My Plan or His?

Or, it could have been said, “My will or God’s?”

I’m asked the question, “How do I know God’s plan (will) for my life?” In most cases, the person asking the question is a believer in Jesus Christ, but not necessarily a follower. A believer acknowledges the existence of Jesus, and may have even asked Him for salvation. But a follower is a student of Christ, studying His Word and seeking to know Him better.

Here’s the thing: up to 99% of God’s will for your life has already been given to you through His Word. So, in order to know His will, you have to know His Word. Don’t ask somebody else to tell you what His will is until you’ve sought His will on your own by asking God as you read the Bible regularly.

As you read the Bible, ask God to reveal His will for you through your reading. As you read, He’ll speak to you as the written Word (Logos) becomes the revealed Word (Rhema). As you read, your SHAPE (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experience) will begin to give you an understanding of His plan for you. When you do begin to grasp His plan, talk to your pastor or a trusted Christian friend to help you understand and fulfill that plan. And, above all, as He reveals that plan, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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