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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Our Blessing Within God's Master Plan

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I've been writing about God having a plan for our life. He knows what that plan is. It would be His desire that we walk in it. Why? Because it would result in our blessing and the fulfilling of His master plan.

These verses from Isaiah 46:9-11 (NLT) point out the fact that He indeed has a master plan. “And do not forget the things I have done throughout history. For I am God—I alone! I am God, and there is no one else like me. Only I can tell you what is going to happen even before it happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. I will call a swift bird of prey from the east—a leader from a distant land who will come and do my bidding. I have said I would do it, and I will.”

From the beginning, God only ever wanted blessing for every human being, yet His love carries freedom to make choices. God left us with that freedom and people make bad choices turning from God and His plan. Consequently, the entire earth and all mankind suffer from those that have walked outside His plan or that will not walk in God’s plan. And let me be clear so that no one sounds self-righteous; you and I have been part of that problem. We all have! The defilement of sin has touched everything on the planet and the curse of it reaches into our lives. Jesus warned us that we would always see two forces at work in the earthHis for good and Satan’s for the spoiling and destruction over everything God ever created. Jesus said “The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV)

Before you can learn to walk in the plan that God has for your life, you have to realize that He has a master plan. His plan is to offer the gift of salvationthe forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life to whomever would receive Jesus as their savior. Despite what the enemy would try to steal from you or how he would try to hurt you, you have to know and believe that God has a plan for you and that plan is about good and blessing! He wants you to have life and have it more abundantly. That has to be a part of your foundational core belief. All truth concerning the Lord and His will for your life flows from understanding this truth.

You couldn’t possibly see the ‘behind the scenes’ of how God is moving throughout all the earth. In more ways that we could ever know, He reaches out to us. When we begin to pay attention, we hear Him crying out inviting us to become His ambassadorsvessels of His touch and love to others. 2 Cor. 5:19-20 NLT says, “…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation (sharing the good news with others.) Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.” This is His master plan at work and He implores you and I to be a part of it in anyway we can.

As I said, His plan continuously reaches out and into the lives of people throughout the earth. It is His will for that to be a part of our calling as Christians and a part of His master plan in the earth. And please, don’t think that His master plan is exclusive of the personal plan for you life. Every detail of your life plays into that master plan when you trust Him. And He wants to bring blessing to the details of your life. As you read through the Bible, you continuously see God reveal His desire to bless His saints. His master plan is to bless you as you walk in His plan. What you see God say in Psalm 115:13-16 is what you see Him say throughout the Bible. “He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's; but the earth He has given to the children of men.”

How do we discover and enter into God’s master plan? You enter into the perfect will of God for your life by cooperating and helping to fulfill His master plan of bringing Jesus to all. When you seek to fulfill His plan, you enter into the perfect will for your own life. God is blessed by this, you are blessed by this, and the lives around you will be blessed by His presence touching their lives through you. He will lead you step by step. Your awareness and participation are especially enhanced by giving yourself over to spending time in His word and prayer.

The Bible reveals that David was a man after God’s own heart and Daniel was a man with great love for God. They and many others cared about what God cared about. Consequently, they walked in the Lord’s favor and experienced His grace which is His supernatural help and blessing. We constantly hear David seek God and the path he should walk as in Psalm 25:4 AMP “Show me the path where I should walk O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow.” And Psalm 119:33 NKJV “Direct my steps by Your Word…”

God will lead you but you will have to have faith that as you seek Him, He is always leading you. Psalm 119:105 NKJV says, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” He will speak to you as you read His Word. He’ll also speak to you through others such as through your Pastor's preaching, or Bible Studies, or devotional studies such as this. God will speak to you through like-minded Christians that are on the same page as you. He guides you in many ways as revealed in Psalm 32:8. (NLT) “The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

People that really love God, seek God and care about His master plan as well as His perfect will for their life. They work together to fulfill it knowing that as they do, He cares about every detail of their life. Seek Him and align your life with His will and watch Him guide you into His perfect will for you.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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