Often in the beginning of the year I usually concentrate more on what I do want in my life, but I have been forgetting to check with what God wants for me early in the year. So in the beginning of this year, I got to do that, to seek the Lord in prayer to know His will for me this year. In the middle of last week, as I was continuing doing my own thing, finalizing YouCount Magazine new issue and edition, it was during the night, and The Lord spoke to me in an inner voice. He was singing, and I kept singing “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.” It was like a two seconds moment. And I knew it was Him answering me, telling me to give Him glory this year.
The reason why I’m sharing this is because many times what the Lord Jesus says to one; it is His Will to all. So I’m glad I got a big picture for me for this year from the Lord. I’m glad to begin my year on the right foundation, to pray and seek the Lord. In the Bible in the book of Colossians chapter 3 verse 17 it says, “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Meaning that, in your business, do it for the glory of God. In your workplace, your job, do it for the glory of God. At home, do it for the glory of God. Some people will only know about the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s love, and the gift of Salvation through you.
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There is this story that the Lord Jesus shared in the Bible that maybe we can learn from, even though it can teach us a few more lessons from it, but it shows us that we should not forget to check with the Master.
In the book of Luke chapter 12 verses 13 to 35, it records, “One of the people said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the riches that our father left us.” Jesus said to him, “Friend, who has told Me to say who should get what?” Then Jesus said to them all, “Watch yourselves! Keep from wanting all kinds of things you should not have. A man’s life is not made up of things, even if he has many riches.” Then He told them a picture-story, saying, “The fields of a rich man gave much grain. The rich man thought to himself, ‘What will I do? I have no place to put the grain.’ Then he said, ‘I know what I will do. I will take down my grain building and I will build a bigger one. I will put all my grain and other things I own into it. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many good things put away in your building. It will be all you need for many years to come. Now rest and eat and drink and have lots of fun.”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! Tonight your soul will be taken from you. Then who will have all the things you have put away?’ It is the same with a man who puts away riches for himself and does not have the riches of God.”
A lot of us we are like this man shared in this story. We may not be rich like him, but we sure handle and live our lives like him. God knows the number of our days, so it’s important to involve Him in our lives, in our plans, and check with Him about His plans for us.
In the book of Jeremiah chapter 29 verses 11 to 13, The Lord said through prophet Jeremiah to the Israelites taken to Babylon, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will look for Me and find Me, when you look for Me with all your heart.”
So the Lord promised if we look for Him with all our hearts we will find Him. And He also said, He knows the plans for us, and its for our well-being, to give us a future and a hope.
There is this saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Remember now, even God has plans for us. So to make plans is a good thing because a plan is like a map. It’s just that when you make your plans, confirm your plans with God’s plans for you, because He is Alpha and Omega, and everything between. And what I have realized is that it’s a process; God won’t reveal everything to us at once, but He will unfold little by little, life stage by life stage, season by season, and so on, as we keep seeking Him.
Make your plans, set your life goals and dreams, but do not forget to pray and commit yourself and your plans to God so that He could establish them. And when you do that and find out He has other plans for you, be willing to yield to them.
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