Saturday, October 4, 2014

Want that Divinely Inspired Plan to Succeed?

Nothing will get us in trouble faster than a wacko thought that leads to an even worse choice. Even when the Lord gives us a clear vision and we start to step it out we can still get off track, can still overthink it and lean to our own understanding. Ever felt like that book or film or play you felt inspired to write, that ministry you were inspired to roll out, that business you just knew was a God idea was barely getting off the ground, was a disaster in the marketplace, was failing miserably??????? Don't you dare lose hope or throw in the towel. Here's the cure from Proverbs 16:3 in the Amplified Bible. 3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed. So all of us planners that want our plans to succeed take note. 1) We have to make sure our work is fully, wholly committed to Him. Whole commitment requires 100% responsibility, 100% obligation, 100% duty, 100% faithfulness to executing the plan God's way. It's a tall order but He didn't promise that it would be easy. He promised to be with us. That commitment will help us especially when a wrong motive sneaks in. You get to a certain point in the plan and suddenly you start to think thoughts like "This will show them; just wait until Sister Murray and her sidekick Angela see me." Before long you are driven by showing them and lose sight of the path God had you on. Check yourself, repent and purpose to do better.
That whole commitment will also fuel our trust in God so that we will resist getting ahead of his timing or resist taking matters into our own hands. If you have a work in progress check yourself to see where your trust level is. Are you one day trusting and the next not? If you find yourself falling short, just repent and then purpose to do better. 2) Is anybody else besides me grateful that God has something for our unruly thoughts. This scripture says He will cause our thoughts to become agreeable to His will. That blesses me beyond measure and serves as a reminder that I can win the battle of the soul and the spirit. The expression that the 'battle is in the mind' is more than a notion. I don't know about you but my thoughts are like little soldiers that sometimes need to be beaten into submission. There's a reason Paul tells us to bring those thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
You'll know you are in sync when even your pop up thoughts are pleasing to the Lord. Let me wrap this up by leaving you with one final bit of wisdom from Proverbs 3:5-6. 5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Our God loves us beyond measure and wants us to succeed in those endeavors He puts on our hearts, but know that He will never sacrifice the shaping of our souls for anything. Pastor Teirrah McNair CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) Soul Shaping Publications

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