Plan x Purpose x Pursuit

Plan x Purpose x Pursuit

The Bible tells us that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Yesterday, the Holy Spirit showed me how Jesus lived by every word that came from the mouth of God. Jesus did this through prayer, he often prayed and supplicated, and because of that he knew what God wanted him to do before doing what God wanted him to do. Jesus wasn’t on planet earth, strolling through life not knowing God’s plan for his life. He understood God’s plan, the  purpose of that plan, and then pursued it the way God wanted him to do it John 12:49.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28
God’s plan for Jesus: He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms. Luke 24:44
God’s purpose for that plan: For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 1 Peter 3:18
How did God want Jesus to pursue his plan: Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matthew 16:21 & John 12:23-27
        
God’s plan for John the Baptist: John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the
Lord (John 1:23). For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Luke 1:15-17.
God’s purpose for John the Baptist:To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. Jesus must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:27-30
How did God want John the Baptist to pursue his plan: “For John came neither eating nor drinking,and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.” Matthew 11:18-20
        
I believe a valuable gift from God is understanding what God’s plan is for your life, the purpose of that plan and how to pursue it. You get that understanding from God through the word, and by prayer and supplication. In Proverbs 3:5-6, the Bible tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight. In Psalm 127, the Bible tells us “ Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” I encourage every believer, to find these things out sooner rather then later.
  • God’s plan for [your name]:
  • God’s purpose for that plan:
  • How does God want you to pursue his plan:
If you’re praying to God for advice or direction, it may not come the same day. If you’re in a hurry to get an answer to your prayer, it’s probably because you’re operating out of fear (read my post titled foundation of faith). Unfortunately, I had to learn that the hard way to never make hasty decisions based upon timing or out of fear, wait on God’s answer. You have to believe that he knows all, and will answer you in perfect timing; even if it’s past your deadline. He will provide a way to overcome the issues from missing the deadline. JUST BELIEVE! The word of God tells us to ask, seek and knock. 
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”Matthew 7:7-12