Bryan Novak

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BRYAN NOVAK

Jeremiah 29:11
“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”

Have you ever thought that you had your life all figured out, but then all of a sudden, bam, you get hit with a total curve ball and you begin to question God’s plan? Here’s the deal, are you ready, God does have a plan for your life, but it might not always be what you think! Figuring out God’s plan for your life can be a little tricky, but there are some simple steps that you can take to help decipher his will for you.

• The first step you can take is simply to know that God wants you to have a relationship with him through the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:3-4).

• The second step is to know that God wants you to be Christ’s disciple (Luke 9:23). To be his disciple simply means that God wants you to be committed to him regardless of what it costs you (e.g. reputation, job, popularity, time, etc.).

• The third step is to pray and to know that God will grant you wisdom if you ask him in prayer (James 1:5; Philippians 4:6).

• The fourth step is for you to dig into God’s Word, study and meditate on it daily. If you do this, you will be amazed by how the Scriptures will shed light on your decision-making and discernment (Psalm 119:105).

• The fifth step is to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. Listen to the Spirit’s quiet nudges as you seek discernment regarding the choices you are to make (John 16:13a).

• The sixth step is simply to talk with and heed the advice of the Godly women and men that are placed in your life (Proverbs 12:15; 15:22). It’s always great to get good advice from people who are Christ centered and have been through many of the same dilemmas that you are facing.

• The seventh step is to know that, if you are truly doing God’s will, you will find peace deep within your soul. Think of it this way, if you’ve followed all the steps above and are still unclear on what to do, sometimes the best option is to choose the alternative that gives you greater peace (Isaiah 32:17).

• The Eighth and final step is to know that God has given everyone certain gifts and abilities to use for his service, while this is not always an indication of whether or not God is calling you to one particular decision or another, it can add credence to what God’s calling may be if all the other steps above have been taken.

We know it can be confusing at times to know what God’s calling on your life may be, but the steps above should at the very least begin to help you focus on your path. Remember, like it was for the great prophet Jeremiah, God knows the plans he has for you…plans to give you hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11). Stay committed, keep pursuing God and he will light your path.

QUESTION 1. Have you ever thought that you had your life all figured out, but then all of a sudden, bam, you got hit with a total curve ball and you began to question God’s plan?
QUESTION 2. Do you feel that any of the steps above could be beneficial towards understanding what God’s call and will is for your life? Which ones stand out to you the most and why?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to make God the center of your world by taking the steps necessary to discern what God’s good and perfect will is for your life, today!