Google+ 09/12/13 What God Ordains, He Always Blesses!

Proverbs 16:1-3

 

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.

People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

 

In part four of our seven-part devotion series entitled, "The Best Laid Plans," Solomon shares some very important wisdom with all of us.  Because God gave us free will, we can make our own plans.  They don't have to be Godly plans or be divinely inspired.  We see those kinds of plans in our everyday lives.  Unfortunately, most of the plans that are put in place by our government are executed without even consulting God.  Here is the largest disappointment in the area of plans that a Christian can imagine.  Our churches, more often than not, make plans without considering the Holy Scripture.  Yes, I said that out loud!  What is God's plan for the church?  We can answer that in the following phrase..."Win the Lost, Disciple the Won, and Care for the Fellowship!"  Think about the sixty-six chapters of the Bible and discover if anything God has designed is not encompassed in this phrase.  Is the Local New Testament Church, that you are currently serving, centering everything they are doing around these three things?  Does the modern-day church create activities and worship which accomplish discipleship, evangelism, and fellowship?  According to broad-based statistics about all denominations of Christianity, we as a collection of New Testament Churches are failing miserably at God's plans for us.  Christianity is declining in the largest Christian nation in the world.  Solomon tells us why.  He says we may think we are pure in our own eyes, but God examines our motives.  In other words, we can't fool God.  If we are prone to do one thing and say another, God knows.  Now, I am about to say something no one wants to hear, but it is completely true.  Many churches fail because what they are doing is of man, not of God. They are righteous in their own eyes, but God simply does not approve of their earthly plans.   How do I know?  Read the last verse of our Scripture today.  We are to commit our actions to God and our plans will succeed!  Did we hear that?  Solomon did not say that maybe they will succeed.  He did not give us percentages or chances for success.  We can always trust that, "What God Ordains, He Always Blesses!"