years in order to marry her. It was initially supposed to be seven years. Genesis 29:15,18 KJV And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be? And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. But her father Laban didn’t keep his word and manipulated the situation and Jacob ends up with her sister Leah, because it was custom in those days that the eldest be married off before the younger sister. Now did I say Jacob loved Rachel? And to prove it, he worked another seven years. Genesis 29:30 KJV And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet another seven years. WOW!!

If you think 14 years was something great, then let’s meditate on this one, the greatest act of love is what God did for all of us …

John 3:16 -17 KJV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

We say we love God. However, are you willing to do whatever it takes to show God that you love him? Do you love him enough to give him more of your time? Do you love him enough to spend more time in the word? Do you love him enough to adjust your schedule to get up earlier to spend time with him before the chaotic day gets into full swing? Do you love him enough to live by faith? Do you love him enough be obedient, not for a couple of months or a few years, but as long as you have breath? Let your actions show God how much you love him.

Be Blessed