God's Plan For My Life
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6
People say “God has a plan for your life”. I have heard this phrase so often that I become confused at times about what it is that the plan is. I pray continuously seeking out this answer. I know that plans for a Christian are to worship God and Jesus our Savior. To go out to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to the lost, that is our mission. How often we become set back when approaching people in this magnitude. Fear of rejection, fear of dismissal, fear of the lack of knowledge, but the real fear is God. So many people are persecuted for sharing the Gospel in other countries they are put to death for sharing his word. That in itself is real persecution, not the persecution we Americans think of because we have the freedom to go out and do that. Those that suffer death for the love of Christ, which is real, more real than we can imagine are the ones that are truly persecuted. But great is their reward in Heaven because of this, and they will live greatly in Heaven because they did this. It is written in the Bible “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” Matthew 5:12.
Paul wrote in Philippians 4:19-20 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen” So if we are to know that God supplies us with our needs as he also does in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” Why are we sitting around thinking that we are not bold enough to take the walk with Christ when everything is available to us, Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” God listens to us. He hears everything we say to him in our prayers Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know”. My pastor said to the church recently that imagine a bowl and in the bowl contains prayers that you have asked God for, through continual prayer the requests will be filled in this bowl, when the bowl fills up the bowl is then “dumped” down onto the person you were praying for or the situation you were praying about and the prayer is answered. I thought this was a good analogy, fill the bowl up. It seems at times we pray for lost loved ones or ones who have fallen away from the faith and we get to a point we throw our hands up in the air saying to ourselves “what’s the use!” God never leaves us, he is there even when our faith is weak, we become broken to a point we lack the faith, we pray less, and expect nothing. The time is now to get out of that funk that you are stuck in. I myself am in this funk more often than not lately; it is a spiritual battle that ceases to end. It is at this time in our lives that we need to press in further to God, hand Him our troubles and seek His face, He wants nothing more than for us to follow Christ to be with Him in Heaven. All we have to do is plant the seed to a person and God will do the rest. This is in the Bible the Parable of The Mustard Seed. Matthew 17:20 “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” Plant the seed, God will do the rest, do not worry keep praying after you plant the seed, fill the prayer bowl and watch God do His glorious work in the people or situations you are praying about, never cease praying.
One of my favorite verses from the Bible is Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Christ tells us to hand our burdens over to him and he will take them for us, when we do this a weight is lifted off from our shoulders. I have felt this relief in the past. The problem is sometimes we become stubborn and do not want to hand the troubles over because we feel that we can do things on our own. WRONG! We cannot do things on our own. God never sent anyone out alone or ever expected anyone to carry the burdens of the world. He fixed that for all of us in one of the most famous quoted verses in the Bible, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” If Jesus did not come down to share the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven with us we would not be able to walk the path of life, Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” Jesus came here to bear our sins, so that we could through him enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It is through Christ that we are healed, that those that are broken can be healed, Jesus cannot heal the unbroken, and in some way we are all broken, Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed” Walk the path of life, hand over your burdens, and let Him heal you.
I cannot think of any greater reward or gift than to know that my (our) Savior Jesus Christ died on the cross so that we could live through Him. If he had not been born from a virgin birth, died for our sins, defeated death and rose again on the third day he could have not been able to return to heaven so that God could send His spirit down to dwell within us, the great Holy Spirit so that we could through Christ enter into the Kingdom of God. When we accept Christ as our Savior we become a new creation in Christ, we are repentant of our sins, we are washed by His blood, and if it truly comes from within our hearts all of our past is thrown into the sea of forgetfulness, we have a clean slate with God. There is no greater gift in life than to have the gift of eternal life from Jesus Christ our savior through our Father God. When we face turmoil in our life it is a test, there is no testimony without a test, God is the glory for all great things and should be given appropriate credit for the blessings we receive in life. God is not the author of confusion, hand your worries, troubles, and pain over to Him and relive yourself of the burden. Find it in yourself to receive Christ as your Savior and you will receive great and wonderful things from God. No one is perfect and God knows that, no one is “holier than thou” we all make mistakes whether we have been “saved”, “reborn”, “became a new creation in Christ”, that’s why Christ came down and died for our sins because we cannot be perfect. What we can do is help others find Christ; help them so they do not spend their afterlife in Hell in eternal damnation. It saddens me to think that if I have not planted a seed in someone that I will have their blood on my hands because I was not strong enough to share the Gospel to them and plant the seed. Matthew 10:5-8 “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” Have you found Christ?
Max Lucado - Christian Author