Devotional 1/14

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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11‭-‬13

We are not naturally inclined to serve nor seek God, we are inclined to serve ourselves. 

God has a declared will and He has a decreed will. From the beginning, God has had a plan. His decreed will means it is predestined and declared will is based on what He reveals to us. God gave us free will, and because we tend to be seduced by our senses and desires, we cannot see the point God is trying to make in our lives.

How am I being seduced if I follow my heart? How is that even a sin? Sin is what we are born into. Have you ever observed children, they can be selfish, possessive, liars and even spoiled; we accept it from them because they are innocent; but would we accept behavior from adults? A sinful world, sinful body and sinful appetites: it’s human nature. We act against God’s word by ignoring His written word and His spoken word. We engage in sexual practices before marriage, seek spiritualists or astrologists for direction and counsel, resort to drugs, partying or any other “delight” to relieve stress, to find significance or to escape problems, give honor to statues, light candles to dead people (idolatry); even lie, envy, murder, gossip, hate etc. These are things we are born with, it is just in our egocentric nature. 

Why do I need to be saved? I never asked Jesus to die for me. I didn’t ask God to bring me to this earth. Why should I be held responsible for the mistakes of Adam and Eve? God is not a dictator, but He is a jealous God. The first humans received God’s declared will: it was spoken in the garden of Eve. Then God gave us His word, and progressively has poured our His Spirit. Yet, through our free will – we mess it up for ourselves. God has a plan for us, yet it is up to us to seek after it. It is important to seek God with our whole heart, because then we will find Him and He will make known to us His good plans. If Adam and Eve had not sinned, we would be disease free, death free and depression free people. Humanity would be in its most glorious state, but we fell short of this glory and forfeited much of God’s initial plan. The good thing about God, is that He uses a comma, where we would use period. God is not done with us yet! We can still receive the plans He has for it, if we come to Him knowing He will listen. We will find God, and He will listen to us: if we seek Him with our whole heart.

Imagine that, God is waiting to be sought and chased after. He says ‘I’m at the door, and I knock, will you let me in?’ 

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you that Jesus Christ paid for all of our wrongs, present, past and future! Thank you for your ultimate and perfect sacrifice, for your blood and its power to cleanse and redeem. I pray today for people who have been battling with thoughts, and desires; may you reveal to them what it means when you say you bought us from the devil. I pray for new revelation in different areas of your divine nature God, and ask you for deeper convictions of your love for us and your power. I plead with you, Lord, on behalf of us all may we not continue purposely in sin, because theb there is no more sacrifice for our sins, and we will face judgement. And you know I lift this up to you because 2018 is a prophetic and definitive year in Your divine calendar and even though none of us is sinfree, I know YOUR Holy spirit will help us to sin less on a daily basis. In the name of Jesus, Amen. 

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