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Battle for God

Posted: November 3, 2014 in blogging, life, love, quotes, Relationships, religion
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Battle to achieve the right plan

 

In the last few days I’ve talked a lot about God’s plans for us. Today I want to remind you though that He’s not the only one who would like you one their side – The devil is trying to get your attention, so beware!

Embrace God and let Him embrace you.

All projects can go off the rails sometimes – Resources get reallocated to other projects/tasks; Tasks turn out to be more complex than originally thought;, or others simply don’t complete their tasks within the planned timescales.

When I say, “all projects” I really mean all projects – we are all part of God’s project plan for the world, and just like other projects, we can stray from the tasks He has planned for us. When we stray from God’s plan for our life, God doesn’t give up on us, He simply reschedules His plan for us.

I’ve said it before, but today I want to remind you that God loves us and has a plan for our lives.

We read in many places in the bible, how much God loves us:

In Exodus 34:6-7 (NIV) we read:

The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.

And in Psalm 145:14-17 we read:

The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.

God loves us so much that He’s planned our lives for us, do you love Him in return?

Have you planned what you want to achieve in your life?

Whether you have planned what you want to achieve in your life, or whether you just life each day as it comes, your days have actually been planned this way, by God!

In Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NIV) we read:

“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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

God has planned our life, but he is always there to listen to us when we come to him in prayer. So let him take control of your life and help you achieve the goals he has already set for you.

How are you at planning and managing your own time?

Are you good at managing your time at work but not so good at managing your non working time?

Do you just go from day to day dealing with tasks/events as they come along with and just fitting other tasks in when you can?

God needs us to spend quality time with Him, and that means planning time with Him, not just fitting in a few minutes when we find we’re a few minutes to spare. Plan and manage your says around your quality time with God, and don’t let other less important activities interrupt your time with God, or make you reschedule your time with Him.

Make time for God each day, because He always makes time for you!

Christian-Inspirational-Quotes (2)

 

I’m sure there’s been times when we’ve all really wanted or wished that something would happen, or that someone special to us would contact us. Jim Stovall once said:

In those times we yearn to have more in our lives, we should dwell on the things we already have. In doing so, we will often find that our lives are already full to overflowing

Sometimes we can get so caught up with what we want, we forget about what God wants, what His plan for our life is. Sometimes we just have to stop thinking about ourselves and listen to God reminding us what we already have and His plan for us.

Here’s the Sydney Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army reminding us, I Am Listening Lord:

Isaiah 6: 8 says:

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Have you said “yes” to God’s plan for your life?

Send Me  by Shannon Wexelberg

Take my hands
They are yours to use
Take my feet
I will follow you
Fill my mouth
Give me words to pray
Break my heart
With what brings you pain

Right here in this moment
I can hear your Spirit call
So I’m coming as Your servant
Surrendering to You now (my all)

Here am I, send me
Here am I, send me
Saviour, I’ll take Your message to the world
Here am I, send me
Here am I, send me
Saviour, I’ll take Your message to the world
Send me

Take my eyes
Help me see the need
Tune my ears
To Your heart beat
Take my all
My silver and my gold
I lay it down
At Your feet, my Lord

Right here in this moment
I dare not walk away
For I see a world so broken
Father, hear me pray

(Send me)
To the lost and lonely
Send me
To the wounded soul
Send me
To the heart forgotten
Yes, Lord, I will go! (I will boldly go!)

kneel-crossToday, Sunday 12th January is what we call Commitment Sunday in the Salvation Army in the UK. It’s a day when we focus on our commitment and service to God.

So today I just want to ask you a few questions:

  1. Have you given your all to God?
  2. Have you made a commitment to serve God all your days?
  3. Are you where God needs and wants you to be?
  4. Have you accepted God’s plan for your life?

Some difficult questions there I know, but ones we each need to consider if we are to be honest with ourselves and with God about our commitment to Him.

Here I am, wholly available
As for me, I will serve the Lord
 

I read the following quote recently on Twitter, and it challenged me:

We see not what we are looking at but what we are looking for – Unknown

It also reminded me of the following saying:

Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees

Yes, I found that both these quotes/sayings reminded me that sometimes we only see or hear what we want to, and not what is actual there/audible. We can often be most guilty of this when it comes to listening to God‘s directions or instructions for us, by pretending we don’t hear Him or convincing ourselves that it’s not really God’s voice we hear.

We must stay focused on reality and more importantly, focused on God, so that we see and hear His instructions for us. Don’t ignore what God wants you to do, as after all He knows best for you and has been looking for you to make a difference in His world.

Do you consider yourself to be a follower or a leader? Or are you a follower and a leader?

Yes it is possible to follow but also lead – How?

We can all be followers of God, and as a follower of God we can also be responsible for leading others to God, or guiding others in their Christian journey.

That’s all well and good, but do we always follow God and lead others, or are we guilty of trying to lead/direct God and follow others?

I think if we’re all honest we have all tried to direct God in some way at some time, whether it be trying to persuade Him that our way is best, or that He should let us do a particular task etc. I also think that we we’ve probably all been led astray from God plan for our life at some point, because we’ve been too busy following others and taking their advice or guidance, that we’ve forgotten about God.

In conclusion, make sure you are following God, and leading others to Him and not the other way around!