Discussing my dreams and desires of my life is sometimes difficult for me to discuss with you all. Several years ago, I got down on my knees in my “prayer closet” and prayed a paraphrased version of Solomon’s prayer request found in I Kings 3:9. It went sort of like this as I remember:
“So Lord, give Your servant Mel an understanding mind and a hearing heart…that I may discern between what is good and what is bad for Your people in the Church. Thank You, in Jesus Name.”
And God answered me in a similar way He answered Solomon.
How? I felt the presence of His Spirit speaking to my spirit and my soul; my “unseen partner” in everything that I do.
I Kings 3:11-12 “God said to him, Because you have asked this and have not asked for long life or for riches…but have asked for yourself understanding to recognize what is just and right, Behold, I have done as you have asked. I have given you a wise, discerning mind…”
Am I telling you that God made me as wise as Solomon? ABSOLUTELY NOT! What I am saying is that my understanding and discernment immediately exploded in my life’s experiences and situations. THAT’S the GOOD NEWS! I also began to feel inside of my personality that answered prayer might also be a detriment. “A detriment?” YEP…How and when would opportunities arise that I could demonstrate God’s Blessing? Remember that a BLESSING is “an empowerment on and in me to succeed in everything I do”. I found the answer to my question of ‘a detriment in my doing or a Blessing’ in the Book of Jeremiah. Praise God!
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you (Mel), says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope (Mel) in your final outcome.”
God knows the thoughts and plans for my life and your life too.
He “gives us HOPE in the final outcome.” Our final outcome isn’t here yet! So be at peace in your understanding.
Turn to Ephesians, the 3rd Chapter and read verses 1-9. I want to focus for a minute on verse 3.
“[And] that the mystery (secret and plan) was made known to me and I was allowed to comprehend it by direct revelation…”
This theme of “revelation knowledge” is carried out through all nine verses in Ephesians 3; God’s “revelation knowledge” always agrees with His word. I took verse nine’s plan to heart and you should do the same. God’s “mystery” or “plan” isn’t a “mystery” any longer!
“Also enlighten ALL MEN and make plain to them what is the plan of the mystery kept hidden through the ages and concealed until now in [the mind of] God who created ALL things by Christ Jesus.”
Does anyone else know this plan that God has revealed to those of us who are saints by His grace?
The HOLY SPIRIT, our “Unseen Partner” in God’s plan knows!
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship)…” The Greek word used here for “workmanship” is “poiema” which is translated into the English word “poem” [from the Inner Linear Bible–Hebrew, Greek, English]. “…recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do these good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should WALK IN THEM [living the GOOD LIFE which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”
“DISCOVERING THE GOOD LIFE’s” the plan for our lives.
1. The Holy Spirit knows the plan already!
2. The path that we are to take has been prepared!
3. The Holy Spirit; The Unseen Partner” enlightens us when we read His Word!
4. Develope an ear to hear His voice!
SO START YOUR “WALKING” today and begin “Disovering the Good Life” God has already prearranged for you!