29Aug

Are you settling?


A few months ago, I posted this on my blog. Immediately, the responses came in, “I’m following God’s plan.” For the saved, that should be our answer. But God has been showing me something about this. Last night, as I was working on (in my head), a post about insecurity vs. humility (hint:  they are NOT the same!), God really brought it together for me.

I think the two plans can be summed up best by Jesus’ words:  “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).

Satan hates you. He is not some gossiping girlfriend who doesn’t like you. He wants to destroy you. Satan plans to steal, kill, and destroy by whatever means necessary. He wants to steal your joy, steal your peace, kill your spirit, and destroy your life. And the really sad thing is that we let him.

We let him because we’re convinced we don’t deserve any better. We let him, because we’re convinced that depression is all we’re going to get in this life. We let him, because we settle. We settle for Satan’s plans instead of God’s plans.

Jesus came to give us abundant life. I love those words. This is one of my favorite verses. Yes, He came to give us everlasting life through his sacrifice. But, He also sent His Holy Spirit back for the here and now. That abundant life is not just something to start in Heaven after we suffer through this life. That abundant life is for now. God has a plan for your life. An awesome, amazing, wonderful plan. Will you be brave enough to follow it? To really accept that you deserve His best?

Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan. Satan, who is called the “ruler of this world” (John 12:31), offered it to Jesus. He took him up on a high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, and said, “All these things I will give you if you will fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9). Satan is a deceiver. Sometimes, his temptations come disguised as “opportunities,” and we have to have a relationship with God and know what He has called us to.

Jesus was offered something from Satan. But, he resisted. Why? Because, even though He humbled himself before God, he was not insecure. He knew His worth. He knew who he was, and He was not willing to settle for the flashy things satan offered, and in the process give up the much better things that God had in store for him.

Don’t settle for the enemy’s plans. God’s plans are so much better. “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.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Hold out for His good plans.

 

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  1. Good reminder today – thanks.

  2. God used this today to encourage and bless me. He’s been working on my heart lately about who I really am, who He has called me to be. Thank you for being a blessing! :)

    • Amber, I’m so glad it helped! I think that insecurities and self-doubt are some of the enemy’s strongest weapons against us! It’s so easy to get lost in those thoughts, but we have to remember who we are in Him…it’s so amazing to really think about!

  3. Great post Crystal! I’ve been so convicted lately that memorizing Scripture is important. This is one of the reasons why: Jesus resisted Satan’s temptations by quoting Scripture. He knew God’s Word so well that He was able to easily identify Satan’s lies. We need to know His Word so we can do the same!
    Thanks for linking up! Glad we’ve connected!

    • Mary Beth, that is such a great point! I completely agree. I wasn’t really taken to church as a child and I kind of regret missing out on memorizing scripture. I know a lot from study, etc. But mostly it’s like “the verse says this…I’ll have to google or flip through my Bible (I’m a visual person) to remember exactly where that verse is. lol. But, it’s definitely going to be a part of our homeschool. Even if my boys don’t fully understand what everything means now, I fully believe those words of life will come back to them when they need it!

  4. Mindy Vondersaar Bowman says:

    This is an AWESOME post! And so true. We tend to forget that the enemy has his own plan for us as well. Thanks for the reminder (warning).

  5. This is an AWESOME post! And so true. We tend to forget that the enemy has his own plan for us as well. Thanks for the reminder (warning).

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