How Do I Know?
God is a planner. He planned the universe. That is why it is so ordered, magnificent, wonderful, breath taking- perfect for the habitation of man. Read the account of creation. He created the environment in which to place man and when that was completed, he created Adam and Eve. Gen. 1, Gen.18:17 NLT, Isa.5:19 NIV, Amos 3:7NIV, 1 Chro.28:19NLT, Isa 46:10NLT, -53:10NLT, Micah 4:12 NLT
When Adam fell God had a redemption plan. That plan was that God the Son would come to be the ransom, the sacrificial Lamb to rescue man, buy back man from the slave-market of sin. He had a plan as to when that incarnation would take place and in the fullness of time Jesus was born and born of a virgin according to the plan. That was the only way he could qualify. Only the sinless could take away the sin of man.
God had a plan for very individual. No one is an accident including you.
He had a plan for Moses- to bring the children of Israel out from the House of Bondage, slavery, Egypt. And so regardless of the circumstances of Moses’ birth, He protected him, even took care of Moses in the house of Pharaoh, who wanted to kill him.
Moses grew up to understand God’s plan for his life but ran ahead of God by killing an Egyptian who was maltreating his kit and kin. Not long after those he was protecting wanted to expose him and for fear of his life he ran away to a foreign country. He was in hiding until he was 80 and when he had mellowed down, God came to him and his ministry began. He thought it was over for him but God’s plans could not be stopped. Moses resisted initially, giving excuses: ‘I cannot speak well.’
Eventually when God gave him a partner – Aaron, he obliged.
Moses led millions of Israelites out of Egypt. It was a difficult assignment, but the grace of God carried him through. Moses did not enter the Promised Land. He disobeyed God when told to speak to a rock to bring forth water. He was angry, at the end of his tethers at that time; it was a serious matter to God. We are told that that rock was a type of Christ. On an earlier occasion the rock had been struck once and striking it again was like crucifying Christ twice.
However we also know that the Promised Land was like our new life in Christ and Moses who represented the Law would not have taken the people in. Joshua -a type of Christ was raised to take them into the Promised Land.
It was God’s plan that Joshua takes the people into the Promised Land and that was what happened.
God had a plan for various servants of His. He told Jeremiah: 4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
Jeremiah complained like Moses, telling the Lord he was a child, but God was not having any excuses. He told him:
9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."
He had a plan for Paul, although he was destroying the Church for a while, but God was gradually edging him into the brink of His kingdom. In the fullness of time, God arrested him on the road to Damascus. His physical eyes were blinded for a while but his spiritual eyes were opened for the first time. The Lord told him what to do thenceforth.
Ananias was intimated what had happened and the plan God had for Saul, now Paul.
10In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!"
"Yes, Lord," he answered.
11The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight."
13"Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. 14And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name."
15But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. 16I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."
Paul found out God’s plan for his life, gave himself to it, separated himself and prepared for it soon after he came to know the Lord. He transferred the same zeal he had when he persecuted the disciples into the work of the Lord. He suffered a great deal just as the Lord had predicted, but he persevered and pressed on to the end. He was mightily used of the Lord to spread the Gospel, build churches, wrote 13 best sellers of all time that have stood the test of time and still a great blessing to us today. His attitude was one of humility and excellence to the glory of God.
Defending himself before King Agrippa Paul himself reiterated God’s plan for his life:
1Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defence: 2"King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defence against all the accusations of the Jews, 3and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.
4"The Jews all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. 5They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. 6And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our fathers that I am on trial today. 7This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. O king, it is because of this hope that the Jews are accusing me. 8Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?
9"I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them, I even went to foreign cities to persecute them.
12"On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. 14We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
15"Then I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?'
" 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied. 16'Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. 17I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' Acts 26:1-18
At the end of his life he had this to say:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
David knew that God knew him even before he was born and had record of all his days before any one of them came into being. It is the same for you and I.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.( Psalm 139:15-16)NIV
What type of plan does He have for me?
God has a good, great, wonderful, and amazing plan for you. It is the best plan you could ever have. He always has your best interest at his heart. He so loves you that he sent His best Jesus, to come and die for you. We are told in Romans chapter 8, that if he did not withhold Jesus but delivered him up for us, how shall he not with him also freely give all things?
How Do I Know?
In Jeremiah 29: 11-13 we are told:
11 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. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
How Do I know the plan he has for me?
You can only know God’s plan for your life if you seek Him with all your heart. The first step is to know Him in a personal way through Jesus Christ. However knowing in a personal way does not mean you automatically know His plan for your life. You must dedicate yourself to him in prayer and worship and find out why he gave life to you, your purpose on earth, because you have an assignment and a destiny.
What is the plan He has for me?
When you find God’s plan for your life, you will know it. That is where you will have fulfilment. Any other place will leave you empty, longing for reality and famished, like a fish out of water.
Speak To Me Speak Through Me
“I planned and created you for My pleasure. Your birth gave Me pleasure. I was there. The moment gave Me such a thrill. I was overjoyed, glad that at last that which was on My mind has been made manifest. There was a broad smile on My face.
Your parents may not have planned for you, but I planned for you. In fact they did all they could to abort you, but it was to no avail. I had My way because of the purpose I had in mind for you. You were on my mind even before creation began. I had great expectation for the day you would manifest.
I knew you would be born in sin, but I took care of that by sending My Son ahead of you to take your sin away at Calvary. And He who did not sin became your substitute, your sin-bearer, your ‘gap-bridger’ and your Redeemer. In the fullness of time the scales fell off your eyes and you realised you were a sinner lost without Christ. You then took a step of faith and invited My Son into your life. And the Sun rose in your life, the stone was rolled away and the dead came back to life. You had a New Beginning . There was joy in heaven and a great, great party. Celebration was in motion because of your salvation.
As a babe in Christ, you needed milk and constant attention, provision and protection. I fed you and shielded you from harm and gave you time to find your feet in Me. You drank of My water of life and grew taller, stronger and wiser. You also drank of My Holy Wine which birth the revelation of Me and the purpose of your life. I bragged of you as you gave me pleasure. But the adversary of your soul was jealous. He said, ‘Remove the hedge and see how he will disgrace you to Your face.’ I had confidence in you, so I removed the hedge and all hell broke loose. Trials tribulations and tempest, became pests, they flew in to your life like arrows from all corners. It looked as though I was far away or abandoned you, but I was as close as ever.
As you waged war with the word you waxed stronger and stronger. Thus together we used the weapon of your enemy against him like a boomerang.
Through your suffering you learned obedience, endurance and patience. The outward man wasted away but the inward man was being renewed day by day. After the breaking, the proving, and pruning, I stopped the hands of the trespasser and birth blessings and breakthroughs from your battles.
And so some of the promises which you had been praying for were granted- not in your own tine but in My time. Nevertheless, some other promises remain unfulfilled. I have shown you a glimpse of the Promised Land- My plans and purposes for your life.
You know you are unique, with a unique purpose, destiny and assignment. There is only one of you. No one can do your work as you. I desire passionately that you enter your Promised Land- the land flowing with mild and honey. When you spied the land you also saw the giant grapes and giants in the land.
Why would I be leading you into a land where there were giant?
Was Jesus not led into the desert by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil?
Was Joseph not sold as a slave into Potiphar’s house to be tempted of Potiphar’s wife and then sent to jail?
Was Paul not allowed to persecute the early Church and thus drive himself closer to Me with each atrocity committed against the Church?
Was Paul himself not visited by pressure on all fronts, hardships, imprisonments and yet the writer of 13 best sellers of all time?
All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His original intension. So in my wisdom I have left the giants. Let their presence fuel faith and not fear. The just shall live by faith. Put on the whole armour of God and stand in the evil day. The weapons of your warfare are not man made. They have divine potency to destroy all the power and strategies of your adversary. The battle is not your s but the Lord’s. Go in the name of the Lord. He has gone before you to make every crooked straight. His angels are round about you. They have been given charge over you. And no weapon formed, forged, fashioned against you will prosper or prevail. No, in all these things, you are more than a conqueror.
With the helmet of salvation cover your mind against every evil insinuations of your enemy. Think only on those things that are pure, lovely true , admirable, just, of good report, praise worthy, peaceful. Mind your mind. Put on the belt of truth to expose and expunge every lie of the father of lies. Continue in the word, know the truth and let it set you free. Be not ensnared by the trickery of the enemy of your life.
Put on the shoes of the Gospel of peace, demonstrating your readiness to testify of the goodness of the Lord and the power of the Gospel. Take the shield of faith with which to quench every flaming arrow of your adversary. Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, to slash every diabolical tree or offspring that is not of God in your life. Take the breastplate of righteousness, affirming your right standing with God – not on the basis of what you have done but on the basis of the finished work on Calvary’s Cross.
And having done all, stand and pray without ceasing with all kinds of prayers. Stand to see your salvation.
Sanbalath and Tobias may oppose, but stand!
Those around you may conspire, dump you into a pit, prison or fiery burning furnace or even the lion’s den but you shall come out with a testimony. You will come out better and not bitter.
Like Jehosephat, the conspiracy against you shall result in your enemies fighting themselves and leaving a blessing for you to collect for a long, long time. The harder they come, the stronger you will become. And the harder they’ll fall. Their obstacles will be a stepping stone and launching pad for your lift up and promotion. Your setback will be a platform for a great comeback. Your face will not be covered with shame as you put your trust in Me and refuse to cast way your confidence. Through your ridicules, miracles will come. and through your opposition, promotion will come. In the name of Jesus your purpose shall be fulfilled.
God is delighted to have you as His child. He had you in mind before you came into being. He is committed to you through thick and thin regardless of what you face in your Race of Grace.”
Is God’s plan always easy?
Definitely not, there is always a price to pay. Jesus suffered, Paul suffered, Jeremiah suffered. There will be obstacles, but God has a way of using those obstacles as pruning knives to make us bear more fruit to His glory if we yield to Him. His grace is sufficient for you and in your weakness or infirmities His strength will be made perfect.
What Do I Do About It?
Like Paul, when you have found your dream, pray about it, give yourself to it, prepare yourself for it, go for it, keep focused on it, do it, fulfil it to the glory of God.