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All Part of the Plan

Romans 8:28

The heckler walked alongside King David and his men. He threw stones at him. He cursed him. He made false accusations against him.

But David didn’t focus on the heckler. He didn’t even respond to the man. He wouldn’t allow his men to retaliate either.

Instead King David kept his focus on God. He trusted that God was aware of what was going on and that He would turn this evil into good.

If you’re going through a period of hurt, frustration or bitterness don’t allow your flesh to get the best of you. Keep your focus on Jesus and being part of His plan. He’ll work all things to your good.

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Promise Keeper

Romans 4:21

The word of The Lord spoke to Jeremiah. It told him that his cousin, Hanameel would come to him, offering a piece of land for him to buy.

Soon after, Hanameel comes to Jeremiah, offering the piece of land to buy.

Jeremiah knew that it was of The Lord because the transaction was exactly as the word of The Lord said it would be.

Our God is reliable. He is faithful. He is a promise keeper.

If He says that something is going to happen…it will.

Serve God confidently. Know that if He has promised it, it will come to pass.

Transformers

Romans 12:2

Love your enemies.

Jesus loves us, the very people that nailed him to the cross.

Return evil with good.

It was our sins that he had to die for, yet he blessed us with an option to spend eternity with Him in Glory.

Pray for those that use you.

Jesus hung on the cross and prayed “Father, forgive them for they no not what they do” as they crucified him.

Give without expectations.

He gave His life for us, each and every one of us, knowing that the decision would be ours to accept his sacrifice or decline it.

In our flesh we don’t want to do good to our enemies, let alone pray for them and love them. In our flesh we always want something for what we’ve given.

But in Jesus we aren’t our ruled by our flesh.

In Jesus we are transformed to be like Him.

Live the example that Jesus gave us on the cross.

Dear God,…

Romans 8:26

Sunrise. Sunset. These words describe the time of day based on the earth’s position to the sun. The sun doesn’t actually move. The Earth rotates. The moon rotates in synch with the Earth.

Joshua stood before the people of Israel and prayed. He prayed that the sun and moon would stand still while they fought a battle with the Amorites.

Of course the sun was already standing still. But the moon stopped…meaning the Earth did too. It stayed daylight until the battle was over and the victory was won.

Joshua didn’t know to pray “Lord, please stop the spinning of the Earth so that the sun will shine on us.” But God knew the desire of His heart when He prayed. He gave Joshua the results he was wanting even though the method wasn’t exactly as Joshua had asked.

Jesus hears our prayers. The Holy Spirit interprets them for us, revealing our requests to God the Father. Just bare your heart to Jesus. He’ll know exactly what you mean.

All Are Accepted

Romans 12:5

Jesus had made breakfast for his seven disciples that had been fishing all night. When they saw Jesus sitting on the shore all of them wanted to get to him. One of the disciples jumped into the water and swam to shore. The other six came to Jesus in the boat. These were different ways to show Jesus their love for him. But he rewarded all of them with the same breakfast.

Maybe you’re a methodical, organized, play it safe type of person. You could be a throw caution to the wind, I’ll figure it out when I get there, never do it the same way twice kind of guy. Either way Jesus created you. He loves you.

Don’t compare yourself to other Christians. Just keep loving Him the way you do.

Praise

Hebrews 13:15

Praise Jesus.

He made you.

He saved you.

He has what’s best in store for you.

Praise The Lord.

Pillow to Pillar

Romans 8:28

Jacob methodically stacked the stones. He was creating a pillar to worship The Lord, who had blessed him in a dream the night before.

The use of these stones were a picture of God’s presence in his life.

Before his encounter with God the stones were just used for comfort as pillows. But now? Now they were being used as a tool to worship The Lord.

Jesus can take the things in our life that we think are of no consequence and use them for His glory.

We need to be willing to give everything, no matter how insignificant it may seem and turn it over to His authority.

Part Of The Plan

I Thessalonians 5:18

Five thousand men were saved! Thank The Lord! Peter had been faithful to preach the Gospel. Thank the lord! People were praising God. Thank The Lord! A healing had taken place! Thank The Lord! A man was crippled from birth. Thank The Lord!?!

The crippled man had been in that condition since birth. Everyone knew him as the man that sat at the Temple and begged for money. Peter, through Jesus’ name healed him. The man stood up, ran, jumped around and praised God. People noticed. They remembered the terrible condition this man had once been in. They were curious as to how he was moving around with no problem and why he was praising God. Peter gave them answers. He preached Jesus. Five thousand men were saved.

The man had to be crippled or there wouldn’t have been a need for a healing, which then led to the praising of God, preaching of Jesus and ultimately the redemption of five thousand mens’ souls. Thank The Lord for the crippled man!

It’s unnatural for us to praise God for situations or circumstances that we don’t understand. But we should be found worshipping The Lord in spirit and truth, not in our flesh. We need to trust that He has our best interest in mind and that it will all work for His glory.

We may not be able to comprehend what’s going on but we can know that Jesus is in control. For that we can be thankful.

Immediate Obedience

Romans 10:17

The angel of The Lord led Philip into the desert. Philip waited. As time passed a chariot traveled toward him. The Spirit told Philip to go to the chariot.

Meanwhile, in the chariot was the treasurer of Queen Candace. He had been reading the scriptures and was intrigued by a prophecy of Isaiah’s about Jesus’ crucifixion. He was unable to comprehend it. He needed someone to explain it to him.

And that’s when Philip and the Ethiopian treasurer met. At the exact time when the treasurer needed teaching Philip was there to teach him. When the treasurer decided that he wanted to live his life for Jesus, Philip was there to lead him to The Lord. After he accepted Jesus as his savior they looked out the window and saw water and the treasurer was baptized.

Timing was key. It was no coincidence that Philip arrived as soon as the treasurer began dwelling on the scripture about Jesus’ sacrifice. It also wasn’t a coincidence that after he was saved they passed by water, in the middle of a desert, to be baptized.

The Spirit had told Philip to go to the chariot at just the right time. Philip didn’t argue that the people within the chariot would refuse him. He didn’t worry that he wouldn’t know what to say. He wasn’t concerned with his surroundings. The Spirit said go and he went. He ran to the chariot.

Philip’s immediate obedience to the Spirit allowed him to be a part of the biggest blessing in a person’s life: coming to Christ.

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