God has a plan for your life! I’ll say it again…God has a plan for your life! Now let me just ask you a few questions before we get started today. Do you know that God has a plan for you life? Most people would actually agree with that question. Next question: Do you know what God’s plan is for your life? Now that one isn’t so easy to answer for some. Many would agree that they know there is a plan for their life but not everyone knows what that plan is. Now for the final question: Are you fulfilling God’s plan for your life? It’s one thing to know there is a plan, even another to know what it is…but in order for you to be able to be effective & fruitful, you have to take steps toward fulfilling that plan.
The plan God has for your life is great! And if you give it some time…it’ll affect not just your life but the lives of those around you. I’m reminded of the plan that God gave Pastor Sonny Arguinzoni…to reach “Treasures out of Darkness.” It was from that calling that a world-wide movement formed, known as Victory Outreach International. The mission (or you could say ‘plan’) is:
Victory Outreach is an international, church-oriented Christian ministry called to the task of evangelizing and discipling the hurting people of the world, with the message of hope and plan of Jesus Christ. This call involves a commitment to plant and develop churches, rehabilitation homes and training centers, in strategic cities of the world. Victory Outreach inspires and instills within people the desire to fulfill their potential in life with a sense of dignity, belonging, and destiny. Victory Outreach works cooperatively with others of mutual purpose in accomplishing the task before us.
It’s so awesome to see that “Treasures out of Darkness” are still being reached to this very day. That’s the kind of God that we serve! He has a plan so big for your life that it’ll affect not just you but those around you. That’s exactly how I feel when I think about the plan he has given Victory Outreach Whittier. We call it the “Vision of the House.”
- We’re called to be a Strong, Growing Thriving Church (Holy Ghost Hospital & University)
- We’re a Ministering Church
- We’re a Sending Church
- We’re called to Possess the Land
You might be saying…”that’s great! But what about me?” That’s where we’ll turn a corner right now. This has everything to do with your life too. The plan that God had for Victory Outreach International & Victory Outreach Whittier didn’t happen overnight. It took some time. Are you taking the time to build what God has given you?
In Matthew 7:21, the bible says “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” It’s very important that we take the time to understand what God is saying right here (in the next blog, we’ll talk about how the proof of desire is pursuit, meaning we have to do our part). He mentions ‘Lord’ twice. And many times throughout scripture, things are repeated to get our attention. And right here in this verse, I believe the Holy Spirit is trying to get our attention. If you’ve taken the time to read this blog today, I believe the Holy Spirit is trying to get your attention. He’s trying to speak to you and deposit something life-changing.
The first ‘Lord’ was an acknowledgement of his authority. That’s so important because God should be the supreme authority in our lives. He should be the one that we allow to sit on the throne of our heart. This is so important for us to catch because we could so easily read through scripture and miss what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us.
The author goes deeper and says it a second time which not only acknowledged the authority that he had in his life but also it was also saying that ‘you know me.’ We have to learn to listen to what God is telling us. Even right now…I don’t know where you’re at in your walk with God but I know that he wants to speak to your life. He has great things for you. He wants to share so much with you. We just have to allow him to not only be the authority in our lives but we have to get to know him as well. If we don’t do that, we’ll never be able to listen to what he is telling us and discover the amazing plan he has for our lives.
There are so many more things for us to get into when it comes to the plan of God within our lives but I’ll leave you with that thought for today: are you taking the time to get to know him? Not just letting him be an authority in your life but the one you talk to on a regular basis. I pray right now that God would begin a new work in your life and that you would go from strength to strength. I pray that you would allow God’s word to begin to do something brand new and begin to take root like never before. Allow God to do what he wants in your life and you will never regret it. Remember, God has a great plan for your life…just give it a little time and you’ll see!