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Christianese 101: God’s Plan NOT yours

 

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Imagine two people were given a seed, which was placed in the ground to watch over and cultivate. Both people were given an instruction on how to care for the seed to cause it to grow. Person A, was told to hop on one foot near the seed at least twice a day, until he was tired. Person B, was told something similar, but because he had so much KNOWLEDGE about taking care of and growing plants, he REFUSED to take care of the seed the way the instructions stated. No, instead he went to Google and YouTube to research and figure out HOW to grow the type of seed he was given and began doing NORMAL things to take care of a seed he thought was average.

Man A obeyed the instruction and hopped on one foot every day, and immediately saw some type of growth in his seed, whereas the man who became doubtful and discouraged by the instruction saw no growth at all. As man B saw man A begin to get fruit and growth from what he was doing with great ease, he became frustrated and discouraged! ‘Why is this man getting any growth at all? What he is doing is foolish! It makes absolutely no sense according to everything I’ve researched and all I know!’.  Unfortunately for man B, the person who gave them the seed was NOT an average man, but was God, and was the One who gave him the instructions as well.

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Christianese 101: Free Will

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–>Can I mess up God’s plan for me?<–

I feel like a lot of younger Christians, and even some older ones, have this question on their mind every now and again. They often find themselves wondering if we have free will can we mess up the plan God has for us? I mean, can you mess up God’s will for your life? Can you just do something so insane, so crazy that you destroy everything that the all mighty God has planned for you to do? Some people would say yes that because God gives us ‘free will’ we can indeed mess up what He wants for us, while others stay focused on the fact that God is sovereign and since He controls everything there is no way that you could mess up His will for your life. Me, I’m a bit more complex than that. My answer is, no and yes at the same time. You can indeed ‘mess up’ God’s will for your life, but you can’t really mess it up.

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Help, God, I settled for a counterfeit!

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–>Lessons in Contentment<–

So, you prayed and prayed and prayed. Finally, God opened up a door, seemingly miraculously and it seems like He would have you to walk through it. From a distance everything looked great. It seemed to be almost exactly what you needed, however as you started to move closer and closer to it you began to see tons of imperfections that you didn’t notice before. Or worse, you’re like me, and notice every imperfection that could begin to exist in the door before you walk through it and are complaining the whole way and time you walk through it. Thoughts come to your mind that cause you to wonder: ‘Is this really the best that God can do?’ But perhaps you don’t dare utter them out loud, since you know it’s not too good to complain about where God has sent you. As you bite your tongue and decide to settle with the portion God gave you, you still can’t help but think: ‘Lord, I settled with this option.’

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