Monday, October 13, 2008

God's Plan


Do you have a ‘vision’ – a plan - for your life?
Are you a dreamer or are you a goal setter?
And more than that – once you’ve set the goal –
have you put a plan in place to move you towards achieving that goal?

Where / How owHowdo you see yourself 1 month or 1year from now?
2 years?
5 years?

As a nurse educator I taught students how to assess, set goals,
make a plan, and implement the plan for the patients we were caring for.
It’s called “The Nursing Process” – it has changed somewhat over the years –
however, the fundamentals of it are the same…
it can be applied to any aspect of life!

Now – knowing this and doing it in my own life are two different things.
I can make a plan, set some goals, BUT - if I don’t follow thru, nothing is achieved!
(and I can assure you I have not followed thru many times)

There’s a saying that goes something like this –
“Plan the work and work the plan”
That is what we need to do!

God has a plan for our lives BUT – we need to “work the plan” –
It’s not likely He’ll do anything without our cooperation.
Our cooperation is a must in order for our potential to be achieved!

Do you know His plan for your life?
Are you cooperating with Him?

Jeremiah 29:11 (Amplified)
“For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you,” says the Lord,
“thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil,
to give you hope in your final outcome.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“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.”
I can’t tell you how excited and relieved I was when these Words
spoke to my heart many years ago!

He has a plan for me?
He wants to prosper me?
He wants to give me a hope and a future?
Isn’t that the question we all ask at some point?

The answer is found in the following scriptures:

John 3:16 (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.

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.
He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance.

He is a loving, patient, faithful God!
He wants us to spend eternity with Him!
And He has a plan for us to do that!
First, we must acknowledge our sinfulness, repent,
and accept Jesus as our Savior!
As Lord of our Life!
Next, we must live our lives according to His Word –
that means we must be in the Word,
and in communion with Him constantly!

His plan is for us to prosper (spiritually),
To have a hope (of eternity).
To have a future
To have His peace – John 14:27
To submit to Him, and then, be able to resist the devil – James 4:7
To be fearless – 2 Timothy 1:7
To have an abundant life – John 10:10

His plan is not necessarily a “positively“!
It depends on our participation!

I am an advocate of life-long learning –
meaning that we never stop growing and learning –

I have heard it said “It’s a poor day you don’t learn something new!”
Every day we should be further along than we were yesterday.
I have great admiration for people who return to school as mature adults –
For whatever reason!

As Christians – we need to be a student of our LORD.
Not just reading a devotional such as this every day –
but actually studying HIS Word!
Learning Scripture!
Becoming more like Him every day!
Discovering His truth for our lives!
Listening to His voice and participating with Him in the plan!

If you are not daily connecting with Him, involved in growing in your faith and learning more of him, moving along this journey in a positive manner,
I pray that you will begin this today.
Participate with Him in His plan for your life;
Set some achievable goals for yourself that will move you in this direction.
And always remember to WORK THE PLAN!

Peace to you today!
May His Words speak deeply into your hearts
as you cooperate with Him in this amazing journey.
He loves YOU!

Thank you for such a beautiful Fall day filled with sunshine and SONshine!
May we reflect on You today
and desire to go a step (steps) deeper in our faith!
Praise You, Lord!


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