Only two more days to wrap this up. What treasures we are uncovering! Are you excited to see what’s next?
Today we have three more scriptures chock-full of enlightening information. I’m sure you know this first one well, but let’s open our hearts and look at it with new eyes.
‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you. Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.Jeremiah 29:11-13 (AMP)
I chose the Amplified version because it helps us look deeper into the meaning behind the words. The first thing I want to point out, we’ve touched on already: “I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you…” God knows his specific plans for you. This is not the only reference for this, so even as he is speaking to the Israelites, he is also speaking to us.
The next step in discovering our direction/plan, is righting the condition of our heart. I love the inclusion here of the bracketed emphasis—with a deep longing, and as a vital necessity. When our desire is to know God, he will reveal himself and his plans.
We are more fortunate living in the age of grace. For now that Jesus has made a way for us into the heavenly realm, securing us into the family, and sending us the Holy Spirit; we can know God’s thoughts without burning bushes or angels appearing. Let’s take a look.
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.1 Corinthians 2:9-12,15-16 (ESV)
I am a believer in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tongues, (prayer language.) Having a prayer language, although not a necessity for salvation, is a witness to my spirit that the Holy Spirit lives in me. If you want that for yourself, it is as simple as asking. (There is a specific scripture about that, but that’s another topic.)
I love this scripture! It helps me understand why we need the Holy Spirit. He is our connection to the thoughts of God. I can compare my spirit knowing my thoughts, to God’s Spirit knowing his thoughts, and that makes perfect sense. Then knowing the Spirit is in me, I have access through Jesus. “But we have the mind of Christ.” Mind blown!
This last scripture gives us an example of how we can pray for direction (just like David.)
Direct me, Yahweh, throughout my journey so I can experience your plans for my life. Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you. Escort me into your truth; take me by the hand and teach me. For you are the God of my salvation; I have wrapped my heart into yours all day long! Keep showing the humble your path, and lead them into the best decision. Bring revelation-light that trains them in the truth.Psalm 25:4-5,9 (TPT)
We can paraphrase verse 9: “Keep showing me your path, and lead me into the best decision. Bring revelation-light to train me in the truth.”
We can reverse engineer it and pray it over our spouse or our children. “Direct _____, Yahweh, throughout their journey…“
Praying scripture will keep our hearts aligned. You can write this prayer out in a journal in your own words or from another translation. The words are not a magic formula, remember it is when we pray with deep longing in our hearts that we will find God. “[You will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Until tomorrow, blessings.
Grace & Peace,