“For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: He also is to be feared above all gods.” 1 Chronicles 16:25
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLT
On a morning recently, as I was checking my Facebook, I saw a post by Lone Star Jake of Lone Star Inspirations.com. Jake is a fellow blogger and he is also one of my friends on Facebook.
Jake got married not too long ago and is blissfully happy! He often post about his sweet bride, Mrs. Lone Star Jake. One of his post grabbed my attention, and when it did a light bulb went off in my head!
When I woke up on a particular morning with my coffee in one hand and the other hand typing out fb.com, I immediately noticed the first posting was by Lone Star Jake. It just ‘grabbed’ me. This is what it said (I am using it with permission and changing the names).
As I read this God began to speak to my heart about it. He had me notice when Jake woke up that morning, he had no idea God had gone before him and arranged a day that would forever change two people’s lives. He had no idea God had gone before him and had literally orchestrated a blessing, not only for that day, but a blessing for every day of his life from that day forward. He had no idea his friend was bringing a friend. It may have looked like he had served and served his friends, just to have to move and sit alone, yet that decision pushed him toward an orchestrated and divine destiny!
As I thought about this love story, God reminded me He goes before us and makes the crooked paths straight. Your life may not be anything like you want it to be and relief may not seem anywhere in sight, but God has gone before you and orchestrated great things for your life, too. God doesn’t play favorites. What God did for Jake, He will do for all.
I thought of my children, who have yet to find that special person. One ‘small’ decision on their part will lead them straight to who God has for them and He knows how to set up the circumstances to get them to take that path. I have prayed many years for my children’s spouses. I know God has not only heard me, but has answered me and they will be a blessing to our family.
I know God has gone before me and prepared a house for hubby and me. One change in plans, one prompting of the Holy Spirit to ‘turn here’ is all it takes to walk right into the incredible blessing God has planned for us!
My brother is an attorney. He was working on an important case and needed to speak with another attorney that was working with another firm on a portion of that case. It was so important that he speak with him. He would call and this gentleman would be unavailable. Later, this gentleman would call my brother back and my brother would be unavailable. It was as if they were just missing each other by seconds.
My brother had to fly to New York for a business meeting. He had prayed God would help him meet with this man. Time was growing short and the necessity of that meeting was becoming more and more urgent!
My brother and the other attorney are both from and are still living in Texas and my brother made a mental note when he got back to Texas he HAD to see this gentleman as soon as possible. My brother’s flight had been delayed while in New York and he had to take another flight which made him have to go to another gate. This meeting was weighing so heavily on his mind, as he walked quite a ways out of the way to get to the gate where his rescheduled flight would be boarding, he was praying about it. Just as he rounded the corner, there sat the man he needed to speak with. He was on the same flight from New York to Texas as my brother. Ready for this? Their seats were side by side. By the time they got to Texas, their business was taken care of and all was well!
You see, friend, things such as delays, a change of seats, unexpected events in life, etc. can change your whole future and they happen so fast you stop later and think, ‘Whoa! What just happened and how?? I couldn’t have worked that out so perfectly if I tried!’ God always has a way of getting your destiny to you, and He is never late nor can the enemy stop it.
You may have been the low man on the totem pole, so to speak, all your life but when God gets ready to promote you, you are getting promoted! You may have lived in abject poverty all your life, but when God commands the blessing, God also has a way out of poverty and into ‘the palace’. People may have thought you weren’t much of anything, but when the time comes God will raise you up and His glory will so shine upon you, people will stop and say, “Who would have thought??” just as they did with Jesus’ disciples.
They had impressed no one. That is why people were so dumbfounded as they were used by God. Because they were known to be ‘unlearned men’ yet they spoke as though they had been to the greatest schools and had been trained under the greatest teachers. No matter what your level of education is, or the lack thereof, it won’t and can’t stop God’s blessing and favor upon your life!
Stop trying to make things happen. Stop trying to make God hurry His plan. Stop trying to figure out how He is going to do it and start believing He is. He has the way, keep your mind clear to hear His voice. Before you know it, you will be living the vision.
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Numbers 23:19
I have been patiently waiting for our next house to come open for a whole month. How silly that sounds to my own ears, but living in a one bedroom travel trailer is something that takes patience, organization (messes can pile up quickly), and grace to do. I am so thankful God provided us with it and a place to park, but I am ready to ‘go home’.
I have found my ‘dream home’. If you have bought a house recently or sold one you know there is so much to it. In my naïve way, I kind of thought it would be like going to the grocery store and getting whatever you needed, neatly placing it on the counter, and then paying and leaving. How out of the ‘loop’ I am!
As I wait, I have found myself praying a familiar prayer. ’If it is okay with you, Father. Thy will be done! Don’t let us make a wrong move!!” I have heard so many times, our lives can get messy because we didn’t say or do something a certain way and we caused our own demise. Yes, that is true to a degree. Something I have learned is God is not so uninvolved in our lives that He would let us totally mess it up beyond repair. God is merciful and full of graciousness and compassion. If your child were about to step into oncoming traffic, would you not reach out and grab them?? They have their own free will, yes, but you still have an element of control over situations in their lives when they are small. God will not ‘control’ us, but He certainly will protect us when we are doing our best for Him.
I remember Joyce Meyer teaching once that God told her, “Joyce, I am not as hard to get along with as some make Me out to be.” I know what He means when He says that. I think people many times measure God by their authoritative and exacting bosses, abusive fathers, or controlling spouses. We measure God by people and it will never compute that way! Why? Because you have tried to put the wrong variables together.
God is not a man. He is not like people who live and deal with others by whims, moods, or personality types. God is good and is love. His very nature is compassion and mercy! Do we try Him due to that? Of course not! But, we know God has only good planned for us and He will get that good to us!
If you saw your child doing their best at school, yet struggling in a subject would you punish them? If you are a good parent you would not. You would hire tutors, get them extra help, meet with their teacher to let them know you are aware there is a problem and you are there to help. Why? Because you know it isn’t that child’s fault. You know they are doing all they are capable of doing and your love for your child has caused you to feel compassion toward them. It has caused you to do things you would not normally have done to ensure your child’s success!
God is no different with us. He gives full grace and leads us in ways we didn’t know to go on our own, to get us to the best place, at the right time for us.
Thank God for reminders of his grace and mercy. In the meantime, I will patiently wait knowing He can be fully trusted.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV
I have read Kenneth Copeland‘s book “The Blessing of the Lord”. I highly recommend this book! It is informative, educational, and brings tremendous revelation in the realm of the Spirit and knowing God‘s perfect will for your life!
I have had this book sitting on my bedside table for well over a year. I had tried to read it before and just could not ‘get into it’. When we sold our home and moved to our temporary home, I felt prompted to pick the book up and put it on the beside table at my new residence. I know now it was the Holy Spirit Who had me do this.
This book covers God’s blessing and HIS financial system, and it is nothing like the Babylonian system of this world. We are going to study several facets of ‘the blessing’ because they cover us spiritually, physically, mentally, in the arena of divine favor, and fresh revelation from God, Himself concerning different eras we have lived through and of things to come. It gives an in-depth account of things we have been told and how they align with the Bible, and of future things to come.
This book literally will shake up some of your thinking. I know it did mine! When I began to really read it, I could not believe how far below the blessing I was and had lived! There were, and are, so many things God has for His children and I was experiencing very little of it.
I first came to the realization that my mind had become ‘sluggish’ in this area as we were selling our house and looking for another one. I kept looking for something we could ‘afford’. Now, don’t misunderstand me. I am not about to tell you to go out and take out huge mortgages, or any other kind of loan. My husband and I have determined we will remain as debt free as possible. But, as I began to look at these houses, I found myself settling in the flesh for something God told me I could have much more of if I followed the Spirit of God.
It is so important to consult God in almost everything we do. I don’t mean get silly and ask God what outfit you should wear today..the green or the blue? No. I am talking about financial decisions, dating decisions, occupation and job decisions. Things that literally direct the course and future of your life, should always be prayed about with diligence and we should have ears that are willing to hear what GOD wants in these arenas, not what we think we have to have! This is where messes are made!
There will be people who will say, “I don’t like a prosperity message. If you live for God, God will bless you with what you can handle. Christianity is all about Jesus, it’s not all about us.”
That is right on one point. As believers, life is all about Jesus, and we should keep that perspective!! It is about seeking Him first, loving Him, pleasing Him, winning souls, and giving Him glory. But, in the words of Brother Copeland, “from Jesus’ perspective, it’s all about us. He didn’t die o the Cross to save Himself. He didn’t come to earth to fulfill the plan of redemption so He could have abundant life. He came so that we could have it. He became Abraham’s seed, not so He could inherit God’s promise, but that we could. He did it so THE BLESSING could come on us and, through us, all the nations of the earth could be BLESSED.”
I look forward to delving further into this subject in the coming weeks! I am learning so much and I know you will be blessed by it, too. God’s blessings are ours and His will is for us to live in the abundance of them. See you soon, precious reader!!