New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plansA)"> I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosperB)"> you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Well, God how will I know the plan and purpose you have for me?
God says this is how you will know:
O.k. what's that mean God?
Simply put my child:
DENY YOURSELF, PICK UP YOUR CROSS, AND FOLLOW ME
What the world has to offer is no comparison to what God has for us. Listen to the cross reference of that scripture.
1 Kings 3:13 NIV "Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for--both riches and honor--so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings."
The hardest thing for man to do is allow anything or anyone to control him. The world is constantly saying "take control of your own destiny." "She's a self-made Millionaire", "Don't let anyone or anything control your life" and oftentime the end result of that is alcoholism, drug addiction, parnography, anger, rage and depression.
But God is saying yes, I gave you a free will but I was hoping that you would choose me. Choose me because I loved you before the world was created. Choose me because I know your thoughts afar off. Choose me because I have numbered every hair on your head. Choose me because I have intrinsicly made you and I am in woven in your DNA. Choose me becaus I AM THE ONE WHO CREATED YOU!
Everything God makes has a purpose and so do you and I! Don't allow satan to tell you to give up! It's over for you! Your gone! No, repeat God's words "God says "He has a plan and a purpose for me ...." God says "He wishes to prosper me and not harm me."
There's a story in the bible about a woman who felt as though she had no purpose. This woman was denied and rejected. She was rejected by her own husband. You know the story of Jacob and Leah...
Jacob had worked for 7 years to marry Rachel, Leah's sister and after the 7 years he went to their father Laban and asked for Rachel's hand in marriage. But on the night of the marriage when Jacob woke up the next morning he was in the bed with Leah.
Lord, Help! Some of y'all know the story you go to bed and woke up with a stranger!
O.k., that's another sermon!
Anyway, Jacob wakes up sees Leah and is very upset because this is not the woman he wants. Leah did not have the beauty or the attributes that Rachel had in fact she was cockeyed (cross eyed).
So, Jacob worked another 7 years for Laban to marry Rachel because he loved her. He loved Rachel but was still sleeping with Leah to make do.
Lord! Don't ever be just a make do!
But as the story goes Leah had all a lot of babies trying to keep her man. Ladies, we know how that story ends it didn't work for Leah and it still ain't workin.
So, this story is full of baby momma drama but the end results is that Leah finally turned to God and gave her all to God. It took Leah several years to understand that God, alone, was her hope and inspiration. It was God, alone, who could encourage her in her deepest rejection.
It wasn't sons, it wasn't a man. It was God. And at that point, she stopped having children. Rachael's womb was opened, and she began bearing Jacob sons, one of which was Joseph.
But the best of part of this story is that it is Leah's son, Judah, who is listed in the genealogy of Jesus. Rachael's son, Joseph, is not listed in that genealogy. Judah means praise and it was through his line that our Savior came.
11 For I know the plansA)"> I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosperB)"> you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future!