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Today we continue with our Crazy Decisions discussion, and break out Roman Numeral I - realizing that there is a Greater Plan out there in the world. Let's dive right in...
(I apologize for the formatting issues...they have a mind of their own and I haven't figured them out yet)
Learning to make knowledgeable decisions and having peace with them
And Letting go of the worry in your daily life
I. The Realization That There is a Greater Plan
a. In this world and in our lives there is a bigger picture – a bigger plan in motion that we are just a part of – God's Plan
i) Yes, there is a big God out there, an infinite (immeasurable), omnipresent (ever-present), and omnipotent (all-powerful) being, who created all things, and has pre-thought out plans and purpose for all these things.
*In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…Genesis 1-2.
These 2 Chapters explain the Creation.
*“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations— that’s what I had in mind for you.” Jeremiah 1:5
* “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.” Jeremiah 29:11
* Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
ii) This infinite, omnipresent, and omnipotent God loves us – His creation – more than we can imagine, and in ways we, in our finite minds cannot comprehend. **
** “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3
** God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. Psalm 36:5-6 (The Message)
** Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. Psalm 36:5-6 (NIV)
** God makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet. He showed Moses how he went about his work, opened up his plans to all Israel. God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn't endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn't treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins. As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear him. He knows us inside and out, keeps in mind that we’re made of mud. Men and women don’t live very long; like wildflowers they spring up and blossom, But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly, leaving nothing to show they were here. God’s love, though, is ever and always, eternally present to all who fear him, making everything right for them and their children as they follow his Covenant ways and remember to do whatever he said. Psalm 103:6-18 (The Message)
**(I realize that many of you here may take issue with that Scripture – Psalm 103:6-18. There was a time in my life when I did too. But what I know is this – When we love the Lord and try to follow His plans for us, this does not exempt us from trouble or crisis in our life. But from my own experience I know that through all my ups and downs, victories and defeats, loves and losses, when I chose to reach out to God, He faithfully showed me His presence, comforted me through friends, loved ones, and loving support, and carried me through each time, when sometimes I would otherwise have stayed in bed and withered away. God is faithful, He will make things right again after the storms. He loves all of us (even the bad folks) enough to not force any of us to live as he would like us to (yes, free will), but instead allows us to live as we please, which causes trouble and strife for others around us. But, for those of us who love Him and ask Him, He carries us through even the most difficult times, and works all things for a good purpose in the end for us. We will explore this in great detail in a later blog series. J)
+An easy to use, great resource is http://www.biblegateway.com/ You can look up Scripture in all different versions, specific topics, verse of the day, devotions, etc. Handy reference!
If you are having a little trouble believing that The Bible is the inspired true Word of God, or an accurate telling of humanity’s spiritual history, or that this Book holds the answers to all our life questions, then I would ask you to simply take a moment and ask God to give you faith. In all sincerity, verbally, out loud, ask God to help you believe in Him and the Bible as His Word to us. Ask Him to help turn around your unbelief, wherever it may linger. And then believe that He will. If you open up your heart and earnestly ask Him for anything, He will answer. And, you know - you have nothing to lose by doing so, and everything to gain!
Next post we will discuss accepting the fact that we cannot control everything around us or in our lives; that some things we just have to let go of. This was (and continues to be – haha!) an extremely difficult realization for me –
Yes – I confess - I am a control freak!
But I have to tell you that since I have learned to let go of some things, I definitely do have more peace. I feel much less stress, less headaches, and I’m sure I am much easier to be around J
So, I hope you will read and re-read these Scriptures – these Words from God to us – and allow them to sink into your heart.
Know that you were not only planned to be a part of this world,
but also with a specific purpose.
And that you are forever, dearly loved!
When we let this knowledge sink into our hearts, into our lives, into our every thought, then we begin to find a peace we have not known before. We begin to see and believe that we don’t have to stress and worry over every little thing, because God will have it covered – if we will only trust and confide in Him.
May you each find Peace and Truth in your journey today, and great gobs of blessings!