I’m a planner. I like to plan things out. Not only do I like to plan things out , but I have a timeline to go with the plan. I’ll have this done by this time and that done by this age. Throughout the years even though my plans never went as I’d planned, it still didn’t stop me from making these elaborate, detailed plans having the thought if you fail to plan you plan to fail. There is truth in that. Plans are important. It’s important to know where you’re going. It’s important to have goals and a plan of how those goals will be accomplished.
It’s only been within the last few years that I finally realized that my plans weren’t working because they were just that, My Plans. Don’t get me wrong I’ve has some successes. But perhaps I wouldn’t have gone through the hurdles I had to leap to get to the success if I had consulted with God about what HIS plan was for me.
As I was re-reading Philippians 2, as it seems I just can’t get past it right now, this verse popped out at me, “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (2:8).
It hit me like a ton of bricks! Yes, Jesus had a physical death. But he also died to his will. Jesus died to himself and his agenda in order to accomplish the will of the Father. As he prayed in the Garden of Gethesemane knowing what he faced as the Passover lamb he asked the Father: “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).
Part of having humility is dying to ourselves, dying to what we want, dying to what we think is best, dying to our plans or agendas. This can be difficult to do because we are naturally inclined to be independent. There’s nothing wrong with have some independence. But there is everything wrong with being independent of God.
As I said earlier I just in the past few years started going to God and asking Him for his plan. If I do have a plan instead of picking up the phone and calling somebody who really doesn’t have any more foresight and knowledge than I do, I pray and ask God what his thought are.
One of my staple prayers is to ask God to make his thoughts my thoughts because I figured out that I can’t go wrong with that. If God’s thoughts are mines, the plans I have are his from the start and my way will be prosperous. Here’s the most important part of praying that prayer, I must be willing and open to obey. Otherwise, why waste my time and more importantly why waste God’s time with asking him for direction that I’m not going to follow anyway.
There’s nothing wrong with wise counsel. But before you go asking other people’s opinion, take it to God first. Give him the opportunity to weigh in on your situation. Wise counsel should be more of a confirmation of what God has told you in your prayer time.
What are somethings that you need to let go of? Is it your past, is it a mindset, is it a faulty belief system, is it a person or people, your plan, your ideas, your agenda?
Be willingly to let go of what you think, what you thought, what somebody else said, what you planned, your timeline and all of that other junk. Humble yourself and be open to what God has to say.
Whose agenda are you following?
Whose agenda will you follow?
Follow God’s agenda and Be Blessed