WEEK 36~ Jeremiah 29:11
‘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.’
What exciting words! The Bible is full of promises and declarations which we can take on board to help us live our lives with a truly positive attitude. This verse shows how much God loves us. Instead of simply saying, ’I will always look after you,’ God says that He has made plans for our prosperity and actively speaks about hope and the future.
Sometimes we are filled with worry or fear, the antidotes to which are worship and faith respectively. Easy to remember and a little more difficult to practice! If you are worrying it can be hard to ease up which is where this helps. I think that this verse is a good one to memorise and focus on in times of uncertainty; in fact it’s worth saving it in your mobile phone to have to hand when doubts arise!
God has almost certainly planned a better future for us than we could for ourselves. Think how the pieces of your visions come together, little details appearing out of nowhere, just popping into your mind. We meet people ‘by chance’ who often contribute to our lives in a major way. Small ideas take on a life of their own and may literally take us to places we never even dreamed of. We were put into this world to enjoy it and not to suffer although sometimes the greatest joy arises through suffering, hard as this might seem to accept at first glance.
We often under estimate our skills and abilities yet we are all given special gifts that we can use to maximum effect if we allow ourselves to run with them instead of planning every detail of our lives. Creativity needs to flow in order to grow! The best things often arise when given room to do so. Our minds work extremely well on the subconscious level and benefit more when we make a conscious effort to programme them with affirmations and positive thoughts. Worship and faith work in harmony to create the new realities pertaining to this promise. Faith means that we accept God’s promises as tangible evidence, which they will become in time.
Every day can be a prosperous day if we just hand it over to God and let Him take control; especially by helping us to overcome all negative thoughts and feelings. We might feel a long way off from achieving this at times, but practice makes perfect! The best outcome in every situation awaits us, so claim that promise now and act as if a bright future is already at hand.
Jaz McKenzieIf you wish to write an article for ~IB~ contact: firstname.lastname@example.org