The Perfect Plan
Jeremiah 29:11 ….for I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you…...
God has a perfect plan for all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives. His plan is complete in great detail, and it will lead all who follow Him to an abundant life. But only a few ever enjoy the fulfillment of God’s plan because most do not know how to listen to God’s leading and follow Him. Instead they choose (either willfully or ignorantly) to go their own way.
You can walk in the perfect will of God if you will learn how to hear from Him and follow His instructions. But listening to Him is your decision. God will not force you to choose His will. However, He will do everything He can to encourage you to say yes to His direction.
James 1:5 if any of you are deficient in wisdom…
Surprisingly, many sophisticated and intelligent people lack wisdom and common sense. Wisdom and common sense are closely linked – wisdom discerns truth in a situation, while common sense provides good judgment regarding what to do about the truth. Wisdom is supernatural – it is not taught by men, it is a gift from God.
It is amazing how many people seem to think that common sense is incompatible with being “spiritual”. Spiritual people do not float around all day on clouds of glory, seeing angels and hearing disembodied voices. You live in a real world with real issues and need real answers. You do the seeking and He does the speaking, but He is the Spirit of Wisdom and will not tell you to do things that are unwise. If you need real answers in your life, wisdom and common sense are yours for the asking.
Get Off the Treadmill
If you spend years on the performance treadmill of the world, it is hard to get off. When you are addicted to feeling good about yourself only when you perform well, you are in for a life of misery. It is a cycle of trying and failing, trying harder and failing again, and feeling guilty and rejected.
God does not want you on the performance treadmill. He wants you to feel good about yourself whether you perform perfectly or not. He does not want you to be filled with pride, but He certainly did not create you to reject yourself. If you are trapped on the performance treadmill, ask God to break the cycle in your life. Let your confidence be based on who you are in Christ.
Spirit, Mind, and Body
1 Thessalonians 5:23
Many people do not understand they are a tri-part being: a spirit, soul, and body. You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. God promises to take care of all three parts that make you who you are.
You are to work with the Holy Spirit to carry out the plan that began to operate in you when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Your new birth begins in your spirit, is carried out through your soul (mind, will, and emotions), and is finally visible to other people through a demonstration of His glory in your physical life. God is working in you as long as you believe. He has begun a good work and He will also finish it.