Have you ever needed to make an important life-decision and felt the weight of the world pressing down on your shoulders as you wrestle with the question — what is the right choice? The pressure can paralyze you as you struggle to decipher God’s will for your life, and perhaps even wrestle with the thought that you could mess it all up, or miss out on what he’s leading you to do.
The truth is that we have all been there; myself included. The load can feel unbearable, the anxiety smothering and the fear immobilizing.
As we journey through life, we often come to crossroads and can see only two distinct options: on one hand, we could choose God’s will, or we could completely miss it. We could make the right choice or the wrong one. We could either pass or fail; thrive or settle. When we view the outcome of our decisions this way, with only one option to succeed, the stakes can feel extremely high.
I love the truth that the prophet Jeremiah declares:
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Did you catch that God has plans? That’s plural, people! Not just one single plan!
Check out this video to hear more about God’s many plans for your life, or scroll to read the video summary:
• Jesus was crucified from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). Isn’t it interesting that before Adam had a problem, God had an answer? Have you ever failed so miserably that you thought you messed up God’s plan? He’s had an answer for that since the foundation of the world!
• Do you know why Jesus, the King of kings, was born in a manger? Practically speaking, it was because there was no room in the hotel. Wouldn’t you think that God, who planned this event since the foundation of the world, could have orchestrated a place for Jesus to be born? What we can learn here is that sometimes we think if God has called us to do something, that everything is supposed to go smoothly. However, this is not always true! A perfect plan and smooth sailing is not always an indicator of God’s will!
• God has a purpose for our lives, not a singular plan…. but He has many plans to get us to our purpose.
• Several years ago I heard a message by Mark Chironna. He broke down Jeremiah 29:11 and explained that the word “plans” in Hebrew actually means “purpose, destiny, invention and design.” In fact, the NKJV says, “I know the thoughts I have for you…”
• Mark went on to share that God doesn’t have a plan for your life, he has a purpose for your life, and he has a lot of plans to get you to your purpose.
• What does that mean for us? We can’t screw it up! If you mess up plan A, he’s got a plan B, C and D to get you where you need to go. He can redirect and change the plan one thousand times to meet the purpose.
I really want you to get this — you cannot mess up God’s purpose for your life! He has many plans to get you to your purpose. So today, let’s take the high stakes out of the equation of our destinies, take the weight of the world off our shoulders, and take a deep breath under the comfort of the Prince of Peace.
God wasn’t surprised or panicked that there was no room for Jesus to be born in an inn. In the same way, he’s not surprised that your life has not been perfect. Perfection was never the plan! And guess what? Whatever decisions you’re facing today, he is with you in them and he’s championing you into the incredible purpose he has set before you. I want to encourage you that no matter where you’re at in your journey or what crossroads you perceive to be in front of you, keep moving forward and pressing into him.
God is a good Father, not a circus ringleader trying to get you to walk a tightrope through life! I pray that regardless of the mountains you’re climbing, the decisions you’re processing or the challenges you’re facing, that you would be wrapped in God’s multifaceted love today. God’s love is a powerful force through which we can interpret all of life’s experiences.
Remember the Scriptures say:
“Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life. Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!”.Ephesians 3:17–19 TPT
The love of Jesus is multidimensional; it has breadth. It is an extensive, all-encompassing ocean of adoration that covers you in dark seasons and protects you through the night.
The love of Jesus has length; it goes the distance. You can’t fall so far that it can’t catch you, run so fast that it can’t get you, or hide so well that it can’t find you. His love is better than your worst day, stronger than the most defiant will, and more forgiving than your cruelest sin. When you give up, love goes on; when you fall down, it picks you up.
Love gives courage when you’re afraid, hope when you feel helpless, and strength when you’re weary. Love goes the distance!
The agape love of Christ has height; it exceeds all your expectations. Paul emphasizes this dimension of God’s love in the next verse when he writes:
“Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.”Ephesians 3:20 TPT
If you’ve asked for it, love gives more; if you’ve thought it, love takes it higher. If you’ve dreamt big, love dreams bigger; if you’ve aimed high, love aims higher.
You dream of a family; love dreams of a legacy. You ask for a job; love finds you a destiny. You hope for peace; love longs for a ministry. You pray for heaven; love gives you his city. Go ahead, think really big . . . but it will never compare to what love has already planned for you!
Originally posted on 06/07/2019 on krisvallotton.com, this version adopts The Passion Translation for some verse references.
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Kris Vallotton is the Senior Associate Leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California, the co-founder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) and Moral Revolution. Kris is a noted prophetic voice worldwide and a bestselling author. He has written more than a dozen books and training manuals to help prepare believers for life in the Kingdom.
He’s a highly sought-after international speaker, equipping people to successfully fulfill their divine purpose. Kris has a diverse background in business, counseling, consulting, pastoring, and teaching. He loves to both teach to the masses and advise leaders one-on-one, utilizing his experience and his prophetic gift to assist world influencers in achieving their goals. He commonly provides counsel to governmental and business leaders on practical strategies for cultural transformation and has unique expertise in economies and building prosperous communities. He is also the author of a weekly blog on www.krisvallotton.com.
Kris has been married to his wife Kathy since 1975, they have four children and 10 grandchildren. Kathy has recently written her first book The Good, the God, and the Ugly that is filled with stories of the Vallotton family.