By His Grace: In Christ, plan wisely to succeed in life
As I prepared for this message, I sought out what the lord wants to say. Immediately the sign above my desk came into view. It reads: "Notice: Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."
How often do you and I approach God with "emergencies" when they are nothing more than tests of faith? This action requires complete trust and belief.
"And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him."
The Holy Bible inspired by God was written for our sole benefit and provides the answer to every issue we are to encounter on this side of heaven. It is our guide and a fool-proof plan of how to navigate life. And when executed his way, you and I reap rewards for our obedience.
"All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God's will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]."
Look closer and examine how this anonymous quote may relate to us from a biblical perspective.
Notice refers to the observation or awareness of something. The Bible tells us our father in heaven is omnipresent, he is everywhere. There is nothing that he is unaware of. He neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:2-4).
"'Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?' declares the lord. 'Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?' declares the lord."
Don't worry that your request will fall on deaf ears. God hears our prayers and petitions. What is asked in Jesus' name gets a response.
"And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him."
I recently heard the Rev. Robert Morris say: "You plan to fail, when you fail to plan. This is true when we neglect to trust in God's perfect and complete master plan for our lives. For the plans of God to work in our life, you and I must daily come to end of self. Cease trying to fit our personal agenda within His for our life. 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
Too often we measure our blessings not by God's standards but by man's. There is no lack in God and as joint heirs with Christ there is no lack in you.
Don't ask where the blessing and favor of God is as you compare what you have to your neighbor. He hears and sees all. By griping about why life dealt you a bad hand, you are in essence saying God is not a good provider. Many negative outcomes are connected to our unwillingness to submit to the lord's will.
What are the requirements of this plan, and how do you and I execute it?
It will not be successful without a complete and absolute trust in the lord.
From Proverbs 3:5-6 other biblical passages: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
"Then he said to them all: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'"
"Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."
It's important that you understand what God is concerned about and that he wants to be your way maker. He has no favorites. Each of us is loved equally so regardless of position.
There is no such thing as an emergency where God is concerned.
Trust in the reliability, truth and strength of the lord, even if we do not see how it will all work out in the end.
Remember, God is still in control. Nothing will be accomplished without his authorization.
You may ask how one begins on this journey if you have never had a sincere relationship with God.
By your own free will, you accept Christ as lord and savior. Do not allow this moment to pass; tomorrow is not promised.
When you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Please repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, forgive my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my lord and savior from this day forward. In Jesus' name, amen."
Welcome into the family of Christ.
Until next week, be blessed and continue to bless others along the way. Shalom.
(Bible references: Hebrews 11:6 NLT; 2 Timothy 3:16 AMP; 1 John 5:15 ESV; Psalm 119:105 NIV: Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV; James 1:5 NIV; Luke 9:23 NIV; Hebrews 13:20-21NIV; Jeremiah 29:11. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.)
Contributing Writer Edith Nevis can be reached at 985-857-2200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. She just hit a four-year mark for her column and would like to hear from you if her messages have encouraged you in any way, so she may share your experiences.