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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House of Cards

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My granddaughter was trying to find something to watch on TV the other day and found a channel playing a Brady Bunch episode where there was some dispute and it was decided it would be settled by having a contest building a house of cards. Well, eventually the house came crashing down. As always, one thing leads to other thoughts and I realized how I have often thought I was really doing something, going about things my way, putting this and that together to make a plan or reach a goal that was not based or built solidly because I did so without God and in fact, sometimes the plans or goals were not what He wanted for me at all and, because it wasn’t, things came crashing down. That line of thinking brings to mind the house built on sand.

 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 7:24-27

Yup, you got it, I was the foolish man and tried building things that were not according to His plans and when the rains came, the house fell. I am now building on THE Rock, Jesus, and I know that what comes will be in accordance with His plans and stand the test of time and will weather the storms and floods that are part of life.

1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

2 Samuel 22:1-4

 

Other times, I had prayed and talked with God, and was sure that I was building something according to His plan, but others decisions and actions caused things to collapse. I cannot control the actions of others, but I do know that there are times that others impact God’s plan for me. If this happens, I will trust in Christ to use the results of what happens to make things even better for me.

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

 

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

 

Yes, He has plans for me, plans for good. He will make the most of me and for me, IF I seek HIM first. I now take things to Him in prayer and read in the Bible to seek His guidance and will for me. I try more than anything to seek Him. I need to improve on it, but I am getting better than I was, thanks to God. He deserves the glory for any improvement that has occurred in me.

 

Lord, I thank You and praise You for the improvement in me that have occurred. It is Your work in me that has made these things possible. I ask You to help me remember to seek You first in the future and seek Your guidance so that Your will be done and that I am not trying to put my wishes in front you Yours. I thank You for my salvation. I ask in Jesus name that I learn patience and faith and that You give me the heart and mind of Christ. Please, draw loved ones to You so they may all know salvation and that they know Your will for them.

Amen.

 

Thanks you for stopping by today. Have a blessed day and be a blessing to others.

 

The expected end.

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I never cease to wonder at the way God works. I have been wondering about why things happen, situations unfold and seem to be moving in one direction when suddenly change. What things seemed a certainty for the future suddenly seem very uncertain, maybe impossible. Everything about the situation had seemed right, but then it changed. Was I off course and God moved to put me back on His path? Was the path I was on correct, but someone else did something to interfere with God’s plan?

When things like that occur, it causes one to have doubts, worries, emotional turmoil and a myriad of other thoughts and emotions. You have that happen and then pray and you are still confused and upset. Finally, you say, “okay God, I don’t understand, but I know that You are in control and I will not dwell on what is to be and I will let You do what You know is right, rather than try to make things be as I believe they should be in my life.” Then, peace, most of the time. Still occasional thoughts about everything, but overall peace with any turmoil due to failure on my part to fully let go and let God. He knows what is right and will correct your steps or the steps of others to bring about what He knows is what is planned.

I definitely have had those situations, many times, and after I give them to God, He makes all as He plans. It may not happen quickly, but eventually He does so and later I would look back and it all makes sense, even if it didn’t at the time.

I was going through that and then today’s verse of the day at Kingjamesonline was Jeremiah 29:11. Exactly the reminder I needed.

 

Lord, I praise Your holy name and worship You for Your Glory and majesty. I thank You for the reminder that You are in control and will do for me as is best if I just step out of the way, follow Your guidance and stop trying to be in charge. I thank You for the peace that comes from that knowledge and the comfort from knowing that Your will in my life will get me to the point that You plan. In the name of Jesus I ask that You continue to help me seek You and learn how to have the heart and mind of Christ and that I become better at giving You the control as I learn to be a better servant.

Amen

 

I again thank all for taking time to read my posts. Remember to let Him lead the way and to allow God to work things out for you as He plans. Have a blessed day and try to be a blessing to others.

The Detour

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I was on a road trip, traffic started backing up, road closed so detour. Now, I prefer to just get where I am going, but seeing as I didn’t have a choice, I took it. Ended up going to a secondary highway, much more scenic than the interstate and went through a couple small towns, stopped at an old fashioned general store for a couple minutes just because, well, it was an old fashioned general store. The detour made for a nice diversion after a long drive on the interstate. Eventually, the road took us back to the interstate and I finished my trip, lost a little time, but still got there fine. Another time, the detour was terrible, road had quite a few potholes, nothing special to be seen along the route and seemed to be a much more miserable drive than the one I had planned.

Sometimes, life has detours too. Some we create when we deviate from God’s plan for us. THOSE are the bad ones. Sometimes, other circumstances result in detours for us. I think on all the times I have had a plan, not God having a plan for me, ME having one. Other times, He has a plan, I am going with it trying to follow His will, but get anxious, start trying to get to the destination sooner, rather than later. Well, those go smoothly for a while, then a detour, I get back on track after a while, then, another detour. Some of those detours are rough, others, not too bad but still detours and delays.  And it goes, until I say, OK God, YOU plan the route and destination. I give Him the map, He plans the route and destination, like I said, sometimes same destination I had believed and knew it was where He was leading me, but I forced things too quickly so He decided to slow me down so I could get to where He wants, the way He wants and when He wants.

Yeah, the whole patience thing is not too easy for me sometimes. I want something, I want it now, then take a shortcut, that ends up being quite the opposite. Sorta like the Israelites in the wilderness.

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

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6

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

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

John 15:7

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalms 37:23

Yeah, that last one is the tough part for me. But, there was no shortage of scriptures talking about HIS plan for us, and not our own. Not only the destination, but the route. I will trust on Him to guide me and quit trying to be in a hurry.

Praise the name of the Lord, Dear Jesus, I thank you for my salvation and all the blessings, You have been far better to me than I deserve. I ask that you teach me patience and to trust in God that He has a plan and will be sure to get me to where He wants me to be in this life and in service to Him. I ask you work in the hearts and minds of loved ones to show them your way for them as well, give them the patience and understanding they need to let You control their paths as well. I ask You continue to work on my understanding and to make me the servant You plan for me to become.

 

Thanks for reading along today. I hope this helps someone else too! Like I have said before, try to be a blessing to at least one other person today.