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There’s Power in Planning — July 5, 2017

There’s Power in Planning

“And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”

Habakkuk 2:2

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true”. I’m sure many of us have heard this quote before. If not, may I introduce you to this wonderful tool that is helpful,  both for the natural and spiritual life.

Almost every one of us have a desire to be at a certain place in life, and maybe by a certain time. The real question is: how? How will we make these things happen? Your first answer may be to pray and seek God. While that is essentially the first step, the next “first” step is for us to have a plan. We can’t look to God to do all of the work, especially when He has equipped us to do some things ourselves. Our prayers and pursuit of God for those desires is what guides and fortifies us, but we must give God something to work with.

You may have a mental plan on how to achieve this goal, but the various tasks of life will quickly push that plan aside and eventually out of your mind. The best way to avoid losing the vision is to write it down! By writing it down, you hold yourself accountable to what you have said you’d like and what you plan to do to acquire that. After we have a plan written down, we should then come to God to ask for His wisdom and guidance on how to begin this pursuit. We must not make the mistake of only consulting God after we have made our plans; we must consult God even in our planning because I believe that He gives us certain desires according to the purpose that He has given us. By coming to God with our plan, we show reverence to Him and His authority by ensuring that our plan aligns with His. If we faithfully bring our plans to God, He will reveal every motive, expose every danger and shed light on all weaknesses of that plan, all done out of love.

Know that the enemy will come to distract you from sticking to your plan, and know that your commitment will be tested, but also know that if God gave you the desire, then He will provide the means for it to come to pass according to His will. It’s up to you to decide how you maneuver those provisions from the Lord.

My prayer for today is that God causes us to seek Him for our future, what pleases His heart and how our personal desires align with that. I pray that God causes us to write as much as possible regarding those desires, and that we filter our thoughts through prayer and faith. I also pray that after the vision is written, that God helps us to be committed to the fulfillment of that plan for the advancement of His kingdom so that He may be glorified in the earth. I pray that in all things, we are lead by faith, no longer fear!
Challenge: Take some time and ask God about your purpose today( What is purpose and what that looks like for your life). After doing so, ask God to help you to write everything you can think of regarding that purpose, and to give you strategies on how to fulfill that. If you don’t hear anything today, that’s okay. Keep asking! We serve the God who has all answers, so if you’ll ask, He’ll answer ♥

God bless you! ♥