Daily Devotional for Friday December 9, 2011
Does God Really have a Plan and Purpose for My Life
One of the most asked questions I get each day is, "Does God really have a plan and purpose for my life?" Let me assure you that there are no accidents, no coincidences with God. The One who created the universe and everything in it, did not just create us in His image to drift from birth to death with no purpose. Those who understand science will tell you that the incredible perfection of creation could never have happened by chance.
Years ago, a dear friend of mine who came to know Christ because of the irrefutable evidence we have from science, told me that the creation of the universe and the incredible precision it takes to operate properly could have never just happened by accident. He said it would be the equivalent of taking an expensive, finely tuned Swiss watch apart, throwing in the air the thousands of pieces that make up the watch, and having it land with every piece in its place and the watch working perfectly.
My friend, the universe did not just happen, God created it. You did not just happen, God created you. God did not just create all of this because He was bored, there is a Divine plan and purpose for everything, including your life!
The scripture today is God revealing to Paul the plan He had for his life. Most of us will never have a Damascus Road experience where God audibly calls down to us and gives us the exact plan for our life. However, as we are surrendered to His will, He will move us, position us, exactly where He wants us. He will open and close doors to guide us where He wants us to be.
As you are surrendered to Him and His plan, there are no accidents where you live, work, go to school, or recreate. It is not an accident who your neighbors are or the people that are in your life. God strategically places us where He wants us to be, as His instruments, so we can do our part in fulfilling His master plan.
The key that you need to hear today is you must be surrendered to Him. If we rebel against His way, then His plan for our lives will never be fulfilled. That is the choice we have to make each day. To live life our way, or His way.
When we choose our way, we can try, try, and try, and life never seems to work out. We may be successful in one area, but miserable in others. You see, when we do it God's way, He takes into consideration ALL areas of our life. Our work, finances, relationships, health, service to Him, recreation, He has every area of our life taken care of.
That is why some people you see may have a great plan for their finances and be very successful by the world's standards, but totally fail in their marriage or as a parent. Or some may have a great home life but are always struggling in their career. The point is, when you are doing it your way, there is a fatal flaw. It is your plan not His.
I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you to fully surrender your life each day to God. Surrendering to Him is the key to finding God's plan and purpose for your life. TRUST HIM! He will never let you down, He will never disappoint you, just love you and bless you each day. God has a perfect plan and purpose for your life!
With Christmas less than 3 weeks away, we really only have a few weeks left in December since most people are out of contact between Christmas and New Years. We still have to cover the last $20,000 of our November operational shortfall, in addition to the $40,000 we need for our basic December operations. We desperately need $10,000 immediately for past due operational expenses, and I am praying for the Lord to send 2 people who can make a one-time sacrifice today to help me with this critical need.
Please pray about making a special year-end gift to Liveprayer, especially if it will help you with your 2011 taxes. Over these 12 years, God has always risen up key people at critical moments in order for us to advance His work here. We are on the verge of seeing the culmination of our many years of faithfulness, as we boldly step on a major platform the world won't be able to ignore, and call this nation back to God and His Truth. It is friends like you who have brought us to this place, and friends like you who obediently answer His call who will help me lead this nation back to our only hope and answer, the GOD OF THE BIBLE!!!
Everyone can pray, most everyone can sacrifce something to help me, and there are a few who God has richly blessed who are in a position to help me in a significant way. I have literally given my life, my time, talent, and treasure the past 20 yrs to serve the Lord and bring the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and need those who are able to take your stand with me today!!!
TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: www.liveprayer.com under the "Donation" link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or, you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St.Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
Thank you for taking your stand for Christ with me. Know that you and your family are in my prayers each day. Together, we can see this nation turn back to the Almighty and His Truth!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,