In Jeremiah 29:11 God said: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
In Genesis 17, God is talking to Abraham in the person of El Shaddai, the One who has control over natural law, who reserves the right to change it. El Shaddai says to Abraham, "I can put life in your body and into Sarah's body, and you are going to have that child.
But Abraham answers to Elohim, not El Shaddai in Genesis 17:18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
Verse 18 in the Hebrew reads, in effect, "Creator, why don't You accept Ishmael?"
And God says, "No, he is a natural Ishmael, but I want to give you a supernatural Isaac."
While so many are asking God to BLESS THEIR PLANS, God wants them to see is He has ALREADY PLANNED THEIR BLESSINGS.
God wants to give you a blessing that is not of the natural. But you have to seek His face first.
Proverbs 3:6 tells us to acknowledge God in all of our ways, and He will direct our paths.
So we know that at the time God spoke to Abraham about the covenant and about what He was going to do for Abraham and Sarah, Abraham was still trying to get God to accept what was natural law.
God said, "No. I am showing you something new. This is something new to you. I am the One who controls natural law."
God was trying to show Abraham the extraordinary blessing that He would fulfill on his behalf as a result of his faith in His extraordinary promise.
But it was going to be El Shaddai - the One who totally controls natural law - who would bring the promise to pass.
So, do not go out and buy a house or car and do all kinds of things when you have not spent any time before God. Be patient and seek God about His plan for the things you desire.
When you operate in God's plan, God will finance it. It will be more than you could ever do yourself.
So, spend time before El Shaddai and let Him bring His promises to pass in your life.
I am half way through a teaching series on Sunday mornings about GOD'S PLAN and it will be available in a CD album for $20 soon. Let me know if you would like it and I will pay the postage.
The 4 CDs are:
- GOD HAS A PLAN
- HOW DO I FIND GOD'S PLAN
- HOW DO I DO GOD'S PLAN
- I MUST STICK TO GOD'S PLAN.
Note: Sales of my new book HOW TO HANDLE DEPRESSION have been going well [on Amazon and on Barnes and Noble for $11.99]. Thanks to all who have purchased it, I trust it blesses you or whomever you give it to.
Watch this space!
Here is my next book - LOVE THAT LASTS A
LIFETIME - HOW TO BE IN LOVE FOR A LIFETIME IN YOUR MARRIAGE! It's with
the publishers right now and should be ready this week. You can
pre-order with me if you wish ($12) and I will pay the post as a special
gift to you.