For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11
Greetings, beloved. As we embark on the new year, let us remember the eternal and prophetic nature of God's word. Today, we delve into the theme of prophetic advantage, focusing specifically on the importance of planning.
To engage planning as believers, we must recognize that planning is inherently prophetic. The Bible tells us in 1st Chronicles 28 and Luke 14 that planning is not just a practical necessity but holds a profound prophetic significance. In these verses, we discover that the ability to plan is a gift from the Holy Spirit, a divine strategy that guides us toward the fulfillment of God's purpose in our lives.
God, in His infinite wisdom, already has plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11). The Holy Spirit, the custodian of divine plans, desires to share these blueprints with us. Like David who received the plans for the temple by the hand of the Lord (1 Chronicles 28:12), we must recognize and re-engage the Spirit through worship and prayer.
Worship becomes a key element in this process, where the melodies of our hearts invite the hand of the Lord to guide us. Worship opens our spiritual ears to receive divine insights, much like Elijah experiencing the prophetic after the musician played (2 Kings 3:15). As we worship, the Holy Spirit imparts His plans into our spirits.
Then we transition into fervent prayer, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us in intercession and empower us to pray in the Spirit (Romans 8:26). Prayer becomes the atmosphere where divine plans are made tangible through our communion with God.
The final step in this prophetic planning process is engaging our minds. The Spirit of God deposits His plans into our minds, and it is our responsibility to recognize and record them. Just as Jeremiah was instructed to write down God's words (Jeremiah 30:2), we are urged to put pen to paper or type into our devices the divine insights we receive during our moments of communion with God.
Your mind is a vessel for God's plans, and recording these plans is an act of faith and obedience. This tangible expression of commitment to the divine agenda allows the Holy Spirit to continue revealing His intricate plans for our lives.
So take the next step, if you haven’t already. Engage the spirit and pen down your plans. These plans will form the path to your flourishing in the new year. Remember that without a plan, you have no path. But with God’s plan, you cannot fail.
Song of Worship
Way Maker, Song by Sinach
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the prophetic advantage You provide through planning. As we engage in worship, prayer, and the recording of Your divine plans, may Your hand guide us into the fulfilling of Your purpose. Help us to recognize and embrace the prophetic nature of planning in our lives, and to engage with full commitment. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.