Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Did God Sign Off on This?

Psalm 127:1

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

It's been said that, "Man plans, God laughs." Oftentimes, we set out to accomplish something on our own without including God in our plans. Much of our activity is futile if God is not the architect. God has the blueprint for our lives and we must make sure we follow what he has laid out because if he's not in it we are wasting our time.

There is nothing wrong with having goals in life. We must write our goals in concrete and our plans in sand. Even without goals, we must seek God's will for our lives so that we will not frustrate ourselves moving in a direction he is not telling us to go. We are currently getting ready to remodel a department store in Holly Springs, MS for our fourth worship location. It's exciting work! We can't wait to reach more lost souls for Jesus Christ but even in that excitement we have to submit our drawings to the code enforcement before we are able to begin the work.  They must approve the drawings before we can even start.

It should be the same way with our lives. We can't really start living until we submitt our lives to God's will. Lean not to your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge him. This is how we get God's approval:

1. Pray and ask God for direction for your life.
2. Write down the vision you have for your life. Habakkuk 2:2
3. Start building but expect delays. a delay is not a denial.
4. Measure twice and cut once. Make sure you think about every detail of what you are getting ready to do. Examine every scenario so that when you cut you want have to waste any time or resources.
5. Count the costs so that you can make sure you finish what you started. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower.  Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? Luke 14:28
6. Use only the best material. The workmanship of each person will become evident, for the day of judgment will show what it is, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work. 1 Corinthians 3:13
7. God will put on the finishing touches. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work unitl it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6

Dear God,

Help me to finish the work you have called me to do. No matter how other's want to stop the work, if you called me to do it, there is nothing they can do to stop it. I just want to make sure that I hear you clearly and do everything you tell me to do. Give me your plans and I will be faithful to do everything you tell me to do.

In Jesus Name,


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