Wednesday, March 30, 2011

When God Has Another Plan

Jeremiah 29:11 (King James Version)

 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
This translates to:  I know the plans I have for you.
God knows us from the beginning to the end, the Bible says He knows the very hairs of our head.  So why do we not realize His plans for us are perfect?  We seem to think we can do a better job with our own lives.  A little bit like our children do us isn't it?
Proverbs 16:9 says, "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps."   This tells me that I can do "nothing" on my own without the Lord's help.  Even when my steps falter and I turn in the other direction, He is STILL with me. PTL!
God's plans for us have always been for us to prosper and flourish.  If we aren't it isn't God that is directing us!  The Bible says satan goes around as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.  When we turn away from God's plan for our lives, satan believes he has won.  However, we can rest assured that when we are ready to turn back to God, He will be right where we left Him.   The other part of that is that He will finish the work He started in you if you will allow Him.  You see God will never force our will but His plans DO NOT change.  We can remove ourselves from those plans but the minute we come back to God the plans remain the same.  He doesn't come up with "another plan"  He continues the original plan He had for our life.  Then is when you start to realize what a perfect plan it was.
Do you like a hot shower?  Most of us do.  What happens if you stay in the shower too long?  What happens when the water starts to get cold?  You can tell it's going to and you can tell if you keep standing under it that it's going to go completely cold.  It goes from really hot to completely cold!!  That's how some Christians are today!  We start out hot, on fire for God, then we stay in the world too long and we start to get lukewarm, if we keep staying in it, soon we are cold.  Now I don't know about you but once my water starts getting cold I have to get out.  That's just common sense, right?  Being a Christian is the same way.  It takes a little faith (the size of a grain of mustard seed), and at least a smidgen of common sense.  Now if you know what either of those are, you know they are tiny, very tiny.  It takes such a small amount to be a Christian, at least in the beginning.  Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Common sense is what tells you that if you lie down with dogs, you are going to get fleas!  Common sense tells you to get out of the shower (the world) before you get cold!  Common sense tells you that you have to be in this world but you don't have to be "of" this world.
Revelation 3:16 says, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."  If you stay in the ways of the world to long, you will grow first lukewarm, then cold.  It really doesn't matter if you are lukewarm or cold, either way you will NOT be walking with God.
Again, God knows the end from the beginning - He knows the plans He has for us.  His will be done.  His will, His ways are perfect.  The fun and happiness that satan offers in this world are only fleeting.  He can imitate some of what God gives us but he can't carry through.  Here today, gone tomorrow.  It was never, ever part of God's plan for any to perish.  However, just like satan, many think they are the God of their own lives and they can run it better.  Soon they grow cold and it's too late to step out of the shower.  You see, satan knows the plans he knows for you also.
Which plans do you choose?  God's perfect plan for your life or satan's plan of destruction.  If God is speaking to your heart right now, don't let the water grow cold.
God bless,
til next time,