‘I know the plans I have for you.’ Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Head-faith says, ‘I believe!’
Heart-faith says, ‘I believe it’s so for me,’ then acts on it.
God says, ‘I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) The Lord will take every negative thing that’s happened to you and turn it into something positive, if you’ll only work with Him and trust Him. He offers you beauty in exchange for ashes.
One woman wrote, ‘A lot of very painful and abusive things happened to me that soured my attitude toward life. I was trapped in my past and I didn’t believe I had a future. But as soon as I believed God’s Word, I was released from my pain and began making progress toward the future God always had in mind for me.’
When Lazarus died, his sister Martha doubted that Jesus could do anything about it, so He told her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ (John 11:40 NIV) Well, God’s saying the same thing to you! He’s asking you to put your trust in Him and believe that you can do whatever He asks you to do.
His Word says, ‘Let the weak say, I am strong.’ (Joel 3:10 KJV) Change what’s coming out of your mouth! When you begin to say with conviction that you’re strong, even though you’re feeling weak, the Lord will be strong in you. Paul was practising this principle when he wrote, ‘I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.’ (Philippians 4:13 NIV)
SoulFood: 1 Cor 9:24–27, Num 6:1–8, Pro 25:28
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023