For Women in Ministry: What's the Plan?
- Tuesday, December 07, 2004
In order to allow the power of God to freely reign in our lives and flow through us, spilling out in effective ministry, we must cultivate spiritual habits. Habits are powerful motivators and determine the difference between failure and success in ministry as well personally. We are examining seven habits that will enable us to experience true success - God's idea of success - in daily life and in ministry. We have explored the simple but life-changing truths that our immeasurable value rests solely in the fact that God created us, that His stubborn love sets us apart and the amazing fact that He designed and empowers a unique plan for each one of us.
First Habit: Perceive Your True Identity
Second Habit: Uncover your life plan!
Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart!"
Each one of us has a life plan! Yes, I know that plans are rampant in your life! God loves you and everyone else has a plan for your life, right? But the only plan that matters is the plan made for you by the One who formed you - the One who loves you, knows you and has set you apart to be His own! And it is a great plan!
My life plan is customized!
Psalm 139: 16 You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!
You were born in response to the determined plan of God, not as an afterthought. Before you took even one breath, every day, every step and every circumstance in your plan was recorded. God's plan uses your strengths as well as your weaknesses. We all have strengths - they are part of the plan. We all have limitations - they too are part of the plan. We all have seasons of life that are essential to the plan as well.
True success comes when, instead of constantly fighting against or trying to change the plan, we learn to identify and build on our strengths, accept the limitations as hedges of protection from God and yield to the seasons in life as God's avenue of perfect timing. God's plan for you is not a "one-size-fits all". No, it is customized and just your size!
My life plan is good!
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
For some reason we tend to think that God sat down one day and designed a sinister life plan laced with pain and defeat. Nothing could be further from the truth. This train of thought contradicts the very nature of God and misunderstands His heart - the heart of a loving Father who wants the absolute highest and best plan for His child. It is a good plan!
My life plan is guaranteed!
1 Thessalonians 5:24 "The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it."
What God calls you to do, He empowers you to do. With the plan comes every resource that we will need to accomplish that plan.
For many years my life mission in ministry was really quite simple. I tried and often succeeded in filling every waking moment with activity. Oh, it was wonderful activity filled with good things - but they were not the best things, the highest things for my life. I just did them in order to feel important. I thought that ministry would bring my life into balance and under control. I hoped that ministry would provide a purpose and plan for the restlessness in my soul.
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