God Has a Plan for You
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
We’ve all heard it so many times it has basically become a cliché: “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!” Supposed cliché or not, this is an absolutely true statement.
It’s true for all of humanity, true for me, and, yes, true for you.
People often ask what my favorite Bible passage is, and I have to say that’s a tough call. But if you allow me to say what some of my favorite passages are, one comes to mind quickly: Jeremiah 29:11–12: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”
Isn’t that encouraging? It’s true. God loves you. God has a good plan for you. God has a future and hope for you. God wants to use you and he wants you to make your mark in some way. You may be known to millions, thousands, hundreds, or maybe only a handful, but God has a purpose for your life. You are significant.
The question is this: do you want to reach your potential as a Christian? Do you want to cross the finish line in the spiritual race, or are you going to self-destruct? You might be surprised to know that you have everything to say about that.
Maybe you’re being tempted right now. Maybe you’ve already acted on it. Never fear, God will forgive you—if you repent. Acknowledge that you have done wrong, and God will give you a second chance. He has a plan for you. All you need to do is follow it.
It’s up to you: Loser or winner, saint or sinner. Which one will you decide to be?
—Greg Laurie, Losers and Winners, Saints and Sinners
Learn more about God’s plan for your life in Greg Laurie’s newest book, Losers and Winners, Saints and Sinners.
You’ll join Pastor Greg as he examines the lives of biblical personalities—good and bad—revealing why some fell and failed while others picked themselves up and finished strong in the spiritual race.
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