Weekly Message: Making God's plans our plans.
Byline: contributed by gus macropoulos Spirit of Life Christian Church
I believe all Christians want their plans to be in line with Gods plans. The question is, "How do we accomplish this?"
First thing is to get your Bible out. This much I know, you never know what Gods plans are for your life without reading His Word. A good place to start in the Bible would be the book of Proverbs. I like to call this "the wisdom book." Proverbs 16:9 talks about us making plans, but allowing God to direct our steps. What this means to me is that sometimes Gods will changes our plans by directing our steps in another direction.
This has happened to me many times in my life. Dont take my word for it, lets take a look at some examples in the word of God.
In the Old Testament, the scripture that stands out to me is Elisha (1 Kings 18:19-21). We see a farmer going out to work in his field.
Then, God directs his steps. He gets anointed by Elijah the Prophet and his whole life changes. He burned his cart and became a servant of Elijah and later he also became a prophet of God.
That is allowing Gods will to change our plans. Im sure you can think of other events in the Old Testament where this takes place.
Now, lets take a look at some examples in the New Testament. Matthew 4:18-22 shows us some men going out to fish for a living. Then a man called Jesus comes into their life and makes them "fishers of men."
Their lives changed and when you allow God to direct your steps, your life will change also.
Lets not forget Saul, who most of us know as Apostle Paul. God changed him so much his name was also changed.
He was on his way to persecute Christians and was doing so when Jesus shows up, knocks him to his knees and directs his steps from the road to Damascus into the hands of Ananias.
Read Acts 9. Saul becomes a Christian who through the Holy Spirit writes a big portion of the New Testament.
Im not saying that we should not make plans. We should have a plan but allow Gods will to direct our plans. Then His plans will truly become our plans.
The book of James says that when we make plans they should line up with Gods will (James 4:13-17). Gods plans for you will always have two things in them: spiritual prosperity and lining up with the word of God.
Im going to leave you with Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope."