Saturday, December 5, 2015

Are You Stuck In A Rut? By Nina Keegan


This morning the Lord was giving me a nudge to read Proverbs. He specifically said 16, so as I began reading I realized what seems to be on God's mind concerning his people today.
 It says in 16:1 that we can make our own plans but it's the Lord that gives us the right answer
2 people may be pure in their own eyes but the Lord examines their motives... That's where I came to the wow moment..

Do we really ever take our motives into consideration for why we do things,why we seek things, why we want certain things, what really drives us? What's really behind it all? 

We may think that we are doing the right things for the Lord,  that we are pure hearted before Him, but what are our real motives?
People can rationalize anything if they have no standards for judging right from wrong, we can always try to prove that we are right and argue our point of view, but before putting any action into place we must ask ourselves three very important questions:

1. Is this plan in keeping with God's truth?
2. Will my plan work out under real life conditions?
3. Is my attitude concerning my plan pleasing to God?

Proverbs 16:3 goes on to say that we must commit our actions and plans to the Lord and then they will succeed. We
can lay the groundwork, we can come up with a good plan and if it is in harmony with God's will, and if we have sought FIRST, God's wise counsel,  if we have asked for His wisdom concerning our circumstance, then yes our plans will indeed succeed!


Gods Word cannot fail and He cannot go back on His Word! 

Stand on His Word, Gods written Word on how to succeed!! It is tried and true and will not return void! 

There are different ways that we can fail to commit whatever we do to the Lord, some people commit halfheartedly or superficially, they say that the project is being done for the Lord,  but in reality they are simply doing it for themselves or the benefit of self gratification. Others give God just temporary Control of their interests then they tend to take it back the moment things get rough or the moment it doesn't go exactly how they expected it to. They jump ship and blame God.. When just maybe, the timing was not quite right.. How many people throw in the towel just a bit too soon and miss the blessing?...

WE NEED TO STICK TO IT" STAY THE COURSE.. Do not veer.. Or stray.. That's when the going gets tough! There's always PEACE ON GODS PATH! 
Again seek God first and daily, ask Him to put you in His plan and surrender the day and all it's tasks to Him! 

Then,  there are those who have a brilliant idea but put forth no effort of their own whatsoever and expect God to do it all. 
God is not a fairy godmother with a magic wand, He expects us to lean on him but He also expects us to step out in faith and to let the hand of God guide us through as we trust Him each step of the way.

We must find the balance,  step out and do it afraid because once again we will succeed if we have committed it to the Lord!

We can trust God as if everything depended on him while simultaneously working as if everything depended on us. DO ALL YOU CAN AND GOD DOES ALL YOU CANNOT!

to summarize,
 proverbs 16:9
We can make our plans but the Lord determines our steps!

proverbs 16:33
33 we may throw the dice but the Lord determines how they fall.

I encourage you all to read proverb16..go live on purpose For God! 
God bless you

Proverbs16 New Living Translation (NLT)

16 We can make our own plans,
    but the Lord gives the right answer.
2 People may be pure in their own eyes,
    but the Lord examines their motives.
3 Commit your actions to the Lord,
    and your plans will succeed.
4 The Lord has made everything for his own purposes,
    even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The Lord detests the proud;
    they will surely be punished.
6 Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin.
    By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.
7 When people’s lives please the Lord,
    even their enemies are at peace with them.
8 Better to have little, with godliness,
    than to be rich and dishonest.
9 We can make our plans,
    but the Lord determines our steps.
10 The king speaks with divine wisdom;
    he must never judge unfairly.
11 The Lord demands accurate scales and balances;
    he sets the standards for fairness.
12 A king detests wrongdoing,
    for his rule is built on justice.
13 The king is pleased with words from righteous lips;
    he loves those who speak honestly.
14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat;
    the wise will try to appease it.
15 When the king smiles, there is life;
    his favor refreshes like a spring rain.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
    and good judgment than silver!
17 The path of the virtuous leads away from evil;
    whoever follows that path is safe.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
    and haughtiness before a fall.
19 Better to live humbly with the poor
    than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper;
    those who trust the Lord will be joyful.
21 The wise are known for their understanding,
    and pleasant words are persuasive.
22 Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it,
    but discipline is wasted on fools.
23 From a wise mind comes wise speech;
    the words of the wise are persuasive.
24 Kind words are like honey—
    sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
25 There is a path before each person that seems right,
    but it ends in death.
26 It is good for workers to have an appetite;
    an empty stomach drives them on.
27 Scoundrels create trouble;
    their words are a destructive blaze.
28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;
    gossip separates the best of friends.
29 Violent people mislead their companions,
    leading them down a harmful path.
30 With narrowed eyes, people plot evil;
    with a smirk, they plan their mischief.
31 Gray hair is a crown of glory;
    it is gained by living a godly life.
32 Better to be patient than powerful;
    better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
33 we may throw the dice but the Lord determines how they fall.

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