Friday, September 27, 2013

God's Plans

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.  (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

God's plans are always good.  They are filled with hope, prosperity, and a future.

I hear and read almost on a daily basis these days people say something like..."Well, God had other plans."  "God changed His plans."  "God had different plans."  Those "other plans" or "different plans" never include anything that is really good, hopeful, or prosperous.  They usually include being sick, ill, dying too soon---basically anything you can think of that is destructive or tragic.

God never has "other plans" or "different plans" though.  His plans are always to prosper us.  His plans are always hopeful.  His plans are always good.  His plans are always to give us a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy..."  (John 10:10b, NIV)  The devil is the only one whose plans are to hurt us or harm us.  The father of lies is the only one whose plans are to destroy us or kill us.  (John 8:44)

God never never changes His plans.  He allows everyone to choose life or death.  He allows everyone to choose blessings or curses.  (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19)  He allows everyone to choose Him or the devil.  (James 4:7)

Unfortunately, when people give the devil a foothold into them, then the enemy is able to work his plans into their lives.  (Ephesians 4:26-27)  A stronghold is formed in people when they continue sinning without repenting of it.  True repentance means that a person stops sinning and turns toward God.  (2 Corinthians 7:10; Matthew 3:8)

One of the best ways to turn towards God is to read His word on a daily basis.  (Romans 12:2)  Then, people will be able to better understand and know God's true nature.  [*Note: Read my blog post, The True Nature of God]  Only when everyone truly gets to know God and His true nature will they be able to know the difference between God's ways and the ways of the enemy.  (Hebrews 5:14)

God's ways are always higher, better, positive, encouraging, good, and hopeful.  (Isaiah 55:8-9)  Therefore, God's plans are always in line with His ways, His true nature, and His word.  

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