Got Plans? GOD does... because God is a PLANNER!
The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:10-11
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Pro 19:21
Lets talk about PLANNING... There are some key things you need to challenge yourself on if you want to make a difference with your life... Here are a few thoughts to think on.
1) Life severely punishes the LAZY, but lavishly rewards the DILIGENT!
I am constantly amazed at the gall of some folks that really think everybody owes them a living, a job, and a good life! Everyone can need help once in a while, but looking to government for answers for your blessings is a waste of time and effort... If a person can take all the energy to fuss at others to meet their needs and put it toward working hard and trusting God, they would be a lot happier and a lot better off!
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8
2) God is not AN ENABLER.
Do we think we can consistently make decisions that are not ethically, morally, or legally right and not reap the consequences? Doesn't work like that!
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7
3) Ask yourself... what really matters most to you?
Are you in sync with God and what He wants, or are you fighting Him and His will for your life? He has a plan for you, and you do yourself a favor when you get working on it!
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13
For I know the plans I have for you,ʼ declares the LORD, ʻplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
4) Then ask, where do I stand right now and where do I want to be?
Do you need to work on your marriage? Then do it! Do you need to discipline your eating habits? Then do it! Do you need to find better employment? Then find it! Just take one step forward... and then another... and then another...
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Psalms 32:8-9
5) What am I willing to do?
We have all heard the definition for Insanity; “ to continue to do the same things and expect different results”... well that's true! To make a difference with your life you have got to first plan to make a difference! Quit doing the same thing and do something different!
To win the contest you must DENY YOURSELVES MANY THINGS THAT WOULD KEEP YOU FROM DOING YOUR BEST. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I'm not just shadow-boxing or playing around. Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
Meditate on these statements... and then get moving forward!
Blessings friends, Karl