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
I know our key Scripture fairly well, a lot of us do. I know that the people the prophet Jeremiah was talking to didn’t always do things that were pleasing to God yet these were still the Father’s words to His people. He promised them they would no longer be in captivity. He had a plan to prosper, a plan of hope, a plan for the future.
The other day I was busy being distracted on Facebook and came across a status by Paula White. It read, "God knew every mistake you would make & still made a good plan for your life- one to prosper you & not harm you!"
These words meant so much to me in the moment because of the guilt I was feeling over something God had already forgiven me for. Although Paula didn’t reference the Scripture I knew exactly where she got her insight and it made me excited and thankful!
Before scrolling across these words I didn't think to let this Scripture apply to me because I didn't feel worthy of it in
the moment. The words in the status reminded me that I was trippin! Satan cannot trick me into feeling unworthy of the things God promised me in the Scripture! This Bible we read is truth so anything that rises against it is false. No good. Yucky lol. Not valid!
Feelings of unworthiness can cause us to sit right in the midst of blessings and miss them. Guilt and shame can drive us to think God is through with us...Oh but the love of God! It stretches far past any wrong we could ever do. It desires to consume us before we even agree to receive it (1John 4:19). His love is perfect and casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). His love reaches us in our most humbled states. It carries us, it guides us, and it saves us. His love was translated in its most glorious form through His Son on the cross (John 3:16-17). That as He hung, bled, and died He cleansed us from all the sin we had yet to commit (1 John 1:7). As He rose to glory with the Father He put us in right relationship with this perfect God (Romans 5:1-2)! All of this planned so we can be known as the righteousness of God (Romans 3:22; 2 Corin 5:21).
We are indeed the righteousness of God. Regardless of what you are facing, whether it was outside circumstances or self inflicted, remember you are still worthy of every good thing that God gives you! The promises still apply to you. Like Paula said, "God knew every mistake you would make & still made a good plan for your life- one to prosper you & not harm you!"
He can use it all. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful (Romans 8:28)! So let Him. His plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future are set in stone. Step out the way and let Him complete what He said He'd complete. You're worth it!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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