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January 10th, 2012

Obtain Assurance From The Scriptures

Assurance From The Scriptures

Assurance is defined as ‘something that is designed to inspire confidence’. You can consider 2012 as a new beginning. You can decide what you want to accomplish this year. You can commit your plans to the Lord. But until you get the assurance that God is present in this whole affair, your confidence level would be on a low level. So it is important that you get assurance about your plans and actions.

We can ask experts to give us wise counsel. We can refer books to get helpful insights. These are good ways of building up confidence. But going to the Holy Bible works better than any other way! Psalm 119:105 (NLT) says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”

When we are not sure of our steps, God gives us assurance through His Word. When we feel confused about the actions we got to take, God’s Word brings clarity to our actions.

The disciples of Jesus have experienced the assurance that came through His Word. They knew that only Jesus could grant it to them. That is why Peter exclaimed, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life”! (John 6:68).

Here are two major ways that help you obtain assurance from the Scriptures:

1) Analyze your plans with the Scripture. It can be a direct scriptural principle like water baptism. Or it can be an indirect scriptural principle like a particular company you like to work with. Prayerfully and diligently search the Scriptures to find what He wants you to do. The Scriptures will start ministering to you and your confidence level will shoot up.

2) Follow the peace. God’s peace works as an umpire. Colossians 3:15 (AMP) says, “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds…” As you continue in the Scriptures, check the level of your peace. The more you sense peace, the more your confidence level increases.

After searching the Scriptures, if you find that your plans do not line up with God’s Word, be willing to change your plan. Ask God for a better plan. Also, if you do not sense peace in your heart, ask God to give you a solution. He will surely give you a better solution which you may have never thought of earlier.

So, remember: You must obtain assurance from the Scriptures before you launch out!

In the next post, we are going to have the fifth step to starting 2012 afresh. In the meantime, what are some of your experiences about being guided by God through His Word? Add these in the comments section below.

– – – written by Joe Abraham from www.joeandancy.com

January 8th, 2012

Commit Your Plans To The Lord

Commit Your Plans To The Lord

I know a friend of mine who went through severe financial crisis sometime back. He had a passionate desire to conduct open-air Gospel meetings at different rural areas in Kerala. But since he didn’t have sufficient financial backing, He gave the matter into the Lord’s hands.

After sometime, he got a witty idea. Why not construct a facility on top of his house and rent it out for business? He began working on that idea. With the help of a substantial bank loan, he hired a construction company to build his dream facility.

To cut a long story short, now his facility houses three business groups and his financial woes have ended. Besides, he is following his passion and hosting open-air Gospel meetings at different places!

Psalm 37:5 declares, “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you” (NLT). Why should we commit our plans to the Lord? The reason is simple: God is omniscient (all-knowing) while we don’t know everything. He knows our past, present and future while we know much of our past and present with less knowledge about our future. So God knows well what we should do for growth and productivity. And He is ready to tell us if we ask Him!

Check out this beautiful passage: “Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place” (Proverbs 16:3 MSG). It’s not about asking God to bless your plans. Rather it’s about asking God to work out His plans on your plans! And the result will be, His plans work like a catalyst on your plans and transform it to something beautiful and powerful.

Here’s a smart way to commit your plans to the Lord: start a Plans Journal. You may use a diary, notebook or A4 paper for journaling. Make two columns on the selected page. On the left column, write “Plans I commit to the Lord” as the heading. On the right column, write “How God worked it out!” as the heading. Fill out the left column with your plans that you commit to the Lord. And as results start showing off, log it in the right column. By the end of the year, you will be so amazed at how beautifully God transformed your plans and brought huge blessings out of that!

So, remember: Committing your plans to the Lord helps you start 2012 afresh!

In the next post, we are going to analyze the 4th step to starting this New Year afresh. Meanwhile, what are some of the benefits you reaped by committing your plans to the Lord in the past? Add your comments in the comments section below. Also share this post with some of your friends to help them start this year afresh!

– – – written by Joe Abraham from www.joeandancy.com

January 5th, 2012

Decide What You Want To Accomplish In 2012

Decide What You Want To Accomplish In 2012

If you really want to have 2012 as a new beginning, you got to decide what you want to accomplish this year. It’s not enough that you have a desire. You need to have a plan, a goal or a vision.

I know some folks who say that they will not make a plan because they are afraid that by doing so, they may miss the plan of God! But that’s not true. You may be familiar with this adage: “It is difficult to steer a parked vehicle. But when it starts moving, it’s easy to direct it”.

As we look around, we find that comparatively, it’s those who don’t have a vision suffer discouragement than those who do have a vision. That is why Proverbs 29:18 declares: Where there is no (prophetic) vision, the people are discouraged.

However, when you prayerfully create a goal, the amazing thing is, God starts working on your behalf. Besides, discouragement wouldn’t be found anymore!

Here are 3 smart tips that help you in creating your goal for 2012.

1. Check your passion

What are you passionate about? If you can do only one thing in life, what would be that one thing? Your goal must be closely connected to your passion.

2. Check what you dislike

What do you consider as “I can’t stand it!”? What stuff, situation or scenario produces a (righteous) anger in you? Though you may not realize, your God-ordained purpose is connected to that! Incorporate it into your goal.

3. Check your track record

What have you been through the past 5 years, especially 2011? It may be a mixture of good and not-so-good circumstances. But God used them to prepare you for 2012. Seeing these from a ‘mountain-top’ angle will help you create a ‘heavenly’ and realistic goal.

So, remember: it’s your decision to accomplish something specific that helps you begin 2012 afresh!

In the next post, we are going to deal with the third step to starting 2012 afresh. Meantime, what are some of the past experiences that help you in creating your 2012 goal? Pen your comments below in the comments section.

– – – written by Joe Abraham from www.joeandancy.com

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