By His Grace: Align yourself with the plans of God

Edith Nevis

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

To begin and live a life of meaning, you must understand your worth.

What does it mean to be God’s handiwork?

Edit Nevis

As created beings, you and I are uniquely designed individuals and set apart from others with a divine purpose. We are one of a kind. You and I are special and beautifully made in His image. There are no imperfections in us. God never makes a mistake. We are to value ourselves as he does, and others will begin to see it too.

“The value of life is not in its duration but donation. You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live.” -- The late Dr. Myles Monroe

To fully appreciate the journey God has predestined, you and I must be willing to trust and believe, and then align ourselves with His plans. You may ask how do I know the plans of God? It has all been laid out in His written word, the Bible. You see, as you study the scriptures and commune with the Lord, His plans are then revealed.

“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.”

The key to unlock what is contained beyond mankind’s reach and to live life as God intended requires our ability to take Him at His word. Following His plans for our life and what we are called too holds great importance. How so? Allow me share to answer the question.

A few years ago, I had become frustrated with the path my career was taking. It was not that I was unappreciative of my position. I love what I am blessed to do. At the time there were many changes swiftly occurring within my organization and found myself struggling how to adapt. I began to question was my assignment in the chair ending. You can imagine how torn I had become because I knew how I was appointed to my position, and by whom, and for what purpose.

Several weeks had passed as I sought the Lord for my next move. And would you know the Lord remained silent. The longer the silence, the larger the situation within me appeared. Until one day I heard these words, “I understand your concerns and I will not object if you decide to move on to a different career. But know, I shall place another in your position to do what I required done. That person will receive the credit in Heaven for the assignment I appointed you.” Upon hearing this I immediately became realigned with the plans of God.

The position I hold is not just an office job. It is a ministry unto itself. It is where many had received assistance and on various levels that was not job related.

One Saturday afternoon during non-business hours I had received a call from a subscriber. At first, I had contemplated should I allow the call to roll over to the automotive service. I was only in the office for a few hours to make up time. However, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to answer. I politely explained to the caller the office was not open for business. She then stated the Lord told her to call me as she began to explain her immediate need, which was not job related.

I knew immediately this was a divine appointment that needed to be addressed. But what if I had not accepted the plans of God? I was not there for that call and many others request of assistance over the years. How would that effect the Kingdom of God. Better yet, my personal life journey.

What many fail to remember is what God authorizes, He is committed and honored bound to provide when it comes to His plans for you and me. It is His faithfulness to all His wonderful promises that makes the difference in our life.

We have been equipped with the necessary gifts and talents to do the will of God and be successful in life.

How do I know?

It is written: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

And then comes purpose in life…

“When you have a purpose for your life it disciplines your behavior and chooses your habits,” Monroe said.

When living a purpose-filled life we will experience opposition. The enemy will use everyone and everything to hinder our progress. It is easy to become distracted when unsure of the outcome of that to which you have been called. Fear not for you is never alone. The Lord is always with you.

When David was called to replace King Saul as the next king of Israel and Judah, he was a young shepherd tending the flock of his father. As he matured into his new role, over time he began to experience jealously and resistance from those in his inner circle and feared for his life. This did not stop him from being obedient to his divine purpose. In fact, it is recorded God was very pleased with him.

“And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ ”

Always remember our faith and obedience will always bring forth blessings. It is God’s approval we seek, and not men.

You may ask, how do I begin to come into agreement with the plans of God? A relationship must be established through his son, Jesus. For those who desire a relationship with the Lord, or would like to renew it, allow me to extend an invitation to experience his unconditional love for you. By your own free will you accept Christ as Lord and savior.

When you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, it is written you will be saved. This has nothing to do with religion and all to do with a relationship. For it is written, "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 me of 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 go in peace. Shalom.

Bible references: Ephesians 2:10 NIV (Isiah 19;25); Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Peter 4:10; Acts 13:22 ESV (1 Sam. 16:1, 12, 13). To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse. Cross references in parentheses ().

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