“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.” (NKJV)
What are your new year plans? Any resolutions? There have been years where I have made resolutions and not kept them beyond the month of January. Then came years when I stopped making new year resolutions. Why make them if you are only going to break them!
Compare that with what God has in store for you. He says, “I know what you need to do and I know how to get you there!” Since the start of this year, I have been thinking about what I need to be doing this year and I have been careful not to make any resolutions. But I have been praying constantly, “Lord, do what You want in my life! I want to do great things for You.” There is my declaration for this year.
It is futile trying to do something for the Lord. You rather let Him do it in your life. Just let go of yourself and let Him use you for His glory. Seek His plan in your life. Declare His purpose for your future.
Now in this process of self-surrender, you may have no clue on what is going to happen. “Shouldn’t that be a bad thing?” you may ask. No. Because when you put your trust in a God who said, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”, you see that happening in your life. You see life change. You see the supernatural. And you see it take place in an earthen vessel. You start losing parts of this world in you and start working as a citizen of heaven.
One of the mistakes we need to be careful of is ‘getting in between’. It is very tempting to put ‘my ideas, agendas and action-plans’ into His. But God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” (Isaiah 55:8). It is important to stay focused on listening to what He has to say and do what He wants us to do.
I came across this great video by the “Skit Guys” on the same theme. I love the way they pack the punch at the end.
Pray in your own words: Declare to God that you want to do His will. Tell Him you trust Him with your life and ask for guidance in every step of your way.
Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 13-15 (Old Testament), Matthew 5:1-26 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
(This plan is a yearly plan where you can read the full Bible in a single year.)