When God Changes Your Plans.

Saul was angry. He was driven by an insane rage to kill those who followed and preached Christ. He went to the high priest and asked for letters of authorization so that he could arrest any Christian he found in Damascus and bring them chained to Jerusalem. In Acts 9, he journeyed towards Damascus, with the letters in his hands and murder in his heart. He had a very specific plan in mind and that was to jail and kill as many Christians as he could. When the Martyr Steven was stoned to death, Saul was consenting to his death. The witnesses laid down their clothes at his feet to prove that they were a part of his acts of terror against Christians. His plan clearly defined in his wicked heart, Saul journeyed towards Damascus to carry out his purpose. But things were about to change.

Suddenly, a bright light from heaven knocked him off his horse and he fell to the ground in shock. Out of that light he heard the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ speak very clearly to him: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ Saul asked, ‘who are you Lord?’ The Lord Jesus answered him, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ Then Saul trembling in great fear asked, ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’
Read the story in Acts Chapter 9.
In that afternoon encounter, the Lord Jesus Christ redirected the course of Saul’s life forever. He completely changed his plans, his purpose and his destiny, all in one afternoon. Like Paul, many of us are running after our own plans. We have our plans written in stone and cast in iron; nothing can change them. We are obstinate in our devotion to achieve all those things we have written out as our goals for the year. Sadly, many of those plans are OUR plans. They originate from a place of pride, competition and carnal desires. Many of those plans have their origin and root in the flesh. They were not birthed in the place of prayer, neither were they birthed by revelation as we studied and meditated on the Word of God. Some of these desires are a product of secret sins and evil desires lurking in the untouched, unreached, un-renewed regions of our soul, hidden from human eyes but very naked to the Lord. These regions of our soul is where the Lord seeks to perform a surgical work if only we would let Him.

To the human mind, many of our plans and desires are very legitimate, but the Lord sees quite differently. You want to expand your company; get promoted to a higher position at your office; relocate to a different country; start a new business; start a new ministry or church; make more money; get married to your dream spouse; have children; travel around the world; preach on some famous pulpits; build, buy, own bigger lands and houses; buy better and bigger cars, etc. The list is endless. The carnal mind is ‘trained’ to deceive and lead us in the wrong direction. It is only God’s Word that can deliver us from its deception.

There are so many things to achieve in a twelve month period, but so little time to get them done. To the human mind, they all seem legitimate, however we fail to ask ourselves one little question. Like Paul on the road to Damascus, we must ask ourselves, ‘Lord, what will you have me do?’ This question asked from a pure heart is all that is important. All the plans you have are your plans. They are not the Lord’s. The Lord wants to take His place in your heart and in your life. The Lord is about to change your plans and set you on a completely different course than you intended. Like Paul, we must be willing to yield our hearts and will to His own will. We must pray and ask that the Lord purge our hearts of every hidden, secret sin and perfect Christ in us. We must set aside our brilliant plans and listen for the voice of the Master to tell us exactly what to do with the months ahead of us. The days ahead are very dark. Anybody who prophesies peace and prosperity to you is a deceiver from hell and there are many deceivers masquerading as ministers of the gospel. We cannot afford to live like the heathen who have no hope of eternity. We must constantly live with eternity on our minds.

Beloved, in the Kingdom, our life is not about achievement but about obedience. It is not about how much we accomplish but about how well we obey the Master. We are not commended for achieving many things but for doing the right things in obedience. Unlike the world which assess itself by financial and material accumulation, our walk with the Lord is not judged by money or material things but by the level of our obedience. When we obey the Lord, allowing Him to guide our hearts in the direction of His purpose and plans, every financial and material need will be taken care of. That long list of carnal desires becomes unnecessary because the Lord knows what things we have need of and is eternally committed to fulfill His Word in our lives.



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21 responses to “When God Changes Your Plans.

  1. shirley

    i have this issue when the word ask us to obey, i don’t really understand and some times feel like: if all i have to do is to obey the lord and have no other plan of my own without his approval then i am not free. I know i shouldn’t feel this way but i can’t stop myself from secretly feeling in me that its unfair, its making me a slave and taking away my freedom. I know i was bought by Christ but i don’t feel comfortable with the idea that all i have to do is obey n not ask questions or not try to understand but just obey Gods word.

    • We have been bought by the Blood of Jesus Christ, translated into His kingdom. Our lives no longer belong to us, we belong to Him who died and rose again for our redemption. Obedience is based on trust. When you realise that the Lord wants the very best for you, it becomes easy to walk with Him and follow His plans for your life. Having our own plans is great, but having the Lord’s plan is better. You should prayerfully make your plans, and sift through them to remove those things which are not on the Master’s plan for you. This is something that we all learn to do as we grow and mature in spiritual things. And about my being a slave of Jesus Christ, nothing gives me greater pleasure.I don’t want or desire any freedom apart from His plan for me. I feel completely safe in His own plan for my life.

      • shirley

        I think I get it better now, have tried on my own but i always end up calling on him. I think I need to trust the Lord more than i do in my decision making and plans

  2. PG happy new yr dat is a gud write up 4 d yr, as many dat will follow God’s way will never fall aside mostly dis yr 2013 double portion is their blessing.

  3. demashi

    great post.

  4. eddie imishue

    Like u rightly pointed out obeying God from a pure heart is crucial and key. So we must learn to be flexible , open and ready to see our plans change.

  5. daniel chiekwe

    2013, Is the year for everyone to learn christ, we as christains need to obey his instructions, all his instructions, 1050 instructions of jesus christ. By obeying all his instructions that will lead us to eternity, and that will also provide all our needs in life, mattew 6:33 says seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness every other thing will be added unto you. Brothers and sisters, let us pray that in this year 2013, Christ character and his will should take over our entire being, let His will rule over our lifes. And let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us in obedience of His word.
    God bless you all in Jesus name.

  6. This is a fantastic article and very timely. I am so honoured to be called a child of God. Obedience is better than sacrifice. I love to obey God because that’s when my life works according to His will. Living for myself may be fun but it’s not fulfilling. Living for God is better than anything I’ve ever done in my life. The Christian walk may not be easy but it’s the best walk ever.

    When our plans falls in line with the will of God, then we will have success. But most importantly, we will have peace of mind. I know because that is my experience. I surrender daily to God’s will and plans for my life. And when He’s in control, everything works out the way He wants it and that makes me happy. I’m just grateful that He chose me because I didn’t choose myself. God is good and I will thank Him, adore Him, appreciate Him and love Him all the days of my life.

    Thanks again for this article. Every word in it is true. God bless you.

  7. What a Word! Thank you Mr Praise for allowing God use you.

  8. Benson

    Let me start by wishing you and Happy New Year.
    Sir, when i came to understand who God really is and His Son our Lord and savior Jesus, though still in the process, then i understood who really i am. Pastor, Just knowing Jesus is enough to be his Slave(for those who are not still in the spirit). And i pray that as i study his word i will grow in Him and Him in me more and more.
    I want to thank you for this timely message for this year 2013 and by this i have come to understand that we have to be un-teached in order to be teached. i thank God for giving me this understanding to understand u.
    May the spirit help you to help others.

  9. Godfrey Omutere

    Very grateful indeed, Praise, Have been personally touched by your motivational story. Blessings

  10. patrick mwanza

    sir thank you very much for that word.sir is this information from one of your books?by the way thank you for your visit to zambia.i really enjoyed when you taught about the power of control at Mrs abasien’s conference.patrick mwanza

  11. Happy new year my mentor: I have a learn a lot from you in the past days. Am now a blessing to many people too. To confirm visit my site sir, thank you

  12. Favor sunday

    I love this message.

  13. Michael okpenson isaac

    Mst tym wen i feel am jst in my pik of service dats wen i dizcover i fall in2 a particle sin i tot i’d dealt wit along tym a ago wat do i sir am scared this isn’t me and d will of God 4 my life

  14. Alem Clement E.

    your write up is full of wisdom and inspiration may God continue to inspire you the more thanks and God bless.

  15. The word of God is yea and amen. Its true, we cannot do without God in our individual lives. God is calling but the noise dominated world we live in have blocked our ears to the calling of the creator.
    Thanks Mr George for the enlightenment and the word. God bless you.

  16. Jonahh Mhango

    May God bless u Mr Praise for allowing Him to use u for the transformation of souls.My life has greatly improved through you as a medium

  17. Lord teach me to guide my heart and to be obedient to your command

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