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God’s Perfect Plan

November 19, 2014

Is there a perfect plan of God for our lives?

I’ve heard many things along these lines through the years.

  • “The good is the enemy of best.”
  • “Don’t settle for second best in your life.”
  • “Compromise will limit your effectiveness and take you out of His Will”

This doesn’t even begin to consider the search for our spouse, the match made in heaven.

With this thinking comes a great deal of pressure and fear.

The implication is that unless we perfectly discern the will of God for our lives we end up in some alternate universe.

We endeavor to crack the mystery through prayer, godly counsel, and the ever-present laying of fleeces.

I literally know people who have been paralyzed with fear of their next decision derailing his Divine Plan. They could not even get out of bed.

I was reading a portion of Michael Horton’s book, Gospel-Driven Life, The: Being Good News People in a Bad News World, the other day.

A portion jumped out at me and I felt it was worth sharing. Listen to Horton describe the gift of grace.

“God does not simply create the gift and offer it to us, if we will only climb the stairway to heaven to get it; he brings it down to us, uncurls our ungrateful fingers, and places it in our hands. In our naive works righteousness, we will always look for methods of pulling God down out of heaven or for bringing Christ up from the dead. The hardest thing in the world for us even as believers in Christ is to sit down and receive something.”

Inheritance

A few paragraphs later he compare this amazing gift to receiving an inheritance as a part of someone’s last will and testament.

Which Path Am I On?

October 4, 2012

We’ve been considering the difference between pleasing God and trusting Him. The motivation has come through  The Cure: What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is And Neither Are You. I am so impressed with the content of this book and think it hits a nerve among believers as we walk out the grace of God.

Today I want to look at a few questions to help us identify which path we are on. When are primary motivation is to please God, we follow the first path.

Pleasing God can look like “trying to change from who I was into who I should be. We constantly find ourselves working towards becoming more righteous.”

The second path of Trusting God looks different. On this journey we find ourselves “maturing into who I already am (based on what Christ has done). We are already righteous, made right by God the moment we believed.”