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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV
In any new venture, It is wise to plan ahead. We set goals and we SWOT forward as we plan the upcoming year. We look at our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and our THREATS. We begin with the ‘End in Mind’ and we consider success and what will it LOOK like, SOUND like and FEEL like as we use the best in Goal setting and use good information to do all we can to create success in the NEW YEAR. All this is wonderful, useful and works-to a degree; some of us teach this and make the money we need to secure our existence on this planet. But with all that said we must remember; Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)
Leader, God has GREAT plans for you if you are HIS CHILD. And God says that no matter what happens- if you are HIS CHILD and you LOVE HIM- He will use it; see Romans 8:28) There is a plan that He has had since before the formation of the world, since BEFORE…IN THE BEGINNING of Genesis 1:1. Ephesians 2:10 reveals that we have been “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This raises an obvious question: What are the good works God has prepared for me? And this is the key question here, as we plan our NEW YEAR; Am I interested in God’s plans for me, or am I interested in MY PLANS FOR ME? That question must be considered and committed to as we SWOT forward and plan out our NEW YEAR. life is an undulating line it has HIGHS and LOWS, it has PEAKS and VALLEYS. However, we must remember it has already been scripted, we just need to find the script and then PRESS THE GO BUTTON.
Conduit, how do we find the script? Isaiah 1:18 tells us; “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. And again, He goes on to tell us here in v 12 and 13. When we turn things over to God and TRUST HIM- THEN, we will call on HIM, THEN we will SEEK HIM. Our OBSTACLES and OUR THREATS are threefold: Our FLESH, the WORLD, and the DEVIL. That is why as we plan the NEW YEAR we must be aware of how the ENEMY and the WORLD and our FLESH will attempt to derail us from GOD’s PLAN and replace it with another. We combat this with understanding the WILES OF OUR ENEMIES. The only way to know and prepare for these contingencies is by spending time WITH GOD in PRAYER and WITH GOD IN HIS WORD. We need to ‘Be on your guard and stay alert’! (Mark 13:33) I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. (Psalm 32:8) IF we neglect this time with God, all the best laid plans of ours have NO VALUE! “Until my people leave their foolishness, for they refuse to listen to me; they are dull, retarded children who have no understanding. They are smart enough at doing wrong, but for doing right they have no talent, none at all.” (Jeremiah 4:22) Plan this NEW YEAR to do it GOD’s WAY and you can only know HIS WAY, by seeking HIM with all your HEART, BODY and SOUL!