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Finding God’s plan for you

Finding God’s plan for you
Finding God’s plan for you
The Rev. Kathy Brumbaugh
The Rev. Kathy Brumbaugh, Special Writer

Background text: Romans 12:2

Devotional text: 1 Corinthians 2:9

For the past two weeks, we have been looking at Old Testament scripture that points to God’s plan for our lives. This week, we move on to the New Testament to find God’s plan for us as we become believers in Jesus.

It all goes back to the questions we ask ourselves: “Who am I?” and “What am I supposed to do?”

Thankfully, the New Testament has answers for both.

Romans 12:2 starts us on the right path as believers when the Apostles Paul wrote, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Ephesians 2:10 helps us further, as Paul continued his advice to the believers in Ephesus: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

As we can see in these two verses, as we begin our new life as believers in Christ, there is a change in us that helps us to recognize God’s plan. Not only that, but as God is our Creator, his plan included that we do good in this world. These good works God has planned for us had already been prepared by God for us, even before we knew God.

As believers, we become filled with the Holy Spirit, abiding inside of us. It is then the Holy Spirit who nudges us along, who whispers to our minds and hearts the things we should do. As we do those things pre-planned for us, we also find that they bring glory to God.

In 1 Corinthians 2:9, we read, “But it is written, ‘no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’.” And in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Also, we find in Matthew 5:16, the following verse: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

The New Testament also advises us about those things that are wrong for us to be involved with.

From 1 John 15-17, we read about those worldly desires that take us away from God: “Do not love the world or the things of the world — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes, and pride and possessions — these are not from the Father, but from the world … ”

Galatians 5:19-21 carried this information further, by telling us to “stay away from the works of the flesh: immorality, idolatry, sorcery, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, division, envy, drunkenness, orgies and the like.”

Instead, we are to live with the benefits of the Holy Spirit’s fruits (Galatians 5:22), which are “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness and self-control.” Against these, there is no law. Living by these nine fruits brings us contentment in who we are and with what we do.

Titus 2:12 goes on along these same lines: “Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age.”

If you are still wondering what God’s plan is for you, think of these scriptures, from Acts 9:4: God’s plan is individual for each of us, according to who we are. And from Matthew 6:27: “and which of you, by being anxious, can add a single hour to your span of life?” And finally, James 1:22: “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves; do what it says.”

As you read the New Testament, God will make it clear that he has a plan than is as individual for you as you are as a person. The best way to begin finding your specific plan is to act on the words of scripture, doing those things that God tells us lead to a good life and staying away from those things that are harmful.

When we follow God’s leading in scripture, God’s individual plan opens up for us more and more. Basically, there are six ways to help discover God’s plan for you:

1. Read your Bible.

2. Follow the action described in scripture that leads to a good life.

3. Pray for God’s help.

4. Follow the ideas and nudges that are brought to your heart and mind by the Holy Spirit.

5. Be in fellowship with other believers who can give advice and pray for you.

6. Trust in God with a firm faith.

The Bible does not give specific plans for each individual, but it shows us the way to find God’s plan for each of us through showing us the best way to live our lives in the world. As we do these things, we find doors opening to the individual plans God has prepared for each of us.