Whose plan is it anyway?
Tembisa CFC Mission Statement
To bring people into the family of Jesus Christ, develop them to Christian maturity and equip them for their ministry in the church in order to magnify God’s name. The two most important statements Jesus made: “Love the Lord your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” ( Matt 22:37) “Make disciples of all nations… teaching them to obey everything I commanded you” ( Matt 28:19-20).
Does it matter which church you go too?
Does it matter which close friends you have?
Does it matter which church you go too?
Does it matter who your employer or who you work for?
If you don’t know the answers to the above, you live without boundaries.
Romans 8:28: “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”
Things work together to fit into God’s plan. Notice the pre-requisite: For those who love God; and those who work according to His design and purpose. All we need to do is to love God and live according to his designed purpose.
Ephesians 2:10: “For we are His workmanship [His own masterwork, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”
God own handwork recreated in Christ (born anew) that we may do those good works which he predestined… Jesus went before us and planned our destiny. We were prepared beforehand so that we may lead a good life. We don’t have to do things out of our own strength; God has gone ahead of us to prepare for us. If I stick to the path that he has called me to, the journey that lies ahead of me is a good life.
Philippians 1:6 “I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].”
Job 42:2: “I know that you can do all things And that no thought or purpose of yours can be restrained.”
Having gone through his own experiences (loss, challenges, difficulties), Job says I know that He can do all things. No thought or purposes of God can be constrained. Nobody can withhold the plan of God. Nobody can limit or prevent it. I need the conviction in my heart that if it is His plan for my life, it cannot be constrained.
Proverbs 19:21 “Many plans are in a man’s mind, But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).”
Unlike man, He holds himself to things and does it. He keeps His promises. Sometimes when people let you down, you don’t take people at their word, but that is not the case with God. The only plan that will stand is the plan that aligns with His purpose for my life. We run from Plan A to Plan B and I don’t think that is how we are called to live. Only His plan counts. Only His purpose will stand.
Jeremiah 10:23 “O Lord, I know that the path of [life of] a man is not in himself; It is not within [the limited ability of] man [even one at his best] to choose and direct his steps [in life].”
I know that the way of man is not in himself… Noah’s ark – God gave Noah specifications. You need to read the chapter to know the detail that God gave. If Noah did not build it to the specifications, he would have been compromised. God has plans for every eventuality. He has put everything in you that you will ever need. He built this earth for us. Put everything in it that we need to be comfortable, but it only works if we align with His plan.
Your best efforts outside of God will never compare with my best day with God!
Acts 26: 13-16: Saul hears a voice. Saul, why are you persecuting me? Saul says: “Who are you, Lord?”
Jesus says: “I am Jesus, who you are persecuting but arise and stand on your feet for I have appeared to you for this purpose.” Saul lived his own way by being used by Satan. He was against the mandate of heaven. He was against Christians working for the kingdom of God. He had an encounter with the King of Glory. He was living a life that was completely against God’s will. If I am doing a path against the Will, what is the one thing that will get me to the right point? The one thing to get you on the right path is when God has an encounter with you and gives you PURPOSE. There is a purpose for salvation. We need to work out our own salvation. There are things I need to be doing to work out the truth of God.