The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

March 23, 2013

God’s plans, destiny and purpose for all of us

What is the purpose and the destiny inside of you? What angers you? What stirs the passion inside you? What is it that motivates you to the point that things finally change, allowing the next chapter of your life to begin?

There was a famous evangelist, and many years ago he told the story of how he was invited to preach at a church in Hawaii. While he was there, the host pastor took the evangelist on a tour of Hawaii. They came upon this huge, beautiful house that sat up on the side of a mountain, surrounded by beautiful palm trees, beautiful gardens and had an incredible view. As they looked at that house, and all the beauty that surrounded it, the evangelist found himself saying: “I can’t even imagine living in a place like that.”

As soon as he said those words, something inside of him said, “Don’t worry, you won’t ever live in a place like that.”

Startled by his own thoughts, he ask himself, “What do you mean?” The Spirit spoke this to him: “As long as you can’t imagine it, as long as you can’t see it, then it is not going to happen to you.” The man quickly realized that his own thoughts and attitudes were condemning him to mediocrity.

How many times have you found yourself saying, in unbelief, those very words? It’s one thing to think negative thoughts and have a negative attitude, but eventually it all comes spewing out of your mouth, and that, my friends, is what seals the deal.

We must learn to conquer the mind and put a gird on our tongue. God wants to do a new thing in your life. He wants you to have life and have it more abundantly. But it must be conceived on the inside first. We must be able to see it on the inside before it will ever manifest on the outside. We have to let go of the past and all the hurts and disappointments that go with it. We must learn to forgive.

I know Patsy, but that’s easier said than done. It takes motivation to get your motor running, and there just isn’t any.

Sometimes people don’t have motivation because they’ve lost hope, and hopelessness keeps them from moving forward.

Sometimes, we have to go back to the fork in the road and re-examine our motives and decisions. Did we complete the last task God ask us to do, did we let our emotions run amok and our tongue spew poison, or did we simply do nothing when we knew we should be doing something?

God tells us in Isaiah 43:18-19 to “Forget all that, for I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun.”

Take a look around you, look at the progress and growth happening in Enid right now. People, God has some good things in store for us, for our churches and our city. “Do you not see it?” God says. “I will make roads in the wilderness and streams in the desert.”

There is victory ahead of us my friends, good things. God has a plan, “thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give us hope and a final outcome (Jeremiah 29:11).”

I am in full agreement with Philippians 1:6, which says, “And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ return, developing that good work and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” You could put the word Enid in there ... He who began a good work in Enid will develop, perfect and bring it to full completion in Enid.

People, it’s not just about us, it’s about our city, our state, these United States, the world. It’s about God’s plans and destiny and purpose for all of us. It’s time we stopped petting our flesh and get our minds on the things of above.

God wants to do a new thing in our life, He wants to take us to a new place, but if we are stuck in an old mentality, an old way of thinking, we aren’t going to experience the new.

God wants to enlarge our vision so we can see what He sees. But, first you have to believe God has a plan, you have to believe He is.

What does all this have to do with a beautiful house on a hill in Hawaii? It has to do with what you speak will keep on living. It has to do with it’s time to shut up and listen to what the Spirit of God is saying about your life, your home, your marriage, your children — and yes, our fine city.

There is a constant battle going on in the mind, my friends.

The Bible is very adamant in Deuteronomy, Chapter 30, that “we choose.” We choose life or death, we choose the high road or we choose the low road. “Make a decision, decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light of God’s favor will shine upon it (Job 22:28-29).”

I love that verse. There’s a whole column in that verse. I for one want to see the glory and light of God’s favor on my house, my church and my city and state. And the people said, “Amen!”

“If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (II Chronicles 7:14).”

Hear this Enid, and City Fathers, God has a plan for Enid, and it will come to pass, even if it takes 40 years.

Time to shut up! Stop the grumbling, let go of yesterday and all the mistakes in it. Turn our eyes upon Jesus and see what the Lord hath done.

I love the Word and I am a gleaner. Like Ruth, I glean from the best fields, learning from some of God’s greatest generals such as Oral Roberts, Kenneth Copeland, Dad Hagan and others too numerous to mention.

This week’s column is taken from notes gleaned from my very own general, Pastor Brad Mendenhall of World Harvest Church. Good word, pastor. See, I do listen!

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26).”

Keep the faith and worship somewhere today.

Sorrels is News & Eagle editorial assistant and can be reached at psorrels@enidnews.com or at (580) 548-8140.

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