John 3:16 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The most incredible knowledge that you and I am have today is to know how much God really loves us. So much that He gave His only Son to buy us back from slavery to sin. So much so to give us a life free from the fear of perishing. So much so He’s given us a whole and lasting life.
This great Creator God Who is so awesome and mighty that only the heavens themselves can show His glory and the whole earth is filled with His splendor. The universe displays His majesty and the whole of creation answers to Him alone. And yet, He loves you. And He loves me.
Not only does He love us, He has a plan for us. His plan is to insure that we not perish – or to be lost and ruined, but that we have life without end.
Now, I don’t know what you’ve heard about God or believed about God up until this point in your life, but it is this simple: God loves you and me. He doesn’t want us living a life of uselessness and then destruction in the end, but a life that is trusting – believing – and a life without end. That life is now and only gets better in eternity.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“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.”
We were all born with a purpose. We are all here now for a reason. God has big plans for us. I don’t know what His plan for your life is, but I do know that God has big plans for you. I will tell you what I know.
1. He has a plan for your immediate future.
A. What kind of life do you have right now? Great? Fulfilling? Whole and complete?
Or maybe not there? Kind of struggling? Kind of in a rut? Or maybe it’s really a mess. Maybe you’re under a lot of pressure and not sure what to do.
B. Wherever you are right now, God still has a plan for you to finish well.
You haven’t blown His plan. I don’t read anywhere in the Bible about a plan B. He’s got one plan for your life and it is to do you good, not evil, all the days of your life.
C. Right now – today – He has a plan to take care of you.
Listen to Jesus in Matthew 6:25-34 (NLT):
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
D. Today, He will provide for you. Right now, today, He’ll turn things around for you and me.
He taught us to pray the Lord’s Prayer: “…Give us this day our daily bread…”
2. He has a plan for your preferred future.
God says, “I have plans for you. Plans to prosper you and do good for you and give you hope and a future.”
A. If the Bible teaches us anything, it teaches us that a life with Jesus as Lord is a life of wholeness and completeness. It is a life of meaning and purpose.
B. He gives us hope – hope that He’s working in our lives.
- Hope that our future will be better.
- Hope that my children will be safe.
- Hope that we will have a future with Jesus.
C. Hope that life will take on meaning and purpose.
D. Let me take a moment and share a couple of principles with you that may help here. If you want your life to have meaning and purpose, a couple of things you need to do.
- One, start trusting God even for the little things.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
- Two, you can’t always play it safe if you want to live.
You will not live out your purpose and God’s plan if you don’t venture out of your comfort place every now and then, and cease with coping.
3. He has a plan for your perfect future.
A. He’s got your immediate future covered by trusting Him. He’s got your life planned out by stepping out with Him.
B. He’s got your eternity ready by leaving here with Him.
C. Listen to your perfect future:
Revelation 21:1-7 (NLT)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
1. Give Jesus your life.
2. Walk with Him daily.
3. Trust Jesus with your whole heart.
4. Get out of your little boat.
Posted on Sat, November 28, 2015
by Erika Catlett