The Plan

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During a conversation with a friend recently the subject of plans came up. Human plans vs God’s plans. Part of the talk was about how sometimes we humans experience things that, as we go through them, seem hard to comprehend and at times seem to lead us away from where we think He wants us, but later as we look back and see the whole picture it makes more sense.

For 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. Jeremiah 29:11

We both made statements about God knowing so much more than we do and that His plan is perfect and if we trusted Him more, as in completely, we would end up where He
plans on us being much sooner and without the difficulties many of us encounter.

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9

 

As the conversation continued I commented on how it is similar to a military operation and how the privates don’t always understand a lot about what is going on, they have a mission and instructions on how to complete their mission but sometimes those instructions, the big plan, involves them going what to them seems like the long way around to reach whatever the objective may be and they decide they want to take a short cut but as they do so they run into a flooded fields, barbed wire, land mines or some other trap the enemy has laid for them and because of that they either have to move very slowly or they end up caught in a trap. How the enemy makes them suffer for not following the plan. But, if they persist, they can still reach the objective and after the mission is complete and they have seen the reason they were supposed to take the long route that in the end would have been simpler and safer, yet still would have resulted in reaching the objective without all the hardships they encountered because they took what seemed to be an easier, more convenient way.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

I reflected on how God often has a plan and we decide to take short cuts, remembering the objective, the goal, but not doing exactly as God leads us to do. Seeing and understanding His perfect plan for us, but in our simple human minds thinking that we can do it better than He can. So, we try and fail. Eventually we realize (hopefully) that we strayed from the path He laid before us, diverted from His plan. We are caught in the enemy’s traps and then trying on our own, just can’t seem to get out. So, we call on Christ to help us and He hears our pleas and gets us out of the mess we created and sets us back on His way for us. Reminds me of a movie I saw about World War 1, a soldier took a short cut while they were retreating and got caught in barbed wire and the harder he tried to get out by himself, the more tangled up he got. He didn’t have wire cutters with him to cut the wires and he was trapped. He called for help and another soldier heard him, made his way to where he was caught and cut the wires so the trapped soldier could escape.

8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

 

He is our savior. He has given us the tools, the Bible and prayer, to get out of the barbed wire snares of Satan and God has a plan for each and every one of us, we must only allow Him control and follow His guidance. Using the tools He gives us, requires faith and obedience, without those we can easily fall into traps and by alone we cannot get out of the traps. But if we find ourselves caught in situations that we know are not of God, even though we pretty much got ourselves in those circumstances through our own poor choices, He will come to our rescue and loosen those traps and help us, sometimes carry us, away from the situation. He will deliver us from evil, He will take care of His children and if we believe in Christ as the Son of God, who died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected to defeat death and confess our sins and ask for the forgiveness we need, HE WILL REDEEM US. What an amazing Lord He is!

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36

 

Lord, I thank You and praise You that You have a plan for me, and each of us; that You have understanding of things far beyond my simple abilities and that only through seeking You and following You will I be able to escape the traps of satan and reach that place that Christ has for me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me listen for Your voice and feel Your presence and hand upon me, guiding my steps as I live my life here on earth. I ask that You help me better understand You and Your plan for me and help me stay in the path that leads me to Jesus. I ask that You draw us all close to You and help us be lights in this dark world to help others see the true path. Thank You for the mercy, grace and redemption that was given to me because of the sacrifice and suffering of Christ.

Amen

 

I appreciate those who take time to stop by my blog. I hope something I said blesses someone and that you all have a blessed day and are able to be a blessing to someone else.

 

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The Spider Web

 

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The garden spiders are starting to appear again. The big, multi-colored spiders that are kind of pretty while kind of creepy at the same time. They build huge webs and some put an interesting zig zag pattern in part of it. I don’t know it that makes it stronger, if something about the pattern attracts the prey or what but it does seem to attract them. Other times the insects just are not aware of the web and get trapped. But they do catch the bugs. One thing I have noticed, is that when they catch something, usually wrap it in silk. Totally enveloping it so it has no way to escape and then they feed on it, not eating, but by injecting venom that breaks down the tissue so the spider can, well, basically suck the life out of the pray. Once it has done so, the spider, at least these I see, discard the remains of their prey so other potential victims won’t see the danger and to make it easier for the spider to trap another. But, if you look around the web, below it on the ground, you see the discarded remains of the victims of the spider, dead, empty shells.

Insects are either lured to the web, or happen into it because they don’t see some of the strands that ensnare them. Have you ever been walking an suddenly felt part of a web on your face? I have, sometimes when I go hunting I have walked into spider webs and to be honest, it kinda freaks me out. Usually its a bit dark, so I don’t know how much of the web I have on me or if the spider was in that part and wonder if I now have a spider on me. It would be sort of comical to see me as I get near frantic and do the “spider dance” trying to get the web off of me and hopefully brush a spider off if it is there. Other times, I feel just a little something on me and when I go to brush it off, I find a spider had gotten on me and to be honest, it always creeps me out a bit. How did it get there? Was it a more dangerous one or just there accidentally? Was that feeling a bite? and, many other such thoughts.

Well, all those thoughts got me to thinking how sometimes we accidentally walk into Satan’s webs. Sometimes we are enticed by a pretty pattern, a promise of sorts, of something that looks to be something else. We get deceived.

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

Other times we get a little complacent and aren’t as alert as we should be and get a little entangled in something and at first, it doesn’t seem so bad but then we get more and more entangled, a little at a time, slowly getting so caught up in things that before we realizing it we have been wrapped up in the silk and are being consumed.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

1 Peter 5:8-9

Either way, we become caught up in Satan’s web of deceit and he feeds on us, in the process stealing our eternal lives from us, taking all that God wants for us and leaving us empty shells, hollow and devoid of the life Christ died to give us. He warns us to be watchful and alert, to pay attention, to not fall victim to the deceiver but sometimes, often, we are not on guard and end up in situations we know we need to escape but can’t get free.  If we are watchful we can avoid the trap, if we start to become entangled and fight early we can escape.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

BUT, the great thing is that God has a way for us to escape that web, no matter how badly we become entrapped. We can end up so badly entangled in sin because we like some of the things sin brings us, things like possessions, prestige, pleasure but we eventually become so wrapped up that it becomes harder and harder to escape, at least on our own. When we reach that point, and even earlier on when only caught by a small thread, if we call out to Jesus to save us He will break the bonds and we will be free. He will give us the strength to escape and avoid being devoured.

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36

 

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].                  1 Corinthians 10:13

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

 

 

My Heavenly Father,

I thank You for the many blessings, grace and mercy You give me. I praise Your Name. I thank You for helping me avoid, and at times escape from, the webs of the enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy; that you helped me avoid the destruction that would have come to my soul had You not been protecting and helping me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to help protect, save and guide me as I try to avoid the pitfalls and snares. I pray that You help loved ones escape from the webs in which they find themselves so that they can avoid harm. Draw us all to You and show us Your perfect way for us. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your son, Christ, who died that I may be forgiven.

Amen

 

Thank you all for your visit today. I pray you all have many blessings come your way and that you are a blessing to others as well.