December 25, 2007

Can you believe it, the wrap up of another year and the ushering in of a new year. So what's in store for this year?

There are so many uncertainties that are always missing from our planning calendars, and if your life is anything like mine... there were quiet a few changes that I had to make on my own personal schedule, because I didn't plan for them. Sometimes those changes are really uncomfortable but they were necessary for me to go forward.

Have you experienced anything like that? Maybe the death of a loved one... a job change... moved into a new area for whatever reason. The point is, some of those changes may have been scheduled while others were unexpected and for us to move forward... we had to adjust our plans.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 16:9(Msg) "We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it."

Did you see that? "We plan the way we want to live..." How did you do with your planning schedule in 2007? Did your plans run according to your schedule?

Jeremiah 29:11(NLT) "For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope"

Was God included in your plans? How often did you consult with God concerning your plans?

Jeremiah 29:12-13(NLT) "In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me."

You see, we make it hard on ourselves when where not seeking God's plans for our lives, and making it even harder when we're not even scheduling our time to include seeking God.

The first scripture quoted in this message; Proverbs 16:9 ended like this: "...but only God makes us able to live it." Live what? Our plans for the way we want to live!

Matthew 6:33-34(NLT) "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else and live righteously and He will give you everything you need. So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries, today's trouble is enough for today."

My prayer for you reading this today is that you would start your 2008 planning schedules... time to seek God's plans... He promises a future and a hope.

Happy New Year
Pastor Jim "DoughBoy" Brady