Did you know God has particular plans for you? Do you understand His purpose for your life?
Listen to what Prophet Jeremiah said. “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.”
Now that you know—perhaps have already known—this, how can you respond properly to God’s will?
1. Trust God’s Plans and Purpose for You.
Let me ask a personal question. What lies ahead for your life?
Take a look around. Have you observed that things were designed for a purpose?
If one is using any products or objects on anything that is not designed by its manufacturers, such object will be destroyed.
The same is true with your life. You must go back to God, the Author of life, and find out his plans and purposes. Why?
It’s because God knows His “plans…for you.” And such design must be followed.
2. Take Seriously the Declarations of God’s Word.
Everyone must understand that God “declares” this promise. It’s His utterance of assurance. By His nature, people can trust His word of authority.
There is power in God’s declarations. His declaration leads to the creation of the world and the universe. The Hebrew wisdom in the book of Proverbs is replete with examples:
- “From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.”
- “From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.”
- “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Even Jesus taught the power of declaration. “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
3. Test God’s Way of Prospering You.
The Lord declares His “plans to prosper you.”
The Hebrew people understand “prosperity” (shalom) differently. Knowing its semantics could be your key to understand the biblical concept of prosperity.
God’s chosen people define God’s prosperity in a comprehensive manner. Prosperity as shalom generally means “peace” or “an intact state of favorable circumstance.” For them, prosperity is total, not partial because it also means “completeness.”
When God’s people are safe or free from danger, it’s also a form of shalom. That’s why free countries have abundance than those that are not. The high level of “satisfaction” and “contentment” are related nuances of prosperity where people’s basic necessities are met or even surpassed.
In fact, Jewish people also consider “health” or wholeness and wellbeing as part of shalom. Moreover, when a person has “friends” or “companion,” such shalom is best demonstrated in the affection and high regard for the relationship.
Therefore, shalom in biblical parlance is God’s total blessing coming from the kindness of His heart to the recipients. This is God’s way of blessing His people—as well as for one another.
4. Transition from Your Harmful Ways to a Life of Hope.
God’s plan is for your good and His glory, “and not to harm you.”
So think again. Is a person’s poverty of things or of thoughts?
Poverty as a victim’s mindset, to some extent, has different possibilities. It could be a curse of sin or Satan’s work. It’s possible also as a result of laziness, lack of opportunities, or hopelessness.
Meanwhile, prosperity through God’s way is a product of a victor’s mindset with faith and hope—as well as wisdom and obedience. It is God’s total blessings and rewards.
It’s really up to the person if he or she crosses that path for a better life or not.
5. Think Clearly to See Your Future.
If you think you’re a success, you are. If you think you’re a failure, you are. You are who you think you are—despite that God wants you to succeed.
So what happened to the child in us? That childlike faith who embraces God’s “plans to give you hope and a future.”
When you begin to see the future, you’ll know who will you become. If you’re aware of what have you become lately, you’ll find courage of where will you go in this life and in the after life.
Real prosperity and success is living your life on God’s plan and purpose. It is totally becoming what you were born for.
Glenn Plastina © 2017