Monday, February 25 2013
Have you ever made God "plan A", but have plan B in the back of your mind?
Have you ever prayed about a circumstance or situation in your life while not heeding the voice of the Lord?
Have you ever missed what God is trying to tell you?
There is little doubt that you have gotten in the way of God's plan for a situation or even your life. The Bible is filled with men and women that were called by God that looked very human at times.
1 Kings 19:4 (KJV)
But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord , take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
Luke 22:61-62 (KJV)
And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.  And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
2 Samuel 12:7-9 (KJV)
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;  And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.  Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord , to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
Looking human, is not unforgiveable. God's plan for your life does not stop when we make a mistake nor does God somehow forget our name. His grace is extended each time we fail.
Our greatest failure is not allowing God to be God. It is the basis for all other failures. When we allow God to be God...
We will be obedient to His Word.
John 14:15 (KJV)
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
We will hear his voice.
Psalm 85:8 (KJV)
I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
We will do His will.
2 Corinthians 8:5 (KJV)
And this they did , not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
We will walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:25 (KJV)
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
When we operate under God's faith and not our own, we will live the overcoming and abuandant life promised in the scripture. We will still have problems, but God will fight our battles. He will turn our curse into a blessing. When we live for Jesus, plan B is never necessary.
Pray. Read your Bible. Fast. Listen. Be faithful, but always let God be God. You will be glad you did.
Monday, February 11 2013
Prior to the Superbowl, I saw a post on Facebook that showed a picture with the Lombardi Trophy being hoisted and the word "Believe" across the width of the photo. It was a post to announce the support for the Baltimore Ravens. Although, the person posting on Facebook did not play they believed the Ravens would win and overcome the obstacle that layed ahead...the San Francisco 49ers.
Jesus once said, "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38). The word "believeth" is translated from the word meaning "to have faith in". Having faith in Jesus Christ is more than admitting that you believe in Him but living according to the Bible. When our lives reflect the scripture it will cause us to seek salvation, but also live a lifestyle that is pleasing to God.
I believe that God...
...but, if we are to "enjoy" the benefits that God gives, we must live as God wants or "as the scripture hath said". When we fulfill this commandment our path becomes clear to God's plan for our lives. Whether you have never been to church or have gone every Sunday of your life, we must look in the mirror and ask, "Am I doing what God wants me to do?" Am I living in a way that is pleasing me or Jesus Christ?
I encourage you to study the Bible and pray to hear the voice of God. If you need help, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.