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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Wednesday
    Mar282012

    God Has a Special Plan for Your Life (Part 2 of 2)

    I believe the idea of doing great things “for” God is a burden on His people and unbiblical. How many have become disheartened and deeply discouraged when reality rears its ugly head? How many give up God/Christianity because it doesn’t appear practical or jive with common sense?

     

    We can be so enthusiastic to do God’s will, we can become disheartened if things don’t progress the way we think they should, or we might try to rush headlong into things that seem good, 

    “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)

     

    Be patient and content,

    “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corin. 9:8)


    But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Tim. 6:8).


    Don’t get discouraged, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

     

    Joseph worked on the family farm until he was sold into slavery by his own brothers at the age of seventeen (Genesis 37:2). He worked for a government official (Potiphar) as a slave for some time, tried to do right and was falsely accused, sent to jail for an untold number of years, but gained favor through it all by blooming wherever he was planted. Genesis 41:46 tells us,

    “Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt”, so thirteen long years had passed.  

     

    Similar stories featuring Daniel, Moses, Saul/Paul, Samuel and many more fill the Bible. It seems the pattern follows a series of long years when God appears to do or say nothing, meanwhile all these people lived day-to-day working, eating, sleeping, praising God, and acting rightly before Him when suddenly things start happening, but not as the person expected.

    “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” (1 Thess. 4:11-12)

     

    “We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.” (2 Thess. 3:11-12)

     

    “4This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 

     7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” 8Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. 9 They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 29:4-9).

     

    “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:1-4)

     

    My spouse and I were excited to go to “missionary school” several states away from all family or friends because we felt God had called us to work with Americans. Not too long after the wedding (about 15 months), we had a baby girl who died from heart problems.

     

    We were devastated and it took some years to get our foundations back. Meanwhile we had another baby and had acquired two cats. We felt God had blessed us, but how to do His will and be missionaries?

     

    By this time, the missionary school had closed, our walk with God was not what it should have been, as my spouse and I both became addicted to separate vices. Fast forward several more years, add a lay-off, miraculously-timed better job, third baby, more Bible reading, Bible research, and prayer, equaled deliverance from respective addictions, restored marriage, one long illness (during which I did even more Bible reading, research, prayer, and writing), and baby number four.

     

    Doesn’t exactly sound like exciting or great things for God. But our life experiences, more than any degree or certificate, have enabled us to share God with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and strangers. I admittedly always had reservations about missionary school. Now I know why.

     

    “If we'll just learn to obey His voice, the Lord will be much more pleased with our lives, than when we do our own thing and take on a Sunday school class, for example. Many activities done by Christians may only satisfy their own longing and the expectations of others. Some people tire themselves out by activities which the Lord never asked them to do. One needs to be certain of the leading of the Holy Spirit, or their works will be futile.” http://achristiancounselor.com/calling.html

     

    I couldn’t agree more.

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