Jeremiah 29:11-12“For I know the plans I have for you, declares theLord, plans for welfareand not for evil,to give you a future and a hope.Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,and I will hear you.”
What does God have planned for you? What do you have planned for God?
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
We’ve talked about that verse when talking about cuss words. We’ve talked about that verse when talking about helping others.
But this verse applies to what you say in private just as much as the other two.
The words you say—even when no one is around—soak into your brain just the same as if you are listening to someone else.
But we say things to ourselves on a pretty regular basis. And as many times as we converse with ourselves on a regular day, the things we say begin to burn into our brain just as if someone else is saying them over and over and over again.
You can talk yourself into believing more things than anyone else on this planet can. Literally.
So be very careful to guard the things you say to yourself.
A “word” from God can bring you the solution you need. God created the world with a word, so imagine what a word from Him could do for your situation. The Bible says, “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Notice the words, “Your ears shall hear a word.” But if your spiritual ears are not open, trained and attuned to God, you won’t hear what He is saying to you. Furthermore, if you filter what He’s saying to you through human intellect in order to harmonize it with your own opinions, you will get nowhere.
God gives a “word” to those who have an open ear—and heart. When you pray, what are you looking for? A spiritual high, or a time of intimacy with the Lord in which He speaks and you listen? When you read your Bible are you seeking confirmation of your own thoughts, or are you seeking God’s will? Imagine what one of God’s ideas could do for your life!
“… but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.
” (Daniel 11:32). If you dream of doing great things in life, get to know God. He will reveal Himself to you through His Word. You’ll hear a lot of different ideas each day; some will benefit you, others won’t. But when you get a “word” from God it’s like a seed; it has the potential to produce a tree; or better yet, a whole orchard of fruit.