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God's Plans or Mine

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says 'For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' God always has a plan, and He had a plan of redemption before this world was ever created, because He knew that mankind would commit treason against Him. But He loved us so much, that He still created us because He desires a relationship with us. He knew this would all happen, but He had a plan. Do our plans come out the way we desire, or do they get so jacked up that we wonder why we even made them? How about the plans we made for our lives? Has it turned out the way you had laid out, or have there been some major setbacks and failures that were not anticipated, and it caused some very serious havoc and undue pressure? Satan will do anything and everything he can to cause you to fail. The Word says in John 10:10 that 'The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.' Do you see that even Satan has a plan, and it's nothing but destruction. Jesus said in the rest of verse 10 that 'I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.' I like that plan. I want more abundant life, and it's only found in Jesus Christ! I have learned, the very hard way, that my plans are nothing, meaningless, and will end in disaster without Jesus. He has a plan for me that is better than I ever could imagine! And, you can know those plans. The next scripture is one of the most mis-quoted of the Bible, but we will clear it up tonight. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says 'But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." I know most of you have heard this scripture, and it proves that a lot of people do not read their Bibles, because you hear a lot of people say, 'You never know what God will do.' Jesus told us in John 14:26 that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. Now look at the very next verse in 1 Corinthians 2, which is verse 10, where it says 'But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God." Isn't it amazing that the very people who teach that you never know what God will do, obviously have never read 1 Corinthians 2:9 AND 10 together? It's why we must be in the Word daily and ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of our understanding, and allow our hearts to receive what the Word is saying to us. God has a plan, and it is better than you could ever imagine. Will you trust Him?

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