So – if you know His thoughts toward you – what are they?
In American, it would be a rare Christian who doesn’t know Jeremiah 29:11. It reads, “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
Jesus said, “…when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).
If we believe and confess that God’s plans are to prosper us; to give us hope and a future why do we worry about the future so much? You, like myself, constantly hears the fear spoken from the mouths of Americans every day. Everywhere people are experiencing fear of healthcare. Fear of the economy. Fear of the stock market. Fear of the state of our government.
All these fears have merit, but as Christians we have an edge because we know our hope lies, not in our government, but in a power that is greater … a power that cannot go bankrupt. “…When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth”. In the Bible, God fed Elijah with quail. He fed the children of Israel with manna. He took five loaves of bread and two fish and fed more than 5000 people.
How big do you think your God really is?
The Church is supposed to be His voice in the community. The world should see us “above and not beneath”, as Moses wrote in Deuteronomy. The Church should be the most blessed; have the least bondage; and the least debt. Is that what we see in the Church?
According to all the statistics, the Church is running pretty much neck and neck with the world. We have just as much debt, divorce and bondage. … But that is not God’s plan for us.
Proverbs 2:10-11 says, “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee” (KJV).
Has wisdom entered into your heart? Is knowledge pleasant to your soul? Do you thirst for knowledge of God or do you just crawl along day to day?
I honestly don’t believe any of us have it all together all the time, but shouldn’t we be doing better than we are? Shouldn’t we be shining in our communities as a place of peace and contentment? The Lord is our guide. His Holy Spirit will LEAD us to all truth (Jn. 16:13). Christian’s have an edge on the world, but is that what they see from us? Or, do they see and hear us moan like the rest of the world?
Ask the Holy Spirit to be the inner voice that will direct you daily, at every turning point. If we ask, then we certainly must listen. His Spirit will lead, but we must be mindful to hear the quiet voice of God speaking to our spirit.
So – what are his thoughts and plans toward you? …. Only good. Scripture says “Every good and every perfect gifts comes from the Father of Lights in whom there is no variance, nor shadow of turning.” Even in the middle of trials and heartache, His ultimate plan is for your good.
Pray the Lord will go ahead of you and help you make good decisions in any situation.
Pray that He will be your guide and source of direction. Then, let your mind dwell on good thoughts.
Pray that the Lord will guard your thoughts and the words you say so you will speak good and not destructive words. At first, it may be a battle, but you can do it because the Holy Spirit is leading you into all truth (Jn. 16:13). Isn’t truth what we all want? Seek it and you’ll find it. You are blessed and highly favoured by the Creator of the Universe.
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