God's Plan for Your Purpose 2
By Richard Fiurlow
For I know the thoughts that I think
toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give
you an expected end. - Jeremiah 29:11?
the second part of this series Gods Plan For Our Purpose, we will
explore the ways in which God makes His will known. As you start here
and understand that your life is made up of more than coincidences and
casual interactions, but God has designed a specific plan and purpose
for your life before the worlds were framed. Ephesians 1:3-12 says:
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us
with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According
as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we
should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That
in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in
one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on
earth; even in him: In
whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated
according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel
of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ."
has a plan for everything in the universe. He is the Creator of all
things and has not created anything without purpose. The sun, the moon
and stars, the angels and the hosts of heaven, the southerly flight of
the birds in the winter and their return in the spring, the rise and
fall of the tides, the rainfall, the change of seasons and it goes on
and on all have a specific purpose for its design. Nothing was done
haphazardly or by trial and error. God knew from the beginning what He
intended to create and He knows the end result. His wisdom, planning
and control from the design of a single snowflake to the balance of the
earth on its axis in its course around the sun was well thought out.
The prophet Isaiah poetically states (Isaiah 40:12 NLT): "Who else has
held the oceans in his hand" Who has measured off the heavens with his
fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the
mountains and hills on a scale?" This same God who has taken such
precision in creation has a definite plan for our individual lives.
Psalms 37:23 says "the steps of a good man are ordained by the Lord."
This means that the same wisdom established the courses of the sun,
moon, planets and stars with precise precision has also established the
steps of man. God doesn't have a Plan B. His original plan and purpose
was established before the foundations of the world. He is the alpha
and the omega, meaning He is the beginning and the end. He is not caught
by surprised, nor does He sit upon His Throne with His fingers crossed
hoping His plan will work. He has all authority and is in control.
Let's look briefly at a few basic ways the Lord reveals His plan to man. AT THE ALTAR
beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is
your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2).
spend years trying to learn God's will for their lives by reading books
on the subject, praying for guidance, and seeking a formula to receive a
revelation of God's divine will. There's nothing wrong with reading
books, and we ought to pray for guidance as we will cover later, but
God's will is revealed to those who have made the decision to say yes
even before His will is revealed. But how is that possible? How can one
say yes before knowing what is expected? Because we trust Him and love
Him. Have you ever had a friend ask you for a favor, and before you
know what the favor is you already said, "sure what is it?" God says,
"I have something for you, its a plan of success and not failure. If
you trust me all the way through, it will be glorious!" We need to
stay in His presence and trust Him daily, listen to His voice and follow
Him. It is through a daily walk with Jesus that His will is revealed.
He shows us that His will is good and acceptable and perfect as we walk
with Him.IN THE WORD
scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good
works (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
and the Word are one (John 1:1-3). Anything that is revealed as it
relates to the Will of God will not contradict what is established in
the written Word. God never contradicts His Word. He may contradict
OUR interpretation of His Word, but He will never go against what He has
established as doctrine and righteousness. Jesus while on earth showed
us the Will of God. He was the Will of God upon the earth in action.
Through His earthly life, Jesus Christ showed us it is God?s will to
save from sin, heal from all manner of sickness and disease, deliver
from oppression and bondage, provide for daily needs and live in the
supernatural (Psalms 37:4; Matthew 9:35; Matthew 10:8; Matthew 11:5;
Mark 6:56; Luke 7:22: Acts 10:38; Philippians 4:19; 3 John 1:2).
cannot look at the scriptures as just a book of principles or as
formulas to get results and success, but as the Word of the Lord, the
Voice of God spoken directly to us having the power contained within it
to perform what was spoken. His Word is alive and powerful (Hebrews
4:12), His Word produces and does not remain ineffective. Isaiah 55:11
says, ?So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall
not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.? His Word as
contained in the scriptures is for us today. It is just as powerful now
as it was when it was written. IN PRAYER
any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men
liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him. But let him
ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereh is like a wave of
the sea driven by the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that
he shall received any thing of the Lord (James 1:7).
has been said that God will do nothing in the earth until it is first
birthed through prayer. An amazing revelation of the nature of God
towards man in this scripture is if there is a lack, ask God. It's a
simple truth that God answers faith. That was not an error, I meant to
say faith. Faith is the vehicle that carries prayers into the throne
room of heaven. So important is faith in all that we do that the Bible
says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that
cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). If you lack wisdom
concerning the will and purpose of God for your life, you can ask God in
prayer through faith. Prayer is only as effective as our obedience to
the Holy Spirit who has come to give us guidance into all truth. John
16:13 says, "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will
guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but
whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and he will shew you
things to come."
are various definitions of what prayer is. On its most basic level
prayer is a conversation with God. But yet there is a higher realm of
prayer that we are called into. Something deeper than a conversation,
but a lifestyle of a continual relationship with God as our Father who
wants us to live in His presence, seek Him daily for His divine will to
be established in the earth, trust Him for daily provision and live
upright before others. Jesus dealt with each of these as He explained
prayer when His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray (Luke
6:9-13). Let's go through it quickly:
Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name." Our relationship
and call to be in His presence through a lifestyle of worship. The goal
is to grow from children into sons of God.
Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Seeking
Him daily for His will to be established in the earth as it is in
heaven. The call to walk in the supernatural power of heaven.
us this day our daily bread." Trusting God for daily provision for the
whole man spirit soul and body. This daily does not mean we have to
ask God daily for provision, but it is a constant abiding in His
presence. He is the vine, we are the branches (John 15:1). We receive
all we need from Him as we stay connected, producing what He desires.
He is our bread. Jesus is the bread that came down from heaven. He is
our spiritual source of life.
"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Our call to live upright before man as we also live upright before God.
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the
kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." It is God that
keeps us from falling and presents us faultless before the presence of
his glory with exceeding joy! We are citizens of His Kingdom. To Him be
glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever! (Jude
24-25)BY REVELATION DIRECT AND INDIRECT
said "My sheep know my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:"
John 10:27. Jesus speaks to us today and reveals His purpose through
direct revelation. Direct revelation may be either by vision, as in the
case of Paul's vision in Acts 16 which was a revelation of God's will
for him to go to Europe with the Gospel. By the audible voice of God as
it was in the case of God's call to Samuel (I Samuel 3). By angelic
visitation, by dreams, by visions, by prophecy, by an inward witness.
All of which are just a small list of the ways God does and will speak
His will and reveal His purpose.
God confirms His will to us by indirect means as through
circumstances. Events may happen in such a way that we are able to
recognize His Hand at work to fulfill His purpose in our lives. The
Bible is full of illistrations of situations that seemed to work against
God's plan but in the end proved to be the leading of God. The Lord is
not hindered by what we consider challenges, Romans 8:28 says, 'And we
know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to
them who are the called according to his purpose.' Paul wrote to the
Corinthian church (2 Corinthians 9:8) saying, 'And God is able to make
all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in
all things, may abound to every good work.'
learning God's plan for our purpose, it requires time in His presence.
Learning to be open to His leading sometimes through trial and error.
God is not seeking to be mysterious but He reveals Himself to us as
Father. Wanting us to come to Him, trusting His Word and ability,
knowing that He will complete the work He has begun in us, and it will