(Jer 29:11)For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end(KJV). (Jer 29:11)For I know the purposes which I am purposing for you, says Jehovah; purposes of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.(MKJV). (Jer 29:11) I will bless you with a future filled with hope–a future of success, not of suffering (CEV).
This past Sunday I was watching the Potter’s House Live Stream of their Sunday Worship service, it was so timely and interesting as it touched on several things that I have been reflecting and meditating on for the last few weeks. Before he raised the offering Bishop T.D. Jakes spoke about the importance of our thoughts and used our base scripture text in his talk. It is amazing how we can let negative thoughts and ideas take root so much so that it stifles our everyday life. I love the King James Version of our text because it says that God has thoughts about us and I think that we often forget this fact Jeremiah 1:5 tells us Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (KJV). God knew each and every one of us before we ever came into existence and he had a divine plan for each of us. However he gave us the freedom to choose whether or not we’d seek out his plan and purpose for our lives or go our own way. We should always remember that often what we think is good or best for us may in fact be the opposite. The friends we choose, the spouse we choose, even sometimes the job we choose may not be in our best interest. Yet God has great plans for us but it is up to us to seek his direction.
When we get sick or in trouble, when we’re broke, busted, and disgusted I really don’t belive that any of these are part of Gods plan just look at the text if says he has thoughts of peace, and not of evil towards us so when we experience the negatives in life we should not attribute that to God’s will as so many do. The troubles and problems of life are first of all a result of the fact that we live in an ever increasingly sinful world and often times our problems and situations are a result of our own bad decisions and choices.
(Deu 28:1)And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: (Deu 28:2) And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. If we simply obey God we are assured of being blessed, often when things and situations are not right we go ahead anyway. We know that something ain’t just right about an individual but we get involved anyway.
(Luke 18:28)And Peter said, Lo, we have left all and have followed You.(Luke 18:29) And He said to them, Truly I say to you, There is no one who has left house, or parents, or brothers, or wife, or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, (Luke 18:30) who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and, in the world to come everlasting life (MKJV). Here is the answer to many of our problems we have not left all to follow Christ. Even in the midst of economic uncertainty, in a time when many are losing their jobs and way of life. God’s word holds true today just as it did over 2000 years ago. God has a plan and a purpose for each and every one of us he does not want us sick, he does not want us suffering, he does not want us broke. Jesus himself promises us with more than we currently have he promised them then and he promises us now that we’ll receive many times more. He also said (Matthew 11:30) For My yoke iseasy, and My burden is light. Church Folks need to stop saying that tough times, sickness, heartbreak,heartache, and life’s problems are from God because they aren’t.
Let’s take a quick look at Job. (Job 1:20) And Job arose, and tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground and worshiped. (Job 1:21)And he said, I came naked out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. Jehovah gave, and Jehovah has taken away. Blessed be the name of Jehovah. (Job 1:22) In all this Job did not sin, nor charge God foolishly(MKJV). (Job 1:22) In spite of everything, Job did not sin or accuse God of doing wrong(CEV). If you know the story of Job (if you don’t you should read it) you know that in the very first chapter in a very short period of time Job loses almost everything that he has including all of his children yet in verse 22 we see that he does not blame God nor does he say that God caused all of these events to happen to him. The CEV in my opinion points it out best it says (Job 1:22) In spite of everything, Job did not sin or accuse God of doing wrong. Things go wrong in life and we want to get mad or blame God when he’s not to blame. As I stated earlier a lot of stuff happens because we live in an ever increasingly sinful world and a lot of pain really is self-inflicted.
I know that I can and probably many of you can do better we all are currently alive but are we living? Some of you have heard it said many times Jesus said (John 10:10) The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly(MKJV). A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest (CEV). Once again I like something found in the CEV translation I like where it says that Jesus came so that we might have life in its fullest. I don’t know about you but that sounds good to me, however for many of us the problem is our associations that we have.
Some of you don’t realize that you associate daily with thieves people who don’t literally steal from you even though some might. You are dealing with and in some cases living with people who are stealing and destroying the very life that God has given you and if you keep dealing, living, or associating with them they will destroy you because that’s who they are destroyers. As I close examine yourself make sure that you are following God that he is first that you are in a position to receive the fullness of life that he has for you make sure that you are not one of the destroyers yourself that you are a life-giver not taker.
Let us Prayer Father in heaven we Thank You and Praise You for the life you have given us, for the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and for Life eternal. Lord we humbly seek your grace and mercy because we all have sinned, we’ve done wrong and we ask your forgiveness. Lord we come to you in behalf of those who are not living life to the fullest, they are not living they are merely existing. Lord help us all to just follow your word daily to give up the false pleasures of this world and totally commit our lives to you because you created us and your plans were for peace and not evil. Help us to change and leave the past in the past, from this moment forward we follow you in Jesus name we pray Amen. Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.