Have you ever wondered if you are living the plan God designed for your life? Are you walking in His will and fully engaged in your life’s calling? Well, if you are congratulations to you! I know you must be grateful and excited to share it with others around you. I too am living His amazing plans for my life and want to share with those still seeking my 6 steps that have led me to experience His plan for my life and encourage them to embrace their amazing plan.
First, you have to recognize and believe that God does have an amazing plan for your life. I mean not just read that and say “yeah, I’ll buy that”, but say “YES I truly know that without a shadow of doubt” and you recognize the truth about your Heavenly Father. He created you in His image and with great purpose. He didn’t accidently make you and forget to give you purpose with the talents and giftings to achieve them. He is the Master Builder of the masterpiece! For me personally the reality of this truth became imbedded in my heart and soul with the promises found in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans not to harm you but to give you hope and a future.” Also the promise in Romans 8:28 “All things work for good for those that love and are called according to His purposes.” I encourage you to spend time in prayer and worship with the Lord daily and ask Him to show you the promises He has specifically for you and your unique plan and then embrace them tightly everyday with a grateful heart!
Spend time daily developing a relationship with Him. Get into His presence by inviting the Holy Spirit to dwell in the prayer, worship, praise, healing, meditation and your everyday existence. In Philippians 4:6 It says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Go before the Lord and fellowship with Him. He is waiting for us to delight in the Him. “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” Psalms 37:4.
If you have never experienced His presence, it’s not because He is not there, but more that you have not surrendered your control and humbled yourself to His reality. He is real and He is present. Commit to seeking His Spirit in your heart and don’t be afraid to experience the Fire of the Holy Ghost and let the Spirit lead and guide you. Once you surrender, the fire will baptize you in His presence like you have never experienced and you will never be the same. Jesus said in Acts 1:5 ‘You heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’”
When you begin spending more time with Him, you will learn how to develop the skill of conversation with Him. We tend to learn how to speak to Him easier than we do listening to Him. Listening to His voice and knowing His voice from the others of this world requires practice and time to develop the fine tuning of His precious voice. In John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” He knows every detail of our lives even before we speak them or pray about them. He is waiting for us to begin listening to Him so we can be divinely directed to living His amazing plans. When I’m in prayer, my desire is to listen more and talk less…..it is a good formula to live your life by when your desire is to learn to walk on His path and not your own.
As you begin to discover a conversation with your Father, the next step is to learn to be bold and courageous just like Joshua and Moses. Obedience can be the ultimate characteristic that separates those that are living God’s plans for ther lives and those that are lost, confused, hurt and experience life long pain. Obedience can be simple once we truly embrace the desire to be like Jesus and follow Jesus. If we truly believe that God is good and He has a good plan for our life, then we should be obedient to His directions and be confident that even if we cannot see the results, we KNOW they are good! No whining, no doubting, no guessing and definitely no saying “NO” to your Heavenly Father.
However, one important factor is that you must wait on your Father’s timing. When He tells you to do something, He may be giving you a vision of the future, so the next step is learning to listen for when he says “Go” or “Now”. When the timing is right for me, He always speaks in one word commands. Remember, this takes time to develop and He will provide affirmations and confirmations along the way as you chose to step forward in obedience. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Soon your confidence will become stronger and stronger and your will grow to have unshakeable faith under all circumstances. This is how Jesus was because He knew his Father so well. He would always spend time alone with his Father and would do nothing but what the Father asked of Him. In John 5:19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” This is the faith that people can see clearly in you when you are facing storms of this life and yet the wind of the world does not sink your boat. You stay steady and unshakeable because you know who holds your hand. This faith requires knowing your Father well just like Jesus. Keep your eyes up and your knees down because this is where you will find truth and life. If you take your eyes off of Jesus, the lies of the world seem so real and painful. Can you imagine what Mary felt when she watched her precious son’s last day on earth?
We all experience sadness through our own suffering, and have witnessed the suffering of those close to us. In The Passion we see how Mary witnessed the terrible ordeals of her own son being humiliated before the church elders, dragged before Pilate for judgment, scourged nearly unto death, and finally nailed to a cross to die. The ordeal of Jesus’ persecution and death are so horrific that nearly all of his followers abandoned him, yet Mary remained. What enabled Mary to remain with Jesus and persevere through this suffering? Mary’s love for Jesus as his mother, and her faith and hope in his divinity enabled her to endure the path to his death.
We must always keep our eyes up and our knees down and spend time with Jesus to know the truth which will keep our faith unconditional and unshakeable just like Mary’s.
If you practice these principles daily and in all circumstances, good or bad, easy or challenging, you will experience the greatness of His good plan for your life…..living in JOY! You will experience living in the fruit of the spirit as in Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” You can and will, even in the darkest moments and most difficult circumstances of life, experience these gifts. I have experienced death, divorce, infertility and betrayal but where I found joy was in the truth. Through God’s personal encounter and words with me I kept my feet firmly planted in faith and knowing that He was still in control and that I was to “live by faith, not by sight” as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:7. Walk in joy even with a tear in your eye. Walk in peace even when your heart is broken. Walk in courage even when you are afraid. Walk in wholeness even when you are broken into a hundred pieces. God is faithful!
These 6 steps will lead you to the path of living in God’s will and not your own. When you desire God’s will for your life, you will experience His will and truly be living GOD’S AMAZING PLANS in your own life. If you are interested in learning more about these steps in detail, I am launching a 30 day challenge on my website http://www.godsamazingplans.com and writing a Bible Study to help share with others who deeply desire to live out their birthright and experience His amazing plans for their lives.
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