BLOGWORDS – Sunday 12 February 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU
FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU
He knew me before time began. He created me with a purpose in mind, His purpose. I am His—and He is mine.
He thinks of me. He hasn’t put me here and forgotten about me. He gave me a Word several years ago addressing the troubles of life. (I was going to quote from it, summarize it, but here it is in its entirety.)
I am there. Selah.
In every event, I am there. I am there before you—and I prepare the way for you. But I tell you this—I am there before it happens, for I am eternity. I see the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning. I know the plans I have for you—I know each step and every stumble, I know each hardship and every victory. And I am there with you—I am there before you are there. For I go before you to prepare the way for you.
But your enemy—he is running to catch up. Even catastrophes at his own design, he is late. I am there—he is not. He is distracted by his own busy-ness—and he cannot keep up. Even you, my child, my beloved, endure hardships and suffering before he can catch up. You know your joy and victory and release before your enemy remembers and realizes it has even begun.
And in his flurry in these last days, his carelessness and sloppiness increase. His efforts become more and more futile. Even the disasters and catastrophes of his hand have less impact. For the harder he makes his attempts, the sillier they become. The harder he tries, the greater the decrease of the impact of his efforts. And the further he sinks.
But look to Me says the Lord of Hosts. For My efforts remain steady and yet the results increase. For every heart that is turned to me, revival is magnified, My Kingdom is glorified and I am there in the midst of you.
These are the days of Elijah—behold, I come and I am with you in all things, in every moment. I have been where you are—and I know the plans I have for you.
Today I celebrate fifty eight years. The number seems so “old” but I don’t feel old. Seems like I’ve barely begun, and perhaps I have—it just took me a while to land in the right spot.
As I seek His face, as I seek to follow His will and purpose for me, I also look to Him to search me, to search my heart.
As I have come into my purpose—my writing—I am also discovering my identity in Him. And as I discover who I am, I realize I am set apart from the world.
And if I’m not of this world, then I will never fit in to it. I used to try to fit in, we all did. We long for acceptance. But from whom?
That has been my signature Scripture for years, long before I began to grasp the weight of what it says.
So on my birthday, I celebrate that difference. I rejoice that I am more like Father and less like the world.
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