Daily Devotional for Sunday January 13, 2013
You Must Have a Game Plan from God
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, what caused Adam Lanza to do what he did? Mental illness, evil or both?
ANSWER: As the facts emerge, it seems that mental illness, as in ALL of these shooting, will be the predominant factor. Here is a Devotional I did on the issue of mental illness, and unless we as a nation put together a legitimate plan to start identifying those with some sort of mental illness, say a mandatory screening as a person enters the 10th grade, those who have these challenges will continue to suffer, and a small minority will commit serious acts that will take the life of, or greatly harm, innocent people. We know evil is from satan, and we know satan's agenda is to kill, steal, and destroy, meaning he will use anything, such as a mental illness, to advance his evil agenda. Link to Devotional on this topic: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=4500
You must have a game plan from God. I remember so clearly the first time I read the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, how God always gave His children a game plan. From the exact measurements for Noah to build the ark, to the Ten Commandments, to the way the tabernacle was to be constructed, to how the armies were to take the city of Jericho, all the way to the founding of the early churches...God always gave His children a specific game plan.
I don't care what the situation you may be facing today is, whether it is a health issue, financial, a relationship problem, work or school related, the fact is God can give you a game plan today to guide you to victory in whatever battle you are fighting today. Those who are successful, those who are moving forward in their life, those who are bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God . . . are those who have a plan from God and are executing that plan on a day-to-day basis.
The natural question is how do you get a plan from God. That comes from the intimate daily relationship with the Lord I encourage you daily to maintain. Does the general of an army give his battle plan to his troops or to total strangers? Of course he gives them to his troops. God is the same way. He has a game plan for His children, but you have got to be plugged in to hear Him.
Most people languish in their circumstances and never get beyond them because they have no game plan. Most people are ineffective in their Christian service because they have no game plan. Most people fail because they are trying to execute their own plan. To be effective you must get a game plan, and to be successful that plan must come from God!
I love you and care about you so much. I am going to be praying that you hear this very important message today. This is literally the breakthrough word many of you have needed to hear for a long time. Remember one thing. Getting a plan from God does not mean things change immediately. Most of you didn't get into the trouble you are in overnight, and the solution will probably not happen overnight. However if you are faithful in executing His plan, you will see victory. I will be praying with you today for God to reveal His plan for your circumstances.
Pray, read the Word, and let God direct you just as He directed those men and women we read about in the bible. They were no different from you or I. Those who were successful were walking close with God, and not only heard from God . . . but obeyed His voice. You and I can have those same experiences as long as we stay
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,