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Accepting God’s Plans

May 11, 2020

Read Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Reflect

Why is it sometimes hard to accept God’s plans? What holds us back?

The only way to live victoriously in the midst of life’s difficulties is by learning to accept, day by day, the actual conditions and tests permitted by God, by a continually repeated laying down of our own will and acceptance of His.

Sometimes we equate “acceptance” with an attitude of “anything goes”: I’ll accept any behavior my husband or children dish out. Instead, acceptance is embracing and dealing with the problem behavior while loving the person. For example, if you discover your son has a drug problem, acceptance is admitting and acknowledging that he has a drug problem. Nonacceptance of that fact is denying his drug use and pretending it doesn’t exist. If you’re accepting the problem, you are:
  • there to get him help, which may involve loving confrontation and arranging for treatment.
  • accepting him as a person, but not his inappropriate behavior.
  • setting boundaries at home.
  • listening to the needs of his heart and praying for him.

All the while, you are loving him unconditionally in that sickness; doing whatever common sense, the Bible, and reliable counsel advise you to do. None of the above includes being a doormat for your son, enabling his behavior and drug abuse to continue.

Acceptance doesn’t mean you quit praying and resign yourself to a negative future; it doesn’t mean becoming irresponsible or giving up. While it isn’t any of these things, it is realizing that you can trust God—trust Him to bring an answer, though perhaps not the answer you’d expected and to weave things into a pattern for good even out of the trying situation or problem. It is knowing that when you are tuned in to God and His Word, and asking Him, He will show you His part. But if there is nothing you can do to change today’s situation, acceptance is trusting God to get you through anything.

Acceptance is facing the storms of life with God’s peace, which will bring you into the reality of the now (instead of the far-off fantasy) and allow you to see more of what He’s doing and what He’s called you to today. At the same time, walking in this kind of acceptance and trust in God will drain away worry, fear, and anxiety.


Pray

Lord, help me to see You in the storms. Give me the courage to accept Your plans. Amen.

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a year ago
Faith over Fear
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a year ago
Trust Me”
 Trust Me and fear not: I will hold thy hand
 And gently lead thee onward day by day;
 The desert shall rejoice, and through the sand
 Refreshing streams shall mark thyonward way.
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 Who is thine everlasting strength and stay
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 My blessed hand shall wipe those tears away.
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 Trust Me through life and for eternity!
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a year ago
Amen thank you Lord for your loving kindness over me
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a year ago
God help to me to accept you plans 🙏
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a year ago
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE HELP ME WITH YOUR PLANS I CANNOT DO THIS ALONE I SERIOUSLY CRY INSIDE FOR YOUR HELP PLEASE OU ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT REALLY KNOWS ME;THANKYOUJESUS!@ INCREASE MY FAITH INTO YOUR FAITH;I DEPEND MY LIFE INTO THIS;your child;Virginia r.gomez Garcia!@
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a year ago
Something's seems so wrong and you try to deal with these issues that hinder your walk with God and you truly give it to our Heavenly Father and people, still through it up in your face. How do you move on from all that?
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a year ago
Hey Pamela. Thanks for your question. I think what you are experiencing is common...sad, but common. I think you need to remember that Christ has made you a new creation and by His definition, you are now a masterpiece (Eph 2:10). That doesn't mean we are exempt from consequences of our sins, but it does mean we are forgiven and are no longer defined by those.

So if someone is bringing up your past to bring you down, you need to evaluate the relationship and see if and what boundaries are required. Second, it'd be beneficial to turn back to God's Word as your reminder of who you are, not who you were.

My prayer for you is that you will cling to God's truth when these moments happen.
a year ago
Pamela I don’t know “what seems so wrong and that hinders your walk with God”. (But God knows.) I use to have to work with many ungodly people in a large manufacturing plant where I was a welder and I would try to be a witness to people but they always give me a hard time they always wanted to through it in my face! But that made me pray more. I learned about Mark in the Gospel and reading a Commentary “It said that Mark prayed so much that his knees were calloused like Camels knees” so I started praying more and I lead two people to the Lord in that place. I didn’t get callouses on my knees but I did learn from 1 John 4:18-19 There is no fear in love: but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. I will be praying for you!!!
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